Alphabet Affirmations for Boys of Color Written by Alfreida McKinney (2020) – paperback
Recommended ages: 0 to 8
Alphabet Affirmations for Boys of Color is a simple, daily go-to for positive affirmations. Author Alfreida McKinney, a school counselor and mother to an Afro-Latino boy, wanted to create a resource full of positive, Black and brown representation. For each letter of the alphabet, she lists three adjectives that young boys of color can use to boost their self-esteem.
I am artistic, amazing, and active.
I am brave, blissful, and blessed.
Alongside the text are vibrant and joyous illustrations of brown boys reading, dancing, lending a helping hand, and much more. It’s a book with a simple premise but powerful message.
Take-away message: Encourages young boys to love themselves by seeing positive representations of boys of color.
TAGS: brown skin, male lead, paperback, indie publisher, Spanish edition
About the Author:
Alfreida McKinney is a mother to an amazing Black and Latino boy, Joshua. She has a Masters of Arts in Education and is currently employed as a school counselor in Seattle, Washington. Alfreida works with young people to support their academic achievement, social-emotional learning and post-secondary goal setting. It has been her lifelong goal to publish literature that illustrates and provides a source of representation for black and brown children to see themselves in positive stories.