Black Books Galore! Guide to More Great African American Children's Books

Black Books Galore! Guide to More Great African American Children's Books

Black Books Galore! Guide to More Great African American Children's Books

Black Books Galore! Guide to More Great African American Children's Books

Synopsis

Kudos for Black Books Galore! Guide to Great African American Children's Books

"Offers a wonderful overview of literature with black children in its focus." Jim Trelease, author, The Read-Aloud Handbook

"The perfect tool for parents and educators alike." Black Enterprise magazine

"This is a great resource that fills a tremendous need. It should be on parents shelves at home as well as in every school." Alvin F. Poussaint, M. D., Harvard Medical School

Black Books Galore! the nation's leading organizer of African American children's book festivals enriches the world of reading for kids of every age. Find out what's new, acclaimed, and empowering in this up-to-the-minute guide.

Black Books Galore! Guide to More Great African American Children's Books includes the latest reviews along with other exciting new materials. This easy-to-use, illustrated reference guide features the best-written, most positive books starring African Americans, including:

• Quick and lively descriptions of over 400 titles, plus 200 additional recommendations

• A calendar of great books to match the holidays and seasons

• Age-specific guidelines for encouraging your young readers from babies to sixth graders

• Comprehensive indexes by title, topic, author, and illustrator

• Profiles and reflections of selected authors and illustrators

• Listings of award winners and Reading Rainbow Books

Excerpt

By Evelyn K. Moore

President and ceo, National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI)

The Black Books Galore! Guide to More Great African American Children’s Books is the fourth in a series of guides designed to help parents, teachers, and other interested adults identify good books for and about African American children. These books will educate, entertain, and enrich young readers, and pave the way to a lifetime of learning. Additionally, for the black child, reading these books will reinforce his or her cultural identity.

Black children need not read only black books, but black books should definitely be a part of their library to encourage the development of their positive racial identity and cultural knowledge. It is validating for African American children to read books written from the black perspective about black people. a well-written book, with images and situations that a child can relate to, can be vital in promoting a child’s self-esteem.

Begin sharing these positive, racially affirming books with your young children today. Just as reading to toddlers and preschoolers lays the foundation for their language development and early reading skills, reading black children’s books to them helps establish their early, positive self-image. And, of course, the benefits only accrue as you continue to share these books with your children as they grow.

In the endeavor to expose your children to the wonderful world of reading through African American children’s books, be selective about the books you choose. Ensure that the books you present to your children offer entertaining stories, enriching messages, and educationally sound lessons featuring positive images of black people and life to motivate and uplift them, like those recommended in the comprehensive series of Black Books Galore! guides to books about African American children.

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