Books about Black joy for 0-5s

Strong Like Me

Enjoy this selection of joyous picture books by Black authors and/or illustrators, all starring Black characters living their lives, having adventures and being loved.

  • Look Up!

    Author: Nathan Bryon Illustrator: Dapo Adeola

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Look Up!

    Author: Nathan Bryon Illustrator: Dapo Adeola

    Interest level: 4-7

    Reading age: 6+

    Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola’s charming picture book gifts us with a gorgeous character in Rocket, a girl whose passion for all th…

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  • I’m Going to be a Princess

    Author: Stephanie Taylor Illustrator: Jade Orlando

    Interest level: 4-5

    Reading age: 8+

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  • I’m Going to be a Princess

    Author: Stephanie Taylor Illustrator: Jade Orlando

    Interest level: 4-5

    Reading age: 8+

    On her way home from school, Maya announces that she wants to be a princess when she grows up. Mum encourages her to consider othe…

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  • Mama’s Sleeping Scarf

    Author: Nwa Grace-James (AKA Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie) Illustrator: Joelle Avelino

    Interest level: 4-5

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Mama’s Sleeping Scarf

    Author: Nwa Grace-James (AKA Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie) Illustrator: Joelle Avelino

    Interest level: 4-5

    Reading age: 7+

    While waiting for her mama to return from work, Mama’s sleeping scarf becomes an object of magic and whimsy in Chino’s imaginative…

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  • Mummy Time

    Author: Monique James-Duncan Illustrator: Ebony Glenn

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • Mummy Time

    Author: Monique James-Duncan Illustrator: Ebony Glenn

    Interest level: 3-5

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    Wake up, it’s mummy time! A warm and reassuring picture book about the everyday life of a stay-at-home mother and her two children…

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  • Strong Like Me

    Author: Kelechi Okafor Illustrator: Michaela Dias-Hayes

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Strong Like Me

    Author: Kelechi Okafor Illustrator: Michaela Dias-Hayes

    Interest level: 4-5

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    Kamara is strong and fast. But negative words from her friends make her doubt herself. Can she find a way to celebrate her strengt…

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  • Luna Loves Dance

    Author: Joseph Coelho Illustrator: Fiona Lumbers

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Luna Loves Dance

    Author: Joseph Coelho Illustrator: Fiona Lumbers

    Interest level: 4-5

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    With the gentle support of her family, Luna begins to believe in herself as a real dancer. This delightful tale shows young c…

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  • I Love Me

    Author: Marvyn Harrison Illustrator: Diane Ewen

    Interest level: 3-5

    Reading age: 3+

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  • I Love Me

    Author: Marvyn Harrison Illustrator: Diane Ewen

    Interest level: 3-5

    Reading age: 3+

    A first book of positive affirmation designed to boost confidence, enhance self-image and promote resilience and happiness in pre-…

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  • So Much

    Author: Trish Cooke Illustrator: Helen Oxenbury

    Interest level: 2-5

    Reading age: 5+

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  • So Much

    Author: Trish Cooke Illustrator: Helen Oxenbury

    Interest level: 2-5

    Reading age: 5+

    One by one, family members drop by on a mum and her tot – all wanting to squeeze, kiss and give undivided attention to the baby.&n…

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  • Splash, Anna Hibiscus!

    Author: Atinuke Illustrator: Lauren Tobia

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Splash, Anna Hibiscus!

    Author: Atinuke Illustrator: Lauren Tobia

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 6+

    Anna Hibiscus is at the beach with her family. She wants someone to go in the sea and splash in the waves with her but they are al…

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  • Handa's Surprise

    Author: Eileen Browne

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Handa's Surprise

    Author: Eileen Browne

    Interest level: 3+

    Reading age: 5+

    Glorious images of an African village convey the sights, smells and colours of the landscape, its animals and its food in a story …

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  • Catch That Chicken!

    Author: Atinuke Illustrator: Angela Brooksbank

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Catch That Chicken!

    Author: Atinuke Illustrator: Angela Brooksbank

    Interest level: 3-6

    Reading age: 6+

    A joyful, vibrant romp through a Nigerian village in the company of Lami, the best chicken-catcher in the business. A great b…

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  • Queen of the Classroom

    Author: Derrick Barnes Illustrator: Vanessa Brantley-Newton

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Queen of the Classroom

    Author: Derrick Barnes Illustrator: Vanessa Brantley-Newton

    Interest level: 4-5

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    It’s MJ’s first day of school and Mum thinks she has what it takes to be the Queen of the Classroom – she needs to brighten up eve…

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  • Baby Goes to Market

    Author: Atinuke Illustrator: Angela Brooksbank

    Interest level: 2-5

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  • Baby Goes to Market

    Author: Atinuke Illustrator: Angela Brooksbank

    Interest level: 2-5

    Reading age:

    With a basket balanced on her head and Baby strapped to her back, Mama embarks on an eventful trip to a West African market. …

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  • Where's Lenny?

    Author: Ken Wilson-Max

    Interest level: 2-3

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  • Where's Lenny?

    Author: Ken Wilson-Max

    Interest level: 2-3

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    Lenny and Daddy have a great time playing hide and seek! This charming tale, which features a mixed-race family, is ideal to …

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  • Astro Girl

    Author: Ken Wilson-Max

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Astro Girl

    Author: Ken Wilson-Max

    Interest level: 4-6

    Reading age: 5+

    Astrid loves the stars and space, and wants to be an astronaut. A delightful and educational book for young readers intereste…

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  • The Rapping Princess

    Author: Hannah Lee Illustrator: Allen Fatimaharan

    Interest level: 4-5

    Reading age: 4+

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  • The Rapping Princess

    Author: Hannah Lee Illustrator: Allen Fatimaharan

    Interest level: 4-5

    Reading age: 4+

    Shiloh's a princess – she’s supposed to sing, not rap. But she can't sing at all and has better flow than all the princes of the l…

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  • My Hair

    Author: Hannah Lee Illustrator: Allen Fatimaharan

    Interest level: 3-7

    Reading age: 5+

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  • My Hair

    Author: Hannah Lee Illustrator: Allen Fatimaharan

    Interest level: 3-7

    Reading age: 5+

    This joyful celebration of black hair demonstrates a range of styles and will inspire children to experiment with their own look.

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  • Don’t Ask the Dragon

    Author: Lemn Sissay Illustrator: Greg Stobbs

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • Don’t Ask the Dragon

    Author: Lemn Sissay Illustrator: Greg Stobbs

    Interest level: 3-5

    Reading age:

    A charming tale about a young boy who wonders where is home. With the help of some animals and wise dragon, he discovers home is n…

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  • Books Make Good Pets

    Author: John Agard Illustrator: Momoko Abe

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Books Make Good Pets

    Author: John Agard Illustrator: Momoko Abe

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 6+

    In this delightful book about books, readers go on an imaginative journey through the amazing worlds of adventure that a good book…

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  • Zoom!

    Author: Trish Cooke Illustrator: Alex Ayliffe

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  • Zoom!

    Author: Trish Cooke Illustrator: Alex Ayliffe

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    Hurricane Kieron and Rush Around Ria never stop. They run right through the day, rushing from breakfast to bedtime.

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  • My Dad is a Grizzly Bear

    Author: Swapna Haddow Illustrator: Dapo Adeola

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • My Dad is a Grizzly Bear

    Author: Swapna Haddow Illustrator: Dapo Adeola

    Interest level: 4-5

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    The dad in this book is very bearish - he loves honey, chases his little boy around while growling, and naps everywhere. And there…

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  • Never Show a T-Rex a Book

    Author: Rashmi Sirdeshpande Illustrator: Diane Ewen

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Never Show a T-Rex a Book

    Author: Rashmi Sirdeshpande Illustrator: Diane Ewen

    Interest level: 4-5

    Reading age:

    A young girl wonders what would happen if she showed her book to a real dinosaur. This entertaining tale celebrates the joy of rea…

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  • Small’s Big Dream

    Author: Manjeet Mann Illustrator: Amanda Quartey

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  • Small’s Big Dream

    Author: Manjeet Mann Illustrator: Amanda Quartey

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    In Small's world, everything is small – her house, her shoes, her bed – but her dreams are big. Small discovers that when you drea…

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