1. Dancing in the Wings by Debbie Allen
A story of a a young black girl who has dreams of being a ballerina. Her ambitions are held back by her insecurities of her feet. Great read for young black girls. It teaches young black girls about confidence to pursue their dreams and is very relatable. This Book can be found at Target, EBay, and Thriftbooks.com
2. I Love My Hair by Natasha Tarpley
This book is one every young black child can relate to and learn from. It is centered around a very realistic issue in the black community and that is - the struggle with black hair. This story stars a young black girl named Kenya and her mother, who teaches her how to embrace her hair. This book is not only great for young black girls, but for mothers as they benefit from having self love conversations with their children. This book can be found on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble.
3. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
This is an award winning novel centered around three black sisters and their father. The three young black sisters make a trip to meet their mother that left them when they were younger. The story takes place in the late 1960's in Oakland California- where the black panther party was founded. You can expect culture and black empowerment out of this novel. This book can be found at Barnes & Noble, Target, and Google Play.
4. Beautylicious by Jenyne N. Raines
Need advice on how to make it in this world as a black woman? This book is a great guide in how to maintain your cool, calm composure throughout certain social situations. While it is great to look beautiful externally, black women want to feel beautiful as well. This book offers great advice on how to live happily. This book is great for both black mothers and black daughters as both gain advice on healthy living. This book can be found on Google Play, iBooks, and Barnes & Noble.
5. Violet's Music by Angela Johnson
Any music lovers out there? This story is centered around a young black girl who loves music so much, it consumes most of her life. However, no other kids are as invested into music as much as she is. She is different from the other kids because of her love for music. How does being different work out in this society? You'll just have to read it to find out! This book can be found on Amazon, at Barnes & Noble and Thrift Books.
Monet – “My name is Monet. It is said the same way as singer Janelle (Monae)! Friends and family call me Naisy (neigh•zee). Writing has always been my passion. My other hobbies are playing piano, cooking, working out (Pilates and tae Kwan do), reading and beauty/skin care”