Black representation matters when it pertains to the literature that our Black children are exposed to. Here are 10 Black children’s books that elevate our children.
I Dream of Africa
In Africa Dream by Eloise Greenfield, a little African-American girl falls asleep and dreams of ancient Africa. In this dream, she returns to her people exercising the principle of Sankofa, which means “to go back and fetch it.” This translates to the phrase “you cannot know where you are going unless you know where you have been.” She visits a village, its marketplaces and even meets her grandfather.
Black Is Beautiful in All Shades
The best way to tackle the issues of colorism is to affirm our Black children while they are young and educate them about the dangers of it. In The Colors of Us by Karen Katz, a little Black girl named Lena wants to paint a portrait of herself. After walking through her neighborhood with her mother, she discovers that Black people’s skin comes in numerous shades of brown.
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