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Black History Month Read-In
Posted about 10 days ago by Heather HPosted in Children & Parenting, eBooks & eAudiobooks, Fiction, Literature, Poetry & Graphic Novels, History, Politics, & Biography, Movies, Music, & Audiobooks, New, Programs and Teen | Tagged with African-Americans Fiction, artists, Black History Month, Historical Fiction, juvenile fiction, photography, picture books and Read-In
February is Black History Month, and we’re celebrating in part with a read-in! We invite you to join us in reading, listening to (or even watching) one of these award-winning books:
Chasing Light: Michelle Obama by Amanda Lucidon
In Chasing Light, former White House photographer Amanda Lucidon, who spent four years covering the First Lady Michelle Obama, shares a rare insider's perspective, from documenting life at the White House to covering domestic and overseas travel. This collection of 150 candid photos, many previously unreleased, and Amanda's narrative reflections reveal just what makes Mrs. Obama so special. From an affectionate moment with her daughters atop the Great Wall of China to exuberant moments with students to quiet moments between her and President Obama, the photos are a vibrant, candid, and beautiful celebration of the First Lady, capturing the qualities and strengths that have made Mrs. Obama so beloved.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her best friend Khalil, who was unarmed, by a police officer. Afterward, his death becomes a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name, while police and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really happened? The only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr says could upend her community and endanger her life.
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn't he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty and fun in their routine and the world around them. This energetic ride through a bustling city highlights the wonderful perspective only grandparent and grandchild can share, and comes to life through Matt de la Pena's vibrant text and Christian Robinson's radiant illustrations.
The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
We are a family on a journey to a place called wonderful - That's the motto of Deza Malone's family. Deza is the smartest girl in her class in Gary, Indiana, singled out by teachers for a special life path. But the Great Depression has hit Gary hard, and there are no jobs for black men. When her father leaves to find work, Deza, Mother, and her brother Jimmie search for him and end up outside Flint, Michigan. Jimmie's beautiful voice inspires him to leave to be a performer, while Deza and Mother find a new home and cling to the hope that they will find Father. Their story reveals the devastation of the Depression and proves that Deza truly is the Mighty Miss Malone.
Radiant Child by Javaka Steptoe
Jean-Michael Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocked to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art work had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games, in the words that we speak and in the pulsing energy of New York City. Now, award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe's vivid text and bold artwork echoing Basquiat's own introduce young readers to the powerful message and art doesn't always have to be neat or clean and definitely not inside the lines to be beautiful.
Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
A magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted. Their first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city's placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels.