If you read my previous blog, I suggested 7 Self-Affirming Children's Book Your Black Child Should Have Under the Christmas Tree. There are so many amazing children's books out there and I would be remised not to give my readers more options, because books make the perfect Christmas gifts!
So here is a list of 5 books to gift the imaginative Black child!
1. Andrew & The Time Machine Closet: The Gold King and the Warrior Queen by Toni R. Settles, now I may be a little bias because I am the author of these amazing books, but if you have an adventurous child with a vivid imagination these are the books for them! Andrew is a precocious 9 year old who uses his imagination to time-travel to places around the world, he learns about the rich culture and history of said places. In 'The Gold King', Andrew time-travels to ancient Mali and meets Mansa Musa, the richest man and king to ever live. In 'The Warrior Queen', Andrew time-travels to ancient Nubia and meets a powerful Queen but the name of Candace. This book series is perfect for 3-7 year olds!
2. Alice's Musical Debut by DuEwa Frazier, Alice is an imaginative child who is in tuned with the world around her. She is also a beautiful dreamer, she see's the magic in the world around her. At the night, she imagines the rain whispering her name. During the day she enjoys outdoors, the bees buzzing around her, and ladybugs landing on her adorable face. Alice is also musically inclined, and has a brief moment of rebellion when her mother ask her to begin piano lessons. However her rebellion is short-lived when her mother coaxed her to begin lessons by playing her a song on the piano! The imaginative Alice grows up to be a renowned jazz pianist and a well rounded musician, she was also the wife of famous saxophonist John Coltrane. This children's book is perfect for 4-9 year olds!
3. The Mighty Adventurers: David and Goliath by Erice R. Wingate is perfect for the adventurous and imaganative child! It's bedtime and three brothers Isaiah, David, and Tim pile in bed with their parents to read their favorite story, the story of David & Goliath. Soon after their bedtime story, the boys head to their room to go to bed....... This is when the adventure begins, to their surprise Goliath the giant pays them a visit. The boys then band together to take down the giant, this story is fun and is sure to give you and your young reader lots of chuckles! The illustrations are remarkable and your child is sure to see themselves in the brave and courageous brothers.
This children's book is perfect for 4 -9 year olds!
4. The Adventures of Malik and Mya: My Words are SuperPowers by Porsha Hargrove is a superbly illustrated book about siblings Malik and Mya who learn the power of their thoughts, words, and actions. Malik and Mya discover their power within and learn how to live their best lives by the wisdom giving to them by their parents. The sibling duo learn to be more discipline with their tongue and learn how to speak and think in a way that exudes life, love, and hope to others! I recommend this book to elementary-aged readers who may struggle with being kind to themselves when they make mistakes. This book is all about loving thyself and having a positive mindset.
5. Oh, The Things I Can Be When I See Me by Valerie J. Lewis Coleman is a story filled with wonderment and awe as cousins Samara and Lyric spend a weekend with their grandmother. The history buff in me loves this story because cousins Samara and Lyric learn about women who have excelled in life and done great things. The cousin's see themselves in women like Katherine Dunham who founded one of the first African-American ballet companies in America, after learning about Katherine the girls put on their tutus and performed the cutest ballet routine! I recommend this book for the imaginative girl with big dreams, because when she can see it she can achieve it!