Picture books for toddlers and young children

An African Princess
Lyra Edmonds
A mixed race girl discovers her roots. Lyra is told that she is an African princess, just like her aunts and cousins.

Anancy and Mr Dry-Bone
Fiona French
Anancy and rich Mr Dry-Bone both want to marry Miss Louise but she wants to marry the man who can make her laugh.

Almost to Freedom
Vaundra Micheaux Nelson
A young girl and her parents escape from slavery and start the dangerous journey along the Underground Railroad.

Billy and Belle
Sarah Garland
A gently humorous story featuring a modern family on an important day.

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain
Verna Aardema 
The story of how the rain came to the dry Kapiti plain.

Brother Eagle, Sister Sky
Susan Jeffers
Nearly 150 years ago, Chief Seattle, leader of the Northwest Indian Nations, delivered a message to the government in Washington who wanted to buy his people's land.

Trish Cooke
On a hot sunny afternoon, Mum and Kiona play catch.

Circle Unbroken
Margot Thesis Raven
With rhythmic text and paintings, this is a story about the African craft of basket-making.

Bernard Ashley
Ling Sung doesn't like school because the other children can do things that he can't. Soon he finds something very special that only he can do!

Camille Yarbrough
When Mama and Great-Granma weave the striking cornrow patterns of Africa into their children's hair, their gentle voices also weave a tale full of pride and heritage.

Double the Love
Bernard Ashley
Blossom is a lucky girl - she has two grandmothers. The city one she calls Nan and the country one Gran, and she loves them both.

Engines, Engines
Lisa Bruce
Young children will love this counting book with its fantastical trains. Based on an Indian rhyme.

Grace and Family
Mary Hoffman
To Grace, family has always meant her Ma, her Nana and her cat, Paw-Paw. Now her Papa invites her to visit him in the Gambia.

Grandfather and I
Helen E. Buckley
Everybody is in such a hurry these days. It seems as if the only people who aren't in a hurry are grandfathers.

Handa's Surprise
Eileene Browne
Handa puts seven delicious fruits in a basket to take to her friend, Akeyo. But as she walks along with the basket on her head, various animals steal her fruits.

Handa's Hen
Eileene Browne
Handa is searching for her grandma's black hen, Mondi. Every morning, she feeds Mondi her breakfast, but this morning she hasn't come for her food.

Henry's Freedom Box
Ellen Levine
Henry Brown dreams about freedom but that dream seems farther away than ever when he is torn from his family and put to work in a warehouse. When Henry grows up, he is again devastated when his family is sold at the slave market.

I Love My Hair!
Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
A young girl describes the different ways she can wear her hair. A book that encourages African-American children to feel good about their special hair and proud of their heritage.

Jamela Books:
Niki Daly

Happy Birthday Jamela!
It's Jamela's birthday, and she and Mama are off to buy some new shoes. When she sees the princess shoes with their sparkly buckles and little satin bows, Jamela falls in love with them.

Jamela's Dress
Jamela gets carried away by the gorgeous material her mother buys to make a dress to wear at Thelma's wedding.

What's Cooking, Jamela?
Jamela tries to prevent her pet chicken, which just happens to be named Christmas, from being cooked up and served for Christmas dinner.

Where's Jamela?
Mama and Gogo are excited about the new house they are moving to but Jamela likes where they are and she doesn't want to go.

Lily's Garden of India
Jeremy Smith
Lily's mother has travelled all over the world and has planted a magical garden for her daughter, full of exotic and beautiful flowers.

Mama Panya's Pancakes: a Village Tale from Kenya
Mary and Rich Chamberlain
Mama Panya's son Adika invites everyone to a pancake dinner. A story about Kenyan village life which teaches the importance of sharing.

Mama's Saris
Pooja Makhijani
When a 7-year old girl eyes her mother's suitcase full of gorgeous saris, she decides that she too should wear one.

My World, Your World
Melanie Walsh
The world is full of all sorts of people, speaking different languages and living different lives. A colourful look at everyone's differences and similarities.

The Most Important Gift of All
David Conway
Ama has a new baby brother! When she asks Grandma Sisi what gift she can give him, Grandma tells her simply to give him the gift of love.

The Most Magnificent Mosque
Ann Jungman
Visitors to the mosque at Cordoba are plagued by the tricks of three naughty boys: Rashid, who is Muslim, Samuel who is Jewish and Miguel, a Christian.

The Secret to Freedom
Marcia Vaughan
Lucy and her brother Albert are left behind when their parents are sold and leave the plantation. Then one day Albert brings home a sack of old quilts, each with a pattern giving information to slaves planning to escape via the Underground Railroad.

Shades of Black
Sandra L. Pinkney
A celebration of the beauty and diversity of African-American children.

Two Mrs. Gibsons
Toyomi Igus
The daughter of an African-American father and a Japanese mother fondly recalls growing up with her mother and her father's mother, two very different but equally loving women.

The Ugly Vegetables
Grace Lin
A little girl thinks her mother's garden is the ugliest in the neighbourhood until she discovers that flowers might look and smell pretty but Chinese vegetable soup smells best of all. The book includes a recipe.

Under the Quilt of Night
Deborah Hopkins
A family of five travels via the underground railroad, as they attempt to escape from slavery to the freedom of Canada.

Zia the Orchestra
Janet Burchett
I want to be an orchestra Zia tells her incredulous family one day. By the time she has convinced them all that she will succeed in her plan to be a one-girl band, Zia has already found a new aim in life.