This brilliant new children’s book powerfully showcases the lives of four monumental African-Americans. Harriet Tubman, Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks, and Barack Obama are celebrated in black history milestones in Heroes of Black History.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions, as always, are my own.
© 2017 Time Inc Books
Journalist and civil rights activist Charlayne Hunter-Gault wrote the introduction to Heroes of Black History. Reading her reflection is critical to bring these stories of history into the reality of children’s everyday lives. Like Ms. Hunter-Gault, many children will feel as though history is their “invisible armor”. When a child hears a story about another child being successful, they feel it is possible for them too.
Connect with Charlayne Hunter-Gault on Twitter.
Heroes of Black History Review
On the Way to Freedom
© 2017 Time Inc Books
Take a Walk on the Road To Freedom
Time for Kids Books
Heroes of Black History is a great addition to any elementary or middle school library. You can depend on the integrity of the story from highly reputable publisher TIME for Kids. Furthermore, this book presents factual information in a clear and attractive manner, with high-quality pictures and accessible text for a range of readers.
In particular, the pages are thoughtfully designed with chapter headings and font in larger text, captioned photographs, and sidebars will be useful to teachers who want to delineate nonfiction features.
I would recommend this book for Grades 4-8.
Know Your History
Knowing our history is one of the best ways to prevent ourselves from repeating the same mistakes. My multiracial family is reaping the benefits of the fight for human rights and equality. Yet, we have a long way to go to achieve racial and gender equality. Reading Heroes of Black History may spark a courageous conversation and encourage young children to join in social justice work in their own communities. Read more on How to Introduce Children to Activism.
© 2017 Time Inc Books
Acknowledging Privilege and Bias
I continue to work on my own biases as well as try to be an anti-racist influence on other people in my life. More importantly, I’m spending less energy getting angry about adults who resist recognizing their racial and other biases and privileges. Instead, I’m focusing on where I can make a difference right now: choosing and promoting diverse children’s books, showing students in my class HOW and WHAT to read.
Diversity in children’s literature is a tool for survival for children of color. It is also necessary for White children to see DAILY. We are not living in a post-racial American or a post-racial world. On the contrary, most of the world still views an American as blond and blue-eyed. We have made amazing strides, and need to celebrate them often. At the same time, we still need to be vigilant for ourselves as well as the most vulnerable humans, our children.
To take action today, I urge you to read the following articles. By reading books like Heroes of Black History, we continue to demand equality for all through the simple task of reading a bedtime story.
How to Get Children to Read More
Children will read more if they think the book is funny or interesting. So, let’s give the people what they want and find award-winning children’s literature to fill your diverse bookshelf. As a result, this will help them become global citizens with a little reading magic.
Take out the guesswork as well as give children the most colorful bookshelves possible. Let’s simultaneously raising global citizens as we raise our readers.
Welcome to our fifth annual Black History Month series! Follow along all month long as we explore the rich history and cultures of Africa and African-Americans.
You can also follow our Black History board on Pinterest:
Kid World Citizen on Multicultural Kid Blogs: MLK Day of Service
Great Family Reads
A Crafty Arab
Colours of Us
Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes
All Done Monkey
Creative World of Varya on Multicultural Kid Blogs
Growing Up Gupta on Multicultural Kid Blogs
Crafty Moms Share
Creative World of Varya
Get a FREE eBook Today
This FREE ebook is filled with expert strategies guaranteed to help your child learn HOW to read without using a curriculum. I use diverse and multicultural books and resources to teach kids to read the world and become global citizens as well as successful readers!
Subscribe here for your FREE eBook The Importance of Reading Aloud: A Parent's Guide.