Chapter One"The Season for Reading"
We have created a list of theme-oriented
selections that are appropriate for the many
seasons and holidays of the year. Of course,
sharing these books with your
young readers at special times
will launch you and your
child into a full year of
and enriching books for
It's cold outside, but young readers will enjoy these heartwarming
stories about the season.
The Black Snowman [v1-133] Do Like Kyla [v1-27] From My Window
The Longest Wait
Snow on Snow on Snow [v1-97] The Snowy Day [v1-98]
Martin Luther King Day
Celebrate the life and legacy of this African American icon and
Happy Birthday, Dr. King! [v1-192] Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King [v1-191] Just Like Martin [v1-368] Let Freedom Ring: A Ballad of Martin Luther King, Jr.  Meet Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Man of Peace with a Dream for All
People  My Dream of Martin Luther King [v1-234]
Black History Month
Every month is Black History Month. In this special season, help
young readers focus on African American history and heritage
through these selections.
Amistad Rising: A Story of Freedom  Bound for America: The Forced Migration of Africans to the New
World  Explore Black History with Wee Pals  Through Loona's Door: A Tammy and Owen Adventure with Carter
G. Woodson [v1-413] Through My Eyes 
Give young readers something from the heart-a book about the
holiday of love.
Don't Be My Valentine: A Classroom Mystery  Hopscotch Love: A Family Treasury of Love Poems  Secret Valentine  Super-Fine Valentine 
Women's History Month
Women have done it all! Read about many of the African
American women who have left their marks on America.
The Bus Ride  Dinner at Aunt Connie's House [v1-160] Osceola: Memories of a Sharecropper's Daughter  Madam C.J. Walker: Entrepreneur  Susie King Taylor: Destined to Be Free [v1-408]
Spring has arrived, marked by Easter, a favorite childhood holiday.
Share books about the season of renewal.
Easter Parade  Miz Fannie Mae's Fine New Easter Hat 
It is time for America's favorite pastime. Read stories about the
game and some of the legendary African Americans who played it.
The Bat Boy and His Violin  Fair Ball!: 14 Great Stars from Baseball's Negro Leagues  First in the Field: Baseball Hero Jackie Robinson  Leagues Apart: The Men and Times of the Negro Baseball
Leagues  Teammates [v1-288]
Children's Poetry Week
Broaden young readers' literary education by introducing them
to expressive books of poetry written just for them.
A Dime a Dozen  Isn't My Name Magical?: Sister and Brother Poems  Jump Back, Honey: The Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar  Make a Joyful Sound: Poems for Children by African-American
Poets [v1-225] The Palm of My Heart: Poetry by African American Children [v1-392]
We celebrate our mothers on a single day in May, but they
deserve our love and admiration every day of the year.
In My Momma's Kitchen  Flowers for Mommy [v1-33] Gettin' Through Thursday  Ma Dear's Apron [v1-222] Read for Me, Mama 
We love fathers, too! And there are a number of exemplary
books that celebrate and pay tribute to these special men in our
Always My Dad  Daddy Calls Me Man  In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating
Fathers  Kevin and His Dad  Octopus Hugs 
Expose young readers to the significance of this traditional holiday
from African American history.
Freedom's Gifts: A Juneteenth Story [v1-181] Juneteenth Jamboree [v1-213]
It's the season for vacations, camp, going to the beach, and other
warm-weather activities. Make sure that your young readers are
still going to bed with a good book every night.
Gregory Cool [v1-189] Knoxville, Tennessee [v1-65] Lemonade Sun: And Other Summer Poems  One Hot Summer Day [v1-87] Summer Wheels 
Observe our country's birthday with books about the creation of
our nation and the annual celebrations.
Celebration!  Come All You Brave Soldiers: Blacks in the Revolutionary War  Phoebe the Spy 
Many extended families come together during this season to celebrate
Bigmama's  Tanya's Reunion  Trina's Family Reunion  We Had a Picnic This Sunday Past 
Back to School
Put young readers in the right frame of mind for their return to
school with books about other young students.
Jamaica and the Substitute Teacher  Madoulina: A Girl Who Wanted to Go to School  My Mom Is My Show-and-Tell  Running the Road to ABC [v1-271] Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys 
Read about the cherished elders, our grandparents, who are so
important in our lives.
Granddaddy's Gift  Grandma's Hands  Keepers  No Mirrors in My Nana's House  Sophie 
Get in the spirit of this scary, ghostly holiday with stories to thrill
and chill young readers.
Celie and the Harvest Fiddler [v1-143] Halloween Monster [v1-45] Jenny Reen and the Jack Muh Lantern [v1-207] Jezebel's Spooky Spot  Vampire Bugs: Stories Conjured from the Past 
National Children's Book Week
Select any favorite book or focus on many of the wonderful
African American children's books that have endured the test of
time to become classics.
Amazing Grace [v1-121] Aunt Flossie's Hats (and Crab Cakes Later) [v1-123] The Boy and the Ghost  Drylongso  Tar Beach [v1-287]
It's time to give thanks for family, friends, homes, and other
blessings. Give young readers books that help them focus on
the gifts in their lives.
Because You're Lucky  Boundless Grace  I Love My Family [v1-52] I Love My Hair!  Money Troubles 
Books should be on every child's Christmas list, especially some
of these seasonal favorites.
An Angel Just Like Me  The Bells of Christmas  Carol of the Brown King: Nativity Poems  Christmas for 10  Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters [v1-328]
More and more African American families are celebrating this
reflective holiday. Present young readers with books to help them
understand the significance and rituals of Kwanzaa.
The Children's Book of Kwanzaa: A Guide to Celebrating the
Holiday  K Is for Kwanzaa: A Kwanzaa Alphabet Book  Kwanzaa: A Family Affair  Kwanzaa: Africa Lives in a New World Festival  Seven Days of Kwanzaa: A Holiday Step Book 
Babies and Preschoolers
The minds of toddlers and preschoolers are
just waiting to be filled with ideas, information,
and impressions to help them operate in the
world. There is no other period in their lives when they
will learn as much in such a brief span of time. So this
is the ideal period to introduce them to books that will set the
stage for later learning. We have selected a number of books
that offer basic preschool skills. Afro-Bets Book of Shapes , C Is for
City , Christmas for 10 , and others teach shapes, counting,
reciting the alphabet, phonics, and other pre-reading skills.
Read these books to your child as often as possible. Children at this
age learn through repetition and actually enjoy the familiarity of a
favorite story. The books need to be colorful and attractive to appeal to
the young eye. Often books that are written in rhyme make a lasting
impression on young minds.
Reading should be a fun activity that young children enjoy. So we
have included dozens of books for this age group that are guaranteed
to capture young imaginations and bring them back for more, more,
and more! Favorite fairy tales like Hansel and Gretel  and Little Red
Riding Hood  are told with contemporary twists and bright
illustrations. Young readers can also escape into brilliant fantasies likeKofi and the Butterflies and Swinging on a Rainbow, or giggle
to the nonsense in books like Maebelle's Suitcase , Bear on a Bike ,
and Julius .
Make sure that your toddlers and preschoolers get plenty of exposure
to selections that are just for fun. They can learn in these early
years that a book is an excellent alternative to video entertainment.
As he or she grows, a young child needs to be nurtured as a whole
person. As parents we can feed the spirit as well as the mind, with beautiful
books like Give Me Grace: A Child's Daybook of Prayers  to
help build spirituality. We can offer books like Happy to Be Nappy , Cherish Me , and No Mirrors in My Nana's House  to help
develop positive self-images and racial identities. And we can expose
children to the arts even at this early age, through books like Dance 
or Carol of the Brown King: Nativity Poems .
The key is to offer your young children a wide variety of books that
expose them to new concepts and ideas that may help them discover
what they have within and learn more about the world outside of themselves.