#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

#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: The Black Crayon

The Black Crayon Written by Andrew Vassall Illustrated by Unc Jon Published by First Edition Design Publishing ISBN-10 : 1506906958ISBN-13 : 978-1506906959 This unusual picture book is told from the perspective of a black crayon, who feels unloved as each of the other crayons are used except him.   As he watches children make drawings with his … Continue reading #BlackIsBeautiful: The Black Crayon

#BlackIsBeautiful: Sulwe

Title: Sulwe Author: Lupita Nyong’o Illustrator: Vashti Harrison ISBN-10: 1534425365 ISBN-13: 978-1534425361 Bestseller, Sulwe written by Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o is a recipient of numerous awards and is featured in Netflix’s show, Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices. This powerful story addresses colorism and how it can be hurtful. All children should know  they are beautiful in … Continue reading #BlackIsBeautiful: Sulwe

#WorldKidLit Wednesday: The Map of Good Memories

Last month I reviewed a book produced by Spanish publisher Cuento de Luz, which exclusively uses stone paper, a paper made without bleach or wood pulp. Today we return to Cuento de Luz's innovative books in The Map of Good Memories. Written by Spanish author Fran Nuño and illustrated by Poland born artist Zuzanna Celej, … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: The Map of Good Memories

#BlackIsBeautiful: Magnificent Homespun Brown

Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration  The book presents a series of vignettes following young Black girls as they enjoy all the pleasures that come with the color brown.  Whether spending time with family and friends, by themselves, inside the house or enjoying nature, each girl takes notice of the beautiful, changing brown hues around them. … Continue reading #BlackIsBeautiful: Magnificent Homespun Brown

#BlackIsBeautiful: A Story About Afiya

A Story About Afiya “A Story About Afiya,” by Jamaican poet James Berry, is a story about a beautiful, little Black girl named Afiya (which means ‘health' in Swahili). Her dress collects memorabilia from the day.  As she dances and moves around the island her dress has the day’s adventure printed on it but by the … Continue reading #BlackIsBeautiful: A Story About Afiya

#BlackIsBeautiful: Simone Visits the Museum

Simone Visits The Museum Simone Visits the Museum by Dr. Kelsi Bracmort and illustrated by Takeia Marie, both from the United States, is a beautiful children’s book about a Saturday in the life of a family of Washington D.C. residents. The book  is focused on Simone’s first trip to the National Museum of African American History … Continue reading #BlackIsBeautiful: Simone Visits the Museum

#WorldKidLitWednesday: The Moose of Ewenki

Picture books can be a wonderful source of stories and information about life in far-off places. The Moose of Ewenki is set in the mountains of Inner Mongolia, one of the few regions* in Northern Asia inhabited by the Indigenous Ewenki people. There, they lead a semi-nomadic way of life, raising reindeer and hunting in … Continue reading #WorldKidLitWednesday: The Moose of Ewenki

#BlackIsBeautiful: Books that Boost Blackness to Children

To be Black is to embody diversity in lived experiences, culture, skin tones and hair textures. Blackness is an awareness of differences in treatment based on beauty standards that have historically ignored the range of shades and coils of Black people. The following U.S. titles celebrate and honor Black people and teach young children (ages … Continue reading #BlackIsBeautiful: Books that Boost Blackness to Children