Dear Black Child (Hardcover)

Dear Black Child By Rahma Rodaah, Lydia Mba (Illustrator) Cover Image

Dear Black Child (Hardcover)

By Rahma Rodaah, Lydia Mba (Illustrator)


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In the spirit of I Am Enough, this is a moving and lyrical tribute to and affirmation of Black children around the world—by an exciting new author and illustrator team.

Dear Black Child,

We are here to remind you of your glory…

An inspiring love letter to Black children from all cultures, this book is a celebration of their beauty, joy, and resilience.

Dear Black Child is a story of self-acceptance, love, and empowerment for Black immigrant children and families of the diaspora around the world and features joyful and vibrant illustrations.

Rahma Rodaah was born and raised in Hargeisa, Somaliland. At the age of eight, her family immigrated to Canada where she still resides today. She is a mother of four children and enjoys reading and coming up with silly bedtime stories. She is also the author of two self-published picture books and firmly believes that children need to be able to identify themselves in the books they read. You can visit her online at

Lydia Mba is an Afro-Spanish illustrator with roots in Equatorial Guinea and Spain. Drawing from her heritage, she creates work that is a vibrant tapestry of colors and stories celebrating diversity. Lydia brings to life enchanting worlds and endearing characters in her illustrations, captivating readers of all ages through her books for children. Visit her online at

Product Details ISBN: 9780063091979
ISBN-10: 0063091976
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: September 27th, 2022
Pages: 32
Language: English

“Through a series of light-filled illustrations, the book stresses that there is space for Black children to become explorers, take center stage, and celebrate their heritage. Rodaah and Mba address Black children’s need to feel safe and accepted within their larger communities, the lack of African American representation in history books, and microaggressions they may experience, but they also remind children that they are loved…. A rousing affirmation that Black children belong.” — Kirkus Reviews

“This upbeat and inspiring missive [is] a triumphant mirror book for Black children everywhere, providing encouragement, validation, and joy.” — School Library Journal