Black History Month: Kiddie Good Reads

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It’s Black History Month and we’ve come across some great children’s books this year from the library. All of the books are focused on learning about slavery in ways that a child can consume.

Here are three books that we’ve enjoyed.

Henry’s Freedom Box

Henry’s Freedom Box tells the true story of Henry Brown, a slave who mailed himself to freedom in a crate box. The book does a great job of addressing the destruction of family ties during slavery and its psychological affects on slaves. Also, the illustrations by Kadir Nelson – a phenomenal illustrator, are beautifully done.

All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom

Juneteenth is the celebration of the emancipation of African Americans in the United States. On June 19, 1865, slaves in Texas received the announcement that the Civil War was over and that all slaves were now free. In All Different Now, children learn about Juneteenth through the eyes of a little girl who views the world as different after learning the news about her family’s freedom. The book includes a glossary of important dates and historical information which is helpful to continue discussions with the children.

Follow the Drinking Gourd

Follow the Drinking Gourd is a good story that introduces the underground railroad and highlights the collaborative effort that was the backbone of the institution. It discusses how the song “Follow the Drinking Gourd” provided slaves with the tools and directions for escaping to the North and introduces you to characters, both black and white, that were integral in the Underground Railroad network. The book had a rhythm and repetition that children will enjoy.

These are our Black History Month Kiddie Good Reads – please share yours!

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Elections, Voting and Being An Informed Citizen via CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Each election season we introduce Lady C to children’s books that teach her about the election process, democracy, the importance of voting and being an informed citizen. During the last presidential election we found a great gem “Grace for President”.

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Grace For President

Grace for President is the story of a young girl named Grace Campbell who realizes that there have been NO women presidents. This inspires her to run for class president against the most popular kid in the grade. She works tirelessly on her campaign to get electoral votes and in the end….. well, won’t ruin that one for you… Grab this book. It is absolutely fabulous. The children learn all about the electoral college!

This year, we went back to basics and picked up a book that is not about elections per se, it’s about realizing that every person’s voice is important and every one’s participation matters… “A PERSON’S A PERSON NO MATTER HOW SMALL”. You might have guessed it… Dr. Seuss’ “Horton Hears a Who”! 

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Horton Hears A Who

In this book, the citizens of the town of Whoville risk being destroyed if their voices are not heard. We see what you did there Dr. Seuss! It turns out that the littlest person in town happens to have the biggest voice and turns the tide from being destroyed to being saved. Such a great message that no matter how small you are, where you are from, what your background is – your opinion matters, your thoughts matter and your participation counts!!

Do you have any books that you are reading that teach children about elections or voting or being an engaged citizen? Please share, we’d like to add to our library!

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