Hi Sylvia and any interested others,
I’d suggest “Black joy” or #blackjoy as one useful search term that is often used to describe books exactly like what you’re looking for, particularly for fiction.
There are a wealth of lists out there like these, for example:
(I have also seen this used to identify positive/hopeful/celebratory materials for other marginalized identities, e.g. trans joy.)
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As I look at my Black American book collection, it is filled with books
about racism, prejudice, slavery, etc. While it is important to cover
these topics, I am looking for more uplifting fiction and nonfiction
titles for high school students that mention accomplishments, celebrations,
and other positive events. Any suggestions?
I am reading Yesterday is History by Kosovo Jackson
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