Celebrate a diverse Christmas with these storybooks for kids. These children’s picture books feature African American characters and even a black Santa. This list will help you celebrate the importance of Black characters and families depicted in a positive light through Christmas stories.
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Parker’s Elf: A book about managing emotions by Martha Sylla Underwood
Determined to prove that he has mastered his emotions and is secretly guided by a magical Christmas elf, Parker journeys through a series of events to remind his parents of the lessons he’s learned.
Danny’s Christmas List by Tieska Jumbo
When Danny and his family visit a local Christmas market, he finds himself in a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with Santa.
A Piece of Black Cake for Santa by Yolanda T. Marshall and illustrated by Subi Bosa
Femi and her friends plan to leave some traditional Caribbean treats out for Santa, including Black Cake.
The Night Before Christmas: An African American Retelling written by Noland Nixon and Illustrated by Angela Y. Nixon
A retelling of Clement Moore’s classic holiday poem, complemented with illustrations of African American characters.
Count with Santa: A fun Christmas Counting Book by Angela Y. Nixon
Count all of the gifts and toys that Santa will bring.
Marcus and Mikayla Wait for Santa: An African American Christmas Book for Kids by Sunny Mai
Children get to stay awake with Marcus and Mikayla as they wait for Santa.
The Day Santa Got Sick by Deanne Samuels and illustrated by Oliver Kryzz Bundoc
What happens if Santa can not drive the sleigh on Christmas eve? Read “The Day Santa Got Sick” to find out how toys are delivered when Santa is sick.
I Got the Christmas Spirit by Connie Schofield-Morrison and Frank Morrison
Explore the joys of the holiday season with this beautifully illustrated book.
Santa’s Secret by Britney Harris
In a fun-filled adventure to the North Pole Carson finds out that Santa has one huge magical secret.
Soulful Holidays: An inclusive rhyming story celebrating the joys of Christmas and Kwanzaa – Written by Ciara Hill and illustrated by Christian Krabbe
Told in easy-to-read memorable rhymes this book explores the magic of Christmas and the essence of Kwanzaa.
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