Tag Archives: Black History Month

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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Black History Month Review of “Picturing Frederick Douglass: An Illustrated Biography of the Nineteenth Century’s Most Photographed American” by John Stauffer, Zoe Trodd, and Celeste-Marie Bernier

Frederick Douglass escaped slavery, educated himself, and became a social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. He took a prominent role on the national stage during the time of Lincoln, the Civil War, and the struggle for black suffrage that … Continue reading

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Women’s History Month Kid Lit Review of “Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer” by Carole Boston Weatherford

This much-awarded book is told in the voice of Fannie Lou Hamer herself in a free verse format that includes many actual quotes from Hamer. Most of these quotations come from “An Oral History With Fannie Lou Hamer;” her biography; … Continue reading

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Black History Month Kid Lit Review of “One Crazy Summer” by Rita Williams-Garcia

There isn’t enough room on the front of this small book to show all the awards it garnered, including that of National Book Award Finalist. And well-deserved they are; this middle-grade book is a pure delight, and I was charmed … Continue reading

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Black History Month Kid Lit Review of “Draw What You See: The Life and Art of Benny Andrews” by Kathleen Benson

Benny Andrews (1930 – 2006) is considered to be one of the best African American artists of the twentieth century. He also illustrated over twenty children’s books. The author of this picture book was able to incorporate his own work … Continue reading

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