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Children Diversity Reading Challenge

Discover Black History Month with Shakespeare

So we are just a few days into February, how is your reading going? Have you found any great new reads that focus on African Americans? Here’s a book that I reviewed a minute ago, but it is so AWESOME I wanted to remind you about it again.

It’s called Ira’s Shakespeare Dream

Ira's Shakespeare Dream by Glenda Armand

Ira Aldridge was a free Black in the 19th century. Despite these circumstances, however, he became renown as an actor around the globe. He is especially famous for acting as Othello.  Here’s my review. I think the age group on this book could go as young as Kinder and work up to early elementary. Kids can read the book themselves or as part of a teacher’s read aloud. There are so many ways you could incorporate this into your studies!

African Americans plus Shakespeare, what’s NOT to love???!!!

 

Nothing, that’s what!

 

Categories
Children Diversity Reading Challenge

Discover Black History Month with Shakespeare

So we are just a few days into February, how is your reading going? Have you found any great new reads that focus on African Americans? Here’s a book that I reviewed a minute ago, but it is so AWESOME I wanted to remind you about it again.

It’s called Ira’s Shakespeare Dream

Ira's Shakespeare Dream by  Glenda Armand

Ira Aldridge was a free Black in the 19th century. Despite these circumstances, however, he became renown as an actor around the globe. He is especially famous for acting as Othello.  Here’s my review. I think the age group on this book could go as young as Kinder and work up to early elementary. Kids can read the book themselves or as part of a teacher’s read aloud. There are so many ways you could incorporate this into your studies!

African Americans plus Shakespeare, what’s NOT to love???!!!

 

Nothing, that’s what!

 

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Ira’s Shakespeare Dream by Glenda Armand Illustrations by Floyd Cooper

This above all…to thine own self be true

Shakespeare. Iambic pentameter. Such good stuff!

Young Ira Aldridge loved The Bard too. In the early 19th century, however, the last thing many Blacks could think about was Shakespeare.  When many people were sold into slavery or trying to make a living to feed their families, acting in plays seemed foolish.  And Ira’s father told him so.