This article showcases our top picks for the Books For Black Girls. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below).
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Beloved is a book that combines elements of the paranormal in order to tell the story of loss. It covers hard topics like filicide, slavery, and internal racism, and although it’s not the easiest read it teaches valuable lessons and is the perfect start to Morrison’s body of work.
Aniyah Zackery and Her Winning Spirit to Be Number One is a fun and encouraging children’s book about first grader Aniyah Zackery, who decides that she will come in first place in everything she sets out to do. When Aniyah finds herself coming in last place throughout her day, she looks to her teacher and classmates to help her discover what being a champion truly means. Co-written by Lagra Newman, the Founder and Head of School at the highly celebrated Nashville charter school Purpose Preparatory Academy, and her mother, Claudia Newman, Aniyah Zackery and Her Winning Spirit to Be Number One joins a series of other books about the hardworking scholars at Purpose Prep. Lagra Newman has been hailed as a leader in the education field, unapologetically delivering a highly rigorous, identity affirming curriculum for Black students in the nation’s most incarcerated zip code. With a valuable message on self-perception, confidence, and perspective, Aniyah Zackery and Her Winning Spirit to Be Number One would make the perfect addition to any family’s home library, but especially for families of color..
In this book, Michelle Obama, the former First Lady of the United States, chronicles her journey in an in-depth and deeply captivating memoir that takes you through some of her most painful moments as well as some of the private struggles that she went through, as she fought to be heard and seen as a black woman in the USA. Hailing from the South Side of Chicago, which is recognized as one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the city, she managed to climb all the way up to becoming one of the nation’s most prominent advocates for women’s rights, and in this book, she lays down her entire life story in her own words, as she reminds us of the importance of remaining resilient and striving for constant growth and self-discovery.
A story about race and racism, but also about bravery and growing up. Topical, touching, and encouraging girls to speak up. It gave me shivers when reading while out there so many brutal, racist actions are happening. A book about a young but very strong character that everyone should read..
Covers the tragic incident of the Biafran civil war that took place in the late 1960s, which still haunts the people of Nigeria. The novel follows the lives of a professor, his fiancée, their houseboy, and the various other individuals they meet against this historical backdrop. With prose that is far more approachable and sensitive than any history book, Adichie provides an account of one of Nigeria’s most tragic and divided periods.
Fanon examines the psychological effects of colonialism on colored folks. For the first time, I was able to comprehend empire as more than just a corporate system, and hence how much proposed action was anticipated to overturn in Africa. It was a profound confrontation with a heritage that still reflects back over people of color more than 50 years after it was published.
Gyasi takes you on an emotional rollercoaster through one family story.This book served as a sobering realization of how little I knew about my family heritage – and, worse, how much had been completely destroyed.
In this book, the author emphasizes the fact that black girls deserve the time and space to live a life with purpose. If you are a black woman who needs some help with the direction of life, then this is a perfect gift you can give to yourself.
Maddy is spending her first summer in the bayou, and she has fallen head over heels. She is anxious since her four big sisters, who have all had their turn, have grumbled about the primitive living circumstances down in the swamp and warned her their grandma is a witch. However, when she gets to her grandmother’s house, she discovers a space that is ideal for her. Something about this environment strikes a chord with her, and she starts to see things that no one else can. In this novel, Jewell Parker Rhodes does an incredible job of mixing the realistic with the fantastical. The text was brimming with people’s understanding.
I love my hair! narrates the tale of Keyana, a little girl who learns to love her hair even if it hurts when Mama combs it. Kenaya is a little girl with a vivid imagination. Every night, she and her mother face the dreadful process of combing Kenaya’s thick hair. But as Kenaya’s mother tells her about the many ways she might wear her hair, Kenaya imagines them in spectacular ways, from the thread on a spinning wheel to rows of plants in a garden to her favourite style, two ponytails that transform into wings that allow her to soar high above the globe. This ode to the beauty of naturally textured hair is certain to please.
Lena is painting a portrait of herself and tells her mother that she needs brown for her complexion — but her mother isn’t going to let her get away with it! She believes that there are many other colours of brown, and to prove it, she takes Lena on a stroll around the neighbourhood, where she sees skin tones that resemble honey, peanut butter, pizza crust, ginger, peaches, chocolate, and others. Lena had come to view brown in a whole new light by the conclusion of her trek. This positive approach to skin colour will encourage children to discover and enjoy the distinctive colour of their skin tones.