Women’s History Month With An Emphasis On The Journey of African
AGES 6 THRU 10
A beautifully detailed homage to a world class musician with a
three octave voice. The shimmering semitone pictures enhance the
theatrical feast of Marian’s powerful singing. Text underscores
the political force of her voice in the African American community.
A fictionalized account of the trials and tribulations of the
first African American female licensed pilot. Designed in a handsome
large format as expansive as the skies she traveled, this account
ultimately focuses on her hard earned victory.
NONFICTION: AGES 8 THRU 12
A tribute to eight seafaring African Americans from the last 250
years whom not merely crossed the ocean (a feat unto itself!)
but followed in the footsteps of the gospel song “How I Got Over”-
i.e., pushing on with their difficult lives “in spite of pain,
grief and enormous obstacles”. Black and white drawings of each
fascinating individual accompanies this highly engaging text.
FICTION: AGES 6 THRU 10
A beginning chapter book reader of the vicissitudes of life on
the Kansas Prairie in the 1850’s. Charlie Keller and his family
are abolitionists with racial trouble brewing in town. A “free-state”
man has been killed by a pro slavery man which sets off a chain
of events challenging the courage and convictions of the Keller
Selene S. Vasquez is a media specialist at Orange Brook Elementary
School in Hollywood, Florida. She is formerly a children’s librarian
for the New York Public Library.
by Pam Munoz Ryan. Illustrated by Brian Selznick (Scholastic,
40 pp., $16.95)
Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman
by Nikki Grimes. Illustrated by E.B. Lewis. (Orchard Books, 48
How They Got Over: African Americans and the Call of the Sea
by Eloise Greenfield. Illustrated by Jan Spivey. (Harper Collins,
32 pp., $16.99).
Cabin in the Snow
by Deborah Hopkinson. Illustrated by Patrick Faricy. (Aladdin,
74 pp., $11.89)
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