With a new school year starting for students across the country, there may be a few who just read in the summer. Fortunately, they are in good company with Angelina Jolie’s children (well, two of them!): Zahara Jolie-Pitt, 16, and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, 15. The Oscar-winning actress has shared two rare photos of her kids finishing their summer readings, and we’re ready to add those picks to our own reading list right now.
In the first photo, Angelina Jolie caught her daughter Zahara reading Toni Morrison’s classic The Bluest Eye. Zahara was well aware that her famous mom was taking a picture, and smiled as Jolie took the picture. The second carousel photo shows Shiloh completely engrossed in Akala’s The Dark Lady. The 15-year-old didn’t even look up at the camera as Jolie took the picture!
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“End of #summerreading,” begins the caption of Jolie’s post. “These are some of the favorites in our house. I would love to know yours. This is only Angelina Jolie’s fifth Instagram post since joining the social media platform at the end of last month, and we love that she showcases two incredible pieces of literature while also giving gives fans a rare look at two of her children – she also shares Maddox, 20, Pax, 17, and 13-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox with her former husband Brad Pitt.
The Bluest Eye tells the story of a young black girl named Pecola who grew up in Ohio after the Great Depression. Morison’s beloved novel meditates on black childhood and Eurocentric and white beauty standards, among other themes, and remains a classic over 50 years after its first publication in 1970. The Dark Lady, the first novel by Akala, follows a young boy named Henry who must survive in the streets of London thanks to his magical powers, while he is continually haunted by the dreams of the “dark lady”.
Angelina Jolie has already made it clear how she intends to use her social media account, highlighting humanitarian issues and engaging with her millions of followers. Of course, the latest photo of Angelina Jolie showing two of her kids is completely unexpected, but we love the approach she’s taken so far.