New and Fabulous
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Ekua Holmes tells the story of a black woman sharecropper in the Mississippi Delta who dared to register to vote in a time when there were often grave consequences for insisting on this right. This is a story of one woman’s bravery and deep resolve. The illustrations reflect the story with beauty and strength. Pegged for ages 9-12.
Oldie but Goodie
I don’t toot my own horn too often in this blog. But I think Black History month is an especially good time to share the story of artist Romare Bearden with children. So here you go….
Me and Uncle Romie by Yours Truly, illustrated by Jerome LaGarrigue introduces readers to internationally renowned African-American collage artist, Romare Bearden. Children learn about Bearden’s life and art through the fictional story of a boy from a small southern city who makes his first trip up north to visit his Uncle Romie in New York City. The book includes tips for children to make their own storytelling collages. I got very lucky on this one – the illustrations are gorgeous! For ages 5 and up.