Updated: Nov 26, 2022
BOOKISH: Inspiring a love of language and learning in young children is quite possibly the greatest gift we can give. The following book and game lists have been designed and curated for children and adults of all ages, for a variety of topics and interests.
Board Books by BIPOC Authors
Sweetest Kulu is a beautiful bedtime poem, written by acclaimed Inuit throat singer Celina Kalluk, that describes the gifts given to a newborn baby by all the animals of the Arctic. Lyrically and tenderly told by a mother speaking to her own little Kulu – an Inuktitut term of endearment bestowed upon babies and young children – this visually stunning book is infused with the traditional Inuit values of love and respect for the land and its animal inhabitants.
Brown Sugar Baby is a celebration of the powerful love and protective, comforting instincts of a mother for her child. Its soothing and tender rhymes are highlighted by whimsical and charming illustrations that are perfect for storytime. It is a relatable, lyrical story for parents and their little girls and boys to read together time and again.
Ours is a board book that joyfully celebrates skin tone self-love with a mirror for little ones. Show young readers how to see themselves and others with confidence and love in this beautiful rhyming board book toddlers and parents alike will love.
Little Activists Board Book Bundle encourages children to grow up with confidence in themselves and to be more proactive citizens.
Noodles, Please! An A to Z of foods of the world to set your tastebuds aflame! In this board book shaped to mimic bowls, readers will discover 26 different varieties as they eat their way through the alphabet. Who knew noodles could be served so many ways: long and short, hot and cold, spicy and sweet, in broth and baked, paired with vegetables, meat and fish? It provides a culinary tour of the world, highlighting noodles from 19 countries!
Children’s Books by BIPOC Authors
Nyasha Williams has published three books, with three more available for pre-order. Her philosophy passionately works to change the narrative, and decolonize literature, minds, and spiritual practices one day at a time.
I Affirm Me: An empowering alphabet book of affirmations to inspire and remind black children of their inner power, strength, and worth;
What’s the Commotion in the Ocean?: A mermaid has a message for the earth about our seas and oceans, and she requires your help. A rhyming children’s book reflecting on the current happenings in the ocean and what we can do to help.
Ally Baby Can: Be Feminist: Introduces allyship to tiny change-makers! It models how young children can stand up for women and nonbinary people in the fight against sexism and gender inequality. These three are available for online purchase.
Williams also has three books available for pre-order:
I am Somebody: An empowering picture book about the importance of stepping up (and speaking up) to address injustice and effect change within our daily lives;
Ally Baby Can: Be an Eco-Activist: Readers will learn effective ways to save our best friends: humanity, wildlife, and planet earth;
Ally Baby Can: Be Anti-Racist: Models how young kids can stand up for members of the BIPOC community in the fight against systemic racism.
Tallulah the Tooth Fairy CEO: she knows practically everything about being a tooth fairy. How to collect teeth. Dispense money. Train other fairies. And it’s all in the Teeth Titans Incorporated Employee Manual. But when something happens, that’s not covered in the manual, what’s a fairy to do? It is a modern take on the classic tooth fairy story that is perfect for powerful little readers ready to take on the world – one tooth at a time.