Yesterday (18/01/2020) was Martin Luther King Day, marking 52 years since he was tragically assassinated. The fact that racism is still prevalent in today’s society i.e. police brutality last year, and white supremacists storming Capitol building earlier this month, is horrifying.
The time is always right to do what is right.Martin Luther King Jr.
They say that if we teach kids about racism from an early age, the injustices we face could one day be history! 🤞
I’ve put together a list of age-appropriate books you can read to your kids at bedtime so they become more aware.
We March: I Have a Dream – Shane W. Evans
As this post is dedicated to Martin Luther King himself, I thought I’d start with a book which rewrites the empowering and unforgettable speech he gave in a child-friendly way.
‘We March’ was one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Children’s Books of 2012, and is an important story about the African American civil rights movement.
Sulwe – Lupita Nyong’o
Fun fact: Lupita is more than just an actress and model!
In this stunning picture book, Lupita creates a whimsical and heartwarming story which inspires children to see their own unique beauty.
Sulawe is a girl who was born with a unique midnight skin-tone, darker than those around her. Although she initially wants to be as bright or beautiful as her mum and sister… She later realises she’s even more-so after taking a magical trip into the night sky.
Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea – Meena Harris
With President-elect Joe Biden and VP Kamala Harris’ inauguration just a day away, this book written by Kamala’s niece Meena couldn’t be more apt!
‘Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea’ is beautiful and empowering… It tells the tale of two sisters who work with their community to effect change.
Its message is simple: choose courage over fear!
Fun Fact: Maya is Meena’s mum and Kamala Harris’ sister
Another fun fact: this picture book was inspired by a true-story from Kamala and Maya (a lawyer and policy expert) childhood.
I Am One: A Book of Action – Susan Verde
Also a New York Times Bestseller, ‘I Am One’ is a timely, compelling picture book which encourages children to take action in a bid to inspire change.
Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness – Anastasia Higginbotham
‘Not My Idea’ is an age-appropriate book that openly discusses white-privilege.
It not only raises awareness of racism, but empowers the younger generation to work toward justice and to cultivate activism.
Intersection Allies: We Make Room For All – Chelsea Johnson, LaToya Council and Carolyn Chai
‘Intersection Allies: We Make Room For All’ is a celebration of solidarity and community between 9 girls from diverse backgrounds.
This book shows the importance of a supportive community, and combats racism.
Last Stop on Market Street – Matt De La Peña
If you’re looking for a picture book that focuses on responsibility… Staying true to culture and finding fulfillment within our communities… ‘Last Stop on Market Street’ is the book for you!
It takes us on an energetic journey through a bustling city, highlighting the love and understanding between CJ and his grandmother.
Black is a Rainbow Colour – Angela Joy
‘Black is a Rainbow Colour’ is a moving book reflecting on the meaning of being black in an unbalanced community.
Its message is powerful, one of hope for the black community, an insight into the culture, history, and legacy.
This book is an insightful and important read for children of all ages.
Have you read these stories to your kids? Let me know in the comments below…