Tag Archives: Black History Month

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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Black History Month Kid Lit Review of “Master George’s People: George Washington, His Slaves, & His Revolutionary Transformation by Marfé Ferguson Delano & the Mount Vernon Staff

This is a very good book for grades five and up about the lives of slaves on George Washington’s plantation, Mount Vernon, and how Washington’s views on slavery evolved over the years. Washington left voluminous papers at the time of … Continue reading

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