GUEST POST: Young, Black & Lit --- The Importance of Seeing Ourselves in the Books We Read

Every child deserves to see themselves reflected in the stories they read. 

About a year and a half ago, I walked into a popular bookstore to continue a tradition of buying my 7-year-old niece some children’s books for her birthday. I asked the sales associate to help me find age-appropriate books featuring Black girls. After about 30 minutes in the store searching shelves full of books featuring animals and children who looked nothing like my niece, I left empty-handed, frustrated, and, as a life-long book lover, saddened that there were likely few bookstores my niece could walk into and feel seen. It was out of this experience that Young, Black & Lit was born. 

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Kaitlin Feriante