If we understand that children often form the basis of countless social skills through what they read — abilities to empathize, to imagine others’ complex inner worlds, and to problem solve — what are we doing by denying Black children literary representation of themselves coming to grips with the world around them? Black children, like all humans trying to navigate a world that presents more questions than answers, need blueprints. To move through the various obstacles that will inevitably litter their paths in a world that systematically devalues Blackness, Black children need examples of what it might look like to navigate uncharted waters and succeed.

Hannah Giorgis at The Frisky, THE SOAPBOX: BLACK NERDS, ESCAPISM, & WHY WE NEED MORE DIVERSE BOOKS

(via the dopest ethiopienne)

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