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Taking the Mystery out of Black History Month: Walking Home to Rosie Lee

I have got to get my hands on Walking home to Rosie Lee!

Walking Home to Rose Lee by A. LaFaye

Young Gabe’s is a story of heartache and jubilation. He’s a child slave freed after the Civil War. He sets off to reunite himself with his mother who was sold before the war’s end. “Come morning, the folks take to the road again, singing songs, telling stories, and dream-talking of the lives they’re gonna live in freedom. And I follow, keeping my eyes open for my mama. Days pass into weeks, and one gray evening as Mr. Dark laid down his coat, I see a woman with a yellow scarf ’round her neck as bright as a star. I run up to grab her hand, saying, Mama?” Gabe’s odyssey in search of his mother has an epic American quality, and Keith Shepherd’s illustrations—influenced deeply by the narrative work of Thomas Hart Benton—fervently portray the struggle in Gabe’s heroic quest.

I can’t EVEN with this story. How does a child survive when his mother is sold to another plantation?  We are so lucky that we haven’t had to experience that. Now even young readers will be able to understand the importance of freedom from slavery.

I hope he finds his mama, Rosie Lee…

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2015 Diversity Reading Challenge Children

Taking the Mystery out of Black History Month

It’s February and that means Black History Month! YAY!!!! A month dedicated to celebrating African Americans and all the talents that they bring to the world. Black History Month is a great time to try something new: a book, a work of art, piece of music, etc., anything that was made special by people of color.

The problem is, where do you start?

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To many people, deciding what to do or how to participate in Black History month is a mystery. That’s what ya have me for! I’ll help take the mystery out of what books, why, and for whom.

To kick off Black History Month I’d to remind you of Moses aka Harriet Tubman. This beautifully illustrated picture book written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by my crush Kadir Nelson is a great place to start.

The lils can look at the glorious illustrations. The older ones can listen attentively as you read about Harriet Tubman as she led her people (just like Moses) through the Underground Railroad; parts of which dissect Philadelphia, which is where I live.  You might learn something and you might find a new fave picture book.

Also? This book counts toward the 2015 Diversity Reading Challenge, as it’s written by a person of color AND there’s a person of color on the cover.

BOOM POW.

 

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Remembering Nelson Mandela

Remembering Nelson Mandela

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As the world joins in mourning for an iconic leader of peace, I had to share a book with you from one of my fave illustrators, Kadir Nelson.  No memorial  would be complete without this beautifully illustrated biography.

 

One day when Nelson Mandela was nine years old, his father died and he was sent from his village to a school far away from home, to another part of South Africa. In Johannesburg, Mandela saw fellow Africans who were poor and powerless. He decided then that he would work to protect them. When the government began to keep people apart based on the color of their skin, Mandela spoke out against the law and vowed to fight hard in order to make his country a place that belonged to all South Africans.

Kadir Nelson tells the story of Mandela, a global icon, in poignant verse and glorious illustrations. It is the story of a young boy’s determination to change South Africa and of the struggles of a man who eventually became the president of his country by believing in equality for people of all colors. Readers will be inspired by Mandela’s triumph and his lifelong quest to create a more just world.

 

Nelson has beautifully illustrated other books, including my fave book about Harriet Tubman, simply titled: Moses.

Please enjoy this collage I made taken from photographs from one of his many biographies.

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Did you write about your memories of Mandela?  Link them up here so we can all enjoy!