“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.
2. Read-aloud books that celebrate your natural features.
3. Read about how love can solve everyday problems.
4. Gift books that celebrate our unity.
5. Read books written by our LITerary heroes and sheroes.
6. Recommend a book that inspired you to explore your own talents and gifts.
7. Read about a champion you can relate to.
8. Tell someone you love them today, while reading with them.
9. Read at your favorite babershop/salon.
10. Include more books about rural AND contemporary Africa at story time.
11. Invite extended family over for a full house BookPower-Hour.
12. Take a journey through the depths of Black on Black Love.
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.