Saturday, April 18, 2015

Black History Going Strong: Part 2

The second part of my Black History Month posting frenzy and I am happy to share some interesting picture books.  I hope you find something really great to share with the kids in your life.


Henry's Freedom Box
by Ellen Levine
illustrated by Kadir Nelson

After being torn from the family he was born into and the one he formed when he became an adult, Henry Brown decides to mail himself to the North, to freedom. 
Let Freedom Sing
written and illustrated by
Vanessa Brantley Newton

In this picture book, pieces of civil rights history are set to the sound of the song This Little Light of Mine.  The stunning illustrations remind readers of the stark inequality that African Americans faced during the 1950s and 1960s.

The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch
written by Chris Barton
illustrated by Don Tate

This picture book follows the events in the life of John Roy Lynch, who grew up a slave in Mississippi but found opportunity through the Emancipation Proclamation.  Read about his journey from being the justice of the peace to becoming an elected congressman in the United States government.   This biography also offers a rare look into a period of great change and reconstruction in American history.



The Story of Ruby Bridges
written by Robert Coles

illustrated by George Ford

Watch the powerful story of Ruby Bridges unfold in this 32 page picture book, which illustrates her amazing courage in the face of racism as she becomes the first African American to attend an all white school.


The video below is of the incredible Vanessa Brantley Newton performing her book Let Freedom Sing.


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