Scientists tell us exercise increases the formation of new brain cells and connections between brain cells. This Black History month (and beyond!) let’s give our kids the gifts of learning and living. Fit kids perform better in school.
Here are the 16 Black Children’s Books for Better Bodies and Better Brains:
5. JoJo’s Flying Sidekick, by Brian Pinkney. When Master Kim announces JoJo is ready to take the test for her yellow belt, butterflies start fluttering in her stomach. JoJo loves Tae Kwon Do, but can she really do a perfect flying side kick and break a board in two?
6. Shoes Like Miss Alice’s, by Angela Johnson. Sara’s day with Miss Alice, her babysitter, includes some jollying, a walk in the wind, dancing, napping, and drawing, each activity with its own footwear.
7. Happy Feet: The Savoy Ballroom Lindy Hoppers and Me, by Richard Michelson. It’s Happy Feet’s favorite story; after all, and he hopes that one day he’ll make his own dancing debut at the legendary ballroom.
13. Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl’s Baseball Dream, by Crystal Hubbard. If there was anything in the world better than playing baseball, Marcenia Lyle didn’t know what it was. As a young girl in the 1930s, she chased down fly balls and stole bases, and dreamed of one day playing professional ball.
14. Rap A Tap Tap: Here’s Bojangles–Think of That, by Leo and Diane Dillon. Leo & Diane Dillon bring young readers a rap a tap tap celebration of dance that will have readers clapping and tapping along.
15. Dancing in the Wings, by Debbie Allen. Sassy is a long-legged girl who wants to be a ballerina more than anything, but she worries that her too-large feet, too-long legs, and even her big mouth will keep her from her dream.