In a world where Black girls are criticized for their hair, or even worse, called the C-word, it’s safe to say they need a steady stream of positive reinforcements in all aspects of their lives—including the books they're exposed to. A growing crop of books featuring young Black girls are the perfect starting points to give your young reader a self-esteem boost. Here's our list of 10 must-read books to empower and inspire our daughters.
'No Mirrors in My Nana's House' by Ysaye M. Barnwell, Illustrations by Synthia Saint James
A little girl discovers her beauty—not in a mirror but through her Nana’s eyes. In Nana’s house, there are no mirrors and the narrator doesn’t notice her “imperfections”—clothes that don’t fit, a nose that’s too flat, or skin that’s too black. This story teaches brown girls that it’s their character that defines them—not their circumstances.