Toni Morrison: Books For Kids

In addition to being a Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, essayist, editor, teacher and professor, Toni Morrison also authored five children’s books. In general, her children’s books, co-authored with her son Slade Morrison, are perceptively insightful and often underhandedly, or overtly, critical of societal norms or status quos. While this means that they might not become a young readers next favorite books, they are a meaningful addition to your children’s book collection and an enduring contribution to children’s literature.

The Book of Mean People book
#1
The Book of Mean People
Written by Slade Morrison and Toni Morrison and illustrated by Pascal Lemaitre
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-6

A young bunny finds a unique way to cope with the various mean people in his life.

Little Cloud and Lady Wind book
#2
Little Cloud and Lady Wind
Written by Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison and illustrated by Sean Qualls
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Little Cloud likes her own place in the sky, away from the other clouds. There, the sky is all hers. She is free to make her own way and go where she wishes. Can Lady Wind show Little Cloud the power of being with others? Will Little Cloud agree there is strength in unity and change her ways? A fresh take on a classic story, Little Cloud and Lady Wind will teach kids how to work together to achieve their goals.

The Big Box book
#3
The Big Box
Written by Slade Morrison and Toni Morrison and illustrated by Giselle Potter
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-10

Because they do not abide by the rules written by the adults around them, three children are judged unable to handle their freedom and forced to live in a box with three locks on the door.

Please, Louise book
#4
Please, Louise
Written by Slade Morrison and Toni Morrison and illustrated by Shadra Strickland
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

On a gray, rainy day, everything seems particularly frightening and bad to Louise until she enters a library and finds books that help her to know and imagine the beauty and wonder that have been there all along.

Peeny Butter Fudge book
#5
Peeny Butter Fudge
Written by Slade Morrison and Toni Morrison and illustrated by Joe Cepeda
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Children spend the day with their grandmother, who ignores their mother’s carefully planned schedule in favor of activities that are much more fun.

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