24 Books for African American Girls

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It’s Black History Month and we would like to share our roundup of books for African American girls.  Most importantly, I’m also excited and honored to tell readers that I will be incorporating more products and posts for African American children.   Lets get started with this great roundup of books:

Basketball Belles – First, Anges Morley was raised on a cattle ranch.  She was sent to Stanford University where she trades in her spurs for a basketball.  She leads her team to victory against the University of California at Berkeley, and makes history.  Ages 6 – 9.

Flower Garden – A girl and her father create a window box as a birthday present for her mother.  Ages 4 – 7.

Gymnastics Jitters – Dana and the rest of the Raiders gymnastics team must learn how to deal with their biggest rivals, the Superiors.  Ages 8 – 11

Emi’s Curly Coily, Cotton Candy Hair –  Emi is a creative 7-year-old girl who shares a positive message about her curly, cotton candy hair.  Great message to teach little girls about their natural hair.  Ages 7 – 12.

Sugar – Next, sugar lives on the River Road sugar plantation in Mississippi. Slavery is over, but Sugar must work in the fields since both of her parents are dead.  She finds joys playing with a forbidden friend, the plantation owner’s son.  Ages 9 – 12.

Dancing in the Wings – Sassy wants to be a ballerina.  Will her big feet, long legs and her big mouth stop her from reaching her dream?  Ages 4 – 8.

Black Pioneers of Science and Invention  – Educational books should be a part of the fun as well.  This book is about 14 African American innovators who played important roles in scientific and industrial progress.  Ages teen and young adult.

Bayou Magic – It’s Maddy’s first summer in the bayou.  She’s a city girl, but she falls in love with the fireflies, trees and the water.  Ages 8 – 12.

Chocolate Me! – Furthermore, we have a book based on the experiences of being African American and feeling different from the other children.  Many will be able to relate to the struggle of trying to fit in.  Ages 4  – 8.

Daddy’s Little Princess – Daddy’s Little Princess educates young children, helps build their self-esteem, and inspire them.  Most images of princesses and queens are not images of African Americans.  This book introduces them to real-life African Queens and Princesses in all shades.  Ages 4 – 10.

Dare!:  –  Sam is bully.  He makes Jayla feels threatened because he has bullied her because she loves astronomy and stars.  He starts to bully her friends too and tries to get Jayla to bully them too.  Ages 5 – 9.

Firebird – Misty Copeland encourages an African American girl who wants to be a ballerina, but is discouraged by low self-esteem and a lack of confidence.  Ages 6 – 8.

Gone Crazy in Alabama – This is the third book in a series.  The Gaither sisters, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern, head to the rural south to visit their grandmother, Big Ma, in Alabama.  They leave Brooklyn behind and have a lifetime of fun.  The first two books are One Crazy Summer and P.S. Be Eleven.  Ages  8 – 12.  

Hidden Figures Young Readers’ Edition – The true story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA.  Ages 8 – 12.

I Got the Rhythm – A little girl takes a trip to the park with her mother.  She hears a rhythm coming from the butterflies, the ice cream vendors and the world around her.  She can’t contain herself, she breaks out in a dance.  Ages 2 – 5.

I Had a Favorite Dress –  Next, we have a  little girl who wears her favorite dress on Tuesdays.  One Tuesday morning, she discovers that her favorite dress is too short.  She is so disappointed, but her mother turns her favorite dress into a ruffly shirt.  Her favorite dress becomes her favorite shirt.  Ages 5 – 7.

Jamaica’s Fine – This book teaches children ethics.  Jamaica finds a stuffed dog at the playground.  She take it home with trying to find the owner.  Soon discovers her conscience, and learns that it is bothering her.   Ages 4 – 8.

Katie Fry, The Lost Kitten – Furthermore, if your into mysteries you must read Katie Fry.  She loves to solve mysteries.  When she finds a lost kitten, she decides to find the owner.  This book is one in a series.  Ages 6 – 8.

Lola at the Library – Lola is very happy.  On Tuesdays, Lola and her mother go to the library.  She enjoys the walk, checking out books, story time and the special treats she gets with her mother.  Ages 2 – 5.

Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina Young Readers Edition – Misty Copeland was the first female African-American principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre.  She’s been breaking down barriers ever since.  Ages 8 – 12.

Mixed Me – Mixie has a black father and a white mother.  People are always asking her what she is.  She decides to embraces her uniqueness and be the best “Me” she can be.  Ages 4 – 8.

My Three Best Friends and Me – Additionally, we didn’t leave our disabled children.  Zulay is blind, but she doesn’t let that stop from doing everything she wants to do.  She has three best friends who are in her first grade class.  They are study the same things.  Find out what they are.  Ages 4 – 8.

Nikki and Deja – Nikki and Deja live next door to each other.  They do everything together, including watching Saturday morning cartoons, playing jacks, jumping rope and playing during recess.  Additionally, they are in Mrs. Shelby’s third class.  So, they help each other with homework.  Everything is great until a new girl arrives.  Ages 4 – 7.

Penny and the Magic Puffballs – Last, Penny struggled with why her hair was different from her friends.  She wanted to wear her hair straight too, but her mother told her that her hair was perfect just the why it was.  Her mother fixes her hair in two magic puffballs.  Let the fun begin.  Ages 4 – 8.

Finally, we hope that you will use our list of books for African American girls for your daughter, niece or someone special who’s on your gift giving list.  Better yet, start a library for your child and add a new book monthly.  Also, check back for our round up of books for African American boys and teens as well as our preschool/kindergarten activities.

You may also like Whoopi Goldberg’s Sugar Plum Ballerina series.

 

 

Black History – African American Red Sox Baseball Team

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We’re celebrating Black History at Mother 2 Mother this month.  I decided to celebrate my home town’s Black History this year.  I selected the African American Red Sox baseball team that played in my neighborhood when I was growing up.  My father, 6th from the left on the top row, along with many of our neighbors were a part of the Red Sox baseball team. 

Unfortunately, I didn’t see my father play.  I was a baby, but I remember his stories.  The Red Sox was a black baseball team that operated from the 1930’s until the late 1960’s.  My father played second base during the forties and fifties for the team.  This picture was taken in 1946, a year before Jackie Robinson integrated American baseball.  I remember my dad talking about members of the team who were now our neighbors or who visited him during summer visits to our small town, Shepherdstown, WV.  I didn’t encounter a lot of discrimination when I was growing up, but it was prevalent during my father’s generation.  I was oblivious to the hard times he faced. He only spoke of the good ole days. 

Hall of Famer Maury Wills, who played for the Dodgers, played against my dad and his teammates before heading to the pros.  Maury Wills was from the Washington, DC area.  He would visit my dad and other Red Sox players when he was in the area. 

I remember going to see the Red Sox play in my neighborhood on Sunday afternoons in the 1960’s, yes they were still going strong.  Members from the 1946’s team were the coaches. One of my brothers was the bat boy and our cousin kept score.  One of the coaches lived several houses up from us and drove the local garbage truck.  He was a happy man, he always whistled when he walked through the neighborhood. You didn’t have to peep out a window or door to see who was whistling that happy tune, everyone would say there’s “Charlie Butts.”

Everyone looked forward to the game on Sundays.  The neighborhood had a ritual, Sunday School and/or church, a change of clothes, something to eat, and off to the game.  This went on for years during my childhood.  After the game, you headed home to a dinner of fried chicken, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, greens of some sort, homemade rolls or biscuits, Kool-Aid for the kids and iced tea for the grown ups.  You could count on it.  If the ladies/moms finished dinner early they would join the crowd on the ball field.

During this time, I still wasn’t aware of segregation.  The neighborhood butcher, who was Caucasian was a member of the team as well as 2 other players from a neighboring town.  As children we weren’t limited on who we could play with or where we could go in the neighborhood, and my parents never discussed their struggles.  On Sundays we cheered on the team win or loose. The Red Sox were heroes in the neighborhood.  I remember when they stopped playing in the early 70’s.   I never knew why, I just knew they stopped playing ball on Sundays.  Now when I look back on it, they formed teams that were integrated.  I believe that ended the Negro Baseball League in our area. 

This picture of dad and his team members and friends was given to us after my father’s death in 1998.  My heart broke into a hundred pieces that day.  The Bishop who did his eulogy told my family not to be discouraged. My dad was a great man and a leader in the community. He told me that one day my heart would heal.  He also told me that my dad had helped groom him as a man and a baseball player. He gave the family a copy of this photo.  My father was a humble man, we had no idea this picture existed.  Many years later the same Bishop and my cousin named after my father gave an interview about the Red Sox baseball team to a history class at our local University.  They donated their uniforms and gloves to a museum that is now telling the story of this African American team. 

 

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For years I couldn’t think about my father without my heart aching.  It was just too much for me to bear. I am so thankful that my heart has mended and I can share a bit of my father with you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

African American Inventors

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February is Black History Month.   There’s some controversy as to whether or not there should be a Black History Month.  Some people believe that there shouldn’t be a month that focuses on one race’s accomplishments.  Some people believe that many accomplishments by African American’s in America have been diminished.  As a result, we should continue Black History Month.   

l will participate in the celebration as long as it’s being celebrated.  I just like to have a good time regardless.  In my opinion, children should learn about everyone’s contribution to our country.  It’s great because of the diverse people who have made a contribution.  

Many African Americans have contributed to America’s history.  They invented the street mailboxes, adhesives, spark plugs, and more. I believe as parents and grandparents, it is our responsibility to teach our children about American’s history. 

I developed this fun and educational match games for older children.  The goal is to match the Inventor to the Invention.  They may know some of the Inventors/Inventions, but they may have to Google others.  This is a great way to have a family discussion.  You can discuss how the invention is used in your home.  If not in your home, than their grandparents home.  Turn it into a fun, educational game.  It’s perfect for a road trip too. 

I’ve included an Answer Key.  Print both the challenge and answer key here.  Have fun with the kids, and be sure to check back for additional Black History posts.