Children Diversity Reading Challenge

Listen: How Pete Seeger Got America Singing by Leda Schubert Pictures by Raul Colon


You probably grew up singing a Pete Seeger song or you sang along with him. Tell me if you remember: Abiyoyo or Skip to my Lou or This Land is Your Land?

If you did, then you were singing with Pete Seeger. Seeger sang for justice, up until he died a few years ago, at 94, he was still singing. For peace. And we could sure use some peace today, couldn’t we? To be sure, the songs from the early and mid 20th century may seem trite and full of treacle but I believe the sentiment is there. Pete Seeger fought against racism in the 60s at a time when it was convenient to be racist.

This sweet biography and beautifully illustrated pages depict the diversity of Seeger’s message. He sang, “we shall overcome…one day.”

I sure hope so.


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Remembering Nelson Mandela

Remembering Nelson Mandela

nelson Mandela

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.



Did you write about your memories of Mandela?  Link them up here so we can all enjoy!