Need ideas for really good books with "Black" pics

Anita - posted on 05/24/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I have not sent my toddlers to preschool b/c we're homeschooling. So if anyone has good book ideas for me or any good links for black authors, I'd appreciate it. We read all kinds of things, not just "black" books per se, but I'm eager to hear other people's suggestions. Help a mommy out?

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Christine - posted on 05/27/2009

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This is self serving. You can look at my website: http://www.ChristineTaylorButler.com. for titles.


Also look at a Scholastic site developed for urban children. All stories are written and illustrated by people of color. You and/or your kids can read the stories in the magazine newstand (some are mine). or click to the interactive games.


Make sure you click on the parent guide near the bottom of Read And Rise for a downloadable parent book which has stories and tips for helping with literacy divided by age group. I wrote those stories and each features a different ethnicity. It's provided by Scholastic Books and it's a free website. If it can get enough hits, Scholastic will keep supporting the site and hiring more authors of color


http://www.ReadAndRiseMag.net

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Or go to http://www.LeeAndLow.com for tons of multicultural titles. They're fierce about putting more books out about children of color and are my latest publisher.


Look in the library for picture books by Charles Smith featuring photographs of children of color. Can't remember the publisher for those (Hyperion?)


We also have an organization of about 80 commercially published or aspiring African American children's authors but the AACBWI website is down pending a name change and a reorg.


Until then, check out my friends at http://thebrownbookshelf.com/ for up and coming and well-known black children's authors.


Hope that helps (I'm a mom, but writing is my full-time job)

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Christine - posted on 06/08/2009

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You are welcome. I started writing because I had the same problem - lack of options. Read and Rise used to be distributed free through Urban League, but now it's completely on line. I'm sad about that. I like the idea of children having something tangible in their hands.

A number of authors are starting a new group this summer "Association of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators of Color" That will allow us to supplement Brown Bookshelf and get the word out about what new titles are coming out by authors and illustrators who look like "us."

Anita - posted on 06/05/2009

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I checked out these sites, thanks. Any help I can ger is useful. It's hard to find things in the library.

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