Reading this post at Maw Books Blog reminded me that there is no better way to learn something new than starting with a well done children's book. So here are some old and new favorites that would be wonderful additions to your Black History Month reading list:
1. We are the Ship: The Story of the Negro Leagues by Kadir Nelson - one of our faves. Illustrations are amazing. Each story long enough that you learn a lot, short enough for 2nd grade reading.
2. Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy US Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, R. Gregory Christie (illus) - we read this aloud on a longish car trip.Very well done.
3. Sojourner Truth's Step Stomp Stride by Andrea Pickney, illus.Brian Pickney
4. Testing the Ice: A True Story about Jackie Robinson by Sharon Robinson illus. Kadir Nelson
5. Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down by Andrea Pickney, illus. Brian Pickney- so new I haven't had time to find it and read it. But I'm going to...
6. Ellington Was Not a Street by Ntozake Shange, illus. Kadir Nelson
7. Jazz on a Saturday Night by Leo and Diane Dillon8. Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane by Carole Boston Weatherford and Sean Qualls
9. Free at Last! Stories and Songs of Emancipation by Doreen Rappaport and Shane W. Evans
11. The Civil Rights Movement for Kids: A History with 21 Activities - this speaks to my inner homeschooler. I'm sure as with most activity books it is hit or miss, but it may inspire bigger, better plans.