Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Brown Girl To Brown Woman: 20 Books For Your Future Daughter(s)

A few days ago, I came across this article (11 Books To Give Your Future Daughter Throughout Her Life) and I was excited about the title.

& then I read it.

& I usually don't talk smack about other articles, but...meh.

Here are twenty books you can give your future daughter:

1. "Spin A Soft Black Song" by Nikki Giovanni

Because my mother scoured shelves searching for this book when I told her that the girls on my book covers, didn't look like me.

2. "Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters" by John Steptoe

Because Cinderella is not enough. 

3.  "The Skin I'm In" by Sharon G. Flake

Because loving you and the way God made you is pertinent. 

4. "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison

Because knowing that self-love is a long and historic battle puts things into perspective.

5. Anything by Walter Dean Myers

Because...Walter Dean Myers. 

Because we relate to simplicity, too. 

7. "Kendra" by Coe Booth

Because sometimes we screw up and have to get back up and try again. 

8. "No Disrespect" By Sista Souljah

Because we're going to read urban fiction, no matter how you try to sway us. Give us gritty memoir, urban realness, all wrapped in one, instead.

Because her stories are the ones we keep quiet, the ones that we're embarrassed of, when they are the normality. 

10. "Men We Reaped" By Jesmyn Ward

Because our brothers need us, because we are their keepers.

11. "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie" By Ayana Mathis

Because we need to know where we come from, generationally, and learn that cycles can be broken and tradition should be kept.

12. "Aya of Yop City" By Marguerite Abouet

Because graphic novels aren't only superheroes and gore; they're brown girls, laughter, and great plotlines, too. 

13. "The Prisoners Wife" by asha bandele


14. Black Macho and The Myth of Superwoman by Michele Wallace

Because we need to hear this message, before it's too late.

15. "All About Love" by bell hooks

Because we need multiple sources teaching us about adoration. 

16.  for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is not enuf by Ntozake Shange

Because the rhythm is never not relevant. 

17. "Kindred" By Octavia Butler

Because your daughters should know that it's never too late to change careers and do it so poignantly. 

18. "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston

Because dialect and sizzle. 

19.  "Assata" by Assata Shakur

Because revolution. Because Black Panther. Because Black Art. Because Mumia. Because Ferguson. Because B-More. 

20. An Untamed State" By Roxane Gay

Because privilege comes in many forms. 

Here's another list of 100 books that I wrote a while ago and if you need any book suggestions...feel free to check me out on my Goodreads or shoot me an email at erica@rivaflowz.com!