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Summer Reading: Juju’s Top 5 Books For Brown Kiddos!

Hello Fellow Juju Lovers!

Can you believe Juju is approaching 18-months?!

I cannot get enough of watching him grow into his personality and start to develop personal interests. 

I am an avid reader. Before Juju even came into the world, his bookshelf was stacked with books. While they aren’t the first item he gravitates towards in a room, slowly but surely they are getting and keeping his attention for much longer than they ever have. 

A mom in one of my groups on Facebook was looking for books featuring  positive images of dark skinned black characters. I search far and wide for books by black authors and with black and brown characters to line Juju’s bookshelf with. Why? So that Juju can see himself represented in popular stories, that’s why! After seeing that post, I was prompted to compile a list of our favorite books for brown kiddos! Don’t have a brown kiddo? No problem! Normalizing the black experience is important so its also a great idea to purchase these books for kids of any color! 

So without further ado…

Juju's Favorite Books Featuring Brown Characters!

*Some of the links featured in this blog are from affiliates who compensate me. However, this does not influence my evaluations. All opinions are my own.*

Brown Boy Brown Boy What Can You Be?

This is a  cute story with simple rhymes that Juju really loves. The illustrations are a great talking point  to review words and sounds with your little reader. 

Jabari Jumps

This book exhibits great images of a strong father and son relationship. It also promotes themes of positive male masculinity. Added bonus that it tackles risk taking and establishing trust. 


This is a book we have been waiting to get our hands on. Brought to us by Hollywood It Girl, Lupita N’yongo and illustrated by Vashti Harrison. This book dives head first into colorism in an easy to digest kid-friendly format. 

Chocolate Me!

Written by Taye Diggs, this is another book that perfectly  deals with instilling a sense of pride in ones skin color. It features characters displaying a healthy attitude towards being a beautiful chocolate kid! 

“Bloop, Bloop!” Goes the Poop

We are nearing potty training age so I had to go on a hunt for a potty training book featuring black characters. And this is the only one I found. 

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