“free at last, free at last, free at last“
Love using picture books to bring history to life for kids.
I didn't learn who this was until maybe my sophomore year of high school. Him, MLK jr. and Rosa parks were like the extent of my African American History, which is so sad because AAS history is American history and should be incorporated as such not just a single lesson here or there. That's why I think having books like these in the classroom early on are a great start to doing so.
I think Sojourner Truth is one of the post powerful and amazing woman to ever walk the earth. Her tenacity is just mind blowing. Ain't I A Woman I have read so many times in so many different contexts and studied it from history classes to wgss classes and every time it's back to the same conclusion that it was one of the greatest speeches ever given. I did hear a rumor from an AAS professor that she didn't actually give that speech though.
“With the tunes that he and Billy wrote, Duke painted colors with his bands sound.“
A great biography to learn about the greatest composer of the 20th century
What's funny is when I think of Duke Ellington now I think of Big Mouth where there is the Ghost of Duke Ellington, so it was nice to learn some real facts about him other than the fake cartoon I knew him as on the show. I'm sad that I hadn't already known about him but that's why I think these children's books are so valuable.
Obviously everyone knows how good this book is but I will say it again. When I reread this it was just as good as the first time because you forget the little details but just remember the bigger plot and it's just so good. The character development is amazing and just over all the pinnacle of writing.
This is such a special and amazing book. Telling history so beautifully written in free verse poetry, it's no wonder it has so many awards. I think this is really cool too because she talks about how she grows up in Ohio so that really would hit home for students since that's where we're from.
I do not like books that depict our founding fathers because they never tell the whole story, like at all, and while I understand this is a children's book, I feel it is unhelpful and counterproductive to teach any information if you're not gonna tell the whole truth. We glorify our founding fathers and I dont think we should
“She recalls dreams where she flew like a bird, sank, and was lifted by ladies in white who pulled her north.”
Really great book that brings diversity and Black history into the classroom.
This is a really great nonfiction book that incorporates an important part of history into the curriculum. Reading history in a way that tells it in an interesting way that connects with the students.
Missing my old school, my old life, my old family
Great book to have in the class to have culturally inclusive writing
This is absolutely amazing collection of poems written by African American's and Art to pair up with them. It is so important to have representation of all walks of life in the literature we bring in the classroom. I love that this teaches about Black art.
This Is My Tree “This is my tree, And here I climb to grasp the endlessness of Time.