Characters of Color: 7 Must-Read Picture Books Featuring African-American Characters

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credits: Image credits: Aunt Flossie’s Hats (and Crab Cakes Later) by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard, illustrated by James Ransome; Summer Jackson: Grown Up by Teresa Harris, Illustrated by AG Ford; Summer Sun Risin’ by W. Nikola-Lisa, illustrated by Don Tate; Do Like Kyla by Angela Johnson, illustrated by James Ransome; Come On, Rain! by Karen Hesse, illustrated by Jon J Muth.

Classroom libraries and children’s bookshelves sometimes fail to reflect a true reading rainbow. This lack of diversity has a direct impact on how our little readers develop, especially as they begin to shape their view of the world around them. Here are seven must-read books that feature memorable characters of color that your little one will love, and that will prepare them for the real, wonderfully diverse world in which we live.
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