Picture Books on Audio that Amplify Black Voices + Change Sings Cover
Picture Books on Audio That Amplify Black Voices

Whether you’re preparing your little one for school, introducing affirmations into your daily routine, or looking for imaginative bedtime stories that delight, nurture, and build self-esteem, press play on audio picture books written and read by best-selling, award-winning Black authors and narrators.

In Change Sings by presidential inaugural poet and activist Amanda Gorman, anything is possible when our voices join together.

“Who better to read her first children’s picture book than poet-activist Amanda Gorman? Gorman’s lyrical voice features the strong sense of rhythm, rhyming, and laudable phrasing that she has quickly become known for…Gorman’s pitch-perfect emotional tone captures the poem’s message of building bridges, not walls.”—AudioFile

From New York Times bestselling author Tracey Baptiste comes Because Claudette, a singular picture book, adapted for audio, that is both a biography about Claudette Colvin, the teen whose activism launched the Montgomery bus boycott, and a celebration of collective action.

From hip-hop pioneer Darryl “DMC” McDaniels comes Darryl’s Dream, a new audiobook about creativity, confidence, and finding your voice.

Author: Traci N. Todd
Read By: Jade Wheeler

Nina is an illuminating and defining picture book biography—adapted for audio—that tells the story of little Eunice, who grew up to become the acclaimed singer Nina Simone.

A New York Times bestseller. In Sulwe, written and narrated by Academy Award–winning actress Lupita Nyong’o creates a whimsical and heartwarming story to inspire children to see their own unique beauty.

Based on a viral video, I Am Smart, I Am Blessed, I Can Do Anything! is the story of one boy’s positive energy and how a sunny outlook can turn everything around.

“Families looking to practice affirmations may find inspiration here.”—Kirkus Reviews

Starting kindergarten is a big milestone—and the hero of this story is ready to make his mark! Newbery Honor-winning author Derrick Barnes’s The King of Kindergarten will give new kindergarteners a reassuring confidence boost.

I Am Every Good Thing is an upbeat, empowering audiobook from the team that created the award-winning Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut.

“In a text brimming with imagination and Black-boy joy, Barnes lays the foundation for young Black readers to go forth into the world filled with confidence and self-assurance.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

From prima ballerina and New York Times bestselling author Misty Copeland comes the story of a young Misty, who discovers her love of dance through the ballet CoppĂ©lia—a story about a toymaker who devises a villainous plan to bring a doll to life. Bunheads is the first in a series of books inspired by Misty’s own early experiences in ballet.

Be sure to also check out Firebird, also written and read by Misty.

Author: Lil Nas X
Read By: Lil Nas X

Parents who play GRAMMY-winner Lil Nas X’s 12-times platinum single Old Town Road on repeat will want to take their kids and ride on over to this audiobook written and narrated by the music mega-star. With plenty of hidden surprises for Nas’s biggest fans, C Is for Country is a celebration of song and the power inside us all.

A #1 New York Times bestseller. In The Day You Begin, National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson has created a poignant, heartening audiobook about finding the courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone.

With thoughtful yet playful text, Antiracist Baby introduces the youngest listeners and the grown-ups in their lives to the concept and power of antiracism. Providing the language necessary to begin critical conversations at the earliest age, Antiracist Baby is the perfect gift for listeners of all ages dedicated to forming a just society.

Looking for more audiobooks that amplify Black authors, narrators, and stories? Browse our Amplify Black Voices collection.