Lola at the Library
Lola loves Tuesday–on Tuesdays, Lola and her mommy go to the library. This is a celebration of books and the people who love them. My son literally makes us read this to him every night.
Ada Twist, Scientist
Determined Ada Twist, with her boundless curiosity for science and love of the question “Why?,” is another one of my son’s favorites.
The Snowy Day
This book is a classic. I had it as young boy and I wanted to make sure it was in our child’s library as well. Snowy Day is simply the adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.
Grace loves stories, whether they’re from books, movies, or the kind her grandmother tells. I love it because it shows a young black girl who knows exactly who she wants to be.
Who can show you how to fly? Make you laugh? Or be the best pillow ever? Daddy can, that’s who! Whatever you imagine, Daddy can do it for you. OK, we may be a little biased here but our son picks this book up every night and loves looking through the images and hearing about all the cool things daddies can do.
Whistle for Willie
Another classic, but still a must have. It’s about Peter, who longs to whistle for his dog, Willie.
Daddy Calls Me Man
Just beautiful to flip through– this book is inspired by the author’s family experiences and his parents’ paintings, a young boy creates four poems.
Visually stunning and such a great little story. The story tracks how Grammy-nominated New Orleans native Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews got his famous nickname.
Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters
Here’s all you need to know– first, it’s written by Barack Obama, second, it’s illustrated by the great Loren Long. Trust me, you’ll love it.
Last Stop on Market Street
My son loves anything with wheels and this book is chock full of interesting cars and buses. Every Sunday, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. Grandma gives CJ a new appreciation for the world around him.
*These books feature black main characters, some are not written by black authors.