In honor of Black History Month, I thought it would be fun to recommend some favorite books that deal with civil rights and famous African Americans. Each Wednesday throughout the month of February I shared a selected book on our Build Your Library Facebook page. Here is the recap:
2/1/2017: Today I’m highlighting One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia. This novel takes place in Oakland CA in the late 1960s, and it is about three sisters visiting their estranged mother for the summer. Narrated by the eldest sister, Delphine, you really get to feel like you are there. Funny, heartbreaking, and powerful, this was one of my favorite picks for Build Your Library’s Grade 6 – American History, Part 2 curriculum.
2/8/2017: This week I want to share one of my favorite picture book biographies – A Weed is a Flower by Aliki. This is a story all about George Washington Carver’s life and achievements. Dr. Carver’s life is such an inspiration. He is a great example to teach our children about perseverance and striving to learn and be the best we can be. The prose is lovely, but my favorite thing about this book is the gorgeous artwork.
2/15/2017: For the third installment of my Black History Month book recommendations, I want to share a fabulous resource for poetry. I, Too, Sing America is a gorgeously illustrated book of African American poetry. It covers a range of poets, from Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou to Countee Cullen and Gwendolyn Brooks. It also includes a brief bio for each poet. This book is a great way to add some diversity to your poetry studies.
2/22/2017: For my final Black History Month book recommendation, I thought I’d share a book for teens and parents to enjoy. I’m currently reading Kindred by Octavia E. Butler and it’s fantastic. Not only is it the first science fiction published by an African American woman, it’s a very compelling read. The story is about a black woman who lives in the 1970s who, against her will, time travels to the antebellum South whenever her ancestor, a white slave owner, is in trouble. I appreciate the genre-bending, it’s both historical fiction and sci-fi, and the story is very well crafted. I think it gives a very realistic and stark portrayal of life in that time period, and I highly recommend it.
Honorable Mentions: Here are a couple final bonus recommendations:
I hope your family enjoys these recommendations and can use some of them into your Black History Month homeschool studies. What are some of your favorites? I’d love for you to share them in the comments below. 🙂
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