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Audiobooks for Kids by Black Authors

Listen to black voices with these audiobooks for children.

Playlist Tags: genre: Children's audience: kids audience: grandparents audience: parents topic: antiracism audience: teachers audience: educators topic: black authors

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Sulwe

By Lupita Nyong'o
Narrated by: Lupita Nyong'o
Length: 13 minutes

New York Times bestseller!

Recipient of a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award
Recipient of an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Children’s Literary Work

From Academy Award–winning actress Lupita Nyong’o comes a powerful, moving picture book about colorism, self-esteem, and learning that true beauty comes from within.

Sulwe has skin the... Read more »

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Welcome to the Party

By Gabrielle Union
Narrated by: Gabrielle Union
Length: 2 minutes

Inspired by the eagerly awaited birth of her daughter, Kaavia James Union Wade, New York Times bestselling author and award-winning actress Gabrielle Union pens a festive and universal love letter from parents to little ones, perfect for welcoming a baby to the party of life!

Don't miss this audiobook edition, read by the author...

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Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea

By Meena Harris
Narrated by: Meena Harris
Length: 8 minutes

“A must read for little girls around the world.”
—Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts

“An inspiring tale.”
—Stacey Abrams, Former Minority Leader, Georgia House of Representatives; Founder and Chair, Fair Fight Action

“I love this book.”
—Megan Rapinoe, Co-Captain, U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team

Meena Harris debuts with an empowering...

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I Promise

By LeBron James
Narrated by: Gloria James
Length: 4 minutes

An Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller! An Instant Indie Bestseller! 

*An Amazon Best Book of the Year * A B&N Best Book of the Year*

A great gift for tiny go-getters and big dreamers, including for back to school!

NBA champion and superstar LeBron James pens a slam-dunk book inspired by his foundation’s I PROMISE program that motivates...

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I Believe I Can

By Grace Byers
Narrated by: Grace Byers
Length: 3 minutes

From the New York Times bestselling creator of I Am Enough comes an empowering follow-up that celebrates every child’s limitless potential.

Don't miss this audiobook edition, read by the author, Grace Byers!

I Believe I Can is an affirmation for boys and girls of every background to love and believe in themselves, from actress and activist Grace...

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I Am Every Good Thing

By Derrick Barnes
Narrated by: Joshua David Scarlett
Length: 4 minutes

An upbeat, empowering, important audiobook from the team that created the award-winning Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

I am
a nonstop ball of energy.
Powerful and full of light.
I am a go-getter. A difference maker. A leader.

The confident Black narrator of this book is proud of everything that makes him who he is. He's got big plans, and no doubt... Read more »

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Bedtime for Sweet Creatures

By Nikki Grimes
Narrated by: Carra Patterson
Length: 4 minutes

A sweet bedtime story from the award-winning author Nikki Grimes about a mother, her little boy, and their imagination-fueled and animal filled journey to get to sleep. It's bedtime. But Mommy's little one is not sleepy. He growls like a bear, he questions like an owl, he tosses his mane like a lion. He hunts for water like a sly wolf, and... Read more »

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Saturday

By author
Narrated by: Tracey Leigh
Length: 8 minutes

In this warm and tender story by the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of Thank You, Omu!, join a mother and daughter on an up-and-down journey that reminds them of what's best about Saturdays: precious time together.

Today would be special. Today would be splendid. It was Saturday! But sometimes, the best plans don't work out exactly the way you... Read more »

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Grandma's Purse and Two Other Picture Books

Grandma's Purse; Just Like Me; Becoming Vanessa

By Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Narrated by: Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Length: 27 minutes

Three empowering picture books on audio, narrated by author/illustrator Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Grandma's Purse: When Grandma Mimi comes to visit, she always brings warm hugs, sweet treats...and her purse. You never know what she'll have in there--fancy jewelry, tokens from around the world, or something special just for her granddaughter. It... Read more »

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Bedtime Bonnet

By Nancy Redd
Length: TBA

This joyous and loving celebration of family is the first-ever picture book to highlight Black nighttime hair traditions--and is perfect for every little girl who knows what it's like to lose her bonnet just before bedtime.

In my family, when the sun goes down, our hair goes up!
My brother slips a durag over his locs.
Sis swirls her hair in a wrap... Read more »

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All Because You Matter

By Tami Charles
Narrated by: Tami Charles
Length: 16 minutes

Discover this poignant, timely, and emotionally stirring picture book, an ode to black and brown children everywhere that is full of hope, assurance, and love. Tami Charles pens a poetic, lyrical text that is part love letter, part anthem, assuring readers that they always have, and always will, matter. This powerful, rhythmic lullaby reassures... Read more »

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The Proudest Blue

A Story of Hijab and Family

By Ibtihaj Muhammad
Narrated by: Ibtihaj Muhammad
Length: 7 minutes

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!
A powerful, vibrantly illustrated story about the first day of school--and two sisters on one's first day of hijab--by Olympic medalist and social justice activist Ibtihaj Muhammad.

With her new backpack and light-up shoes, Faizah knows the first day of school is going to be special. It's the start of a... Read more »

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I Am Enough

By Grace Byers
Narrated by: Grace Byers
Length: 3 minutes

I Am Enough is the audio edition of the New York Times bestseller everyone needs!

This is a gorgeous, lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another, from Empire actor and activist Grace Byers.

Perfect for mothers and daughters, baby showers, and graduation.

We are all here for a purpose. We are more than...

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Becoming Vanessa

By Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Narrated by: Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Length: 6 minutes

Get ready to go back to school with this inclusive, empathetic story that will help kids new to the classroom transform from timid caterpillars into beautiful butterflies who love exactly who they are!

On Vanessa's first day of school, her parents tell her it will be easy to make friends. Vanessa isn't so sure. She wears her fanciest... Read more »

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Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

Vashti Harrison

By Vashti Harrison
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 1 hours 38 minutes

This beautifully illustrated board book edition of instant bestseller Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History showcases women who changed the world and is the perfect goodnight book to inspire big dreams.

Featuring 18 trailblazing black women in American history, Dream Big, Little One is the irresistible board book adaptation of Little... Read more »

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Beautiful Blackbird

By Ashley Bryan
Narrated by: Myra Lucretia Taylor
Length: 8 minutes

Coretta Scott King Award winner Ashley Bryan adapted this charming tale from a story told by the Ilaspeaking people of Zambia. All the birds in the forest are jealous of Blackbird, whose black feathers glisten and shine colorfully in the sunbeams. The other birds are a single color from head to foot, and none of them have even a spot of black on... Read more »

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The Day You Begin

By Jacqueline Woodson
Narrated by: Jacqueline Woodson
Length: 5 minutes

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

A #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson has created a poignant, yet heartening audiobook about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone.


There will be times when you walk into a room
and no one there is... Read more »

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Firebird

By Misty Copeland
Narrated by: Misty Copeland
Length: 6 minutes

In her debut book, Misty Copeland tells the story of a young girl--an every girl--whose confidence is fragile and who is questioning her own ability to reach the heights that Misty has reached. Misty encourages this young girl's faith in herself and shows her exactly how, through hard work and dedication, she too can become Firebird.

Lyrical and... Read more »

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Sit-In

How Four Friends Stood up by Sitting Down

By Andrea Davis Pinkney
Narrated by: Myra Lucretia Taylor
Length: 22 minutes

The recipient of a Coretta Scott King Book Award Author Honor, Andrea Davis Pinkney is the popular author of numerous picture books and young adult novels. Sit-In recounts the historic events of 1960, when four black college students attempted to integrate a lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina. ". powerful, elemental, and historic story... Read more »

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Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History

By Vashti Harrison
Narrated by: J. D. Jackson, Vashti Harrison & Cary Hite
Length: 1 hours 49 minutes

Author-illustrator Vashti Harrison shines a bold, joyous light on black men through history in this #1 New York Times bestseller.
An important book for readers of all ages, this beautifully illustrated and engagingly written volume brings to life true stories of black men in history. Among these biographies, readers will find aviators and... Read more »

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