More and more books with black protagonist are coming to the light. It makes me proud to see such a wide selection of books now available to readers around the world. When I was a child, books with black protagonist were so few and far between. I’m sure they existed but they never got the time of day compared to books with white protagonist in them. Now, with the power of social media, there are so many platforms authors are using to bring you their work. IT'S BEAUTIFUL!
I often struggle when I go into store like Walmart, Target, or any other store I go to for my "mom-scapes".
Struggle? Ehh... Maybe that's not the best word to use. I think it is very interesting that these stores ALL sell the same books; the ones that only promote hair and skin appreciation. It's the same book with a different title, written by a different author. I'm not saying the movement for acceptance is over but can we give our kids more?
Let me say this... and I mean this in the most sincere way possible... Your black children are tired of reading black books about hair and skin! Are they important? YES! Are they needed? YES! Should over half of your child’s library be about skin and hair? Nah.
I get it. I have two black daughters and I know the importance of having them love every ounce of their being. Growing up, my idea of beautiful was the blonde haired, blue eyed, fair skinned, skinny girl. And this description wasn't only tied to beauty! I always saw this "perfect" image being attached to doctors, lawyers, chefs, teachers, scientists, elected officials. If it was a job that was seen to hold merit, it was either a white man or woman attached to it. Black children deserve to love themselves AND see themselves in these careers and positions. One part of building the self-esteem in Black children is showing them the sky is the limit. Black children also deserve books that highlight loving parents and sibling bonds!
One study shows that only 10% of children books have black protagonist. I wonder how much this number would decrease if books about hair and skin were omitted. Where are we going? What is the goal? How are we trying to get there?
BeBOMBBookClub.com is filled with books with black protagonist and should be your next stop to book shop for your loved ones.
So, in addition to the books that encourage self love and appreciation, consider adding these books to your child's library: