I’m always on the lookout for great children’s books, especially books featuring a diverse cast of characters. Claire is always looking for people and characters who look like her, and we think it’s so important for our kids to see themselves in the stories we read. We’ve always loved Snowy Day, For You Are a Kenyan Child, and Whoever You Are, and I’m on the lookout for even more books featuring black or mixed-race characters that Claire and Heidi can identify with. Here are a few in my shopping cart right now…
Rapunzel – In a new twist on a classic tale, Rapunzel lives in Africa and has long, flowing dread locks. I think the artwork in this one is gorgeous, and since Rapunzel is a story Claire already knows, it will be interesting for her to see it with a black woman in the lead!
Amazing Grace – Grace loves to act, and decides she wants the lead role in her school’s production of Peter Pan. Her schoolmates tell her she can’t – Peter is a boy, and he isn’t black. But Grace shows she can do anything she puts her mind to…
Brothers of the Knight – Another modern twist on a classic tale, every night the 12 brothers dance all night, and their father the Reverend doesn’t understand why their shoes are tattered and torn every morning. The artwork looks amazing, and I’m a sucker for children’s books with great artwork… 🙂
I Like Myself – This book is about a vibrant young black girl who likes everything about herself, including silly things like her bedhead and beaver breath. I can imagine Claire laughing out loud to this one!
Please, Baby, Please – Spike Lee and his wife wrote this book about the joys (and challenges) of parenthood. The baby girl’s face on the book’s cover has me sold! 🙂
One Family – This book shows that families come in different shapes and sizes, and that many families are multi-racial families. Claire is always looking to identify with people who are like her, so I love a book that shows families like ours!
The Hello, Goodbye Window – This book is about a mixed-race girl who finds a magical world through the window of her grandparent’s house. This is another great book depicting a family like our own!
Do you have any books featuring diverse characters? Which are your favorites?