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I AM #BLACKHISTORYMONTH – The March Against Fear by Ann Bausum

Let’s celebrate Black History Month with
The March Against Fear by Ann Bausum

I am especially moved by this compelling book today. When it seems as if the United States should be much farther along in the Civil Rights Movement, a book comes along that makes you question that fact. Are we any better than June 1966 when James Meredith was shot during a walk from Memphis to Jackson? Bausum makes you wonder if we’ve really come any further. What you will learn, though is that in reaction to Meredith’s shooting (he survived) people took up the cause in what became known as The March Against Fear. Martin Luther King, Jr and Stokely Carmichael got behind this march but yet we hardly know anything about this event. And now we can learn.

Many thanks to Nat Geo for providing a great book, which is suitable for middle grade and up. Also a great tool for the classroom.

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Books

I AM #BLACKHISTORYMONTH – The March Against Fear by Ann Bausum

Let’s celebrate Black History Month with
The March Against Fear by Ann Bausum

I am especially moved by this compelling book today. When it seems as if the United States should be much farther along in the Civil Rights Movement, a book comes along that makes you question that fact. Are we any better than June 1966 when James Meredith was shot during a walk from Memphis to Jackson? Bausum makes you wonder if we’ve really come any further. What you will learn, though is that in reaction to Meredith’s shooting (he survived) people took up the cause in what became known as The March Against Fear. Martin Luther King, Jr and Stokely Carmichael got behind this march but yet we hardly know anything about this event. And now we can learn.

Many thanks to Nat Geo for providing a great book, which is suitable for middle grade and up. Also a great tool for the classroom.

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Children

Martin Luther King Jr & Civil Rights Books

I’ve have a few beauties to share with you in preparation for the Martin Luther King holiday.  Why not discuss the Civil Rights Movement as well as Dr. King’s legacy?

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Go, on. Your little ones can handle it!

What are you doing for the day of service?

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Diversity Diversity Reading Challenge Lists Non Fiction

It’s Martin Luther King Jr Day! Books and Acts of Service

It’s MLK Day and I hope that if you have the day off you are doing something for others. It doesn’t have to be a large and involved act of service. Do something, anything, for someone else.  Here are a few books about MLK for you:

Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Doreen Rappaport, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)

Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Doreen Rappaport, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)

Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? (Who Was/Is…?) by Bonnie Bader, Nancy Harrison (Illustrations), Elizabeth Wolf(Illustrator)

Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? (Who Was/Is...?) by Bonnie Bader, Nancy Harrison (Illustrations), Elizabeth Wolf(Illustrator)

 

I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King Jr., Kadir Nelson (Illustrations)

I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King Jr., Kadir Nelson (Illustrations)

You know I can’t post a book list without at least one Kadir Nelson, right? Want some ideas to talk to the kiddos about? Follow this link which will take you to Scholastic’s website where you’ll find lesson plans and other resources about the man, his legacy, and how you can be of service to others. Check it out and have a great day ON!

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Diversity Reading Challenge

The Zora & Me Series has books for girls who look like me! #DiversityReadingChallenge

Not sure what to read that has an African American young woman as the main character? Here are TWO titles that can choose from that will satisfy the Diversity Reading Challenge:

Zora & Me

and

Zora & Me The Cursed Ground

This series is a fictionalized account of our beloved Zora Neale Hurston’s childhood. There so much fun in these stories and so much history. You know how I love to sneak in some learning while a kid is reading? Well these books fit that need. Not only will Brown kids revel in seeing themselves as main characters all kids will enjoy the mystery, the suspension and the plain old fun of these middle grade reads.

Note: the “n” word is used alot so be advised if you don’t want your child exposed to that word you might want to reach for another book instead. It’s also possible to use these books as teaching tools for black history, civil rights, cooking (Yum Southern food) or just about anything else that a good book is needed for.

Read on or both, BAM, you’re done and you’ve satisfied item #4.

EASY!

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Children Diversity Reading Challenge

The 12 Books of #Diversity for the Holidays Day 6

The 12 Books of #Diversity for the Holidays

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Wow. It’s day six! Here’s a book for you: Lillian’s Right to Vote by Jonah Winter & Shane W. Evans.

Lillian's Right to Vote by Jonah Winter & Shane W. Evans

 

An elderly African American woman, en route to vote, remembers her family’s tumultuous voting history in this picture book publishing in time for the fiftieth anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

As Lillian, a one-hundred-year-old African American woman, makes a “long haul up a steep hill” to her polling place, she sees more than trees and sky—she sees her family’s history. She sees the passage of the Fifteenth Amendment and her great-grandfather voting for the first time. She sees her parents trying to register to vote. And she sees herself marching in a protest from Selma to Montgomery. Veteran bestselling picture-book author Jonah Winter and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner Shane W. Evans vividly recall America’s battle for civil rights in this lyrical, poignant account of one woman’s fierce determination to make it up the hill and make her voice heard.

What I love about this book is that, as a picture book, it tells the story in a way kids can receive it. Probably best for early elementary grade students but the symbolic way Lillian walks up the hill and sees her history is unmistakably brilliant and probably suitable for even younger kiddos. Kids will get it. Gentle language describing the often violent situations helps to soften the harshness of the historical events.

It’s so incredibly amazing.

I love this book so hard.

And Jonah is the bomb.

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Diversity Reading Challenge Young Adult

The 12 Books of #Diversity for the Holidays and that time I met Representative John Lewis

The 12 Books of #Diversity for the Holidays
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Welcome to our #diversity countdown to Christmas. Our first book is

March by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell

March By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell

March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.”

March is a book for Young Adult readers who prefer the graphic novel format. It’s an easy way to consume history or biographies or other heavily fact laden books. I had the privilege to meet Representative Lewis a few years ago at BEA when this book first came out.

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Of course it’s a day that I’m dressed all schlumpy; but woo hoooo JOHN  LEWIS!!

It’s no surprise that March won the National Book Award. You can get more info about the March series here.

 

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Diversity Diversity Reading Challenge Lists Non Fiction

It’s MLK Day! Books and Acts of Service

It’s MLK Day and I hope that if you have the day off you are doing something for others. It doesn’t have to be a large and involved act of service. Do something, anything, for someone else.  Here are a few books about MLK for you:

Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Doreen Rappaport, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)

Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Doreen Rappaport, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)

Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? (Who Was/Is…?) by Bonnie Bader, Nancy Harrison (Illustrations), Elizabeth Wolf(Illustrator)

Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? (Who Was/Is...?) by Bonnie Bader, Nancy Harrison (Illustrations), Elizabeth Wolf(Illustrator)

 

I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King Jr., Kadir Nelson (Illustrations)

I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King Jr., Kadir Nelson (Illustrations)

You know I can’t post a book list without at least one Kadir Nelson, right? Want some ideas to talk to the kiddos about? Follow this link which will take you to Scholastic’s website where you’ll find lesson plans and other resources about the man, his legacy, and how you can be of service to others. Check it out and have a great day ON!

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Children

Martin Luther King & Civil Rights Books

I’ve have a few beauties to share with you in preparation for the Martin Luther King holiday on Monday.  Why not discuss the Civil Rights Movement as well as Dr. King’s legacy?

mlk collage

 

Go, on. Your little ones can handle it!

What are you doing for the day of service?

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Children Diversity Reading Challenge

As Fast As Words Could Fly by Pamela Tuck, illustrated by Eric Velasquez

As Fast As Words Could Fly

There is nothing I love more than seeing brown skin or a person of color on the cover of a book for children. That’s one of the reasons why I love As Fast as Words Could Fly by Pamela Tuck so much!

This picture book, which is suitable for early elementary school, depicts a fictionalized account of the author’s father, a young boy who learns to type and is forced to integrate into an all white school with his older brothers.  The boy’s excellent typing skills earn him a chance to make a difference in the African American community during the civil rights era. The story depicts racism in a way that young kids will understand without exposing them to violence and other indignities. Kids today will be incensed to learn that people who look like their friends were treated so harshly.

As Fast as Words Could Fly is a great addition to any school or home library. I’m especially thrilled because the author will be speaking at KidLitCon in Hershey Nov 3-4 and I’m gonna beg charm her to sign my book, woooooo! Fangirl here we come!!!

As Fast as Words Could Fly totally counts toward the Diversity Reading Challenge.