I submitted “Freight Train” last night but it must not have gone through. The book lists available are: Book list for ages 0-4 My 5.5 yo watched it and couldn’t stop hugging me after that. Front and center in the story is a young African American boy as as he wanders through his city on the titular snow day. One of my daughters is really into space and NASA ;). I think that’s telling and is, in its own way, a form of injustice and privilege. Ghost is fantastic. here are a few of our ***heart-thumping favorite*** picture books (age 0-7) featuring main characters who are Black: the chicken chasing queen of lamar county – janice harrington Walker, Dr. Wangari Maathai, and Junko Tabei) and they are beautifully written and designed. Matthew Paul Turner’s books are delightful & make me cry each time I read them. Thanks for the list! I love Atinuke’s books! This book is great on so many levels and it teaches about autism in a way that children can understand. Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold is absolutely magical. Great for kids ages 8-12. Collect This Article. I would love some recommendations for children’s books with Asian and/or Latinx authors and characters. The author has several other books as well. Maybe you even found one or two for your own!! As long as public education has been alive in the United States, so too has the idea of a literary canon. Parents with kids who love vehicles can appreciate a genuinely entertaining vehicle book… ;). I remember loving that book when I was a kid, fantastic illustrations. This book should be a great starter chapter book for early readers, and is chock full of humor that they can relate to. Christian Robinson is wonderful too! There is a poem in there that says that his parents got him just right which just warms up my heart on so many levels. We have Baby Goes to Market and B is for Baby. Though 85 percent of the city's public school students are Latino, black and Asian, "the authors of books in commonly-used elementary school curricula are 84 percent white." Someone may have already posted this, but if you missed it, watch the KidsLit4BlackLives Rally from last Thursday, put on by the Brown Bookshelf (https://thebrownbookshelf.com/). Newbery winner! Keep an eye on your inbox. Both are African American women. Suitable, and I’d encourage, for tweens/teens to also view. He attended Cooper Union (the only Black student at the time) and was accepted only because Cooper Union had a blind admissions process (you basically submitted a tray of your artwork). Love the idea behind this list! Years ago, we wrote a post about books featuring characters of color, but a reader pointed out that some of those authors were white. I really liked the previous post about black businesses. 30 Best Books for Elementary Readers . He is a gifted artist, writer, and illustrator who calls a small island in Maine his home. Thank you for stepping up before it was popular. The Great Greedy Orge Cooper, Gail Big Book Available Kinder & 1st. We had that book when my now-nine-year-old twins were babies and seeing this comment, I got hit with a wave of nostalgia! The Last, Last Day of Summer by L. R Giles is a fun chapter book. Agree it’s a wonderful book and always worth revisiting; just wanted to point out The Snowy Day was already featured on the COJ post from a few years ago that’s linked here! The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander is a picture book that celebrates Black excellence and won the 2020 Caldecott Medal as well as a Newbery Honor. I think it’s important to support books whose authors represent the communities portrayed in their books! https://www.vashtiharrison.com/little-leaders, https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/575904/akissi-tales-of-mischief-by-marguerite-abouet-and-mathieu-sapin/. 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