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I AM #BLACKHISTORYMONTH – NatGeo, Slave Ships and Shackles from the Deep by Michael H Cottman

Today’s book doesn’t celebrate Black History so much as discusses it from its origins.

Shackles from the Deep: Tracing the Path of a Sunken Slave Ship, a Bitter Past, and a Rich Legacy starts off with a great opening line, which is actually on the inside flap:

NOT ALL SUNKEN TREASURE IS ABOUT GOLD.

Isn’t that great? As the author dives he discovers the Henrietta Marie and the treasures hidden inside that tell the story of a slave trip. The book contains amazing photographs of cooking utensils and most chilling: iron shackles.

It’s a must read for folks of all ages.

This is as close as I ever want to get to a slave ship.

An embarrassing history that needs to be told.

Check it out.

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Children Diversity Reading Challenge

I AM #BLACKHISTORYMONTH – NatGeo, Slave Ships and Shackles from the Deep by Michael H Cottman

Today’s book doesn’t celebrate Black History so much as discusses it from its origins.

Shackles from the Deep: Tracing the Path of a Sunken Slave Ship, a Bitter Past, and a Rich Legacy starts off with a great opening line, which is actually on the inside flap:

NOT ALL SUNKEN TREASURE IS ABOUT GOLD.

Isn’t that great? As the author dives he discovers the Henrietta Marie and the treasures hidden inside that tell the story of a slave trip. The book contains amazing photographs of cooking utensils and most chilling: iron shackles.

It’s a must read for folks of all ages.

This is as close as I ever want to get to a slave ship.

An embarrassing history that needs to be told.

Check it out.

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I AM #BLACKHISTORYMONTH – Poetry

Let’s celebrate Black History Month with Poetry

Poetry, you either love it or you hate it.Sometimes you get it sometimes you don’t. Even when you don’t get it you pretend like you do because you don’t want to look like a jerk who doesn’t understand poetry, right? As long as it rhymes, I like it. Everyone needs a poem in their pocket, right?

On the Bus with Rosa Parks, Poems by Rita Dove

The Tiger Who Wore White Gloves by Gwendolyn Brooks

Maya Angelou

Poetry for Young People by Langston Hughes

Guess who wrote this poem?

The crocodile cried. The lion sighed. The leopard sneered. The jaguar jeered. The antelope shouted. The panther pouted. Everyone screamed “We never dreamed that ever could be in history a tiger who loves to wear white gloves.”

Gwendolyn Brooks!

 

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I AM #BLACKHISTORYMONTH – It’s Kadir Nelson Day!

Let’s celebrate Black History Month with Kadir Nelson

You know how much I love me some Kadir Nelson, right? You know I couldn’t go more than a minute without featuring his books, right? So Let’s go! Welcome to Channel Kadir Nelson!!

Mandela

Baby Bear

Please, Baby, Please

Ellington Was Not a Street

Moses

D’ya get the idea? Kadir Nelson is a prolific illustrator. Take a look at your bookshelves. You prolly have one of his there already. If not, GO GET ONE!!

HAPPY KADIR NELSON DAY!

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I AM #BLACKHISTORYMONTH – It’s Kadir Nelson Day!

Let’s celebrate Black History Month with Kadir Nelson

You know how much I love me some Kadir Nelson, right? You know I couldn’t go more than a minute without featuring his books, right? So Let’s go! Welcome to Channel Kadir Nelson!!

Mandela

Baby Bear

Please, Baby, Please

Ellington Was Not a Street

Moses

D’ya get the idea? Kadir Nelson is a prolific illustrator. Take a look at your bookshelves. You prolly have one of his there already. If not, GO GET ONE!!

HAPPY KADIR NELSON DAY!

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Discover your Next Read Black History Month: A Round-Up

Black History Month: A Round-Up

I’m not the only person writing about Black History Month so I thought I would share some blog posts written by my friends from around the internet.

My friend Sussu shares a few of her faves:

Dancing in the wingsMost African-American picture books are about feeling grand, having super powers, liking oneself and about looks. They often portray characters who need to feel better about themselves, who show how to accept oneself and how to be proud of who they are.

Some African-American books are also about famous people and slavery.

The books I read in the USA are so different from the books I have grown up with in France, a country with many African influences, especially since the colonial times. The African tales I read and was told about are populated with tales born in Africa and passed on from generation to generation. These tales hint at the folklore, the culture, the nature, the bravery of African people, the feats they have to overcome. Oftentimes the characters were brave, especially when they had to face witches and wild animals. Often the characters were wise and cunning. They also talked to trees, to animals, and to rivers. These tales were also filled with animal tales as in Africa each animal symbolises a quality. I also learned of the savanna, the desert, the fishermen and African villages, of healers, chiefs, and spriritual leaders, of communities and griots (the living libraries). These tales talked about cultures that live overseas.

 

Sussu highlights Kadir Nelson’s illustrations in this post and you KNOW how much I love him! For more of this post, check her out at https://sussu.weebly.com/

Another topic to discuss during Black History Month is the diversity of POC. Not all POC  practice the same religion. That’s why it’s important to include people who identify as Muslim. After all, they are people of color too. Muslim children, especially need to see themselves portrayed positively. Sussu highlights an absolutely ADORABLE book called Nanni’s Hijab.

Nanni is quite the attraction at school with her beautiful hijabs, so it doesn’t come as a surprise when one of her classmates is unappreciative. It is hard for new kids to see all the attention drawn to someone else because, after all, being new should be something that gets people’s attention. Soon, the new classmate, Leslie, tries to bully Nanni, but instead of retaliating, Nanni finds a smart way to solve the issue.  And it’s truly inspiring.

 

It’s a beautifully illustrated picture book that celebrates the hijab and is perfect for all littles: windows and mirrors, remember? Read more about Nanni’s Hijab here.

And speaking of representing Muslims, Sussu features a list of YA books with Muslim characters which includes the new Ms Marvel! Check it out!

Remember, diversity is for everyone. We all learn and grow when we read diverse books.  All of these titles would qualify for the Diversity Reading Challenge!

 

 

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Celebrate Black History Month with Kadir Nelson Day 11

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?

 

The Village that Vanished

 

The Village that Vanished by Ann Grifaleoni

illustrated by Kadir Nelson

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Celebrate Black History Month with Kadir Nelson

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?

 

Mandela

 

Mandela,

words & pictures by Kadir Nelson

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Celebrate Black History Month with Kadir Nelson Day 22

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?

Hewitt Anderson's Great Big Life

 

Hewitt Anderson’s Great Big Life

Jerdine Nolen & Kadir Nelson

 

And THAT is the end of Black History Month. I hope you have enjoyed our study of Kadir Nelson’s work.  What is your favorite Kadir Nelson book?

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Celebrate Black History Month with Kadir Nelson Day 21

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?

Thunder Rose

 

Thunder Rose

Jerdine Nolan & Kadir Nelson