Teach ‘Em Young: 14 Children’s Books Every Black Child Should Read

Right in the middle of the controversy surrounding the Oscars, Hollywood and any other forms of media, there is one message that is clear: African-Americans need representation in television, film, and even literature. Particularly for young children, it’s important to see their experience played out through multiple perspectives, not simply through the lens of past leaders.

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So VIBE has compiled a list of children’s books with black protagonists, representing all different shades, ages, generations, and time periods of the black experience. Some are light-hearted and joyful, some carry a strong message, and others depict what it was like to live through slavery, segregation, and hardship. No matter, these stories educate, inspire, and celebrate young, African-Americans.

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Grab your notepad and take a look at our picks above.