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Read All About It . . . Books for Our Children!

This book is about the love between an African American mother and her baby. A good book for mothers to read to their children, since it is artistically illustrating all the types of loving tender maternal moments.

An adorable little picture book about all things that brown boys love. This would be perfect for toddlers and beginning readers with the awesome illustrations and a delightful rhyming scheme.

Two picture books that chronicle some of the exceptional people in Black history. These books are sure to be a welcome addition to any child’s library. They will also serve as inspirations for children to know that they can do anything they set their mind to, no matter what challenges they may face in life.

This book recently gained a lot of popularity due to the short film that was made about it, and with good reason. It is a testament to not only the love between a father and daughter, but also for little girls to love their natural hair. Plus, the lengths you can see the father go to try to tame his daughter’s hair is beyond endearing. This one is a winner all around.

This book is about a young boy writing poems based on his family experiences, but the cover picture evokes so many warm feelings. Again highlighting a loving relation between father and his child, this one should help light up your library with joy and happiness.

This is a family classic favorite for children globally.

Rocket wants to be an astronaut like her hero Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space.

CJ and his grandma have just left church and are about to board the bus for their weekly journey across town. CJ wants to ride in a car like his friend, but his grandma reminds him of the fun in their routine.

Ayaan is a little boy who doubts himself about having the right answers at school. However, His mom and some friends from his neighborhood remind him that a new day is a good day because HE IS SMART, HE IS BLESSED, AND HE CAN DO ANYTHING!

Douglas is a dog with a big problem: he needs glasses but doesn’t know it and his bad eyesight tends to land him in some pretty-hairy situations. Both parents and kids will laugh out loud.

This upbeat story reminds children that the sun will always come out after the rain and mistakes are easily forgiven with a hug.

What this story needs is a pig in a wig, on a boat in a moat with a frog, a dog, and a goat on a log. As others join, it becomes clear that they will need a bigger boat.

Join Pig and her friends in another fun read-aloud adventure as they figure out a way to keep the picnic fun and games gong, even with a little rain.

Sulwe is the tale of a little girl who has a darker skin tone than her family and school friends. All she wants is to have lighter until one adventure opened her mind to her natural beauty.

This is the story of a young girl who teaches a group of characters that they all have the power to make changes.

A unique STEM learning bedtime story that includes a lullaby audio for comforting dreams.

This is a hilarious, whimsical bedtime story that highlights the importance of sleep and serves as a bedtime bonding tool for families.

Grandma’s purse can hold pure magic.

This story is about a young girl who is frustrated that her teachers and classmates have mispronounced her name all day. Based on guidance and inspiration from her mom, she returns to school and share her learning with her school.

This is the story of a young girl and her mother who only get Saturdays to spend the whole day together, so they like to plan special things to do with each other. It appeared that one Saturday their plans were going to be spoiled, but if they were going to be together that was all that mattered.

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NBCDI: Honoring BCDI-Hampton Roads - June Affiliate Highlights

Getting to know BCDI-Hampton Roads Affiliate: Darlene Walker is the CEO & Founder of Catapult Parent Education, LLC of Hampton, Virginia. As CEO of Catapult, Mrs. Walker leads the agency that provides supportive family engagement opportunities and education for parents who want to build their capacity to promote and strengthen their family structures. Catapult Parent Education was established and licensed on February 5, 2015. Darlene is also the Founding President of BCDI-Hampton Roads (VA) an Affiliate of the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI), chartered on April 2, 2016. As the only Affiliate in Virginia, BCDI-Hampton Roads has a large service area covering the Hampton Roads region of Southeast Virginia. Darlene serves as a Board Member for the Hampton Roads Community Action Program (HRCAP), Board Member for VOICES for Virginia’s Children, Member of Virginia Statewide Parent Education Coalition, and Board Member for The Bookshelf Project, Inc. Darlene graduated from Norfolk State University with a degree in Social Work. She is also a Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is married with two adult Sons.

Affiliate Highlight Photo Captions


  • BCDI-Hampton Roads sponsored child-friendly sidewalk decals in the service area room at the Hampton-Newport News Community Services Center.


  • BCDI-Hampton Roads received $10,000 from Newport News City Council to support our Affiliate’s inaugural fundraising gala.


  • BCDI-Hampton Roads was the recipient of the Rosie’s Gives Back Program that donated $1,000 to our Affiliate to continue aiding children in literacy and parent engagement efforts.


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