Phoenix read The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats today!
I will be honest, I picked it up because I remembered reading it as a kid and also the character is African American and I want our at home library and Phoenix's warm, observant, perceptive eyes and bright mind to know and appreciate stories of all types that involve faces of all types. Although he's very little, it starts now, it already has begun: the understanding of human beings as being the same inside even if they look different than you on the outside. I want to introduce him to the diversity out there, I want him to be aware that although who a person is- is formed inside their soul, the skin that covers our souls comes in an array of colors and there are all types of people out there, with all different backgrounds, and THAT is a beautiful thing and is what makes our world and existence so incredible and great!
Want more picture books with African American characters? Then check out these:
I Like Myself! board book by Karen Beaumont, Illustrator David Catrow
Peekaboo Morning by Rachel Isadora
Come On, Rain! by Karen Hesse, Illustrator Jon J. Muth
Please, Baby, Please by Spike Lee, Tonya Lewis Lee, Illustrator Kadir Nelson
Violet's Music byAngela Johnson, Illustrator Laura Huliska-Beith Baby Dance by Ann Taylor, Illustrator Marjorie Van Heerden