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MoPOP Must Reads: 5 Good Black Reads for Young Book Lovers

Good Black Reads

Courtesy of Good Black Reads, dive into these top 5 picks for young readers, part of our ninth annual Through the Eyes of Art, a Black History Month celebration event exploring millennial parenting.

Everything a Band-Aid Can't Fix: A Teen's Guide to Healing and Dealing with Life

Everything a Band-Aid Can't Fix: A Teen's Guide to Healing and Dealing with Life

by Nicole Russell

About: Dear ______,

This book was written for YOU and all the curious young adults who are looking for an instruction manual on how to deal with the craziness of the teen years. It’s a set of guidelines for understanding how to cope with feelings and experiences that aren’t always easy to share. It will help you master the ability to defeat adversity with or without the help of others; it will encourage you to speak out against the wrongs in your world and help protect yourself from them.

Self-care doesn’t require coverings. So hold the Band-Aids and let’s get started.

B is for Breathe: The ABCs of Coping with Fussy and Frustrating Feelings

B is for Breathe: The ABCs of Coping with Fussy and Frustrating Feelings

by Dr. Melissa Munro Boyd

About: From the letter A to the letter Z, B is for Breathe celebrates the many ways children can express their feelings and develop coping skills at an early age. Fun, cute, and exciting illustrations, this colorful book teaches kids simple ways to cope with fussy and frustrating emotions. This book will inspire kids to discuss their feelings, show positive behaviors, and practice calm down strategies.

Hair Love

Hair Love

by Matthew A. Cherry, illustrated by Vashti Harrison

About: Zuri's hair has a mind of its own. It kinks, coils, and curls every which way. Zuri knows it's beautiful. When Daddy steps in to style it for an extra special occasion, he has a lot to learn. But he LOVES his Zuri, and he'll do anything to make her — and her hair — happy.

Tender and empowering, Hair Love is an ode to loving your natural hair — and a celebration of daddies and daughters everywhere. A perfect gift for special occasions including Father’s Day, birthdays, baby showers, and more!

Skin Like Mine

Skin Like Mine

by Latashia M. Perry, illustrated by Bea Jackson

About: From the Creators of Hair Like MineSkin Like Mine, the second book in the Kids Like Mine Series, is a fun, easy-to- read for beginners as well as advanced readers. An entertaining yet creative way to address and celebrate diversity among young children. Guaranteed to make you smile and a bit hungry.

Tuskegee Heirs: Flames of Destiny

Tuskegee Heirs: Flames of Destiny

by Greg Burnham and Marcus Williams

About: Tuskegee Heirs: “Flames of Destiny” is a futuristic sci-fi action-adventure comic book series set at the end of the 21st century.  The story follows a squadron of young, gifted aviators, who are forced to become Earth’s strongest line of defense against a menacing race of artificially intelligent villains bent on destroying civilization.

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