12 Ways Children Can Read Black On Black Love

“WELL WHAT ABOUT BLACK ON BLACK LOVE?!”

Seasons greetings BookPower Readers! Tis the season to gift YOU, our loyal readers, with our refined list of “Black on Black Love” titles for children. Too many of the recent diverse children’s book blogs have been centered around social justice themes and titles that specifically focus on the black plight through the sometimes over-use of what we call “struggle books.” Struggle books have there time and place. They are intended to help combat the current/ongoing political climate. Although those titles are powerful and necessary in that they can help open the lines of communication for children facing adversity, we must also acknowledge that our love and community building practices are just as powerful during difficult times. So who’s up for some literary love? May our exclusive 12 Ways Children Can Read Black on Black Love book list warm your homes and hearts this holiday season. #BOBLKidlit

1. Read about your love for stories, especially OURstories.

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2. Read-aloud books that celebrate your natural features.

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3. Read about how love can solve everyday problems.

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4. Gift books that celebrate our unity.

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5. Read books written by our LITerary heroes and sheroes.

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6. Recommend a book that inspired you to explore your own talents and gifts.

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7. Read about a champion you can relate to.

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8. Tell someone you love them today, while reading with them.

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9. Read at your favorite babershop/salon.

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10. Include more books about rural AND contemporary Africa at story time.

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11. Invite extended family over for a full house BookPower-Hour.

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12. Take a journey through the depths of Black on Black Love.

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Of course this list could go on and on. Use this list as a reminder that our self-love is the most effective tool we have to build strong families and communities. If you haven’t already, be sure to upgrade your bookshelves to reflect your “high shelf-esteem” for the new year. Shop independent for more titles at shop.tutusstorybooks.com.

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6 Ways Young Children Can Read Black History

Happy Black History Month, readers! For me, it’s Black History Year. And among a few “woke” Educators, it’s Black Future Month. Yes, that’s right. This month we reflect and share our effective teaching strategies for building present and future Black leaders by reaching back, or honoring our past accomplishments and achievements. As well as recognizing the current brilliance in our communities, families, and of course our children. In my twenty years as an Educator I have had my fair share of teaching about Martin & Rosa. No shade! They, of course, were heavy-hitting civil rights activists. There’s no doubt about that. But how many other Black achievements and/or accomplishments have made it into traditional early childhood curriculum? And are young children ever even exposed to a Black history that was not in constant struggle or conflict with “the man?” Well we would like to share some of our child-friendly titles about Black history that have won over our young students all year round. Here are 6 ways (and titles) to read about Black history with young children.

1. Read stories that make Black history relatable and enjoyable.

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2. Read stories that connect Black inventors to children’s everyday life.

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3. Read stories that depict Black leaders as children making changes in their communities.

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4. Read stories about Black leaders in expert roles.

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5. Read stories showing Black leaders as one big connected family.

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6. Read stories that celebrate the building blocks of Black history.

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By no means is this list exhaustive. Please feel free to add your classroom’s Black history favorites in the comments below. Although the number of authentic children’s books with Black images is not even close to ideal, there are a number of quality picture books that are available that will keep young children engaged and leave a positive impression on them. Teaching Black history to young children should always be a pleasant exchange. Share your experiences in the comments below.