As part of my overdue and ongoing commitment to becoming actively anti-racist, I recently ordered several children’s books from this list of Coretta Scott King Book Award winners to read to Teddy before bed each night. The award is given to outstanding Black authors and illustrators of children’s books that demonstrate an appreciation for Black culture and universal human values. There were so many great suggestions on this post of our favorite books to read him from the fall and I would love to create a more inclusive list here! So far Teddy’s favorite has been Parker Looks Up (he literally lunges at it when he sees it on the table next to the chair where we read!) but he’s also weirdly mesmerized by Hidden Figures even though it has much longer text and is admittedly probably better suited for a slightly older reader. And while neither is a Coretta Scott King award winner, both A is for Awesome! and I Am Human were thoughtful gifts from my sister Reilly (who is light years ahead of me when it comes to understanding and combatting racial injustice) at my baby shower last summer that Teddy loves as well. I’m excited to order more books off this list over time (both for our house and to give as baby gifts!) but would love to hear any of your current household favorites in the comments!
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