#RepresentationMatters Picture Books

Representation in fiction is so important, so for our final Black History Month post, we wanted to share a few children’s picture books published in the last year featuring black protagonists and are written by African-Americans.  This may be our last post of the month, but we promise to keep sharing books like this all year round!

SaturdaySaturday by Oge Mora
When all of their special Saturday plans go awry, Ava and her mother still find a way to appreciate one another and their time together.

 

Snow WhiteNot Quite Snow White by Ashley Franklin
Tameika is excited to audition for the school’s Snow White musical, but when she overhears her classmates say she is too tall, chubby, and brown to play Snow White, she questions whether she is right for the part.

Hair LoveHair Love by Matthew A. Cherry
A little girl’s daddy steps in to help her arrange her curly, coiling, wild hair into styles that allow her to be her natural, beautiful self.

 

The Night is YoursThe Night is Yours by Abdul-Razak Zachariah
From a vantage point high in their apartment, a parent narrates as Amani plays hide-and-seek at night with her friends in the neighborhood.

 

puppy truckPuppy Truck by Brian Pinkney
Carter gets a truck instead of a much wanted puppy, but he soon discovers his new toy is just as fun and rascally as a pet.

 

Hands UpHands Up! by Breanna J. McDaniel
A young girl lifts her hands up in a series of everyday moments before finally raising her hands in resistance at a protest march.