Tuesday, February 15, 2011

How Diverse is Your Library? Books Featuring African-American Children

In last week's post someone asked if I had a list of favorite books featuring African American characters. Many of the books that I like best are those that cover every day occurrences but the characters just happen to be of a different cultural or racial background. In my opinion, these are the type of books that unite us. If you are looking to add some African American books to your library, here are some of my favorites (There are so many and I'm sure that I'm missing a few so feel free to comment and tell me your favorites too!):

Infants and Toddlers
 Baby Dance (Harper Growing Tree)Please, Baby, PleasePeekaboo Morning

Whose Toes are Those?Whose Knees are These?Pretty Brown Face

Lola at the LibraryLola Loves StoriesPlease, Puppy, Please

 Amazing Grace (Reading Rainbow Books)Boundless Grace (Picture Puffins)Princess Grace

I Love My Hair!Bright Eyes, Brown Skin (A Feeling Good Book) (A Feeling Good Book)Dancing in the Wings

Peter's Chair (Picture Puffins)The Snowy DayA Letter to Amy (Picture Puffins)

 The Colors of UsThe Skin You Live InWhoever You Are (Reading Rainbow Books)

Feast for 10 (Read Along Book & CD)The Princess and the PeaBen's Trumpet

I haven't read many books for the older groups but many people enjoy:
Sugar Plum Ballerinas #1: Plum FantasticAll Mixed Up! (Amy Hodgepodge, No. 1)

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