Christmas gift ideas: books featuring black children
Liv Little, Zakiya Mckenzie and Niellah Arboine
18 Dec 2015
Books are always good prezzies for children, so here are a few Christmas gift ideas for the beautiful young ones around you.
Anna Hibiscus Song
By Atinuke, Lauren Tobia
A lovely story to read aloud, with a storyline that will have you singing and dancing along. Anna Hibiscus lives in ‘Amazing Africa’ and is so happy that she cannot stop loving her entire family as they go about their daily lives.
By Peter H. Reynolds
Ever thought about painting the sky without the colour blue? This is the challenge Marisol meets, but she is imaginative and insightful, and finds a way through.
By Mary Hoffman, Illustrated by Cornelius van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu
This series of books has been around for a while, I had them when I was a little girl.
Grace goes through a crisis of identifying a princess that looks like her and does the things that she does. She goes on a historical journey, learning about warrior princess Amina of Nigeria, Pin-Yang who started the womens army of China, Zimbabwean Nyasha, Hiawatha of India, and other notable queens of colour that you rarely hear about.
Dave and the Tooth Fairy
by Verna Allette Wilkins, Paul Hunt
This modern take on the tooth fairy is a two- for- one big up to boys and women.
Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella
By Robert D. San Souci
A noteworthy spin on the classic fairytale told from the point-of-view of the fairy godmother, who worked as a blanchisseuse, or washer-woman, on a ‘green-green island in the so-blue Mer des Antilles’. She is Cendrillon’s ‘nannin’, or godmother, and resourcefully uses breadfruit, lizards and agouti to get Cinderella to the ball in fine Caribbean style.
The Colour of Home
By Mary Hoffman
Hassan from Somalia is a refugee in a strange land. He misses the sunshine, being outdoors and he feels awkward at school, especially with a language barrier. Once he gets to his story out he feels much better.
Cross with Us Rhinoceros
By John Bush
Follow the rhyming tale of four young adventurers who bump into a rather big and angry rhino. Will they leave their wits and run away or stay and confront the cross rhinoceros?
By Eileen Browne
A young girl named Handa wants to bring a big basket of seven juicy fruits to her friend Akeyo in the neighbouring village. But on her journey over Handa is visited by a number of sneaky animals, perhaps it won’t be Akeyo left surprised.
Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain
By Verna Aardema
Based on the folklore of the Nandi people in Kenya comes this beautiful tale. There’s a draught on the Kapiti plains and Ka-Pat, the farmer who stands on one leg, must think of a way to bring back the rain once more before the animals migrate for good and the crops all die out.
Love Thy Fro
By Casey Elisha
Selling out the day after it’s launch, Love Thy Fro is a beautiful book about young Kemi who adores her hair. The story encourages young black kids to embrace and truly love their ‘fros. A perfect book this Christmas to raise the self-esteem of afro adorned children and adults too!
By Trish Cooke
This book will warm your cockles, as baby gets carried around we can feel the love emanating from his big Caribbean family.
Please do comment below with books from your childhood and we will add them to the list!