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Black Girls: Books That Empower Them

By Staff Blogger

Little Black girls are often given a little secret message that they are somehow not enough. It can be hard to form a healthy sense of self when media and society at large is constantly suggesting that a little Black girl can not be accepted as beautiful just the way she is.

The dolls that little girls play with carry this secret message as do the television programs that they are exposed to and many other experiences that they have. Sadly, some girls even grow up around Black people who also teach them not to love themselves just the way they are.

Young girls must be taught to love themselves and must be exposed to positive roles models who look like them and encourage them to love themselves.

The following is a list of books, compiled by to promote a positive self-image in younger, black girls:

Age 2-4
Girl of Mine – Jabari Asim

This companion book to Boy of Mine shows a dazzling little girl enjoying playtime in the moon’s soft glow. As daddy cradles his baby girl, she is suddenly whisked away on a fantastical adventure, swinging above lush floral gardens under the golden moonlight. The sweet text, inspired by “Rock-A-Bye Baby,” will whisk little ones off to peaceful slumber.



Lola at the Library – Anna Mcquinn

On Tuesdays, spunky Lola and her mommy go to the library. Come with Lola on her favorite weekly trip in this celebration of books and the people who love them.



I Can Do It Too! – Karen Baicker

This heartwarming story reminds us how satisfying it is to grow up surrounded by love. I Can Do It Too! affirms a little girl’s growing independence as she, too, can begin to do all the things she sees her parents, relatives and neighbors do: pouring juice at breakfast, strumming a guitar, and even riding a bike! The simple cadence of text and direct-to-the-heart art result in a book as warm and generous as its message, providing reading pleasure for toddlers, older siblings, and the grown-ups who love them.

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