she has fallen and now she is awake
Books beyond the pale
These are books I’ve come across that go beyond the normal whitewashed appearance of picture books but also are not ‘lesson’ books.
Baby, I Love You by Karma Wilson – gorgeous illustrations, cute little rhyme and babies with dark skin, light skin, natural hair, straight hair, no hair, curly hair and no special lesson about any of it other than love.
Potty by Mylo Freeman – the usual issue of jungle = black person, but in this case it is a very cute toddler who is drawn far more realistically than usual. Not to mention it’s a potty book that isn’t RAR PEE ON THE POTTY OR NO-ONE WILL LOVE YOU.
I like myself by Karen Beaumont – cute and not only inclusive but realistic.
My Baby Love by Meredith Costain and Beatriz Martin Vidal – not exactly easy bedtime reading material for toddlers, but my god this book is beautiful. The art is amazing, truly beautiful. And inclusive!
Only You by Robin Cruise and Margaret Chodos-Irvine – an odd little book, very pretty illustrations and a range of races represented.
These are my hands by Judy Horacek – I’ve not read it but Em has!