African and African American stories have been passed down from generation to generation in order to impart distinct values, traditions, and morals.
Folktales were taught to children in order to remind them of their culture, beliefs, history, practices, and customs; they were an important component of a child’s socialization.
Though some parents and grandparents may not follow up with storytelling traditions as they once did, these stories have not been forgotten.
Children learn linguistic skills and gain information about the world when they read or are read to from a young age, according to research.
Giving children the opportunity to read books about different cultures and traditions helps them comprehend their own culture as well as the cultures of others. This enriches their relationships with others because they learn to accept the variety in ideas and practices among individuals.
Furthermore, teaching these African and African American folktales to young readers would not only provide them with the aforementioned benefits, but will also provide them with good values and inspiration.
These works, on the other hand, transcend age and may be appreciated by readers of all ages.
Here are five African and African-American children’s folktales you should know, revisiting some of your favorite childhood favorites.
Finding the Green Stone – Alice Walker
Ages: 7 – 9
Finding the Green Stone is a morality tale about a little kid named Johnny who lives in a town where everyone possesses a luminous green stone. He becomes irritated when he loses his stone as a result of his bad behavior. The community joins together to aid him, but in order to find the glowing stone again, Johnny must first find love in his heart.
The young boy in the story discovers his inherent strength and knowledge. He also comprehends why he should let go of bad emotions.
The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales – Virginia Hamilton
Ages: 10 +