Book List: 10 Picture Books That Are Not About Oppression. In looking for books with protagonists of color, most readers find that the books they see about protagonists of color surround their marginalization (in fact, this recent New York Times piece on the topic went viral). Though it is vastly important for children to understand the history and complexity of oppression, racism, and discrimination, children, especially children of color, also deserve to see themselves thrive, to experience the joy of being a part of a loving community, and to not be stuck in a cycle of oppressive narratives that can shape how others view them. Below we’ve compiled a list of diverse books that reflect the daily lives of children and feature kids just being kids!
Black All Aroundby Patrica Hubbell, illus. by Don Tate Join a young girl as she discovers all the wonderful things around her that are black. Find the Teacher’s Guide here. Purchase the book here. The Hula-Hoopin’ Queenby Thelma Godin, illus. by Vanessa Brantley-Newton Find the Teacher’s Guide here.