Updated: Jul 22, 2020
Raising children who will change the world has its challenges. I find I am either educating them on their privilege in varying degrees or on their lack of it. Having a Black home schooled son comes with a mysterious balancing act of educating on male privilege, financial privilege and Black discrimination. Our conversations float around between the strict rules I aim to instill for his future safety. i.e. "No eating food in a store before you pay for it". And "yes, there are many women who are just as good if not better, than many men in various sports".
I find history and current affairs hard to swallow or even talk about. But as mom, I can't avoid their realities and the implications on my family. So, these lessons are embedded in the stories we read together. We read several books each day and frequent the library like it was a grocery store giving away free all-you-can-carry produce. I use books as a platform to discuss the world. It is much less harsh than beginning a conversation with "Listen here boy..."
Here are a list of some of our favorite books with beautiful stories. I sat down today to compile them and realized they all had the same theme. I had never noticed this before.
Every single one of them is about love.
Loving people as they are, for who they are, regardless of race or gender. Sometimes even I need the reminders. I hope they inspire you to find them in your local library, or to add to your permanent collection. The links and photos are clickable sending you to my affiliated Amazon links to purchase.
Where does God Live by Holly Bea My favorite passage from this beautiful book:
Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon. By Patty Lovell. This little girl embraces her quirks and triumphs over a school yard bully.
I love you Stinky Face By Lisa McCourt. A timeless story about a mother's love. I will be reading this book to my kids and my grand kids. It doesn't make you weepy like that book I'll Love You Forever.
THUD- Nick Butterworth A beautiful and captivating story about an entire community overcoming their original fear of someone that looked differently and embracing their whole family.
Please Louise! A sweet story about sibling relationships and the value of friendship and time apart.
Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls. One of my two favorite books I've read with Denzel and Jazlyn. We couple this with the YouTube videos we find about each person in the book. I want him to understand the hurdles women have and still have to overcome in the world we live in.
I want to buy several copies of this book for the children that come into my care. I love it so much and it also helps my kids understand why other children call me mom.
Island Born By Junot Diaz. A beautiful story of a young girl who can't remember what her motherland looks like because she was young when her family immigrated. This was her search for identity and history.
Grace For President. An empowering story about a boy voting for a girl because it was the right thing to do.
I may add more as we come across others in our reading. I'd love to hear if you have any book recommendations. Feel free to comment below!
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