Here is a list of great books to read with your kids in February.
I AM EVERY GOOD THING
I AM EVERY GOOD THING is a powerful celebration of Black boyhood that empowers Black boys to live with confidence. It also opens windows to non-Black readers who so often see Black boys and men in frames of stereotype. Best for ages 4 – 8 years old, but with a message that is important for any age.
MY BOOK ABOUT ME, BY ME, MYSELF
MY BOOK ABOUT ME, BY ME, MYSELF is the perfect activity book for kiddos shut in the house due to weather or quarantine guidelines. Explore your house, count your buttons, and reflect on your favorites with fun questions and quizzes laced with warm humor. Best for ages 4 – 9 years old (with a little help from caregivers on the lower age range).
THE ABCs OF BLACK BLACK HISTORY
THE ABCs OF BLACK HISTORY makes an excellent introduction to Black history in America — and around the world. Each letter explores ideas, events, or people spanning centuries and continents, triumph and heartbreak. The back matter goes into even more detail, and the illustrations are simply beautiful. Best for ages 3 – 7.
A YEAR FULL OF CELEBRATIONS AND FESTIVALS
A YEAR FULL OF CELEBRATIONS AND FESTIVALS travels with readers around the world to find out the many different cultures, religions, and societies celebrate. We love the bold illustrations and diverse representations, and particularly treasure the handy glossary in the back. Best for ages 4 – 9.
RADIANT CHILD was published in 2016 but remains a store favorite! John-Michel Basquiat is one of the most influential, enduring artists of the 20th-century, and this Caldecott-winning picture book showcases his childhood, how he saw art everywhere and was inspired by the messy streets and colorful lines of New York City. Best for ages 4 – 8.
EYES THAT KISS THE CORNERS
EYES THAT KISS THE CORNERS came out last month but we’re already reserving a permanent place on our shelves for this ode to self-love. When a young girl realizes her eyes are different to some of her friends’, she also sees that hers are just as beautiful as they reflect her past, her future, her family, and her individuality. Best for ages 4 – 8, and worthy of highlighting in anti-racism work during pandemic times.
ME & MAMA
ME & MAMA pulls you in with the author’s gorgeous illustrations and keeps you riveted in its celebration of mother-daughter love. The narrative is like poetry, filled with a delicious energy and young spirit. Cozbi is a local author, and this particular book is a 2020 Caldecott Honor Winner! Best for ages 4 – 8.
A PLACE INSIDE OF ME
A PLACE INSIDE OF ME honors the myriad of emotions felt by a Black boy following a police shooting in his community. This powerful book is filled with symbolism, dynamic imagery, and lyrical text. Plus, it’s another 2020 Caldecott Honor winner from an incredible Evanston author! Best for ages 4 -8.
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