Sacramento Public Library

Storytime Picture Books by Black Authors

    Boy of Mine

    Boy of Mine - Jabari Asim; illustrated by LeUyen Pham

    An adorable little boy plays among the stars before his mommy tucks him in and wishes him sweet dreams.
    Chocolate Me!

    Chocolate Me! - Taye Diggs ; illustrated by Shane W. Evans

    Relates the experiences of a dark-skinned, curly-haired child who wishes he could look more like the lighter-skinned children in his community until his mother helps him realize how wonderful he is inside and out.

    PICTURE BOOK Diggs, T.
    Girl of Mine

    Girl of Mine - Jabari Asim; illustrated by LeUyen Pham

    A bedtime story about a dazzling little girl enjoying playtime in the moon's soft glow.
    Freight Train

    Freight Train - Donald Crews

    Brief text and illustrations trace the journey of a colorful train as it goes through tunnels, by cities, and over trestles.
    Homemade Love

    Homemade Love - Bell Hooks; with pictures by Shane W. Evans

    A girl who is Girlpie to her mama and Honey Bun Chocolate Dewdrop to her daddy savors the warmth and love of her family.
    I Got the Rhythm

    I Got the Rhythm - Connie Schofield-Morrison; illustrated by Frank Morrison

    On a trip to the park with her mother, a young girl hears a rhythm coming from the world around her and begins to move to the beat, finally beginning an impromptu dance in which other childen join her.
    Imani’s Moon

    Imani’s Moon - JaNay Brown-Wood ; illustrated by Hazel Mitchell

    Little Imani of the Maasai people longs to do something great, like touching the moon, but the other children just laugh at her.

    PICTURE BOOK Brown-Wood, J.
    Jazz Baby

    Jazz Baby - Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by Laura Freeman

    A group of children move and play, hum and sleep to a jazz beat.
    Mother Goose Numbers on the Loose

    Mother Goose Numbers on the Loose - Leo and Diane Dillon

    Presents an illustrated collection of twenty-four counting rhymes, from "Baa, baa black sheep" to "Wash the dishes, wipe the dishes."
    One Hot Summer Day

    One Hot Summer Day - Nina Crews

    Relates a child's activities in the heat of a summer day punctuated by a thunderstorm.
    Please, Baby, Please

    Please, Baby, Please - Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee; illustrated by Kadir Nelson

    A toddler's antics keep his mother busy as she tries to feed him, watch him on the playground, give him a bath, and put him to bed.
    So Much

    So Much - Trish Cooke; illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

    Relatives arriving in succession give in to their desire to squeeze and kiss and play with the baby.
    Squeak! Rumble! Whomp! Whomp! Whomp!

    Squeak! Rumble! Whomp! Whomp! Whomp! - Wynton Marsalis; illustrated by Paul Rogers

    Takes readers (and listeners) on a rollicking, clanging, clapping tour through the many sounds that fill a neighborhood
    Whose Knees are These?

    Whose Knees are These? - Jabari Asim; illustrated by LeUyen Pham

    Takes a loving look at knees from the vantage point of a mother's lap.
    Whose Toes are Those?

    Whose Toes are Those? - Jabari Asim; illustrated by LeUyen Pham

    Children are invited to explore their toes by playing "This Little Piggy."
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