Hello lovelies! Today I’m sharing something with you I haven’t shared before here: my little sister is adopted from Haiti. She is just starting to read. Something that my mother and I have been striving to do is find books that star girls who look like my sister. The same thing goes for dolls, toys, etcetera. As a white woman, my eyes hadn’t been naturally opened to the cultural whitewashing before this. Why is a “default” Barbie doll white when an estimated 37% of Americans are not? Why do we have to search so hard and especially highlight multicultural books, but Caucasian characters in literature are again, “default”? That’s my small food-forthought ramble for today.
On to the books! Here are some children’s books that show strong female role models who are also women of colour. (This is by no means an all-encompassing list of diversity, but are simply a top few- I may continue on with this series if there is interest, so let me know!)
These all encourage girls to embrace themselves and reach their fullest potential, and are all fairly affordable also.
- Malala’s Magic Pencil, by Malala Yousafzai (for the young writer)
- Firebird, by Misty Copeland (for the young dancer)
- I Love My Hair! by Natasha Tarpley (for the young girl with natural hair)
What do you think about these books? What would you add to the list? Comment below and let me know!