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Audiobooks for Kids by Black Authors

Listen to black voices with these audiobooks for children.

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Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

Vashti Harrison
By Vashti Harrison
Narrated by Robin Miles /  1 hour 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 /  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 /  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 /  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 /  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 & Kwesi Johnson
Narrated by J. D. Jackson, Vashti Harrison & Cary Hite /  1 hour 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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Chocolate Me!

By Taye Diggs
Narrated by Taye Diggs /  6 minutes

*Winner of a Parents' Choice Gold Award*

This program is read by Taye Diggs.

The boy is teased for looking different than the other kids. His skin is darker, his hair curlier. He tells his mother he wishes he could be more like everyone else. And she helps him to see how beautiful he really, truly is.

For years before they both achieved acclaim in... Read more »

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Same, Same but Different

By Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
Narrated by Maxwell Glick /  6 minutes

Elliot lives in America, and Kailash lives in India. They are pen pals. By exchanging letters and pictures, they learn that they both love to climb trees, have pets, and go to school. Their worlds might look different, but they were actually similar. Same, same - but different! Read more »

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Coretta Scott

By Ntozake Shange
Narrated by Phylicia Rashad /  5 minutes

This extraordinary union of poetic text by Ntozake Shange and monumental artwork by kadir Nelson captures the movement for civil rights in the United States and honors its most elegant inspiration, Coretta Scott Read more »

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Barack Obama

By Nikki Grimes
Narrated by Nikki Grimes /  24 minutes

The #1 New York Times bestselling picture-book biography of President Barack Obama is now in paperback.

Ever since Barack Obama was young, Hope has lived inside him. From the beaches of Hawaii to the streets of Chicago, from the jungles of Indonesia to the plains of Kenya, he has held on to Hope. Even as a boy, Barack knew he wasn’t quite like... Read more »

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A Chair for My Mother

By Vera B. Williams
Narrated by Martha Plimpton /  7 minutes

This classic and award-winning picture book was written and illustrated by the celebrated Vera B. Williams and was named a Caldecott Honor Book by the American Library Association. "A tender knockout . . . it's rare to find much vitality, spontaneity, and depth of feeling in such a simple, young book."—Kirkus Reviews

After their home is destroyed... Read more »

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Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa

By Andrea Davis Pinkney
Narrated by Billy Dee Williams /  17 minutes

Told in the voice of a cool cat named Scat, this dramatic story tells how Ella got her sound on the way to a most remarkable and inspiring career. Read more »

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Hey Black Child

By Useni Eugene Perkins
Narrated by Pe'Tehn Raighn-Kem Jackson /  5 minutes

Six-time Coretta Scott King Award winner and four-time Caldecott Honor recipient Bryan Collier brings this classic, inspirational poem to life, written by poet Useni Eugene Perkins.

Hey black child,

Do you know who you are?

Who really are? Do you know you can be

What you want to be

If you try to be

What you can be?

This lyrical, empowering... Read more »

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Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters

By John Steptoe
Narrated by Terry Alexander /  13 minutes

Mufaro's daughters are tested unknowingly to reveal which one is worthy enough to marry the king in this award-winning production, lush with Steptoe's magnificent paintings and a rich musical score. Read more »

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Hair Love

By Matthew A. Cherry
Narrated by Sisi Aisha Johnson /  6 minutes

Zuri’s hair has a mind of its own. It kinks, coils, and curls every which way. Zuri knows it’s beautiful. When Daddy steps in to style it for an extra special occasion, he has a lot to learn. But he LOVES his Zuri, and he’ll do anything to make her—and her hair—happy. Tender and empowering, Hair Love is an ode to loving your natural hair—and a... Read more »

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Radiant Child

The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
By Javaka Steptoe
Narrated by Ron Butler /  19 minutes

Winner of the Randolph Caldecott Medal and the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award
Jean-Michel Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocketed to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art world had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games... Read more »

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Magnificent Homespun Brown

A Celebration
By Samara Cole Doyon
Narrated by Chrystal Bethell /  10 minutes

This exploration of the natural world and family bonds through the eyes of a young mixed-race narrator is a living, breathing, dazzlingly multi-faceted, exuberant masterpiece, firmly grounded in her sense of self-worth and belonging. If Walt Whitman were reborn as a vibrant young woman of color, this is the book he might write. America, we hear... Read more »

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