Black History Month may be winding down, but the legacy of African American achievement enriches us throughout the year. These two award winning books shine light on different moments in history in a fun engaging way for children ages 5-8.
When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop traces the story of a Bronx teen whose summer party spawned a music revolution. Written by Laban Carrick Hill, the warm energetic illustrations Theodore Taylor steal the show. He won the Coretta Scott King award for new talent this year.
Kadir Nelson illustrated and wrote this lush pictorial biography of Nelson Mandela, just in time to memorialize his death earlier this year. Kadir Nelson’s rich photographic painting breath life into historical figure, drawing readers into moments in history.
Kadir Nelson has twice been honored by the Caldecott committee for his outstanding illustrations, and this year was honored by the Coretta Scott King award for best illustrations by an African-American.