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.

5 Ways to Celebrate Diversity with Your Child During the Holidays

The holidays provide a wonderful opportunity for parents to celebrate and teach children about diversity. Since your child's classmates may have different customs than those you and your children practice, it allows you to talk about traditions and culture. Your child  can ask questions about the celebrations of others, as well as their own holiday traditions. From what meals are served at the holiday table to gift giving practices, celebrate diversity with your child during the holidays to provide them with  a deeper appreciation for all practices and beliefs. This is the perfect time to reassert that difference is not only OK but beautiful!

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.  

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.

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

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.