Thursday, February 10, 2011
Exploring Black History through Children's books
It's only mid-February - still plenty of time left in the month to explore children's literature related to black history.
The Washington Post recommends three titles on the theme:
A Nation's Hope -- a picture book by Matt de la Pena, illustrated by Kadir Nelson -- about boxer Joe Louis, during the era of U.S. segregation and the rise of Nazi Germany.
Zora and Me by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon -- a novel based on the childhood of American author Zora Neale.
Freedom Stone by Jeffrey Kluger -- a time travel novel set during the American Civil War.
To read synopses and capsule reviews of all three books, see the Post story.
On a musical note, a few months ago, NPR aired a wonderful interview with the author of a recent picture book about Jimi Hendrix -- Jimi Sounds Like A Rainbow, by Gary Golio, illustrated by Javaka Steptoe (Clarion Books, 2010). The interview, excerpts and illustrations from the book can be seen on the NPR site. I like the idea of looking at history through a cultural lens. Jimi Hendrix is a part of black history, American history and the history of music too.
Any other reading suggestions on this theme? Please comment...
BTW -- I'm featured guest blogger on The Pen and Ink blog. If you haven't already seen it, please read my post, Brush and Paint, Inside the Creative Process.