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February 1, 2019

20 Children's Books for Black History Month!

Happy Black History Month!! If any of you have followed my blog or insta for some time now, you know I believe in celebrating our blackness every day, and making sure the girls get plenty of positive reinforcement and normalization of their skin color, their curls, and those that differ from them. While it's true that no child is born thinking differently about another race, they are inundated with messages from society and the media daily - so parents, try to be active as possible in highlighting our differences and the beauty in those differences! As I like to say, raise them to be colorkind, not colorblind. And for some of my followers who still have trouble accepting all of this black pride, or feel like it's not fair - I've had comments on "wouldn't it be racist if I said white pride" - please understand, those of us who identify as Black in America are from a lineage of ancestors who were stolen from their countries and forced into slavery. The idea of race and black vs white is A social construct, created to instill a social ranking order, where whites were superior. So I absolutely think it's ok (and wonderful actually) to have English pride, or Irish pride, or Italian pride, or Polish pride, etc.,  please realize that blacks in this country don't know what country we even came from (we can make guesses of course), but we don't have that history or that culture. All we have is our blackness, something that for much of our history was something that was seen as inferior, so instead we celebrate it. For anyone who wants to read more, I highly recommend Princeton professor Nell Irvin Painter's The History of White People, and Ibram Kendi's national book award winning Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.

Alright, with all of that said, let's jump right into some of my favorite children's books celebrating black history, black culture, black hair, and inclusivity! I really hope you'll enjoy them as much as we do, and feel comfortable inserting these positive messages regularly into your homes and schools!

  1. A Child's Introduction to African American History: The Experiences, People, and Events That Shaped Our Country (A Child's Introduction Series), Jabari Asim
  2. Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13
  3. Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, Derrick Barnes
  4. Dad, Who Will I Be? G.Todd Taylor
  5. Dancing in the Wings,  Debbie Allen
  6. Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library, Julie Gassman
  7. Emi's Curly Coily, Cotton Candy Hair, Tina Olajide 
  8. Hair Like Mine, LaTashia M. Perry
  9. Have You Thanked an Inventor Today? Patrice McLaurin
  10. Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad, Ellen Levine
  11. I Am Enough,  Grace Byers
  12. I Have a Dream (Book & CD), Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 
  13. I Love My Hair! Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
  14. Jabari Jumps, Gaia Cornwall
  15. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, Vashti Harrison
  16. Look What Brown Can Do! T. Marie Harris
  17. Mae Among the Stars, Roda Ahmed
  18. The Doctor with an Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath, Julia Finley Mosca
  19. The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist, Cynthia Levinson
  20. Yesterday I Had the Blues, Jeron Ashford Frame

All of the books listed above are arranged alphabetically and linked up, just click any one! Please feel free to pin this post or share to anyone who may find it useful! 

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