Read Across America Day encourages a love of reading in youth that will hopefully carry them throughout their lifetime. By adapting healthy reading habits, children can expand their imaginations and heighten their knowledge of what they can achieve.

In light of this day, here are a few must-read books from Black authors that belong in your child's book collection.

"Hold Them Close: A Love Letter to Black Children"
Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
Read this book to your child to let them know that they are loved and cherished.

Price: $16

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"In the Key of Us"
Mariama J. Lockington
This novel explores the experience of two Black girls navigating a predominately white summer music camp and their budding kinship.

Price: $12

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"The 1619 Project: Born on the Water"
Nikole Hannah-Jones
"The 1619 Project: Born on the Water" continues the story of Black resistance post-slavery in a manner that is engaging to children while telling an encouraging story about having pride in our ancestors.

Price: $13

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"C is for Country"
Lil Nas X
Learning the alphabet is essential to growing up so why not make the lesson fun? Lil Nas X's "C is for Country" is a funky way to teach kids about letters to the theme of "Old Town Road."

Price: $10

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"Put Your Shoes On & Get Ready!"
Rev. Raphael G. Warnock
Written by Rev. Raphael G. Warnock, this book speaks to how everyone, no matter their background, can be in service to their community.

Price: $18

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"Love Without Bounds: An IntersectionAllies Book About Families"
Chelsea Johnson
Intersectionality is important in understanding the identities of other people. "Love Without Bonds" highlights the beauty in diversity, especially in different family dynamics.

Price: $19

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"You So Black"
Theresa tha S.O.N.G.B.I.R.D.
Inspired by her viral spoken word performance, "You So Black" honors the beauty in Blackness and encourages children and adults alike to embrace it.

Price: $18

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"Baby Boy, You Are a Star! (Bright Brown Baby)"
Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney
All Black children are beyond unique, especially Black baby boys. This story not only uplifts them but is an ode to them finding strength in who they are.

Price: $9

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"My Voice Is a Trumpet"
Jimmie Allen
Everyone has moments when they feel as though their voice isn't strong enough or big enough to be heard, However, this book by up-and-coming singer Jimmie Allen reminds us that all of our voices are equally valuable.

Price: $13

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