Children's Books

Published in 1972 by the Chicago-based Let's Save the Children, Inc., these children's books highlight the lives, careers, and activism of the Staple Singers and Isaac Hayes. Sold mainly to public schools nationwide, all books, plus accompanying teacher's guides, puzzles, and coloring books, are written in "soul rhyme" and reinforce the artists' positive role within the black community. The organization published a total of eight books, featuring notable black artists, writers, and entertainers, including Marvin Gaye and Nikki Giovanni. Proceeds from the sales were to be directed to community health centers and youth summer camps in underserved communities, but little is known about how effective or successful these books were.

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Isaac Hayes

Staple Singers