Raising kids (or grandkids) in today’s toxic environment of constant negative news is a challenge. There’s never been a more important time to teach children compassion, kindness, empathy and to value ALL forms of diversity. And, you can’t start too young! With the help of my sweet grandson Ace, I’m sharing a list of Progressive Books for Little Ones. These “woke books” are an ideal gift for new parents, or to read to/with the little ones in your life.
This is my favorite progressive ABC board book for little ones. It’s written and illustrated for families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil and LGBTQ rights.
The alliteration, rhyming, and vibrant illustrations make the book exciting for children, while the issues it brings up resonate with their parents’ values of community, equality, and justice. This engaging little book carries huge messages as it inspires hope for the future, and calls children to action while teaching them a love for books.
This book is suitable for older kids (in fact I might buy a copy for myself.) Sixteen award-winning children’s book artists illustrate the civil rights quotations that inspire them in this stirring and beautiful book. Featuring an introduction by Harry Belafonte, words from Eleanor Roosevelt, Maya Angelou, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. among others, this inspirational collection sets a powerful example for generations of young leaders to come. And, book proceeds benefit the ACLU.
You can see all of my previous reviews HERE.
What are your favorite progressive books for little ones? Tell me in the comments below.