10 Children's Books and Puzzles To Engage Your Children In Honoring Black History

While February marks Black History Month, it goes without saying, Black History is American History and can neither be contained to one month, nor to one group of people.

Little Proud Kid exists to close the gap on access to books (and Toys) that reflect diverse people, cultures and stories. 

We've compiled 10 books and puzzles, that honor Black History Month to add to your child's collection.

Give Your Baby a Welcome to the World from the President

We think each child is uniquely created for a special purpose and they need to know that the minute they arrive in our wonderfully crazy world. Their arrival should be celebrated, supported and blessed.  Turns out the President agrees. Did you know you could ask Presidents of the United States to write cards to your new baby?

Yes, you can!

Public Libraries: Diverse Reads Can’t Be Confined to One Month

There is a pattern throughout public libraries and schools nationwide where diversity takes center-stage. Generally, it happens during Black History Month, National Hispanic Month or any other historical or cultural month. During February for instance, when walking into a public library, there will be a full display of books from a multitude of African American authors. However, come March 1st, you may not see that selection again for another year.
May 02, 2016 by Georgia Lobban

Children's Book Gatekeeper: The Key is in Our Hands 

It is obvious the power publishers have in deciding what content, and whether diverse content, makes it to the marketplace. However, librarians, parents, grandparents, book store owners and teachers are also gatekeepers. Librarians can decide where to direct visitors, parents can choose to purchase books with multicultural characters and teachers can expose their students to ethnically and culturally diverse material. Each of these roles either perpetuates the lack of diversity in children's literature or transcends it by promoting a variety of books that celebrate diversity.

Breaking the Cycle: Why is Our Increasingly Diverse World Not Reflected in Our Children’s Toys?

The 2014-2015 school year was the first time that non-white students outnumbered white students and the likelihood that the next person you meet will be of a different race or ethnicity stands at 55% (USA Today Diversity Index). That is set to increase to 71% by 2060 according to the same study, meaning the next generation, will have more than a 7 in 10 chance of encountering a different race or ethnic group. We are rapidly moving into a more multicultural world and yet, the toys that line the aisles of big box stores like Target and Walmart don’t reflect that diversity.  

Diversity: Let’s Change the Products Offered to our Children

Parents, if we simply rely on Disney and Mattel to decide what images reflect today’s children, we may be waiting a long time for diverse offerings. Many organizations, including Little Proud Kid, have realized that providing multicultural toys and media will require us to become the change we need in order to provide a more immediate solution. 

The Power of Play: Should There Be ‘Boys’ Versus ‘Girls’ Toys?

Toys are exciting and magical for children, allowing them to explore their creativity and test the outer limits of their imagination. Beyond that, toys serve an important practical and developmental purpose by helping them learn how the world works, allowing for social interaction and problem solving.

Culturally Diverse Playtime

We all know that understanding differences starts at home, but the discrepancies aren’t always represented or apparent under our roofs. Relevant literature indicates that children are aware of differences in other kids based on gender or race as young as two years old. As an example, racial awareness begins with self as a toddler to exploring individual identity and being able to identify stereotypes by five or six years of age.