Nikki & Deja

nikki dejaMeet Nikki and Deja, who live next door to each other and are best friends. They do everything together―watch Saturday morning cartoons, play jacks, jump double Dutch at recess, and help each other with their homework for Mrs. Shelby’s third-grade class. But when an arrogant new girl arrives and Nikki and Deja form a club that would exclude her, the results are not what they expect.

Nikki and Deja, two girls of colour, have an amazing friendship. It was a pleasure to read about their every day live. Definitely the kind of book young girls can identify with. School, girl friends, family, and growing up in the process.

Author(s) / illustrator(s) : Karen English & Laura Freeman
Publisher: Clarion Books
Année de publication: 2007
ISBN: 9780618752386
Public cible: 7 to 9 years-old

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You can do it too!

you can do it tooA toddler’s world is chock-full of fun things to learn… And who better to teach them to little brother than big sister.

A wonderful books full of colourful illustrations. Not often do we see black characters in children’s books. Books such as this one gives little black girls and little black boys to see a reflection of themselves in literature. Powerful. A very nice read.

Author(s) / illustrator(s) : Karen Baicker & Ken Wilson-Max
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication date: 2003
ISBN: 9781593540807
Target audience: Babies

You might like: Tickle, Tickle, or J’ai une petite soeur!, both are stories featuring black families with new-borns.

Learn more about Zimbawean author Ken Wilson-Max

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Talkin’ about Bessie: The story of aviator Elizabeth Coleman

214233_sch_Bessie_Jkt_0.tifElizabeth « Bessie » Coleman was always being told what she could & couldn’t do. In an era when Jim Crow laws and segregation were a way of life, it was not easy to survive. Bessie didn’t let that stop her. Although she was only 11 when the Wright brothers took their historic flight, she vowed to become the first African-American female pilot. Her sturdy faith and determination helped her overcome obstacles of poverty, racism, and gender discrimination.

Have you hear of Bessie Coleman? Do your children know about the first African American female pilot? I believe it is important for young children to know about history. This book is a very good read and a great opportunity to do so. Innovatively told through a series of monologues, the book is a pleasure to read. Wonderful vintage-like illustrations. A must read!

You might also like: If you are looking for black women role models in history, try Josephine, a biography of dancer  and activist Josephine Baker.

Author : Nikki Grimes & E. B. Lewis
Publishing company: Orchard Books (Scholastic)
Publication date: 2002
ISBN: 0439352436
Target audience: 8 to 13 years old.

* A Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books

Love this book!

Nikki Grimes is an American author.

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A children’s book to celebrate Black History Month.


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Queen of the scene

queen sceneThis ruler of the playground has got game. B-ball, stickball, jump rope, soccer—there’s nothing she won’t try. And watch out, boys, because she’s representing all the girls, and the Queen has girl power to the max!

I absolutely loved this book. What a nice message to give out to our children: when you fall, get up and try again. Be proud. The illustrations are very dynamic. The accompanying CD is great too! The book is read over a hip-hop beat and rapped. This might just be the new anthem of my family’s little ones. Highly recommended!

Author(s) / illustrator(s) : Queen Latifah & Frank Morrison
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers
Publication date: 2006
ISBN: 9780060778569
Target audience: 4 years old and over

❤ this book!

You might also like: J’ai le rythme dans la peau! .

Learn more about author Queen Latifah, also actress and rapper

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Lauren McGill’s Pickle Museum

pickleLauren McGill is just mad about pickles. She decorates her room in every shade of pickle green and has her very own pickle costume. When her teacher announces a field trip to a pickle factory, Lauren is the only one in her class who cares about going… until everyone discovers how delicious pickles truly are. Suddenly, everyone in Lauren’s world loves pickles. But where does that leave Lauren?

A wonderful story about the joy of sharing what you love and teaches young readers that it is what’s inside that matters. Lauren is a smart young girl with a passion. Fun illustrations and great storyline by Jerdine Nolen. I liked it!

Author(s) / illustrator(s) : Jerdine Nolen & Debbie Tilley
Publisher: Harcourt Books
Publication date: 2003
ISBN: 0152022791
Target audience: 5 years old and over

Jerdine Nolen is an award-winning american author.

Jerdine Nolen

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