Friday, February 16, 2018
I'm always super ambitious about Black History Month, but never feel like I'm doing a good enough job. This year, thanks to Little Leaders, our son is obsessed with reading about "amazing black people." We stumbled onto a really fun and easy approach about a week ago when we bought this book, each day (or, more honestly, most days) we let our son page through the book and pick one person he wants to learn more about. Then we read that page to him, along with a lot of discussion, and then supplement! For example, when we read the Nina Simone entry we listened to her music during dinner. The day we read about Dominque Dawes we watched her gymnastics routines on YouTube. Some are more difficult to add to, but that hasn't decreased our son's interest so far. His favorite entry was that of Mary Bowser (pictured below), in part because we have recently started to discuss slavery with him (and read him Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad for the first time), but more importantly because she was a SPY, which is like one step away from being a superhero.
(And if you're looking for other books about black history,
our favorite remains Ron's Big Mission, which I wrote
about previously here.
Friday, February 9, 2018
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Friday, February 2, 2018
(For awhile, this book was our go-to birthday gift for 3 year olds!)
Friday, January 26, 2018
We also love it because of Kadir Nelson's gorgeous illustrations. It's our dream to own one of his prints and we always have one of his New Yorker covers on our refrigerator. His illustrations bring to life the vivacious, curious, and mischievous girl at the center of this story, as well as her loving and exhausted parents.
You without doubt need to own this book.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Friday, January 12, 2018
However, this isn't merely an occasion book. We read it constantly. It's an appealing story about a boy overcoming his fears with his dad's assistance (similar to Jabari Jumps) and, though this may seem like an odd compliment - a great length. It was one of the first big-boy books we read with our son and he was so drawn into the story that he didn't notice that it was substantially longer than the books we typically read.
I Love My Hair! was created by the same author and illustrator team.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
All that said, Ron's Big Mission is an incredible book. Ron McNair wakes up and bravely heads to South Caroline's Lake City Library - which bans black patrons from obtaining library cards. Once there, he single-handedly stages a protest and refuses to leave until he is allowed to check out a book. The head librarian realizes that the library's policy is wrong, and Ron becomes the first black person to check out a book from the library. Ron's Big Mission is based on a true story, and the real Ron McNair went on to become an astronaut.
There are so many reasons we love this book. For one, it's actually a good book, with beautiful pictures and an engaging fast-moving story that we've read over and over. My son has pretended to be Ron McNair during several readings - standing on our coffee table and refusing to leave until he is allowed to check out a book. Ron's bravery and intelligence is tied to his later accomplishments, and we've poured over the Author's Note detailing Ron's career as an astronaut. Finally, while in our family we openly acknowledge racism is ongoing and protests are often long and violent and not always successful, this book provides a clear and easy to understand portrait of a single protest and it's a joy to revel in Ron's victory with our son.
I'm always super ambitious about Black History Month, but never feel like I'm doing a good enough job. This year, thanks to Littl...