Furqan’s First Flattop – a book for Black and Latino kids

As a Black and Mexican person with a little boy with an afro with will some day be cut into who knows what kind of style, I look forward to reading this book to him. Better yet, he and his dad can read it together. =)

Furqan Moreno wakes up and decides that today he wants his hair cut for the first time. His dad has just the style: a flat top fade! He wants his new haircut to be cool but when they get to the barbershop, he’s a bit nervous about his decision. He begins to worry that his hair will look funny, imagining all the flat objects in his day to day life. Before he knows it, his haircut is done and he realizes that his dad was right — Furqan’s first flat top is the freshest!

“Furqan’s First Flat Top” is a bilingual children’s book about the love between and father and son, reassurance, imagination, and of course a “flat top”. If you would like to purchase a copy for your library, classroom, office, or home please go to FurqansFirst.com


Non Religious Adoption Books

You know I love books (especially books on adoption) so how happy do you think I was to find a list of non-religious books on adoption at Vegan in the Boonies?! I found Pablo’s Tree and I Bet She Called Me Sugar Plum about same-race adoption (and non-religious to boot) but that was about it.

Because of this list, and the comments (thank you!), now I also know of:



“Horace is adopted. He is also spotted, and he is loved and cared for by his new mother and father–who are striped. But…Horace feels the need to search out his roots…Keller deals with a sensitive subject in a way that is perceptive but not sentimental.”–Publishers Weekly. “A first choice for those families seeking a low-key, reassuring book about adoption–and one that is fun to share as well.”–Horn Book.


Nikolai, the Only Bear

There are one hundred orphans at the Russian orphanage, but Nikolai is the only bear. He growls when he speaks and claws the air when he plays. “Play nice, Nikolai,” the keepers say. No one wants to take Nikolai home. Until one day, when a fur-faced man and a smooth-faced woman come to visit from America. They growl with him and play with him, and sing songs that make him feel soft-bearish. And when it’s time for them to go home, Nikolai knows that he has found the right family at last.

Charmingly illustrated by newcomer Renata Liwska, this is an adoption fable that any child who’s ever felt like an outsider will easily relate to.



and Tango Makes Three

I’ve never thought of this book as an adoption book, but I guess it’s an example of same-race adoption. I mean, they are all penguins.  =)

And Tango Makes Three is the bestselling, heartwarming true story of two penguins who create a nontraditional family.

At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same. And with the help of a kindly zookeeper, Roy and Silo get the chance to welcome a baby penguin of their very own.


There are more books listed over at Vegan in the Boonies. Go, take a look!


Father Figure – Photo Book About Black Dads

“Black males are rarely depicted as wholesome human beings capable of love, affection, or vulnerability, which consequently influences the images we associate with black fatherhood,” said Lee.Zun-Lee-41695126-0d4a-49b2-a2df-6253542a6eff

I’ve talked about this guy’s work before because I love it. He takes photographs of Black men out and about with their kids …. doing things that dads do …  simple. He has a new book coming out called Father Figure. According to The Hundreds, it’s “a collection of black-and-white photos and stories addressing stereotypes surrounding black fathers in America, namely by mainstream media”.

In my quest to find books that my family can see itself in I’ve browsed many a book on fatherhood. Most books have white men in them. A few have token people of color with Latinos, Asians and Black men sprinkled throughout. Most of the books are directed towards middle class and upper middle class stereotypical dress, haircuts and situations. Though we are middle class, we don’t fit that mold.

We are hip hop loving, non-religious, world travelers that can be found in suits (for work) basketball shorts (when we chill). We have crazy haircuts (He is growing out his fauxhawk and now has a nappy, lopsided afro) and wear t-shirts emblazoned with political slogans. Zun Lee’s book is for my family.

It’s filled with images and stories that directly relate to my life. The men are often dark skinned and tall. They rock baggy jeans and timbs. They have locs and facial hair. You can see the love they have for their children in the way that they hold little hands and embrace little bodies.


The book comes out September 19th, but you can order your copy HERE now.


Book About Father’s of Color

Oh, Oh Baby Boy is a great book about fathers and sons of color.

Oh, Oh Baby Boy is a great book about fathers and sons of color.

I read found out about Oh, Oh Baby Boy and I’m thrilled! The publisher describes the book much better than I ever could:

Oh, Oh, Baby Boy! is a hardcover children’s book that explores the makings of a super dad by following a baby boy as he grows up to become a member of the growing fatherhood movement. This beautifully illustrated book follows a newborn baby as he grows up, laughs, plays, causes mischief, and makes friends. His father’s involvement is woven throughout the story, and depicted in nontraditional ways. The baby’s father cuddles, bathes, and cooks with his son, and re-enters the story when the baby boy eventually becomes a father himself, bringing the journey full circle.

I love that the book depicts the father (possibly Black, possibly Latino, possible Asian, possible Native American ….  perhaps mixed? It’s a person of color at any rate) doing non-traditional things with the son and that the story ends with the son becoming a father. It reminds me of The Lion King … Lol  in a good way, of course!

Anyhoo … pick up a copy for your family and send a copy to a family that you care about.


Books and Books and Books and Books

More great children’s books about Black people.


“We are a family on a journey to a place called wonderful” is the motto of Deza Malone’s family. Deza is the smartest girl in her class in Gary, Indiana, singled out by teachers for a special path in life. But it’s 1936 and the Great Depression has hit Gary hard, and there are no jobs for black men. When her beloved father leaves to find work, Deza, Mother, and her older brother, Jimmie, go in search of him, and end up in a Hooverville outside Flint, Michigan. Jimmie’s beautiful voice inspires him to leave the camp to be a performer, while Deza and Mother find a new home, and cling to the hope that they will find Father. The twists and turns of their story reveal the devastation of the Depression and prove that Deza truly is the Mighty Miss Malone.


In 1957, Melba Pattillo turned sixteen. That was also the year she became a warrior on the front lines of a civil rights firestorm. Following the landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling, Brown v. Board of Education, Melba was one of nine teenagers chosen to integrate Little Rock’s Central High School.

Throughout her harrowing ordeal, Melba was taunted by her schoolmates and their parents, threatened by a lynch mob’s rope, attacked with lighted sticks of dynamite, and injured by acid sprayed in her eyes. But through it all, she acted with dignity and courage, and refused to back down.

This is her remarkable story.


Ruth was so excited to take a trip in her family’s new car! In the early 1950s, few African Americans could afford to buy cars, so this would be an adventure. But she soon found out that black travelers weren’t treated very well in some towns. Many hotels and gas stations refused service to black people. Daddy was upset about something called Jim Crow laws…

Finally, a friendly attendant at a gas station showed Ruth’s family The Green Book. It listed all of the places that would welcome black travelers. With this guidebook–and the kindness of strangers–Ruth could finally make a safe journey from Chicago to her grandma’s house in Alabama.

Ruth’s story is fiction, but The Green Book and its role in helping a generation of African American travelers avoid some of the indignities of Jim Crow are historical fact.

Toddler Book About STEM Careers


Like reading?

Like STEM?

Want a free book about science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM) for your 4 to 12 year old? Well … here you have it! It’s usually $3 but right now it’s available on Kindle for free! Whoo hoo!


The press release says:

In the attempt to make STEM subjects more practical, approachable, easy-to-understand and fun, best-selling authors and self-proclaimed STEMologists, Ponn, JuJu (12), GiGi (11) and JoJo (9) Sabra, created early-reader level books that will help build kids’ language and STEM-literacy skills at the same time.

Introducing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) To Early Readers
‘What Is STEM?’ is a 30-page colorful kids illustrated book, written in fun and easy rhymes, taught by robot characters Emmy and Ott – the world’s first STEM robots, also known as STEMBots. The book uses rhymes to help children memorize concepts for a fun and playful way to learn and includes a 4-page Glossary of Terms.

Download your copy now.

PBS also has some good, free information on STEM careers.

Kid Book: “A is for Activist”


I stumbled upon a book called, “A is for Activist” while searching for children’s thrift stores in Oakland, CA. What a concept!

It’s a little too left for me, but I love the idea of it. Here’s some information about the book below. Order a copy, or pick one up from your local independent bookstore, if it tickles your fancy.


YES! Magazine says:

” .. as it turned out, Nagara was not the only parent hungry for end rhymes featuring revolutionaries and social-justice luminaries. A is for Activist blossomed, as coworkers helped generate content, and a Kickstarter campaign defrayed the cost of development. After seven months of design, writing, revision, and a self-taught course in self-publishing, Nagara produced an ABC book with a decidedly un-Disney outlook.”


The Washington Times says:

Other letters in Mr. Nagara’s children’s book include: D is for democracy, G is for Grassroots, L- G- B – T – Q is for Love who you choose, T is for Trans, as in transgendered, and Z is for Zapatistas, as in Mexican revolutionaries.

Besides, who needs fairy tales when you have cooperative workplaces, collective bargaining, feminism and immigration rights?