In this episode, we’re joined by special guest Dr. Jonda McNair.  She’s a professor at Clemson University.  During our conversation, she shares her journey to teaching about books, how books are “mirrors and windows” for children to see themselves and others, her family project research, the books she loves.  Dr. McNair generously shared book lists to help parents find books for their children and her newsletter, Windows and Mirrors.

For more information about the newsletter, and book list contact Dr. Jonda McNair at


Listing of Recommended African American Young Adult Literature

Recommended African American Books for Kids of All Ages

Check out the books discussed in this episode:


Flossy and The Fox by Patricia McKissack (Author) & Rachel Isadora (Illustrator)

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

Fancy Party Gowns-The Story of Fashion Designer Ann Cole Lowe by Deborah Blumenthal (Author) & Laura Freeman (Illustrator)

Bill Pickett: Rodeo-Ridin’ Cowboy by Andrea Davis Pinkney (Author) & Brian Pinkney (Illustrator)

Danita Brown, Class Clown by Nikki Grimes (Author) & E.B. Lewis (Illustrator)

Everett Anderson series by Lucille Clifton

To learn more about the books and authors discussed in this episode, please check your local library or book store.