Friday, March 20, 2015

Book reflections - My favorites for an African-American toddler

As Cricket joined our home, I gradually added to our library with more books that don't just include people with dark skin as a part of a diversity message (maybe I'll do a separate post on those), but feature them as main characters or families.  I thought I'd share a few that I've been very pleased with and that Cricket has enjoyed as a 2- or 3-year-old.

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We already owned The Snowy Day, but she has really enjoyed it (likely because she's been here over the winter and our winters are SNOWY).  It is just a lovely simple story of wonder about snow.

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This was a Christmas present to Cricket after I caught her singing the song to herself a few times.  The artwork is absolutely gorgeous, featuring an African-American family doing activities together.  It also connects globally and multiculturally at some points.  She likes to switch between telling me to read it and telling me to sing it.

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Just a simple little book saying cute things about a kid's knees.  I find it nice and short to read on those days that we just need a quick way to connect, and she can see a body like hers talked about in a positive way.  She loves if I tickle her knees at the end of the book and say they belong to Cricket.

What are some of your favorites?

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