Category Archives: Black History Month

Kid Lit Review of “Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History” by Walter Dean Myers

The late author, a five-time Coretta Scott King Award winner, begins this book by explaining: “This is the story of how one man’s careful decisions and many accomplishments not only made his own life better but in many ways changed … Continue reading

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Black History Month Kid Lit Review of “Like A Bird: The Art of the American Slave Song” by Cynthia Grady

The title of this collection of African American spirituals came from a story told by Harriet Tubman, the escaped slave who courageously returned to the South on some thirteen missions to rescue approximately seventy enslaved families and friends. As the … Continue reading

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Black History Month Kid Lit Review of “I, Matthew Henson: Polar Explorer” by Carole Boston Weatherford

Matthew Henson was born to sharecropper parents in 1866. As a young boy, he heard a speech by Frederick Douglass, and was inspired by his words to dream of great accomplishments. When he was 13, Henson signed on as a … Continue reading

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Black History Month Kid Lit Review of “Lift Your Light a Little Higher” by Heather Henson

This book, subtitled “The Story of Stephen Bishop: Slave-Explorer” has an intriguing beginning that pulls the reader in right away: “The year is 1840, give or take. The color of my skin is black. The name I’m called is Guide. … Continue reading

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Black History Month Kid Lit Special – A Selection of Books on Slavery for Children

There are a number of reasons to teach children about slavery, even besides the fact that it played such a large role in the history of the world and in the U.S. in particular. Teaching this history can show children … Continue reading

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