February is Black History Month. Every month is a great time for child and family therapists to ensure their bibliotherapy collection and playroom is representative of the diversity of cultures in our society. If you are a child and family therapist providing play therapy services, this article provides just a few ways you can incorporate more children’s books in honor of Black history month this year.
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This wonderfully illustrated children’s book for children ages 3-6 celebrates the great achievements of Black people throughout history, this book is a great way to introduce the concept of Black history in a fun and engaging way. With dozens of famous figures from across the world, this book helps caregivers and teachers start important discussions and help children explore the world around them while cultivating an important message of diversity and tolerance. Purchase here
Read about famous Black leaders and great figure in history such as icons like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Harriet Tubman, as well as lesser-known pioneers like aviator Bessie Coleman and astronomer Benjamin Banneker. This book contains beautiful portraits of these great leaders and explores their contributions to our society. Purchase here
Amazing little black girls love these stories because they encourage them to:
• Overcome their fears and be brave
• Gain confidence in themselves and their abilities
• Avoid feelings of shyness and anxiety
• Believe in themselves (with all their strengths and weaknesses)
• Confidence in their parents about their problems and struggles
• Appreciate more the value of family and friendship
• Manage stress
• Not give up easily
• Face difficult situations
• Believe in their dreams and hopes. Purchase here
Fascinated by marine wildlife, this little boy is determined not only to reach his dream of becoming a marine biologist, but to make a difference in the world and to share his passion of environmental conservation with everyone. This book will encourage children to believe in themsevles and provide inspiration and encouragement as well as build self esteem. Purchase here