One day I’m going to collect all the grocery lists I have made during this period of my life. I keep constant lists of things we need for the house: toilet paper, lemons, hair elastics, celery. So, I’m gonna display them all, row after row after row. Random need after random need. I’m going to call my exhibit ‘Never Ending Trips to Target.’
I get kind of angry black woman over my children seeing people who look like them in the books they read and the tv shows and movies that they watch. I just think there are so many ways mainstream culture can ignore people of color, that I need to do everything I can to provide a counterbalance.
Maybe a year ago, I went to Barnes and Noble looking to get my kids some new books. The store I went to had a pretty big kids’ section, but as exhaustive as it was – I had a difficult time finding books featuring black people. Granted, I was with Cameron and Grace, which meant that I was spending a good amount of time making sure no one fell/died/put anything in their mouths, but I really struggled to find books that represented anything other than the blonde-haired, blue-eyed norm.
Eventually, I got mad and picked up some books staring dinosaurs in protest.
Anyway, we do have some good books starring minorities that I thought I’d share with you. In case you ever happen to be in the same predicament.
Feast for 10 by Cathryn Falwell – Every member of the family in this story looks like Oprah! It’s true! A Target purchase.
Sing Along Song by JoAnn Early Macken. Got this from a small discount store in Baltimore which has since closed, but I think you can still get ’em from Amazon.
Please, Baby, Please by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee – Cameron and Grace looove this book. See also – realistic depiction of adorable natural hair. Originally ordered this from Amazon in paperback. After Cam did away with that, got a sturdier copy from Target.
If I Was Ten by Pierre Bennu – I am lucky enough to live near natural hair product store Oyin Handmade, which is owned by husband and wife team Pierre and Jamyla Bennu. If you’re not so lucky, but still interested, they’re available for order here.
I’m always looking for good kids’ books, especially those featuring all minorities – know of any others?
We don’t do the brightly colored Dora the Explorer or Mickey Mouse or Sesame Street thing when it comes to diapers around here. Not because I’m above commercialization or bright colors or whatever, but because I love, love, love my Target diapers.
They are, in my experience, the perfect mix of affordability and reliable functionality. The thing with less expensive diapers, is that they can be pretty crappy. They can leak or be made with shady materials that can lead to diaper rash. When we lived in the U.S. Virgin Islands, diapers were expensive. Like, $30 expensive. So, we always tried to buy the cheapest, random brands, to less than stellar results.
When we moved back to Maryland, I was so happy to live in close proximity to a Target again. They always seem to be the best bargain on the giant Target wall of diapers, and more importantly, they work. We’ve never had issues with random, mysterious leaks or blowouts with these babies.
***It should probably be obvious, but in case it’s not – no one is paying me to endorse this product.