You may often hear the phrase, “Support Black Businesses,” and yes, it helps to do so but one type of Black business that is starting to boom is children’s literature that features Black main characters and that is written and published by Black authors. Yes, buy Black books by Black authors and publishers! Successful Black Parenting magazine’s publishing company is SBP Publishing. We will soon offer an online bookstore with recommended Black books for parents and children. Stay tuned for that.
Independent authors often find it difficult to get the word out about their books because most bookstores, large and small, will not support self-published authors. It’s true. Trying to get the press to write about these wonderful books is difficult as well. Black children need books with positive Black main characters because it helps our children to feel relevant in the world. White families need these books to diversify their home libraries because the world is diverse and this is often a white child’s first experience with brown people.
Many times, self-published books aren’t the best quality or the best in children’s literature but that shouldn’t dissuade you. Let your child decide on which book is his or her favorite. The author writes for the child and often the adult can’t relate and that’s okay too. Below are featured books with links to purchase (click the book cover). Know that by buying these books, you are helping to support small Black businesses and independent Black authors.
Successful Black Parenting is proud to announce that we are bringing our readers more researched-based content written by the members of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) RESilience Initiative, which provides resources to parents and caregivers for promoting the strength, health, and well-being of children and youth of color. We will also feature their members who have contributed articles to Successful Black Parenting on our BackTalk podcast. Learn more about the RESilience Initiative at www.apa.org/res.
THE AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION'S (APA) RESilience Initiative
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