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.

Why Talking About Diversity is Important for Parents of Every Race

Race is a concept that minority children cannot avoid; simply becoming aware that they do not look like their favorite television characters will inevitably make a child wonder why they look different. This can spark a conversation and awareness on the part of parents of minority children regarding diversity and make the topic unavoidable. White children and their parents, however, do not have this blatant “opening” and so oftentimes it is never addressed. Furthermore, white parents may simply think that topics such as diversity, race or multiculturalism are not even relevant to them.  
November 01, 2015 by Georgia Lobban

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. 

Our Diverse World Invisible in Toy Market

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. 

Ten Quotes about Cultural Acceptance

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” - Marcus Garvey

“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” - Maya Angelou

“Diversity means understanding.” - Stuart Scott