MY FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOKS

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Last week was my niece’s birthday and I bought her books!! She’s 3 and loves a good bedtime story. I even read with her when I stop by to visit. In this age of technology where kids hardly know what a board game is, I think it’s important to give the a love of a physical book and get them away from things that require electricity.

During my search for the perfect books for my niece, I came across a ton. I want to share a few of my favorites with you. Hopefully you can add these books to your library list for reading time or start a regular reading time with your children.

I Love My Hair by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley

A young African-American girl describes the familiar mother-daughter nightly ritual of combing the tangles out of her hair. The superb watercolor illustrations move from the intimacy and security of Keyana’s bedroom to the neighborhood streets and finally to the whole world as her mother’s imagery becomes reflected in the art. (Amazon)

Dancing In The Wings by Debbie Allen

Sassy is a long-legged girl who always has something to say. She wants to be a ballerina more than anything, but she worries that her too-large feet, too-long legs, and even her big mouth will keep her from her dream. When a famous director comes to visit her class, Sassy does her best to get his attention with her high jumps and bright leotard. Her first attempts are definitely not appreciated, but with Sassy’s persistence, she just might be able to win him over. Dancing in the Wings is loosely based on actress/choreographer Debbie Allen’s own experiences as a young dancer. (Amazon)

Please, Puppy, Please by Spike Lee and Tanya Lewis Lee

In page after page of tail-wagging fun, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Spike Lee and his wife, Beacon Award-winning producer Tonya Lewis Lee, take a close-up look at what happens when a couple of high-energy toddlers meet their match in an adventurous pup who has no plans of letting up. Irresistible illustrations by Coretta Scott King Award winner Kadir Nelson unleash countless memorable moments of toddlerhood, and puppyhood, which families with four-legged friends will enjoy over and over again. (Amazon)

He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands by Kadir Nelson

What began as a spiritual has developed into one of America’s best-known songs, and now for the first time it appears as a picture book, masterfully created by award-winning artist Kadir Nelson.Through sublime landscapes and warm images of a boy and his family, Kadir has created a dazzling, intimate interpretation, one that rejoices in the connectedness of people and nature. Inspired by the song’s simple message, Kadir sought to capture the joy of living in and engaging with the world. Most importantly, he wished to portray the world as a child might see it—vast and beautiful. (Amazon)

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