Baby Steps to Understanding


Baby Steps to Understanding was inspired by my beautiful daughter, who's bi-racial (her birth father is Black, her birth mother is white). It wasn't until I adopted her that I realized how vastly underrepresented Black and bi-racial people are in modern literature. I want my baby to grow up loving books, I want her to find characters with whom she can identify, I want to see girls who look like her on book covers. To encourage myself and others to search out and celebrate the literature that does exist, I created this feature. Every time you see this button on a review at Bloggin' 'bout Books, you can be assured that the book being reviewed is:

(A) Written by an author who is Black (not necessarily African-American) or bi-racial; (B) Illustrated by an author who is Black or bi-racial; (C) Features a main character who is Black or bi-racial; or (D) Concerns a person, event or subject relevant to Black history, culture and/or heritage.

This post will serve as an index for all my reviews of "Baby Steps" books. It's a work in progress, so please be patient with me. Eventually, it will be all organized and updated!

Abramson, Jill (author): Obama: The Historic Journey (review)

Brown, Linda Beatrice (author): Black Angels (review)

Collier, Brian (illustrator): Martin's Big Words (review)

Collier, Kristi (author):  Jericho Walls (review)

Collison, Michele N-K (author): It's All Good Hair (review)

Jaye, Lola (author).  Being Lara.  (review)

Johnson, Angela (author): Heaven (review); The First Part Last (review)

Jones, Edward P. (author): The Known World (review)

Lester, Julius (author): Day of Tears (review)

Lewis, E.B. (illustrator): I Love My Hair! (review)

Lilly, Deborah R. (author): Wavy, Curly, Kinky (review)

Locke, Attica (author):  Black Water Rising (review); The Cutting Season (review)

Myers, Walter Dean (author): Lockdown (review)

Nelson, Kadir (author/illustrator): Moses (review)

Perkins-Valdez, Dolen (author): Wench (review)

Rappaport, Doreen (author): Martin's Big Words (review)

Rhodes, Jewell Parker (author): Ninth Ward (review)

Rinaldi, Ann (author).  Numbering All the Bones (review)

Smith, Sherri L.  (author):  Flygirl (review)

Stockett, Katherine (author): The Help (review)

Tarpley, Natasha Anastasia (author): I Love My Hair! (review)

Walker, Brian F. (author):  Black Boy, White School (review)

Wilkins, Ebony Joy (author):  Sell-Out (review)

Williams-Garcia, Rita (author):  One Crazy Summer (review)

Woodson, Jacqueline (author): Feathers (review); Hush (review); If You Come Softly (review)

Wright, Bil (author): When the Black Girl Sings (review)


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