Please welcome Jamia Wilson with her list of 8 Diverse Picture Books for Next-Generation Change Makers.
8 Diverse Picture Books for Next-Generation Change Makers
1. Young Gifted and Black by Jamia Wilson, illustrated by Andrea Pippins
This our love letter to the next-generation of black leaders doers, thinkers, dreamers and creators. [picture book, ages 7 and up]
2. How Mamas Love Their Babies by Juniper Fitzgerald, illustrated by Elise Peterson
Celebrate the variety of ways diverse mothers support their children through labor and love. It also happens to be published by the Feminist Press, where I work. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
3. Thunderboy Jr. by Sherman Alexie, illustrated by Yuyi Morales
This gorgeous relationship between a father and son also explores the meaning of names and how they shape who we are. [picture book, ages 5 and up]
4. Ladder to the Moon by Maya Soetoro-Ng, illustrated by Yuyi Morales
This picture book illuminates the powerful love a child can feel for an ancestor who transitioned before they were born. It teaches us that love is enduring and limitless in time and space. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
5. A De Activista (A is for Activist) by Martha Gonzalez, illustrated by Innosanto Nagara
Teach children that caring about humanity, taking a stand for justice and partnering with your community to create a better world is both righteous and important. [picture book, ages 3 and up]
6. Little Leaders: Bold Women In Black History by Vashti Harrison
Inspire kids by reading about black girls and young women bravely breaking barriers to ignite change which uplifts them and their communities. [picture book, ages 8 and up]
7. Happy To Be Nappy by Bell Hooks, illustrated by Chris Raschka
Celebrate the many colorful and beautiful shades and textures of blackness. It honestly addresses hair politics with playful and accessible language and illustrations. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
8. Little People, Big Dreams: Frida Kahlo by
Learn about the joys, battles, and desires of artist Frida Kahlo’s fiercely colorful life. The book tackles how a childhood accident impacted her life and her art with integrity and grace. [picture book, ages 4 and up]
Jamia Wilson is an American writer, commentator, and feminist activist based in New York City. She is the Executive Director and Publisher of the Feminist Press at CUNY. Learn more about her by visiting her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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