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28 Black Picture Books That Aren’t About Boycotts, Buses or Basketball


Just in time for Black History Month this wonderful researcher, writer and curator shared a list of books. They reflect the everyday moments that turn into personal history. Although, one book seems to be actually about History with a capital H. The author includes a link to another curator.
I hope that you use that link and at least some of these books year round, not just during February. All children benefit from learning about diverse people and scenarios. They benefit by learning new ways to think. They benefit by developing empathy for others. The children who resemble the characters benefit by having their lives normalized. Children who don’t resemble these characters benefit by learning even though people may look different they can have similar experiences. I mean who doesn’t have cherished family memories, love for music, and/or big imaginations? But the best benefit for sharing diverse books is instilling the love of literature in a child. Have a look.

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A few years ago I was asked by a local TV station to suggest some books for children in honor of Black History Month. Being a Black librarian I relished the opportunity, but I did point out that my offerings would avoid the typical fare of Black children’s books: boycotts, buses and basketball. We’ve picked up a few other hobbies since the 1960s, and there are hundreds of books to show for it. Here is a humble sampling of some just in time for Black History Month. 28 children’s picture books, most of them featuring Black children doing what all children do: play, make up stories, learn life lessons, and dream.

I picked titles that came out within the last ten years (or so). I also tried to spread out the gender of the protagonists, as well as put some light on some typically ignored aspects of Black life in…

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