I’ve always been a museum lover, and I appreciate the chance to keep learning about museum resources that have interactive elements that inform, delight, and inspire awe. The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Cultures tops my list of new favorites. There is so much to check out at the site; you’ll want to browse artifacts, art, posters, and more. I especially appreciate the books that they both write and recommend. A Is for All the Things You are: A Joyful ABC Book is written by Anna Forgerson Hindley, and illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo with support from The African-American History and Cultures Museum. The “About the Authors” tells us a little more about this important foundation: “SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE’S mission is to provide for the collection, study, and establishment of programs and exhibitions relating to African American life, art, history, and culture. ANNA FORGERSON HINDLEY is the supervisory coordinator of the Early Childhood Education Initiative at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Her work focuses on supporting positive identity development for all young children. KETURAH A. BOBO is a BFA graduate from the Columbus College of Art and Design known for her vibrant illustrations.”
This board book is a celebration–both of what makes us unique as individuals and what connects us as humans. Each page invites interaction, as it describes and illustrates a trait, then invites the reader to think about–and talk about–how he or she experiences that attribute. The illustrations are diverse and inclusive; children of all colors, cultures, and abilities and are illustrated with respect, delight, and love.
It’s not easy to find good anti-racist books for our youngest readers. Too often, they are jargon-y and preachy and are really meant for the parents rather than the toddlers. This book is a rare exception, as it invites discussion and discovery with each new reading. Stay tuned for more suggestions for all ages, including the infant through toddler set.