Storytelling is a great way to open up your children’s imagination and creativity.
Reading allows children to learn new vocabulary, as well as, sharpen their ability to organize their thoughts to make cohesive and comprehensive sentences.
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Most importantly, it is a great way to learn about something new at the end of every read without it being too cumbersome for their little brains.
In today’s world, it is essential for African-American children and children of ethnic minorities to feel a sense of belonging in their society.
What better way to start than to get them reading books with characters that look like them and they can relate to.
Check out these great children’s books with amazing illustrations by African-American authors:
Twintuition: Double Vision, by Tia Mowry and Tamera Mowry
Tia and Tamera channel their inner twintuition in this book that explores the hidden powers of twin sisters that possess magical abilities. The twins in the book, Cassie and Caitlyn, relocate to a new town because of their mother’s new job. They then have to juggle with fitting in as the new kids on the block and their weird premonitions about the future.
Two Mrs Gibsons, by Toyomi Igus
Being different from everyone can be daunting, especially for children. Growing up knowing she has a Japanese mother and an African-American grandmother, the little girl in this book teaches children how to cope with diversity and inclusion from a very tender age. This book by Toyomi Igus also relishes in the richness of growing up biracial.
Happy Hair, by Mechal Renee Roe
There is nothing like good hair or bad hair; all that matters is there is hair and it’s high time children are taught to embrace however way their hair grows. Mechal authors and illustrates this picture book that champions positive hair image and self-esteem for all girls.
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, by Vashti Harrison
Little Leaders is a mini encyclopedia of forty amazing black women that have etched their names in American history and left a significant impact in our lives today.
It covers popular civil rights activists like Sojourner Truth to little known heroes in their own right like chemist Alice Ball. This book is the epitome of inspiration for young black girls and even women to aspire for greatness in any field they find themselves.
Salt in his shoes: Michael Jordan in pursuit of a dream, by Deloris Jordan and Roslyn M. Jordan
This book highlights reasons not to give up on your dreams despite the apparent impediments. As a biography of Michael Jordan, it touches on the invaluable lesson his parents gave him when he almost gave up his dream of becoming a basketball player. It teaches kids about love, family, teamwork, patience, determination and hard work and it was authored by his mother Deloris and sister Roslyn.
Skin Again, by Bell Hooks
The media is filled with so many racially motivated crimes and kids are exposed to them whether you are doing the exposing or not. Skin Again allows children to appreciate people beyond their skin and it has a powerful message on self-love and love for others as well.
It bothers on race and identity and the ability to live in a world of acceptance where everybody feels welcome at all times; a world where they can have the liberty to be whoever they aspire to be regardless of their race, cultural background or their identity.