Finding activity books with black characters can sometimes be a challenge. We believe that it is important for kids to see themselves not only in their favourite shows but also in their coloring books as well.
We always go nutty with excitement when we hear about new projects to increase diversity in children's toys. Here is one such project that we are loving right now. Meet Healthy Roots, a toy company that is teaching natural hair care to girls of colour and celebrating diversity.
Make it a date this Sunday in London as Black History Walks in partnership with the African edutainment company Obi & Titi will be playing a double bill of the classic cartoon Kirkou .at the Phoenix Cinema.
There will be a 15 interval in between the screenings and a stall to get Obi & Titi books and items.
For more information on the event click here
A recent study carried out by the Cooperative Children's Book Center at the University of Wisconsin found that less than 3% of children's books in 2013 featured black characters. Everyone knows that books transmit values. It is therefore important for black boys to see themselves positively in their favourite books.
Here at Bino and Fino, we are always on the look out for things that will help nurture young minds. Finding children's books for kids that have a black girl as the protagonist or the main character can be tricky. This is because of the fact that there is very little visibility of black & brown kids in the world of children's books. This is changing with campaigns such as We Need Diverse Books calling for more diversity in children's books
Below is a list of children books that we love and feel celebrate the beauty & uniqueness of black girls.
Big Hair Don't Care
Sunne's Gift: How She Overcame Bullying To Reclaim God's Gift
Princess Cupcake Jones
Love Your Curls
The Tooth Fairy
Jupiter Strong & The Hairy Hippos
Happy Hair Girls
Princess Vinnea & The Gulavores
Meet ClaraBelle Blue
I Am Mixed
I'm Proud To Be Natural Me
TuTu Goes Green
The Nestling Quilt
I'm A Pretty Little Black Girl!
Girl of Mine
Beautifully Made: Abby's First Pageant!
If you like any of these books and are looking for similar titles check out Tutu's Storybook's. They specialize in selling a wide variety of Pan African children's books that celebrate black heritage & diversity for early readers.
Yaa Traps Death in A Basket
A Dance to Remember
Honey Dew's Carnival Fever
Maggie Sinclair, Will You Please Fix Your Hair?!
Princess Me: Every Girl Can Be A Little Princess
Here at Bino & Fino we strive to provide content and information to help nurture young black & African minds. Educator and mother Ama Karikari Yawson shares the same vision. She delivered a powerful speech at a TEDx event in June where she discussed the dangers of hair conformity & hair bullying in schools as a way of stifling personal development of black students during a period of rapid technological & culture change.
You can check out the video below.
You can also get her wonderful book Sunne's Gift at Amazon.
A wonderful twist on the well known tale. Enjoy the aural journey with the kids.
A few days ago we came across this adorable children’s book. It’s called ‘The Ghanian Goldilocks, a story by Dr. Tamara Pizzoli and illustrated by Phil Howell.