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#BlackIsBeautiful: African Americans Living Abroad

By Deborah M. Robinson, MBA, PhD The Global Literature in Libraries Initiative strives to raise the visibility of world literature for adults and children at the local, national and international levels.  What about literature by and about African Americans who live/lived around the world?  This body of literature and the stories of the people it … Continue reading #BlackIsBeautiful: African Americans Living Abroad

#WorldKidLitWednesday: Meet Reviewer Lebohang Masango

Photo credit: Austin Malema Please extend a warm welcome to Lebohang Masango who joins the #WorldKidLit Wednesday team at the Global Literature in Libraries Initiative blog as a regular reviewer. Lebohang is a writer, poet and anthropologist with an impressive range of publications to her name, including Mpumi’s Magic Beads, a picture book for which … Continue reading #WorldKidLitWednesday: Meet Reviewer Lebohang Masango

#BlackIsBeautiful Glory: Magical Visions of Black Beauty

“Beauty is in the eye of the Beholder” Clichéd but true, this month’s theme emphasizing the physical beauty of Black people underlines this saying. What better way to pay homage to the diverse beauty of Black people than through photography? This lovely coffee table book beautifully illuminates Black beauty as viewed through the camera lens … Continue reading #BlackIsBeautiful Glory: Magical Visions of Black Beauty

#BlackIsBeautiful: Iman The Beauty of Color

The Beauty of Color: The Ultimate Beauty Guide for Skin of Color by Iman ISBN-10 : 0399532846ISBN-13 : 978-0399532849Published by Putnam Adult Iman The Beauty of Color: The Ultimate Beauty Guide for Skin of Color outlines a program of skin care and makeup for women of color, drawing on the author's experience as a supermodel and founder … Continue reading #BlackIsBeautiful: Iman The Beauty of Color

#BlackIsBeautiful: Let’s do it for the culture: Books that celebrate the roots and origins of hip-hop music

The following books celebrate the beauty and roots of hip-hop music and culture. Casual readers and hip-hop aficionados will be thoroughly engaged with these books while bobbing their heads  to the beats of their favorite "Master of Ceremonies" (MC) or newly discovered ones. Young Adult: Let Me Hear a Rhyme: by Tiffany D. Jackson Lyrics: … Continue reading #BlackIsBeautiful: Let’s do it for the culture: Books that celebrate the roots and origins of hip-hop music

#BlackIsBeautiful: Black Hair is Beautiful

Cornrows Written by Camille Yarbrough Illustrated by Carole Byard Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons ISBN-10 : 0698114361ISBN-13 : 978-0698114364 In this heartwarming picture book, a hairstyling session prompts a discussion between a young girl and her great-grandmother about the history of cornrows.  The elder tells her entranced great-granddaughter about the endurance of the hairstyle from its origins … Continue reading #BlackIsBeautiful: Black Hair is Beautiful

#WorldKidLit Wednesday: Dragonfly Eyes

Oxymoronic as it may sound, there is an exciting comfort in picking up a book by a beloved author—or, as in Dragonfly Eyes, a beloved, award-winning writer-translator team. What joys, worlds, and experiences lurk within its pages? Will anticipation be tempered by disappointment? In the case of Dragonfly Eyes, Cao Wenxuan’s new YA historical novel, … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: Dragonfly Eyes

#BlackIsBeautiful: Light for the World to See: A Thousand Words on Race and Hope

Kwame Alexander Poet, Educator and Bestselling Author.  Alexander’s latest book of poetry, “A Thousand Words on Race And Hope, Light For The World to See” is a small but powerful commentary on the historical and current racial struggles of Black people.  The foreword touches on Alexander’s early participation, as a 10-year-old,  during the Civil Rights … Continue reading #BlackIsBeautiful: Light for the World to See: A Thousand Words on Race and Hope

#BlackIsBeautiful: Brown Is Too!

Fostering a sense of self-worth and tenacity in children is a critical aspect of their development.  The following list is for those who wish to reinforce the importance of self worth in Black children, encourage them to see themselves as individuals, and to view their features, hair and complexion as elements of beauty and pride … Continue reading #BlackIsBeautiful: Brown Is Too!

#BlackIsBeautiful: Brown Sugar Babies

Brown Sugar Babies Text and photography by Charles R. Smith, Jr. Little, Brown Books For Young Readers ISBN-10 : 0786806222ISBN-13 : 978-0786806225 Previously released in hardcover form and now available as a board book, Smith’s book of poems and photographs spotlight giggly, playful Black babies in all shades of brown.  The text likens each child to a … Continue reading #BlackIsBeautiful: Brown Sugar Babies