When her son was 6 months old, Tamara McNeil started looking for children’s books that would feed his growing curiosity. While shopping at big retailers, however, she couldn’t find books that prominently featured black characters.
“There weren’t a lot of books that were reflective of him,” McNeil tells Mashable in a phone interview, as her now 19-month-old son babbles in the background. “There were awesome stories, but just no characters in those books who looked like him.”
McNeil tried to think of solutions — ways to make it easier to find books her son and other black children could relate to. She came up with the Just Like Me! Box, a subscription service that delivers two or three carefully selected books to a child’s door each month. Educational activities, like vocabulary-based word searches, complement the reading. The children get to keep the books and activities for their growing libraries. Read more…