I don’t think I ever paid so much attention to children books until I became a teacher. I began to realize that many of the books that my students were reading, had absolutely nothing to do with their lives. The people in the books looked nothing like them and lived a totally different life. It was at that point that I realized little black children needed to have accurate and frequent representations of themselves in literature in order to plant the seed of reading for enjoyment.
Due to that experience, I have made a conscious effort to surround my son with books and people who look like him! On this Mother’s Day, I encourage you to do the same.
Take a look at some of the must-have’s in children literature for our little brown babies:
This post is inspired by Essence Magazine’s article on the 7 children’s books about natural hair!