Black History Month Favourites

As Eliza mentioned earlier this month, there are tons of great books on the African-American experience at your local library branch. Here are a few of mine to finish out your month.

Jabberwocky by Christopher Myers is a dynamic visual reimagining of the classic Carroll poem, loved by every class I shared it with this month.

Jazz is a marvelous collection of poems, from Walter Dean Myers and illustrated by his son Christopher,  that works for all ages.  The two also collaborated on Blues Journey if you’re looking to set a different mood.

Angela Johnson’s Windflyers is an engaging tale of a boy and his grandfather, a former Tuskegee Airman. Ms Johnson has a number of other books, for a wide age range, including A Sweet Smell of Roses which touches on the marches in the Civil Rights Era.

Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and Zora Neale Hurston all have tales for children in addition to the grown-up novels you may be more familiar with. Ask your librarian for more recommendations!

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