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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?

Books Diversity Reading Challenge

Discover Your Next Read, Discover Black History Month

Discover Your Next Read, Discover Black History Month

Discover Black History Month

February is Black History Month!  It’s a special time of the year to celebrate the many accomplishments that African Americans have contributed to the world. Why should you care about Black History Month?

  • You know someone who’s Black
  • You don’t know someone who’s Black (and you should)
  • You share similar experiences at Black people but don’t know it
  • You share different experiences than Black people and you can learn from those experiences
  • Black people are not just stereotypes
  • Their contribution to society is vast and varied
  • There are many cool books by, for, or about Black people
  • etc

I will highlight books for, by and about African Americans all this month. I’ll bring you my favorites, ones I want to read, and ones that we can learn from. Think of this month as a very long party. With cake, of course! You’ll never know what you’ll learn from reading a book; you might discover your next great, read.

Join me?


2015 Diversity Reading Challenge Children

Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams Garcia

I don’t know why I haven’t read anything by Rita Williams Garcia, but her books, PS Be Eleven and One Crazy Summer have been on my TBR for ever!

Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams Garcia

I love this book so hard! Look at those little Minnies on the cover; arent they ADORABLE?? Those little sisters are your typical bickering siblings. Except they live in late 1960s New York and are sent to stay with relatives in the South. This was a pretty typical phenomenon back in the day. Kids needed to get some home trainin from Big Mama and also learn to appreciate the things they had up North.

Now I never lived in Alabama but lived in Texas but I KNOW things are very different for Blacks in the South than they are in the North. I was an adult when I lived in Texas and while the South has a certain charm to it, it also lacks a certain backwardness racially that needs to get straightened out.

I guess that’s the bit that RWG wanted the reader to understand: that even kids understand when they are treated differently because of their race. Look at Brown Girl Dreaming by my GIRL Jackie Woodson. They live in New York and also travel to the South and are warned about watching their mouth and their manners.

Don’t let the racial overtones get the best of your judgement. This book is FOR EVERYONE. White kids can learn about segregation but they will also see themselves in this book. They’ll see that all siblings argue and that the older bossy sister is no different from their own older bossy sister.

Love is love, and family is what it’s all about.

I read this book as part of the Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon.

This also qualifies for the Diversity Reading Challenge!