Since February is Black History Month I’m recommending books about some of the famous people who made Black History Month possible. Check out this week’s blog to see how your kids can win a free book.
George Washington Carver by Tonya Bolden is for kids aged 8 and up. “Shampoo from peanuts? Wallpaper from clay? Ink from sweet potatoes? Discover Carver’s imagination and inspiration in this one-of-a-kind biography.
With imagination and intellect, George Washington Carver (1864–1934) developed hundreds of unexpected products from everyday plants. This book reveals what an exceptionally uncommon man Carver was: trailblazing scholar, innovative scientist, pioneering conservationist, and impassioned educator.
This book follows his life from slave and orphan to his college days as the first African American to attend Iowa State College (where he later taught), and on to his life and work in the field of agriculture. Illustrated with historical artifacts and photographs, the book traces Carver’s life, discoveries, and legacy.” Review from Amazon.
Escape North! The Story of Harriet Tubman by Monica Kulling is for kids aged 7 and up. “An easy-to-read, page-turning account of Harriet Tubman’s life–from her childhood in slavery to her years as a conductor on the Underground Railroad to her later work as a suffragette and as a spy in the Civil War. This remarkable true story brings to life one of America’s greatest female role models.” Review from Amazon.
Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride by Andrea Pinkney is for kids aged 5 and up. “Born into slavery, Belle had to endure the cruelty of several masters before she escaped to freedom. But she knew she wouldn’t really be free unless she was helping to end injustice. That’s when she changed her name to Sojourner and began traveling across the country, demanding equal rights for black people and for women. Many people weren’t ready for her message, but Sojourner was brave, and her truth was powerful. And slowly, but surely as Sojourner’s step-stomp stride, America began to change.” Review from Amazon.
A Picture Book of Thurgood Marshall by David A. Adler and Robert Casilla is for kids grades 3-5. Adler and Casilla offer a succinct, visually handsome presentation of the youth and the career highlights of the history-making Marshall. The early family years, with the strong influence of Thurgood’s waiter father, who loved attending courtroom trials, and his teacher mother are perhaps the most interesting part of the story. Adler’s terse account of the adult years incorporates brief quotes by Marshall and judicious explanations of key legal victories. Casilla’s effective view of Marshall as a lawyer arguing before the Supreme Court places readers behind the row of justices, facing Marshall and the crowded courtroom. The warm, full- and double-page watercolor scenes and portraits throughout the book give an informative and empathetic view of the articulate civil rights champion. An author’s note and a short chronology round out this well-crafted introduction to this impressive life of accomplishment. Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston. Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.” Review from Amazon.