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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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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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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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Happy Birthday Martin Luther King, Jr!

“I’ve always been a dreamer” ~My Dream of Martin Luther King by Faith Ringgold

Happy Birthday Martin Luther King, Jr!

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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
first-book-of-diversity

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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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.

Categories
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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Diversity Reading Challenge Young Adult

The 12 Books of #Diversity for the Holidays Day One – March by Senator John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell

The 12 Books of #Diversity
for the Holidays
Day One
first-book-of-diversity

Welcome to our #diversity countdown to Christmas. Our first book is

March by Senator 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 Senator Lewis a few years ago at BEA when this book first came out.

img_0425

Of course it’s a day that I’m dressed all schlumpy; but woo hoooo SENATOR 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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Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service #MLKDay2015

What are you doing today for Martin Luther King Day of Service?

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Read a book

Help a friend

Help a Stranger

Be a Global Citizen

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Change the World

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