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Black Children’s Books About Hair

Updated on March 14, 2011
Beautiful example of a black children's book
Beautiful example of a black children's book

If you are the parent of black children or you work in a primary school or help out at a playschool, you may be interested in finding the best black children’s books to stock your library with. 

Buying books that represent multicultural children from all over the world is one step closer to helping a child to grow up with a balanced outlook on life and black children’s books about hair is a good starting point.

There used to be a time when it was very difficult to find any reading material that could be used so that children of colour could see themselves reflected in everyday society.  All children are oblivious to the differences in skin tones when they are young but as they get older and discover a little bit more about the world and themselves, they do start to question the differences.  Children have very innocent questions and having a selection of books that can help you to discuss and describe skin colour and the issue of race is a very helpful aid.

Black History Month is a great opportunity for people to learn more about black people but this should not be limited to a specific time of the year.  Learning about different people and different cultures should be a regular everyday activity.

I Love My Hair - Excellent black children's book
I Love My Hair - Excellent black children's book

Black Childrens Books About African American Hair

I Love My Hair!       

This is a beautifully illustrated book about a young black child learning to embrace the type of hair that she has.  It is a fantastic example or reinforcing positive attitudes about the way young children look and feel about themselves.

This book is not just for young black children.  It can also be used to educate all children as well as parents so that they can learn about the different type of hair textures that exist.

Nappy Hair by Carolivia Herron
Nappy Hair by Carolivia Herron

Nappy Hair

This is another example of a book about having the right attitude with regards to black hair.

Nappy Hair is brightly illustrated and is written as a story being told by Uncle Mordecai. He describes Brenda’s hair and the reasons why it looks and feels the way that it does.

This book is aimed at young children and sends out more positive vibes about having natural black African hair.

Bintou's Braids by Sylvianne Diouf
Bintou's Braids by Sylvianne Diouf

Bintou's Braids

This book is aimed at children aged 4 – 8 years old but it is a story that a parent could read and enjoy with a younger child.

The tale is about a young black girl called Bintou and she has short fuzzy hair. She longs to have beautiful braids like the women in her village.

This book vividly describes the life of a young West African child which may not be something that we can relate to but it does give us a lovely insight into the lifestyle of other African or black born children.

Other Black Children’s Books

There are many subjects that are written about that have black children as the central character.  It is definitely worth trying to stock your library or your home with these books that represent positive role models that children can relate to.


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    pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

    You are so correct that these particular books for children are much needed by more than just Blacks. Living as a Black in Utah I can't count the times I've been approached by whites who've adopted a Black child and are at their wits end on how to care for their hair. I've suggested to look up info on the internet.

    Hopefully, they can find these books if not I can now intelligently suggest some help. Also this material is very much needed to assist in molding the self esteem of our Black offspring.

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