Hi friends! Do you read to your little ones? If so what kind of books do they like? I read to Ivy and Aria daily. They even like virtual book apps like Vooks and Epic. When it comes to books my girls don’t have a preference. They love all types of books. From dragons to fairytales, modern titles, or old school books they literally enjoy em all. But one thing that’s important to me is that I make sure to read them African American written books. There are many books out there that have such an impact on our culture I wish I could read them all. But for now, I am so excited to share with you a few of my girl’s favorite books. Books straight from their own bookshelf from some very talented African American writers!
African American written books.
Saturday written by Oge Mora: Saturday is a really fun picture book with a great life lesson. Every Saturday a little girl and her mom spend the day having grand adventures. But on this particular Saturday, they both learn things don’t always go as planned and that’s okay. Saturday teaches us a heartfelt lesson on how to deal with life’s curveballs.
Happy Hair written by Mechal Renee Roe: Happy Hair has some of the best illustrations I have seen in a children’s book. This book is short but sweet. From cornrows to fros and everything else in between this book shows tiny brown girls how to appreciate that beautiful happy hair.
Sulwe written by Lupita Nyong’o: This book is everything + more. In this book, a young girl by the name of Sulwe is teased for her African American features. Sulwe is fed up when one night she ends up on an eye-opening journey where she realizes her black is oh so beautiful. Ivy and Aria love this book so much definitely the number one favorite on their list.
Full, Full, Full Of Love written by Trish Cooke: Oh, this book is cute. In this book, a young boy named Jay looks forward to his grandmother’s dinner. As he eagerly awaits for the rest of his family to arrive we get to witness the beautiful bond that Jay has with his grandmother. This book makes me miss my own grandmother and the warmth and coziness of it all are so wonderful.
Will, you read these titles?
So friends I hope that you will take the time to check out some of these books and share them with your little ones. Each book can be found on Amazon and I hope both you and your littles enjoy them as much as me and mine do. Diversity matters so why not start with a good book?