One of the most important reasons we are raising our kids bilingually is to try to open up their eyes to different worlds. For us, learning a new language is just a start to learning about other people, their cultures, and their histories.
The history of Black people is relevant to all of us. I want my kids to grow up in a world where parents and teachers care that we learn about each other. Because learning about each other can open the doors for empathy, compassion, and kindness.
We need children’s books about Black role models and heroes in our homes and our schools.
An important step in helping our kids understand racism today and what they can do about it is reading with them a variety of diverse books. Books are such an important tool to help kids start learning about other people and our similarities and differences. Books can help parents get kids thinking, and get families talking about important issues in our world.
These books include biography-based picture books of Black history. They also include interesting stories with Black protagonists. I hope they can be a good starting point for finding quality English and Spanish books to add to your home or classroom library. Add some diverse books to your family’s daily routine.
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This is an inspiring true story about supermodel Georgie Badiel’s childhood. She grew up in an African village and traveled daily to bring clean drinking water to her family. A story to shed light on a continued struggle for people all over the world, and hope that comes when children have clean water.
The true story of William Kamkwamba and the windmill that he built to get electricity to his tiny village in Malawi after a drought took away his family’s crops and livelihood. An inspiration for young kids and bright ideas that can change lives.
Inspired by scientists Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, this New York Times bestselling book showcases the power of curiosity and problem-solving. A perfect book to empower young girls who love math and science.
By Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson
This New York Times Bestseller has won several awards, including the 2016 Newbery Medal. A heartwarming story about a bus ride across town by a little boy and his grandma, learning about the beauty and differences in the world.
One of our favorite books, this story is about a little girl and her mom saving up to buy a chair after losing everything in a fire. Beautiful illustrations and a beautiful story of community and hard work.
By Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
This is a sweet story about a little girl who loves to read, and how she learns she can share that love for books with her new baby brother. All of my kids have loved Anna McQuinn’s Lola (and Leo) series books!