Books for Black History Month!

BLACK GIRL MAGIC by Mahogany Browne 
  • Recognized poet Mahogany Browne has come out with an illustrated version of her poem BLACK GIRL MAGIC, an anthem of strength for all beautiful black girls.
  • Much of what 21st-century culture tells black girls isn’t pretty: Don’t wear this; don’t smile at that. And most of all, don’t love yourself.
  • In response to these destructive ideas, Mahogany challenges the conditioning of society by celebrating African American women in all of their unique beauty. She has traveled the world sharing her vision of BLACK GIRL MAGIC, and now in collaboration with artist Jess X. Snow, presents her acclaimed tribute in visual form.
  • Raw and empowering, BLACK GIRL MAGIC is a journey from girlhood to womanhood and an invitation to readers to find the magic within themselves.

I found this an interesting and inspiring book that I recommend for girls middle school through high school.

THE SILENCE OF OUR FRIENDS written by Mark Long and Jim Demonakos; illustrated by Nate Powell 
  • New York Times-bestselling graphic novel based on the true story of two families—one white and one black—who find common ground as the civil rights struggle heats up in Texas.
  • This semi-autobiographical tale is set in 1967. A white family from a notoriously racist neighborhood in the suburbs and a black family from its poorest ward cross Houston’s color line, overcoming humiliation, degradation, and violence to win the freedom of five black college students unjustly charged with the murder of a policeman.
  • The Silence of Our Friends follows events through the point of view of young Mark Long, whose father is a reporter covering the story. Semi-fictionalized, this story has its roots solidly in very real events. With art from the brilliant Nate Powell (March series) bringing the tale to heart-wrenching life, The Silence of Our Friends is a new and important entry in the body of civil rights literature.
  • “Engrossing narrative about race in America, while honestly dealing with a host of other real-world issues, including familial relationships, friendship, dependency, “other”-ness, and perhaps most importantly, the search for common ground.”
    Publishers Weekly
  • “A moving evocation of a tipping point in our country’s regrettable history of race relations, Long and Demonakos’s story flows perfectly in Eisner and Ignatz Award winner Powell’s graceful and vivid yet unpretty black-and-gray wash.”
    Library Journal

My 14-year-old son is currently enjoying reading this book and we recommend for ages 12-18.

Find out more about the above books here.

Self Disclosure: I received copies of the above books to feature in the SoCal City Kids Featured books. We only feature books that we would recommend. Cover images and information also provided. 

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