Schomburg: The Man Who Built A Library

Written by: Carole Boston Weatherford Illustrated by: Eric Velasquez For ages: 8-12 years old, or a confident reading level. Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Historical Fiction, Historic Figures, Literacy, Trailblazers, Afro-Puerto Rican Figures, Professional Life, Schomburg Library.  Summary: This book was sent to us by Candlewick Press, but all opinions are our own! This book is hefty! It is crammed with information about…

Freedom over me; Eleven slaves, their lives and dreams brought to life

Written & Illustrated by: Ashley Bryan For ages: 10-12 years (grades 4-6) Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Enslavement, Enslaved People, Historical Figures, Historical Events, Poetry, Historic Narratives, Narratives of Enslavement.  Summary: This book is comprised of poems telling the stories of 11 enslaved people.  Records of these individuals were found in a historical document owned by the author himself, who…

Henry’s Freedom Box, A True Story from the Underground Railroad

Written by: Ellen Levine Illustrated by: Kadir Nelson For ages: 7 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Enslavement, Underground Railroad, Historical  Figures, Historical Fiction, Family, Friendship, Abolition.  Summary: This book is heart wrenching.  Very little happens in this story that is positive besides gaining freedom, and it gives a very real look at Henry’s life while being enslaved.  There are…

grandpa cacao: a tale of chocolate, from farm to family

summary:  This story follows tangential plot-lines of a little girl making her favorite chocolate birthday cake recipe for herself, and also learning about her grandfather who is a farmer, owning a cacao farm.  The book is set up to show the parallels between the main character and her grandfather, because they have never met.  As…

The Banana-Leaf Ball: How Play Can Change the World

Written by: Katie Smith Milway Illustrated by: Shane Evans For ages: 8 years and up Language: English & Kirundi Topics Covered: Refugee Narratives, POC-Centric Narratives, Sportsmanship, Teamwork, Empowerment, Global Community, Friendship, Historical Fiction, Historical Figure. Summary: Deo is a young boy when his village is attacked.  He and his family flee into the night with only what they can carry.  Deo can’t…

Poetry? Oh Noetry! (I’ll show myself out)

We’ve made it to Day 14, and we’re excited to take a break from prose to explore the wonders of some #poetry books that are #smashingstereotypes! Poetry is just as important as prose, and it is so essential to educate children on the merits of verse, and the creative majesty that poems can harness. So…

Introducing: Colours of Us

  Happy Saturday!  Today we are featuring Colours of Us, a beautiful website run by Svenja.  This website is a catch-all for insightful blog posts, multicultural books, toys, and clothing.  After you finish reading our interview with Svenja, hop on over to her website and explore all that she has to offer!     TTA:…

Introducing: Aminata Jalloh of Readers Inspired!

Hello everyone!  We hope you have been enjoying this series as much as we have, it’s been great to connect with others in the children’s literature community.  This week, Readers Inspired!  Aminata’s answers are so thoughtful, and we hope you head over to the links to her website and social media below to check out…