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 into … Continue reading

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