Children's Book Corner-New Books to Discover Every Week

Children's Book Corner features books about black and brown children from black and brown authors and illustrators.

1.7.2022

As a child, I was always an avid reader.  My mom was a preschool teacher and taught me and my sisters to read at an early age, I always had an love for books.  Libraries and book stores were my go-to as a kid.  I remember my mom would give us an allowance, 90% of the times mine's would always go to the bookstore!  That new book smell is the greatest!    

BOOK 1

My favorite go-to book as a child was Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters-An African Tale by John Steptoe.  This book has always drawn me in with it's beautiful pictures and great storytelling as a child and even as an adult.  Perfect for ages 4 and up.  

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughter by John Steptoe

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughter by John Steptoe

BOOK 2

 

The Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena is an awesome book I found a couple of years ago.  The artistry in this book is stunning and the story will draw you in.  It's like you're there riding the bus with CJ taking in the sights and the sounds! Perfect for 3 and up!

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena 

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena 

Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed is for every child that dreams of being in space one day! It tells the beginnings story of Dr. Mae Jameson, the first African American woman in space so well. I loved it.  The pictures, the words, everything about this book is awesome.  Perfect for ages 4 and up.

BOOK 3

Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed

Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed is for every child that dreams of being in space one day! It tells the beginnings story of Dr. Mae Jameson, the first African American woman in space so well. I loved it.  The pictures are so bright and beautifully drawn, the words, everything about this book is awesome.  Perfect for ages 4 and up.

Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed

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 1.22.2022

This week as I was thinking about the books I wanted to review, I kept coming across the theme of knowing and loving yourself.  "I Am Enough", "I Am Everything", and "It's Test Day, Tiger Tourette" focus on this theme in a way children can understand.  

BOOK 1

 I Am Enough by Grace Byers

i am enough grace myers

I loved this book.  The book explores not only knowing "I am enough" but also that others are too!  The artistry was also beautiful in this book and have multiple characters that were not only different races and shades, but also sizes and abilities.  Recommended for kids Ages 4-8.

 I Am Enough by Grace Byers

BOOK 2

I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes

I Am Every Good Thing 

This book is great for all children, but especially boys.  This book is so uplifting and filled with positive affirmations. Also each page is filled with beautiful illustrations of black boys being superheroes to everyday. I can see this book being a daily reader.  Recommended Ages are 3-7, but I would say for anyone with son of any age needs this book.

I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes

BOOK 3

It's Test Day, Tiger Turcotte by Pansie Hart Flood

It's Test Day, Tiger Turcotte

This book was a pleasant surprise.  From the title I wasn't expecting the subject matter of this book, it's a refreshing take on how we see ourselves. I loved how as the story unfolds, I can easily put myself into Tiger's shoes.  It was a fun and it just flowed, making you want to read every single page. It is a short chapter book and is recommended for ages 7-10 years old, but could definitely be a bedtime book for families with younger children. 

It's Test Day, Tiger Turcotte by Pansie Hart Flood

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