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Martin Luther King Jr & Civil Rights Books

I’ve have a few beauties to share with you in preparation for the Martin Luther King holiday.  Why not discuss the Civil Rights Movement as well as Dr. King’s legacy?

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Go, on. Your little ones can handle it!

What are you doing for the day of service?

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Children Diversity Reading Challenge

The 12 Books of #Diversity for the Holidays Day 6

The 12 Books of #Diversity for the Holidays

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Wow. It’s day six! Here’s a book for you: Lillian’s Right to Vote by Jonah Winter & Shane W. Evans.

Lillian's Right to Vote by Jonah Winter & Shane W. Evans

 

An elderly African American woman, en route to vote, remembers her family’s tumultuous voting history in this picture book publishing in time for the fiftieth anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

As Lillian, a one-hundred-year-old African American woman, makes a “long haul up a steep hill” to her polling place, she sees more than trees and sky—she sees her family’s history. She sees the passage of the Fifteenth Amendment and her great-grandfather voting for the first time. She sees her parents trying to register to vote. And she sees herself marching in a protest from Selma to Montgomery. Veteran bestselling picture-book author Jonah Winter and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner Shane W. Evans vividly recall America’s battle for civil rights in this lyrical, poignant account of one woman’s fierce determination to make it up the hill and make her voice heard.

What I love about this book is that, as a picture book, it tells the story in a way kids can receive it. Probably best for early elementary grade students but the symbolic way Lillian walks up the hill and sees her history is unmistakably brilliant and probably suitable for even younger kiddos. Kids will get it. Gentle language describing the often violent situations helps to soften the harshness of the historical events.

It’s so incredibly amazing.

I love this book so hard.

And Jonah is the bomb.

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Celebrate Black History Month with Kadir Nelson Day 18

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?

Coretta Scott

 

Coretta Scott

Ntozake Shange & Kadir Nelson

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Children

Martin Luther King & Civil Rights Books

I’ve have a few beauties to share with you in preparation for the Martin Luther King holiday on Monday.  Why not discuss the Civil Rights Movement as well as Dr. King’s legacy?

mlk collage

 

Go, on. Your little ones can handle it!

What are you doing for the day of service?

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Children Diversity Reading Challenge

The 12 Books of #Diversity for the Holidays DAY 6 – Lillian’s Right to Vote by Jonah Winter & Shane W. Evans

The 12 Books of #Diversity
for the Holidays
Day Six

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Wow. It’s day six! Here’s a book for you: Lillian’s Right to Vote by Jonah Winter & Shane W. Evans.

Lillian's Right to Vote by Jonah Winter & Shane W. Evans

 

An elderly African American woman, en route to vote, remembers her family’s tumultuous voting history in this picture book publishing in time for the fiftieth anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

As Lillian, a one-hundred-year-old African American woman, makes a “long haul up a steep hill” to her polling place, she sees more than trees and sky—she sees her family’s history. She sees the passage of the Fifteenth Amendment and her great-grandfather voting for the first time. She sees her parents trying to register to vote. And she sees herself marching in a protest from Selma to Montgomery. Veteran bestselling picture-book author Jonah Winter and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner Shane W. Evans vividly recall America’s battle for civil rights in this lyrical, poignant account of one woman’s fierce determination to make it up the hill and make her voice heard.

What I love about this book is that, as a picture book, it tells the story in a way kids can receive it. Probably best for early elementary grade students but the symbolic way Lillian walks up the hill and sees her history is unmistakably brilliant and probably suitable for even younger kiddos. Kids will get it. Gentle language describing the often violent situations helps to soften the harshness of the historical events.

It’s so incredibly amazing.

I love this book so hard.

And Jonah is the bomb.

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Discover Black History Month with Gone Crazy in Alabama AWARD WINNER

Discover Black History Month with
Gone Crazy in Alabama

Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia

Here’s another great reason to celebrate books during Black History Month:

Rita, I’m gonna win all the awards, Williams Freakin Garcia!  RWG does it again with her trilogy about the Gaither sisters. Gone Crazy in Alabama has won the Coretta Scott King Book Award which is an award

…given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.  The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.

I love this book and even though it’s the last book in the series, I will have to go back and read the other two.  Life in the sixties, Black Panther movement, civil rights, family strife and cute but annoying sisters are a recipe for a great read for any middle-grade reader.

Check out the American Library Association’s website for more information about other books and awards. This title also qualifies for the 2016 Diversity Reading Challenge because of the African American female main character.  Have you read RWG other books? What did you think?

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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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Celebrate Black History Month with Kadir Nelson Day 18

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?

Coretta Scott

 

Coretta Scott

Ntozake Shange & Kadir Nelson

Categories
Children

Martin Luther King & Civil Rights Books

I’ve have a few beauties to share with you in preparation for the Martin Luther King holiday on Monday.  Why not discuss the Civil Rights Movement as well as Dr. King’s legacy?

mlk collage

 

Go, on. Your little ones can handle it!

What are you doing for the day of service?