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Every Black child deserves to see themselves in the books they read.

Shop our popular and affordable series of African American children’s books written by Black authors, highlighting the Black experience.

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Beautifully-Illustrated Children’s Books

We're A Black-Owned Publisher

Education & Empowerment

Teach our children the reading skills and cultural awareness to succeed in this century.

Culturally Sustaining

Preserve Black culture and pass on our stories to the next generation of Black people.

Strong Families

Show children that family and community form the foundation of individual success.

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"Great books. Well illustrated, very informative. I bought my nephew the whole collection for Christmas. I feel my children are better connected to their heritage thanks to these stories."

- Whitney Jones

About Melanin Origins

About Melanin Origins

Melanin Origins is a Black-owned publishing company focused on educating Black youth and rebuilding a connection to our cultural and spiritual past. 

We publish books from emerging authors and illustrators who share our values and love of childhood education. 

You can explore a wide range of Black children’s books, from Black history to bible stories. What’s most important is reading often, building strong families, and instilling confidence in Black culture. 


- Louie T. McClain II, Founder & CEO

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