While I was online recently looking for books to add to Rahni’s reading list for 2014, I remembered that I had come across a book series about a little girl named Dyamonde Daniel by Nikki Grimes. I heard of this last year on GoodReads.com and added book 1, Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel to Rahni’s ‘To Read’ list but like 100 or so of the other books listed, I forgot to go back and research it. I am now kicking myself. I did some research on Nikki Grimes books and discovered that she has a vast array of books ranging from picture books for very young readers to chapter books for older or more advanced readers. Where have I been? While I have been on the hunt, tirelessly searching for books to keep my daughter’s interest, and searching all kinds of book lists from graphic novels for kids to books about strong girls, and graphic novels for girls, never once did I think to look for books that would have characters that LOOK like her. An aha moment!
So today I actually Googled “Chapter books for African American girls” and an entire new world of books appeared before my very eyes! I felt like a kid in a candy store! Whoopi Goldberg even has a series of books about a group of young girls who are dancers called The Sugar Plum Ballerinas! How awesome is that considering Rahni is a dancer!? I even found a series called Liberty Porter, about a young African American girl that is the daughter of the President! I know I may seem way too excited right now…because I seriously am, but I feel like reading just got THAT MUCH MORE FUN if that is at all possible! Also, I didn’t mention that not all of these books are by African American authors…how cool is that??
Below I have listed some of the books that we have earmarked as ‘to read’ this year. They seem like really fun books, and although they are based on African American characters, I am more than certain that they will be relatable and entertaining for any ethnicity.
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