Literary Fiction by People of Color discussion

Nadia Knox and the Eye of Zinnia
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Nadia Knox - or other books for kids

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message 1: by Geordie (last edited Jan 17, 2020 11:04AM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Geordie | 4 comments I've been reading Nadia Knox and the Eye of Zinnia with my six-year old. So far, sorry to say, I'm not very impressed
Has anyone else read it?
What were your opinions?
Can anyone recommend some other books by people of color that are appropriate for small children?

message 2: by Peggy (new)

Peggy | 47 comments The book in question – NADIA KNOX AND THE EYE OF ZINNIA - I can’t speak to.

The flow of children’s books with African American protagonists is expanding rapidly. Some are good. Some – not so much. AS the old adage goes beauty lies in the eye of the beholder.

If you don’t mind doing a bit of research, the following may be useful.

►HOW TO RAISE A READER by New York Times book critics Pamela Paul and Maria Russo is very informative. African American authors are included in their recommendations for every age group from infant to teen.

►Eye See Me African American Children’s Book Store -
You may want to sort by reading list to get close to the appropriate age group. What I like about Eye See Me is that self-published authors are included in their inventory.

►Coretta Scott King Awards -
The Bible. These books have been vetted by librarians many of whom are/were initially teachers. Your area library should have a children’s librarian who can help you identify age appropriate material. Or you can do a Google search. The awards have been made annually since 1970. This should make a good foundation for your child’s library. Bonus: since the books are vetted by librarians – they should be in your neighborhood library.

►Publisher’s Weekly – African American Interest – Young Readers. Annually Publisher’s Weekly publishes a list of works by/about African American interest scheduled for release between October – March. There is an adult list and a young reader’s list. Suggested age ranges are included on the children’s list. These lists are just a start – but a good start. From what I have seen over the years, there are about 100 titles included in the children’s section.

A few years ago questions were raised about the inclusion of a book about the happy slave who cooked for George Washington. After concerns were raised, the title was removed. I haven’t heard/read about other books raising concerns.

I want to say that Publishers’ Weekly has been providing these lists since 2010.

If you live near Philadelphia or Baltimore – you may want to check out the African American Children’s Book Festivals that are held in these respective cities.

Hope this helps.

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