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Heroes of Black History

Heroes of Black History

Did you know that Black History Month is for everyone? That’s right! No matter your ethnicity or how you identify Black History Month is for you. Why? Because we can all learn from history and since Black people are important to our history, it’s important that everyone learn about the contributions to society made by people of color. Besides, just like you like to talk about your heritage (Kiss me I’m Italian) don’t you think people of color want to share their culture as well?

That’s why I’m so excited to share this book with you: Heroes of Black History.  It’s the story of four great Americans: Rosa Parks, former President Barack Obama, Jackie Robinson, and Harriet Tubman.

You’ve probably have studied one or two of these famous people in school or seen the president on TV so why not learn more?  And you know how much I love to read and learn so I thought I’d share this fab book from Time with you! Ps this is the best kind of learning; NO QUIZ!! For example, did you know that Rosa Park’s grandparents had been slaves? That’s pretty shocking isn’t it?  Sometimes history isn’t as far away as you’d think.

If you’re a teacher or a parent and want a helpful guide, I’ve got this super cool curriculum guide for you to help you study or learn all about these four great African Americans.  Click on the link to access the .

I have more cool things for you too: How about a Facts Facts page for each person? Then you and your friends can have a Fast Facts Contest (notice I didn’t say quiz?) and see who knows the most! Access the Fast Facts at this link. It’s a zip file so all you hafta do is download it. Let me know if it doesn’t work, ok?

Time Inc has so great stuff for Black History month and I’m happy to add this title to my collection to share with you.

Also? This non fiction title will TOTALLY count toward the Diversity Reading Challenge!

 

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Celebrate Black History Month with Kadir Nelson Day 10

Celebrate Black History Month with Kadir Nelson

Black History Month is a great time to discover new authors and illustrators of color. I’ve been crushing on Kadir Nelson for some time now, and try as I might, he seems to allude me.  What better way to celebrate his beautifully moving illustrations by highlighting one book a day during Black History Month?

 

Moses

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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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Books Children

Celebrate Black History Month with Kadir Nelson Day 10

Celebrate Black History Month with Kadir Nelson

Black History Month is a great time to discover new authors and illustrators of color. I’ve been crushing on Kadir Nelson for some time now, and try as I might, he seems to allude me.  What better way to celebrate his beautifully moving illustrations by highlighting one book a day during Black History Month?

 

Moses

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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!

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#AtoZChallenge: M

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There are so so so many good books that start with the letter M it was difficult to choose.

But, I did.

Two books, in fact

Two that are special to me for different reasons.

the first:

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My Lucky Day by Keiko Koszu

This is a funny tale of a smart pig who happens upon a hungry fox.

The fox thinks he’s going to eat the pig, but the pig outsmarts him!

There are so many levels of humor in this book it is appropriate for all ages.

The next book I’m featuring is

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford

The illustrations are breathtakingly beautiful by Kadir Nelson

You don’t even need to be able to read to understand the emotion in the story

look at the pain in Harriet’s face

And look at the changes in size of the lettering convey different meaning.

Isn’t that a must add to your multicultural collection?

Do you have an M book for me?