If you know my taste, you will now that with the exception of Christmas, I am not a fan of holiday books. They're usually too cutesy or televised or just horribly written. But, over the years, I am finding that books depicting Black History are quite different. They are all unique and many of them read as true literature. It is clear that these authors and illustrators take a great deal of pride in their work. There is also a great variety. From slavery to civil rights to strong world leaders (and this is just covering our non-fiction section, not fictional novels) there's so much to learn!
Our Children Can Soar by Michelle Cook
Without one person, such as the first African American baseball player changing the world, who's to say that Rosa Parks wouldn't have had the courage or inspiration to change the world? Or to inspire a little girl who wanted to go to school. History does not document a relationship between these people specifically, but it is the theme they share that inspires others to fight segregation and live freely. (ages 4-8)
Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill -- Caldecott Honor 2011, Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award 2011
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson -- Coretta Scott King Author Award and Illustrator Honor 2012
Coretta Scott by Ntozake Shange
Some of you may know her as just the name of an award. Did you know that she was Martin Luther King Jr.'s wife? But this picturebook shows far more than their relationship. Shange's poetry focuses on Coretta Scott King's hardships of growing up and striving for change in a world of indifference. "No matter who we are / and the Negroes are no different / but fervor for the coming vote / and equality / pushed Coretta a peace and wonderment / of the Lord / 'ain't gonna let nobody turn me round / turn me round.'" (ages 6-9)
Come peruse our non-fiction with over 20 titles!