Thursday, September 10, 2009

A growing list of books featuring kids of color

As I mentioned last month, race in children's books has been much discussed recently, and Elizabeth Bluemle of Shelftalker not only invited readers to suggest great books that feature kids of color but are not actually about racial matters, she actually put the list together on Because it's a work in process, Elizabeth is encouraging folks to give her more suggestions - feel free to add them to her blog post here.

The list is especially wonderful for its preponderance of very new (2009 and even 2010) titles, as well as for its ability to be sorted in all sorts of ways.

The only drawback is that I don't see a way to sort by the race or ethnicity of the kids - in fact, I don't even see that information listed for any of the books. Might be a good thing to include on this kind of list.

1 comment:

  1. Set in today’s day and time, Me and My Best Friend is about a young boy, his faithful companion and their exciting adventures.

    Henry and Liam are the best of friends and they do everything together. They can run and play all day long. But when Henry the puppy gets tired and tries to take a nap, three-year-old Liam keeps waking him, wanting him to play some more. Will Henry get any rest?

    Get your children involved with this beautifully illustrated book. Your child will love to match up words and pictures, and find Liam, who keeps hiding in his bedroom. Perfect for the young reader!

    About the Author

    J.S. Huntlands is the author of Nick Twisted Minds and is currently working on more books in this series, as well as 23 more books in the Me and My Best Friend series. Huntlands is a full-time writer, as well as a mom to a wonderful four-year-old boy. This book is dedicated to her son in hopes that he never forgets his best friend.