Books of the Week: Black History Month favorites for young children!

This one is such an inspirational book!

BRAVE BALLERINA: THE STORY OF JANET COLLINS by Michelle Meadow; illustrated by Ebony Glenn (Henry Holt BYR, January 8, 2019, Ages 4-8)

This is a lyrical picture book that is sure to inspire! It is a tribute to Janet Collins, the first African American principal dancer at the Metropolitan Opera House. It is a beautifully told story of a gifted African-American pioneer in the arts.

  • For fans of the award-winning picture books Firebird by Misty Copeland and Radiant Child by Jean-Michel Basquiat.
  • With a spotlight on one of the most distinguished African-American dancers of the century, this is an important diverse offering from two African-American creators who are passionate about their subject. 
  • Lyrical rhyme fortified by strong back matter makes for a great read-aloud and classroom tool.

WOKE BABY by Mahogany L. Browne; illustrated by Theodore Taylor III (Roaring Brook Press, December 31, 2018, Ages 0-3)
  • WOKE BABY jokes about babies’ sometimes unpredictable sleeping patterns and finds parallels with how social activists don’t fall asleep when fighting for justice. For parents and gift givers who bought A IS FOR ACTIVISM and FEMINIST BABY. Theodore Taylor is an up-and-coming artist working in a new, rounder, more baby-friendly style. This book is both bright and fun, as well as adorable. WOKE BABY is not only inspiring but also fun to read aloud. This one certainly made me chuckle!

POCKET BIOS: Nelson Mandela By Al Berenger (Roaring Brook Press, July 17, 2018, Ages 4-7)

POCKET BIOS: Rosa Parks By Al Berenger (Roaring Brook Press, July 17, 2018, Ages 4-7)

POCKET BIOS: Martin Luther King Jr. By Al Berenger (Roaring Brook Press, July 17, 2018, Ages 4-7)

These are must-reads for young children! I love the cheerful illustrations and the kid-friendly infographics!

  • Biographies with personality! These colorful, commercial, bite-size biographies introduce readers to fascinating figures from U.S. and world history, and feature engaging storytelling, cheerful illustration, kid-friendly infographics, along with puzzles, quizzes and games.
  • Pocket Bios titles include men and women from history, exploration, the sciences, the arts, the ancient world, and more. These are engaging stories, packed with cheerful illustration and kid-friendly infographics — plus puzzles, games, and mazes.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples of the above books but only feature books that I highly recommend, Images were also provided.

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