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1zjakkelien
Sep 19, 2016, 1:37am

Hi all! I hope you can help me find a gift for a friend of mine. She's pregnant and she had a sort of baby shower this weekend. She's Indian, and the process involved a bangle ceremony, where we exchanged bracelets, which was very nice. In any case, she had requested books, and I noticed that almost all children's books I could find were filled with white children. I think it's important that children encounter children in books that are like them as well as unlike. In the end I went with a book about a caterpillar, circumventing the problem. But I would like to be able to give her books brown children later.

So, do you have any suggestions? For now I'm looking for something that parents can read to young children, but other ideas are also welcome..

2merrystar
Modifié : Oct 15, 2016, 8:46pm

Hi. You might try books by Gyo Fujikawa or Annie Kubler - both show a range of kids who aren't all white.

Most of my kids' favorite early books were animals anyhow though.

There is also a list http://www.librarything.com/list/10894/all/Childrens-picture-books-with-kids-of-...

although it looks like most of those are specifically black children.

3LolaWalser
Oct 15, 2016, 8:55pm

>1 zjakkelien:

Hi, I'm surprised you got so little feedback. I guess the group is dead.

I know little about what you're looking for, but I remembered this article about a black girl who wanted to collect 1000 books with black girls:

Where's The Color In Kids' Lit? Ask The Girl With 1,000 Books (And Counting)

It's a mix of picture and chapter books and I think there's a link somewhere with age breakdowns but I couldn't find it. Maybe try the related hashtag, #1000blackgirlbooks ?

4davidgn
Modifié : Oct 15, 2016, 9:21pm

5overthemoon
Oct 16, 2016, 5:21am

Have a look at Tara Books; they are based in Chennai, India - their books are handmade and really beautiful. The website is being redesigned but you can find their page on facebook.

6zjakkelien
Oct 16, 2016, 2:10pm

>2 merrystar: The animal books are a good way to avoid black/white issues, indeed. It might not be so easy to avoid the 'dogs and smurfs' issue as well, but it's a start!

>3 LolaWalser: I was surprised too, but then I got all the above suggestions! I like the article you mention, thanks!

>4 davidgn: I would never have thought of these lists, thanks!

>5 overthemoon: Wow, that sounds really good, books set in India.

I am definitely going to look at all this, thank you all very much!

7southernbooklady
Oct 16, 2016, 2:28pm

>5 overthemoon: THANK YOU for this.

8extrajoker
Oct 22, 2016, 10:01am

Corduroy is a classic, as is The Snowy Day.

9merrystar
Oct 29, 2016, 1:19am

If the child is a girl, Jane Ray's The Apple-pip Princess might be good as she gets older.