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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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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.

Categories
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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Diversity Reading Challenge

National Geographic Kids: George Washington Carver by Kitson Jazynka

I love love love NatGeoKids books! I KNOW I sound like a broken record but I can’t help it! They have such great information, beautiful photographs that you HAVE to love them. I even love to watch their TV channel, that is, when I get a bit of TV watching time. (smile)

National Geographic Kids: George Washington Carver by Kitson Jazynka

NatGeo Kids has a set of leveled readers that feature famous people and tell their history. This one is about George Washington Carver. It’s a level 1 reader and is PERFECT for the emerging reader. There are plenty of illustrations and drawings, the font size is large, there are tips to help pronounce the words, and the vocabulary is repetitive so that kids can learn the word and practice using it often.

It’s a win-win situation.

Did you know that George Washington Carver was born a slave?

Yep, so much to learn. Thanks to Carver the peanut has become very helpful to our economy.

Your littles can be a super reader too, thanks to Nat Geo Kids!

This book can count toward the Diversity Reading Challenge. YAY!

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2015 Diversity Reading Challenge Children

Taking the Mystery out of Black History Month

It’s February and that means Black History Month! YAY!!!! A month dedicated to celebrating African Americans and all the talents that they bring to the world. Black History Month is a great time to try something new: a book, a work of art, piece of music, etc., anything that was made special by people of color.

The problem is, where do you start?

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To many people, deciding what to do or how to participate in Black History month is a mystery. That’s what ya have me for! I’ll help take the mystery out of what books, why, and for whom.

To kick off Black History Month I’d to remind you of Moses aka Harriet Tubman. This beautifully illustrated picture book written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by my crush¬†Kadir Nelson is a great place to start.

The lils can look at the glorious illustrations. The older ones can listen attentively as you read about Harriet Tubman as she led her people (just like Moses) through the Underground Railroad; parts of which dissect Philadelphia, which is where I live.  You might learn something and you might find a new fave picture book.

Also? This book counts toward the 2015 Diversity Reading Challenge, as it’s written by a person of color AND there’s a person of color on the cover.

BOOM POW.