Between the Covers: Black History Month

Say it Rah-shay By Feb 06, 2012 No Comments

Black History Month kinda came without me making a to do about it. Naively I thought that there was need for me to celebrate Black History Month; through out the year I make an attempt to celebrate. Lately I have been thinking that this more of a celebration of my history and not exclusion to anyone. 

A friend from Twitter and Facebook, Black Kids Read, has a lovely idea of sharing books daily and I thought I would hop on the band wagon and share some of my favorites. If you have any to add to the list, by all means join in!

Day 1: The ABCs of Black History A Children’s Guide by Craig Thompson. 
This book is an alphabet book that shares important people and events through history. Familiar figures are presented along with some new (to me perhaps) pioneers.

Day 2: Bad News for Outlaws The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves. Deputy U. S. Marshal
This book won the Coretta Scott King in 2010. This is a perfect book to introduce young people to one of the first black deputy marshals.

Day 3: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
This books is not by an African American author but was one of the first to feature an African American character.

Day 4: Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport and illustrated by Bryan Collier
While reading this book children are encouraged to find a voice and stand up for what they believe in.

Day 5: Freight Train by Donald Crews
Brief text and illustrations trace the journey of a colorful train as it goes through tunnels, by cities, and over trestles. This simple book is fun to explore and learn all about colors.

Day 6: Rap a Tap Tap by Leo and Diane Dillon
Illustrations, rhyme, and music describe the dancing of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, one of the most famous tap dancers of all time.

These books can be found at your local library. See you tomorrow.


I am mom, daughter, sister, yarn lover, word lover, crazy cat lady and library chick. Find me with book or with hook and a hot cuppa.

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