Recommended Reads: New Baby

It’s so important to explore the wonderful diversity of humans with young children, as early as possible. Here is a selection of books to celebrate the arrival of a new baby, from our collection of picture books featuring characters who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Included are titles about birth and welcoming, and others perfect for reading to the littlest ones. We strive to include as much varied racial/cultural representation as possible, but these lists also reflect what is available on the market. 

These titles are only a sample of what you can find in our full collection. To see more, go to Search the CollectionOpens in a new window and use the “Content” filter on the left-hand menu for “Diverse Families/Family Dynamics.”

See also: Recommended Reads: New Sibling & Recommended Reads: Adoption

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Baby’s firsts


by Nancy Raines Day and Michael Emberley

Told in rhyming text, the story traces the development of a baby from birth to the first birthday.


First laugh – Welcome Baby!


by Rose Ann Tahe and Jonathan Nelson

The First Laugh Ceremony is a celebration held to welcome a new member of the community. As everyone—from Baby’s nima (mom) to nadi (big sister) to cheii (grandfather)—tries to elicit the joyous sound from Baby, readers are introduced to details about Navajo life and the Navajo names for family members. –publisher

Centering Culture & Identity Race/Culture/Identity Concepts

Woke baby


by Mahogany L. Browne

"For all the littlest progressives, waking up to seize a new day of justice and activism. Woke babies are up early. Woke babies raise their fists in the air. Woke babies cry out for justice. Woke babies grow up to change the world. This lyrical and empowering book is both a celebration of what it means to be a baby and what it means to be woke. With bright playful art, Woke Baby is an anthem of hope in a world where the only limit to a skyscrapper is more blue."–Publisher’s description

Any Child/Teen

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