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Three Black Boys; Three Black Books
Three elementary school students (two fifth and one fourth) and their librarian discuss non fiction picture books. The books discussed are the following: The Roots of Rap written Carole Boston Weatherford by and illustrated by Frank Morrison, When the Beat was Born written by Laban Carrick Hill and illustrated by Frank Morrison and Thurgood Marshall written by Jonah Winter and illustrated by Brian Collier.
More of this please!
Amazing job young men. Thank you to School Librarian @mlynnbooks for creating and sharing this awesome podcast.
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!
More Than Just A Game: The Black Origins of Basketball
By Madison Moore and Illustrated by Lonnie Ollivierre
Share this story about Bball and Black culture.
Moore shares the growth of the sport through avenues like HBCUs and club teams...the Black Fives. Segregation didn't hold us back.
This book gives recognition to Edwin Bancroft Henderson and Cumberland Posey and other unsung heroes of basketball in the back matter, as well as, information about the Black Fives Foundation, and additional resources.
Let’s talk about voting rights!
With the Senate’s failure to pass voting rights protections, we really wanted to post resources to relay the historical and everyday significance voting has in our lives. There is a history of voter suppression in the United States that progresses with every advancement made in diversifying American society. Here are books to help youth be a part of the conversation.
We Shall Overcome!
Tyner. (2021). Black voter suppression : the fight for the right to vote. Lerner Publications.
Upper elementary- high school
Allen, & ReferencePoint Press. (2020). Election manipulation : is America's voting system secure? ReferencePoint Press.
Middle grade-high school
Jenkins, Lacker, Kati, illustrator, & Jones, Martha S., writer of foreword. (2020). Drawing the vote : an illustrated guide to voting in America. Abrams ComicArts.
Middle grade-high school
Critical literacy is a strategy used to help young people think deeply about how a text is constructed. It asks the for the reader to examine language and the power of the text through purposeful questions, discussion, and writing.
It also can help students learning the counter-narrative, and to compare and contrast, especially with informational texts.
Diverse cultural knowledge should also be shared to provide context and for young people to learn about additional viewpoints.
Cultural artifact, multimedia, and multimodal resources can be used to provide contextual information.
An example of a counter-narrative or diverse cultural knowledge is the book example in today's post.
Green, Amanda Jackson. Hidden Black History : from Juneteenth to Redlining. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 2021.
This book discusses Black history that is often not discussed in classrooms and the 'two histories' concept.
Max Axiom, Super Scientist!
A comic series about a Black scientist with superpowers, Max Axiom’s main objective is to help children learn science in a fun and interactive way.
Max Axiom STEM adventures mirror science themes, concepts, vocabulary, and curriculum.
The engaging, super informative, graphic novels also use a 4D app to scan pages and reveal concepts in an engaging video format. Also included in the back matter are discussion questions, writing prompts, a glossary, additional books, and internet sites. Capstone, the publisher, provides a website with projects and games.
Age Range: 7 to 14 years
This post will be part of a series that digs in the archives to find older titles centering Black male characters to examine plot lines and images to trace the evolution of diversity in children's literature.
'The Toothpaste Millionaire' by Jean Merril, 1972, tells the story, set in the amazing city of Cleveland, Ohio, of Rufus, a 6th grader who succeeds in business by developing and marketing his own toothpaste.
Merrill’s book provides a light story about free enterprise, the story features real-life math problems, a diverse group of classmates working together to achieve success in business.
In the vein of Prof. Ghoudly Muhammad (@ghouldy.m), we incorporated Historical Responsive Literacy, by incorporating Madame C.J. Walker, George Washington Carver, and in the spirit of text sets, added information about starting business economics.
The book was re-issued and has a new cover. There are loads of activities online to supplement this book (for primary grades 4-7).
Check out the books and enjoy!
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