This chapter book series from @capstonepub is a perfect selection for beginning, independent readers.
Written by Suman Nuurali, the books feature a curious, adventurous, empathetic Somali boy named Sadiq. Each book shares Sadiq's life as he experiences life solving everyday 3rd grader predicaments, with the help of his family and friends.
The books share the same background information about his Somali, Muslim family living in Minnesota. Also included at the beginning of each book are Somali words that are integrated allowing the reader to effortlessly incorporate new language concepts while reading the text. Somali culture is embedded through the storylines teaching the reader about their customs. Pair non-fiction books with this series so young people can learn more about Somali history and culture.
Check this series out at your local library or Black bookstore!
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Young Barbers & Entrepreneurship
J.D. the Kid Barber Series by J. Dillard
The illustrated chapter books are about an 8 year old barber from Mississippi.
Follow J.D. as he provides fun stories and life lessons. With each book his 💈 skills takes him towards bigger opportunities and new adventures.
This series is good for beginners chapter book and reluctant readers.
Pair this book with others about youth entrepreneurship like:
-Entrepreneurship: create your own business with 25 projects by Alex Kahan
-Diversity in Business by Cathleen Small
-Earning Money by Mari Schuh
This series can show young boys and men to grow their gifts, like the recent story of Cameron Tucker, a 16 year old Detroit barber who went from cutting hair his high school bathroom to an apprenticeship with one of the top barbers in Detroit.
Black History from A to Z!
The ABC's of Black History by poet Rio Cortez and illustrator Lauren Semmer, takes us on a information-packed ride through movements, history, and people from Africa to America.
With lively collage illustrations, including different hues of Blackness, this poetic text is engaging and affirms the Black experience.
With such rich coverage of events and people, events, and literary device, this book can be used as an anchor text to create text sets, mentor text, writing prompts, or pair with primary sources.
Emphasizing resilient themes, this book is a necessary purchase!
Let Them Dream!
Happy Black History Month everyone!
There is no better way to start this month off than with a book that encourages Black children to dream.
Oftentimes, discriminatory barriers leave Black children feeling there is no purpose in dreaming. Teachers, librarians, and parents go out of your way to instill the importance and ability to dream and create.
Jubilantly written by author Tricia Elam Walker and masterfully illustrated by Ekua Holmes, Dream Street, a street in the Roxbury neighborhood in Boston, shows the intergenerational community love that uplifts, gives hope, inspires, and dreams.
This book is perfect to engage in conversations about your student's dreams.
It can also be tied to the American Dream & MLK's I Have A Dream speech for secondary students to apply to civic concepts. Or contrast it to a Dream Deferred.
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