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5 Books for Your Young Feminist Library

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 6 Books for Your Feminist Library

Feminism! The word often gets a bad reputation for no good reason. Feminism does not mean the act of hating men. It means fighting for the rights of women making sure they are provided with equal opportunities. We all want to be treated as equals, right?

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Diversity Reading Challenge Young Adult

I AM #BLACKHISTORYMONTH – #Herstory Lillian’s Right to Vote by Jonah Winter

Let’s celebrate Black History Month with
Lillian’s Right to Vote by Jonah Winter

Today’s post includes a video. I thought I’d read this great book to you. Take a listen, it’s a picture book that’s powerful and says so much about where African American’s have come when it comes to voting. This book is great for kids of all ages.

 

What did you think? Powerful, huh? Voting is something we take for granted when not too long ago, many of us wouldn’t have been able to vote. So, turns out, Lillian’s story is our story.

Thanks for watching!

 

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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.

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Diversity Reading Challenge Young Adult

I AM #BLACKHISTORYMONTH – Alice Walker’s The Color Purple #Herstory

Let’s celebrate Black History Month with The Color Purple by Alice Walker

I remember in college first reading this phrase and it struck me; Everything wants to be loved. And I still believe it’s true.

Do you have a quote from The Color Purple?

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I AM #BLACKHISTORYMONTH – Poetry

Let’s celebrate Black History Month with Poetry

Poetry, you either love it or you hate it.Sometimes you get it sometimes you don’t. Even when you don’t get it you pretend like you do because you don’t want to look like a jerk who doesn’t understand poetry, right? As long as it rhymes, I like it. Everyone needs a poem in their pocket, right?

On the Bus with Rosa Parks, Poems by Rita Dove

The Tiger Who Wore White Gloves by Gwendolyn Brooks

Maya Angelou

Poetry for Young People by Langston Hughes

Guess who wrote this poem?

The crocodile cried. The lion sighed. The leopard sneered. The jaguar jeered. The antelope shouted. The panther pouted. Everyone screamed “We never dreamed that ever could be in history a tiger who loves to wear white gloves.”

Gwendolyn Brooks!

 

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Diversity Reading Challenge Young Adult

I AM #BLACKHISTORYMONTH – For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange.

Let’s celebrate Black History Month with

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange.

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I AM #BLACKHISTORYMONTH – It’s Kadir Nelson Day!

Let’s celebrate Black History Month with Kadir Nelson

You know how much I love me some Kadir Nelson, right? You know I couldn’t go more than a minute without featuring his books, right? So Let’s go! Welcome to Channel Kadir Nelson!!

Mandela

Baby Bear

Please, Baby, Please

Ellington Was Not a Street

Moses

D’ya get the idea? Kadir Nelson is a prolific illustrator. Take a look at your bookshelves. You prolly have one of his there already. If not, GO GET ONE!!

HAPPY KADIR NELSON DAY!

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Diversity Reading Challenge Young Adult

I AM #BLACKHISTORYMONTH -#Herstory – Rad Women Worldwide by Kate Schatz

Let’s celebrate Black History Month with
Rad Women Worldwide by Kate Schatz

Rad Women Worldwide discusses women around the globe but there is one woman in particular that I’d like to feature in today’s post.

Kasha Jacqueline Nagabasera.  This young woman is a lesbian in a Uganda, a coutnry that punishes homosexuals with death. It’s not a safe place to be but Kasha Jacqueline is a prominent LGBTI (Intersex) activist.  She is called The Mother of the Gay Rights Movement and speaks out against homophobia and acted as Grand Marshall of the New York City Gay Pride parade. She’s been beaten, arrested, attacked, and lives in secret with friends.

True bravery. Truly admirable and part of Black History in her own country but also an inspiration here, as she doesn’t let fear keep her from her beliefs.

That’s it for Black History Month! See you in March!

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Diversity Reading Challenge Young Adult

I AM #BLACKHISTORYMONTH – The Graphic Novel

Let’s celebrate Black History Month with

The Graphic Novel

You’ve been living under a rock if you didn’t know that Graphic Novels are HOTT. Hotter than Hot! They appeal to so many different types of readers it is unreal. And YES, there are graphic novels for girls, boys AND AFRICAN AMERICANS.

Check it out

The March Series
Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow
A Right to be Hostile: A Boondocks Treasury
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty
Little Miss Strange: Curse Of The Chameleon God

You can find more graphic novels, for kids and adults at Library Journal.