By our Smarty friends at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte
Recent events and protests are sparking questions from children. Moving forward, we will provide a weekly resource to help our families continue these much-needed conversations about tolerance and racial equity.
Each winter, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. The committee that selects the awards is part of the American Library Association.
Check out this amazing list:
Sulwe has skin the color of midnight. She is darker than everyone in her family. She is darker than anyone in her school. Sulwe just wants to be beautiful and bright, like her mother and sister. Then a magical journey in the night sky opens her eyes and changes everything.
The Undefeated – A poetic tribute to African American heroes who faced prejudice and oppression, and survived — as well those who didn’t. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world’s greatest heroes.
New Kid is a timely, honest graphic novel about starting over at a new school where diversity is low and the struggle to fit in is real, from award-winning author-illustrator Jerry Craft.
Genesis Begins Again – With the help of her chorus teacher, Genesis learns to love herself and finds her voice to overcome internalized racism and a verbally abusive family. Author Alicia D. Williams is local to Charlotte and was a member of our Resident Touring Company.