#BlackJoy Picture Books

Black History Month is celebrated in February, but Black history encompasses every day from the beginnings of this nation, to today and onto the future. The struggles of the past, as well as the present, should not be ignored or forgotten, however it is equally important to remember and celebrate the joys and triumphs.

Children’s author Kelly Starling Lyons eloquently writes in her blog, “Children’s books showcasing Black joy remind us of the beauty of family, friendship and community. They are touchstones that surround us with the blessing of who we are. In a world that tries to set us back, divide us and push us down at every turn, joy is affirmation, resistance and liberation.” Her post “30 Books for Young Readers that Celebrate Black Joy” is a great resource!

Here are fifty affirming and joyful picture book titles available on OverDrive, Hoopla, and in Westchester libraries. Celebrate #BlackJoy!

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes & Gordon C. James
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I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes & Gordon C. James
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The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes & Vanessa Brantley-Newton
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Ada Twist Scientist by Andrea Beaty & David Roberts
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A Story About Afiya by James Berry & Anna Cunha
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Grandma’s Purse by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
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I Am Perfectly Designed by Karamo Brown, Jason “Rachel” Brown & Anoosha Syed
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Rocket Says Look Up! by Nathan Bryan & Dapo Adeola
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All Because You Matter by Tami Charles & Bryan Collier
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Freedom Soup by Tami Charles & Jacqueline Alcántara
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Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry & Vashti Harrison
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Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall
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Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment by Parker Curry & Jessica Curry & Brittany Jackson
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Chocolate Me! by Taye Diggs & Shane W. Evans
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Mixed Me! by Taye Diggs & Shane W. Evans
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Magnificent Homespun Brown by Samara Cole Duyon & Kaylani Juanita
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Hello Goodbye Dog by Maria Gianferrari & Patrice Barton
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Bedtime for Sweet Creatures by Nikki Grimes & Elizabeth Zunon
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Off to See the Sea by Nikki Grimes & Elizabeth Zunon
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Southwest Sunrise by Nikki Grimes & Wendell Minor
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Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman & Caroline Binch
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My Friend Maya Loves to Dance by Cheryl Willis Hudson & Eric Velasquez
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That Is My Dream! by Langston Hughes & Daniel Miyares
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A Girl Like Me by Angela Johnson & Nina Crews
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Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy & Ekua Holmes
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Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
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When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff & Kaylani Juanita
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Every Little Thing by Bob Marley, Cedella Marley & Vanessa Brantley-Newton
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Hands Up! by Breanna McDaniel & Shane W. Evans
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Hip-Hop Lollipop by Susan Montanari & Brian Pinkney
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Saturday by Oge Mora
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Thank You, Omu by Oge Mora
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Lubaya’s Quiet Roar by Marilyn Nelson & Philemona Williamson
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Sulwe by Lupita Nyong'o & Vashti Harrison
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My Brother Charlie by Ryan Peete, Holly Robinson Peete & Shane W. Evans
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Hey Black Child by Useni Eugene Perkins & Bryan Collier
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On the Ball by Brian Pinkney
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Bedtime Bonnet by Nancy Redd & Nneka Myers
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I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison & Frank Morrison
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I Got the School Spirit by Connie Schofield-Morrison & Frank Morrison
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Mary Had a Little Glam by Tammi Sauer & Vanessa Brantley-Newton
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My Nana and Me by Irene Smalls & Cathy Ann Johnson
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Pop Pop and Me and a Recipe by Irene Smalls & Cathy Ann Johnson
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Your Name is a Song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
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Welcome to the Party by Gabrielle Union & Ashley Evans
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If Your Monster Won’t Go to Bed by Denise Vega & Zachariah OHora
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Dream for a Daughter by Carole Boston Weatherford & Brian Pinkney
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A Beach Tail by Karen P. Williams & Floyd Cooper
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Astro Girl by Ken Wilson-Max
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Seeing into Tomorrow by Richard Wright & Nina Crews
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