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Dec 11, 2023Liked by Free Black Thought

After reading about Professor Fryer's study that showed a correlation between books in a home and first grade success, I asked a black pastor friend of mine in Seattle about starting a service of providing books. He seemed interested, but I have been distracted with other things and did not work on this. Now with a list we may be able to get something going. Thank you.

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Dec 17, 2023Liked by Free Black Thought

Thank you, this is a super helpful list, a labor of love. Is there any you can get it published more broadly? It deserves a wide audience. I'll do my part with friends and family. Thank you.

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Dec 12, 2023Liked by Free Black Thought

Here's another good one about family that my children and I enjoy reading: Full, Full, Full of Love by Trish Cooke. It tells the story of a big family dinner hosted by grandma, from the point of view of a little boy. The family is black, but it's not a plot point. Very sweet book.

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Dec 11, 2023Liked by Free Black Thought

Age says I'm way beyond good picture books but I'm not. How I would like reading these good books. Thanks for the discussion of your criteria for selecting good books. I appreciate this essay more than you know..

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Dec 11, 2023Liked by Free Black Thought

I can’t thank you enough for this! Absolutely wonderful.

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Dec 11, 2023Liked by Free Black Thought

I love these recommendations. When my children were young a favorite of ours was The Ghost of Sifty Sifty Sam. While both the main character and ghost are black, the story is not about race or social justice. Delightful story.

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Gorgeous books. My children loved Corduroy as well as the sequel. Agree with the assessment if woke children’s books--can’t stand the unpoetic rhymes of Ibram X. Kendi. You might like my substack defending banned and challenged children’s books:melissaknox.Substack.com

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What a great article! I have often wondered where these kinds of books could be found, so I really appreciate this list! I think it's important for children to learn about different cultures and ethnicities, but have struggled to find books about black people that are not focused on racism as the key theme.

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Dec 18, 2023Liked by Free Black Thought

Wonderful article! Will be getting some of these for my grandson. Our family is not black. It seems great, though, for him to get the messages of these stories and also to know these are human values and experiences, common to us all. Thank you!

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Dec 12, 2023Liked by Free Black Thought

What a great list of books!

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Dec 11, 2023Liked by Free Black Thought

As I was reading the article the first book that came to my mind was Corduroy. It was the first book I gave to our grandchildren. Then it was the first book on the list. Warmed my heart. Thank you for this list. Our grandson was excited to tell me the first time he rode on an escalator. 🥰

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I really admire your way of looking at the world. Beautiful.

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This is such a great list. Thank you so much for compiling it. I also wanna recommend “A Snowy Day.” That was always a favorite of mine growing up 🙂.

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