Often times it is difficult to find books that encourage African-American children. Books on slavery and civil rights are excellent tools to teach history. Yet, our children need to be reminded and shown examples of who they can become, what they can, and the unlocked potential that lies deep within them. These books are some to teach history and laughter, demonstrate dancing and confidence, or just to hopefully enhance pride in being a child of color.
- The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
- Chocolate Me by Taye Diggs & Shane W. Evans
- I LOVE My Cotton Candy Hair by Nicole Updegraff
- Nina Bonita by Ana Maria Machado & Rosana Faria
- Beautiful Blackbird by Ashley Bryan
- Amazing Grace-A Play in One Act by Mary Hoffman
- Kidnapped Prince: The Life of Olaudah Equiano by Olaudah Equiano
- Grandpa, is Everything Black Bad by Sandy Lynne Holman & Lela Kametiani
- Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey
- Gifted Hands (kids edition) by Gregg Lewis & Deborah Shaw Lewis
- Ruby Booker series by Derrick Barnes
- Marian Sang by Pam Munoz
- Coretta Scott King by Ntozake Shange
- The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles & George Ford
These and more are available through Amazon.com. However, but with news that Amazon will be charging about 6% sales tax on all orders in Arizona, one may want to consider checking a local bookstore and keeping small businesses alive. Changing Hands, Bard's Books, and Half Price Books, Records, Magazines are three local businesses that would love to work with you to bring these books to your families. If money is a problem, the Phoenix Public Libraries work together to bring books to the location nearest you.