According to the CCBC, in 2014 over 5,000 children’s books were published. Only 13% of those books were about people of color and of that 13%, only 17% were written by authors of color. These statistics say two things: 1. There’s a need for authors of color and 2. There’s a huge need for multicultural books. So when I discover a new multicultural children’s book or new authors of color I am eager to share it with my family and friends. This year I was introduced to a few new multicultural children’s authors, books and programs that are just as excited about providing children with literature that is both entertaining and a reflection of themselves.
Multicultural Books By Multicultural Authors & Products to Add to Your Young Reader’s Holiday List
Beautiful Beautiful Me by Ashley Sirah Hinton
Every shade and ethnicity is represented in this multicultural book. Children are encouraged to be accepting of themselves and others, seeing all skin as beautiful. You can see the gorgeous illustrations inside the book here.
Curiously Coiled by Fila Antwine
Naturally curly hair is being embraced by more people and cultures than ever. If you have little curlies in your home, this book is great for helping them to appreciate and love their curls. It may even cause you to want curls too! Learn more about Curiously Coiled here.
I Am Amazing/You Are Amazing by Ty Allan Jackson
A little encouragement goes a long way, whether your an adult or child. Pictures of real children and words that empower youngsters can be found on every page of I Am Amazing/You Are Amazing. This work by Ty Allan Jackson is also two books in one! Click here for all the details.
When I Close My Eyes by Ty Allan Jackson
Great illustrations are key to grabbing the attention of young readers and When I Close My Eyes has them. If your kiddo enjoys using their imagination and is a big dreamer, they will love this picture book. Take a peek inside the book.
Bee Me Bookshelf, Created by Nina Candia
I discovered Bee Me Bookshelf on Instagram. They are on my list of black businesses to support which is why I’m including them in this gift guide. Bee Me Bookshelf is a monthly subscription where children receive age appropriate books. They currently offer subscription packages for two groups, ages 0-3 and ages 4-8. The mission of this company is simple. They are “.. committed to providing access to important books that reflect our diverse world, and a robust curriculum to help children think through and understand the words they are reading.” Visit their website to find out how you can subscribe.
This post is a part of the 2015 Mom’s Guide to All Things Holiday Blogger Collaboration. Scroll down to see what fellow bloggers are talking about this week!
Monday: Gift Guide & Shopping Tips
Kat of Type 4 Naturals
Danielle of Mamademics
Tuesday: Holiday Family Activities & Traditions
Toya of Mrs. Toya Carter
Cynthia of Mrs. Wright Writes
Jennifer of Baby Making Machine
Wednesday: Holiday DIY and/or Home Decor
Sheena of Sophistishe
Bee of Bee So Simple
Erin of Live Pretty on a Penny
Britney Britney Dearest
Thursday: Holiday Recipe
Shanna of Ms. Naturally Random
Arnitris of Blessed Be the Tie
La Dale of Johanna’s Mama
Friday: Holiday Fashion
Tamara of Simply T Nicole
Diedre Anthony of Are Those Your Kids