These books for black girls are suitable for all ages. This article is divided into three parts:
- Black Children’s Books by Black Authors
- Books for Black Girls
- Books for Black Women
Let’s face it, even though it’s 2024, the media still seems afraid to show proud black protagonists. And it is even harder to get stories and fairy tales that relate to African-American culture.
Representation is important, I would even say necessary, in a person’s development. Children need to see themselves in the protagonists of cartoons, films and books from an early age.
They have the right to have someone to look up to.
I have seen countless videos of little black girls jumping with joy because the protagonist of a movie is just like them. And they see it in a brave, beautiful character who is not afraid to face anything that comes her way.
These are the right examples we should be setting for children in our society, but not only. We adults need to feel represented too. And it is not difficult for white people. Every new movie and book has a 70% chance of having white protagonists. For us, this is completely normal.
But not yet for black people. And so we have to dig to find the media that can do it justice.
For this article, I took recommendations from black women who loved the books I am about to show you. If you have other books by black authors that you love, don’t hesitate to add them in the comments!
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Black children’s books by black authors
These books for black babies are great for getting into your children’s heads and showing them stories that represent them. If you are looking for books for black girls aged 6-13, look no further!
Prince Jones is an expert on love, at least in words. He is great at giving love advice, but now he has to learn how to put it into practice. Dani, a girl with dreams of becoming a famous New York author, only gives him three dates to make her fall in love with him. Will he be able to pull it off?
One Crazy Summer
Eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters have been practically abandoned by their mother, who wanted a better life away from them. But one summer they are forced to discover much more about their family and themselves.
Books for black girls
Full of love and courage, these books for black girls are great for young girls aged 13-18.
Well-Read Black Girl
This book gives a voice to so many black authors through essays that remind us why representation is essential in literature.
Instructions for Dancing
Evie no longer believes in love since her father left her mother for another woman. For her, love is frivolous, an unfamiliar look that in time turns into a tearful break-up. It is not worth it and never will be. Or at least that’s what she thought.
All I’ve Wanted All I’ve Needed (Rise & Fall Series Book 1)
A proposal from Harlow’s boyfriend forces her to question her whole life and to ask herself whether she really has everything she dreamed of. A move, however, takes her straight into the arms of joy, will she be able to accept it for what it is?
Legendborn (The Legendborn Cycle)
Legendborn is a secret society formed by students who hunt demons. And when Bree finds out, she is catapulted into a whole new world. Demons exist and so does magic, and the death of her dear mother was not entirely accidental. What will she be willing to do to find out the truth?
Rhythm & Muse
A Cinderella story in reverse: will Darren be brave enough to present himself to the princess he has fallen in love with?
Books for black women
These books for black women are 18+, some fiction others super useful for every brave woman in this world.
Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot
Early feminism was not about equality for all. It fought for women’s rights, but not for all women, of all races and colours. This book does a good job of explaining this and showing us what still needs to be done to achieve a balanced society.
Their Vicious Games
Adina Walker must fight against prejudices and privileges she does not have in order to save her future, and perhaps, her life.
Ace of Spades
A kind of Gossip Girl that threatens to ruin the lives of the academy’s two most studious students.
My Sister, the Serial Killer: A Novel
Life gets tough when you have to help your sister hide another murdered boy. And it gets even harder when her sociopathy threatens to kill the one man who captured your heart.
American Royalty: A Novel
An unusual collaboration between a famous singer and a prince turns into much more. Sparks fly between the two and it will be really, really hard to stay away from each other.
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