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50 Board Books that Celebrate Race & Ethnicity


Normally, I would write a review of each book that I feature accompanied by a photo, but I think now, more than ever, parents and schools are looking for immediate resources. As a way to give you resources quickly, I have compiled a list of 50 board books that celebrate race and ethnicity either through the textual content of the book, its illustrations, or both. And while my speciality is board books, please feel free to add to this list with picture books or additional resources for families and schools.


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1. Joshua by the Sea by Angela Johnson with illustrations by Rhonda Mitchell


2. Rain Feet by Angela Johnson with illustrations by Rhonda Mitchell


3. Joshua's Night Whispers by Angela Johnson with illustrations by Rhonda Mitchell


4. Peekaboo Morning by Rachel Isadora


5. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats


6. A Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats


7. Peter's Chair by Ezra Jack Keats


8. Think Big, Little One by Vashti Harrison


9. Dream Big, Little One by Vashti Harrison


10. Baby Dance by Ann Taylor


11. Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang


12. More, More, More Said the Baby by Vera B Williams


13. Whose Toes Are Those by Jabari Asim with illustrations by LeUyen Pham


14. Global Baby Boys


15. Baby Says by John Steptoe


16. One Love by Cedella Marley and Vanessa Brantley-Newton


17. Every Little Thing: Based on the song 'Three Little Birds' by Bob Marley


18.     When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner with illustrations by 

          David Catrow (Releasing in board book format in September 2020)


19. What is Light by Markette Sheppardand with illustrations by Cathy Ann Johnson


20. All Kinds of People by Shelley Rotner


21. Whoever You Are by Men Fox with illustrations by Leslie Staub


22.     Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox with illustrations by 

          Helen Oxenbury 


23.     Harriet Tubman: My First Harriet Tubman by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara 

          with illustrations by Pili Aguado


24.     Muhammad Ali: My First Muhammad Ali by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara 

          with illustrations by Brosmind


25.     Mahatma Gandhi: My First Mahatma Gandhi by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara 

         with illustrations by Albert Arrayás


26.     Ella Fitzgerald: My First Ella Fitzgerald by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara 

         with illustrations by Bàrbara Alca


27.     Wilma Rudolph: My First Wilma Rudolph by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara 

          with illustrations by Amelia Flower (releasing on June 16th 2020)


28.     Josephine Baker: My First Josephine Baker by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara 

          with illustrations by Agathe Sorlet


29.     Zaha Hadid: My First Zaha Hadid by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara 

         (releasing on October 6th 2020)


30.     Bruce Lee: My First Bruce Lee by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara

          with illustrations by Miguel Bustos


31. We Sang You Home by Richard Van Camp


32. Welcome Song for Baby by Richard Van Camp


33. Loving Me by Debbie Slier


34. Baby Faces by DK Publishing


35. The Babies and Doggies Book by John Schindel and Molly Woodward


36. The Babies and Kitties Book by John Schindel and Molly Woodward


37. Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes by Annie Kubler


38. Sign and Sing Along: Its Bitsy Spider by Annie Kubler


39. Fiesta! by Ginger Foglesong Guy with illustrations by Rene King Moreno


40. Siesta by Ginger Foglesong Guy with illustrations by Rene King Moreno


41. Bananas for Two by Ellen Mayer with illustrations by Ying-Hwa Hu


42. The Wonder that is You by Glenys Nellist with illustrations by Aurelie Blanz


43. Good News! God Made Me! by Glenys Nellist with illustrations by Lizzie Walkley


44. Dim Sum for Everyone by Grace Lin


45. Little Heroes of Color: 50 Who Made a BIG Difference by David Heredia


46. Future Engineer by Lori Alexander with illustrations by Allison Black


47. Future Astronaut by Lori Alexander with illustrations by Allison Black


48. Future President by Lori Alexander with illustrations by Allison Black


49. Swan Lake by Jennifer Adams with illustrations Corey Egbert


50. Little Princess by Jennifer Adams with illustrations by Alison Oliver