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Black History Month is the perfect time for celebrating African American contributions to the American story. Why not share that history, hope, and wonder with your family by reading the latest releases from some of publishing’s top children’s book authors? And, of course, mDesign has innovative solutions for organizing these new additions to your children’s picture book collection.
Any parent of a young child who’s had to listen to a constant refrain of “I’m booooored!” will truly appreciate The Year We Learned to Fly, the latest from MacArthur “Genius” Fellow and National Book Award Winner Jacqueline Woodson. Beautifully illustrated by Rafael Lopez, Woodson tells the story of a brother and sister who are bored on “a dreary, stuck-inside kind of day,” not unlike the isolation children have been experiencing for the past two years. Their grandmother offers this advice: “Use those beautiful and brilliant minds of yours. Lift your arms, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and believe in a thing. Somebody somewhere at some point was just as bored you are now.” The siblings discover a world of wonder and fun simply by using their imaginations.
Add this book to your child’s collection and store it in mDesign’s Wallmount Basket. These organizer baskets are great for storing favorite picture books that are in heavy rotation at bedtime and adding new ones to the mix. These wall mounted bins are easy to install and their modern farmhouse styling complements most playroom décor. They feature a wide basket that’s perfect for holding picture books and side handles that make it easy to transport the basket throughout the home.
Add a reggae beat to story time with Marley and the Family Band, a joyful picture book by Cedella Marley, daughter of reggae legend, Bob Marley, and Tracey Baptiste. The vibrant picture book, illustrated by Tiffany Rose, tells a story of culture shock, as the Marley family moves from sunny Jamaica to Delaware, and courage, as young Cedella learns to make new friends. A celebration of family, music, and love, this book adds a sunny, happy, hopeful vibe to your child’s picture book library.
Store this with other musically themed picture books in mDesign’s Plastic Home Storage Cube Bin. The front-dip panel makes it easy to thumb through books and find the one you’re looking for and the clear construction lets the lively art on the covers of your collection shine through.
Black History Month is about telling stories that often get overlooked and including groups that historically have been marginalized. Sam’s Super Seats, written by Keah Brown and illustrated by Sharee Miller, does just that. Sam, a young girl with cerebral palsy, and her friends go back-to-school shopping only to discover some places aren’t accessible to everyone. Sam and her friends share a valuable (and fun!) lesson about the importance of self-love, rest, and accessibility in public spaces.
While you build your collection of diverse and inclusive books, avoid playroom clutter with mDesign’s Organizer Bin. Made of sturdy steel wire with a durable finish, this open front bin is perfect for organizing children’s books and keeping them easily reachable. Available in a variety of playroom-friendly colors, the easy-carry handles make this bin great for storing nursery essentials once your new books find a home on the bookshelf. Speaking of bookshelves, mDesign’s Metal Folding 3-Tier Shelf Bookcase is the perfect storage solution for voracious young readers. Available in kids’ room-friendly colors like ocean blue, rose pink, and white, this bookcase’s 3 generously sized shelves will accommodate your child’s growing library as they move from picture books to chapter books and graphic and YA novels. Added bonus? You can use this convenient shelving unit to display your child’s favorite toys or as added storage for playroom organization
These are just a few of the latest in multi-cultural and inclusive books for young children. And with mDesign’s stylish storage solutions, you’ll spend more time reading to your little ones and less dealing with playroom clutter.
Lisa Langford is a Senior Copywriter at mDesign
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Feb 23, 2022