It's the first day of February and that means it is Black History Month. As you prepare to dive into books about Black History, be mindful of your book selections that can cause trauma for children, especially with preschoolers who are not able to fully understand the complexities of what transpired. We all know literacy is an important part of a child's development, so it's important that they have access to books. Access should also include books that allow children to see positive representations of children who look like them. Below you will find a list of books that highlight Black children in positive ways.
Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry
Little Zuri shows off all the wonderful hairstyles she can do with her hair. And her dad is right by her side helping to style her hair. Little black girls can relate to this books because they see someone who looks like them, same hair texture, and even hairstyles that they have probably had before.
I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes
This self-affirmation book celebrates the wonders and joys of Black boys.
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Hi, I am Odessa. I'm a mom of two wonderful children and a teacher. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and a Master of Science in Childhood Education with over 10 years of PreK and Kindergarten experience. I am a lover of all things literacy for children and their curiosity of the world. Get comfy and click around my site. I hope you find something you'll like, and something your kids will love! P.S. Akwaaba means 'welcome' :)
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