In celebration of Black History Month here a few wonderful Children’s Books that will leave you and your children thinking about the past, the present and the future…

Rosa by Nikki Giovanni
Illustrated by Bryan Collier
Publisher:  Henry Holt and Co.
Published:  October 1st 2005
Hardcover, 40 pages
Reading Level: 4 and Up

 She had not sought this moment but she was ready for it. When the policeman bent down to ask “Auntie, are you going to move?” all the strength of all the people through all those many years joined in her. She said, “No.”

An inspiring account of an event that shaped American history

Fifty years after her refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus, Mrs. Rosa Parks is still one of the most important figures in the American civil rights movement. This picture- book tribute to Mrs. Parks is a celebration of her courageous action and the events that followed.

Award-winning poet, writer, and activist Nikki Giovanni’s evocative text combines with Bryan Collier’s striking cut-paper images to retell the story of this historic event from a wholly unique and original perspective.

With unique images and a story of bravery and strength, readers are treated to one of the most important women in history: Rosa Parks. Rosa’s Story is universally known, refusing to give up her seat on the bus. Little did Rosa Parks know she would go from being a seamstress to a timeless figure of history.  By standing up for what she believed in and what is right, Rosa finds strengths and courage, giving all those around her the same. 

Bryan Collier’s images are nothing like any other.  Using a patchwork style, there is something wholesome about each images, with rich colors and multidimensional effects.  For those looking to inspire children with courage and inner strength, this is a wonderful book to add to any collection.

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Moses by Carole Boston Weatherford
Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Publisher:  Hyperion Books for Children
Published:  September 28th 2006
Hardcover, 48 pages
Reading Level: 4 and Up

This poetic book is a resounding tribute to Tubman’s strength, humility, and devotion. With proper reverence, Weatherford and Nelson do justice to the woman who, long ago, earned over and over the name Moses.

I don’t think I have ever come across a more gorgeous Children’s Book ever.  Not only are you given a rare gift from the amazing and talented Kadir Nelson, with his gorgeous pictures, but you become entranced with Carole Weatherford’s words.

Follow Harriet Tubman’s journey in escaping slavery.  Whether you are religious or not you find peace and comfort in the relationship presented between Harriet and God, in which she gains strength to continue her hard journey to freedom.  You are then taken on a journey with Tubman in her involvement with the Underground Railroad. 

As I’ve already said, Kadir Nelson helps make this book unique and special.  All you need to do is look at the cover to get a sample of what the rest of the book will give you: perfection through images.  As a huge fan of Kadir Nelson I cannot say anything wrong about his contribution to this book.  His images literally leave you speechless while finding you’ve lost quite a bit of time just starting at their beauty. 

While this book focuses on Harriet Tubman’s spiritual side, this is a perfect book for anyone to read to gain a better understanding and view of not just Tubman’s hardships but of all slaves of the time, giving you an even better understanding of perseverance and hope (something that is not restricted by the color of one’s skin). 

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