If you follow this blog, you know by now that I love children’s literature. Simple, but also profound, these stories capture your hearts with meaningful lessons. Check out these three stories, all written by Black authors, that educate, enlighten, and inspire children and adults alike.
C.J. Zachary is a bestselling children’s book author who works exclusively with her illustrator husband, Zac. The husband and wife team is from Arkansas and work in elementary education. Zac is an art teacher while CJ is a Dyslexia Interventionist. She also has taught kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and has served as a Literacy Facilitator. Their first book, The Awkward Avocado, teaches the importance of acceptance and self-love. It has been a smash hit since its release in 2022. CJ and Zac just recently released the sequel, Awkward Avocado and the Interrupting Raptor.
Sunny the Firefly is a wonderful new children’s book that teaches some of life’s most meaningful lessons. Thoughtful, creative, and tremendously illustrated, this is the perfect story to help children understand what it means to find their purpose and utilize their unique talents.
The Runaway Letters is a creative story that children will love. Geri Lyon’s book is fun, creative, and filled with stunning illustrations. If you are looking for a fun mystery for early readers, this is definitely a book that should be on your family’s list.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, what about a thousand words and a picture? Illustrated books represent creativity at its finest. There’s something so powerful about blending the visual with the written word to tell a story. Each of these three books are stunning examples of how impactful illustrations can be when coupled with thoughtful, strategic writing. Readers of all ages will be engrossed in these unforgettable, illustrated stories.