Denene of MyBrownBaby has written a blog post on Everybody Should Read Black Children's Books. The post is a good one and if you have a moment, head here to read it.
The post is close to me for a few reasons. One of them being that my twin sister and I have written a children's book about a set of Black twin girls who get themselves in plenty of trouble while doing their best to reach out and help someone. The book was written not just for Black kids to read but for kids of all nationalities. There are characters in the book who introduce other cultures as well.
After reading some of the comments posted on the forum in parenting.com, I was shocked to see how some people are against their children reading books with a Black character as the central character. Not only that, but a few of them feel strongly against their kids receiving Black dolls or books about Black children as gifts.
For those of you that are not Black or do not have a child that is Black, would you be offended if your child received a gift that featured a Black character?
How would you feel if your child was given the choice to choose a Barbie or other doll and chose one that is Black? Would you honestly steer your child into choosing one that is his/her ethnicity instead?
Honestly, I was very excited about the prospects of getting the book published but after reading some of the comments on the forum in parenting.com, I'm wondering if all of the creativity and hard work will be in vain.
Would you buy my book for your kids to read knowing that the main characters are Black?
Your honest thoughts, please.
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