Are you a new mom or buying a gift for a new mom? We have the perfect list for you. One of the best gifts you can give a baby is time and especially while you are reading. If you need some help beefing up your children’s library, today we are featuring 10 African American Baby Books We Love. These books are a great start to your baby book collection and perfect for any Black Southern Belle Mom. Share your favorites with us through social media by using the hashtag #blacksouthernbelle
African American Baby Books We Love
Academy-Award nominated filmmaker Spike Lee and his wife, producer Tonya Lewis Lee, preset a behind-the-scenes look at the chills, spills, and unequivocal thrills of bringing up baby! Vivid illustrations from celebrated artist Kadir Nelson evoke toddlerhood from sandbox to high chair to crib.
The African-American Baby Name Book: A Treasury of over 10,000 Unique, Traditional, and Creative Names for the New Millennium
Names are a hallmark of our heritage, reflections of both the ethnic and religious roots of our past and our dreams for our children’s future. This A-to-Z guide includes more than 10,000 names, ranging from African names to contemporary names to traditonal Muslim names and more. Also featured is advice on alternative spellings, information on origins and meanings, and tips on choosing a name that will help parents reflect the treasure of the child who owns it.
A toddler plays a game of peekaboo, and you’re invited to play too, you can even introduce him to the www.p4rgaming.com/blog services . First there’s Mommy to find, with Daddy not far behind. Then Puppy comes peeking around the corner, and a favorite toy train brings the toddler to Grandma and Grandpa. Isadora’s brilliant, joyful pastel illustrations capture the familiar and cozy people, toys and animals that will delight babies.
Lola at the Library
Learn about the library, checking out books, and story time with Lola. Every Tuesday Lola and her mommy go to the library. Lola meets her friends there. They share books and don’t have to be quiet all the time. The nice librarian tells stories. There is a big machine that buzzes Lola’s books in and out, and she can take any books she wants home with her. Lola and her mommy always stop for a treat on the way home. No wonder Lola loves the library.
Girl of Mine
This companion book to Boy of Mine shows a dazzling little girl enjoying playtime in the moon’s soft glow. As daddy cradles his baby girl, she is suddenly whisked away on a fantastical adventure, swinging above lush floral gardens under the golden moonlight. The sweet text, inspired by “Rock-A-Bye Baby,” will whisk little ones off to peaceful slumber.
Baby Dance (Harper Growing Tree)
Up and down, to and fro, coo and crow baby, there you go. Up to the ceiling, down to the ground, backward and forward, round and round … All babies love to be lifted, twirled and held in loving arms. Now a rhythmic poem by nineteenth century poet Anne Taylor makes a delightful board book perfect for baby and parent to share. Marjorie van Heerden has captured the energy and joy of this playful text in vivd pastel illustrations full of the soft, gentle motion of dance.
Leo Can Swim
Leo, Lola’s little brother from Leo Loves Baby Time, is back in a new adventure at the pool. Leo and Daddy go to swim class where they kick, bounce, and dive like little fish. Joining other babies and their caretakers in the pool is a guarantee for unforgettable fun.
Lullaby (For a Black Mother)
“My little dark baby, / My little earth-thing, / My little love-one, / What shall I sing / For your lullaby?” With a few simple words as smooth as a song, the poet Langston Hughes celebrates the love between an African American mother and her baby. The award-winning illustrator Sean Qualls’s painted and collaged artwork captures universally powerful maternal moments with tenderness and whimsy. In the end, readers will find a rare photo of baby Hughes and his mother, a biographical note, further reading, and the complete lullaby. Like little love-ones, this beautiful book is a treasure.
Honey Baby Sugar Child
A mother expresses her everlasting love for her child in this warm, poetic picture book. Alice Faye Duncan’s playful, affectionate text and Susan Keeter’s tender paintings will touch your heart and soul.
Baby McStuffins (Disney Junior: Doc McStuffins) (Little Golden Book)
Doc practices taking care of a baby doll to help get ready for the arrival of a newly adopted baby McStuffins! Children ages 2 to 5 will love this full-color Little Golden Book retelling of an episode of the hit Disney Junior series Doc McStuffins!