I got to see Trombone Shorty last night in Boston. It was an AMAZING show. So many talented musicians, vocalists, and lively music, including Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, himself.
His story is one of his brother's mentorship, perseverance, the love of music, and leadership. It reminded me of the two picture books about how he became such a talented musician.
His books, beautifully illustrated, tell his inspirational story. Check them out at your local library or buy them at your local/online Black bookstore.
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In his memoir, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Adapted for Young Readers), Trevor shared his experiences growing up as a biracial child during Aparthied in South Africa.
Readers will gains better understanding of what it was like to live under racial segregation in another country outside of the United States.
Noah shares his adventurous, mischievous, complicated, journey as he witnesses gender roles, colorism and the system of racism as it existed in South Africa.
You will also experience Trevor's resilience, his intelligence and incredible love for his Mother. This book fits the literary 'windows' and 'sliding glass door ' references.
There are some difficult themes, like domestic violence within this book. The reading range is from Middle-grade to High school.
As we celebrate International Education Week, we hope these titles inspires addition learning about the culture, histories, and stories from Africa.
We will discuss their critically acclaimed new releases 'Recognize' and 'Defiant' and also about supporting Black publishers, authors, and bookstores this holiday season.
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