Happy Black History Month (Friday Reads)

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A look out of The Historic Thomas House to St. Lawrence Church that sits across the street. (Photo courtisy Dr. Scot French)

A look out of The Historic Thomas House to St. Lawrence Church that sits across the street. (Photo courtisy Dr. Scot French)

Friday Reads is a social media hashtag that connects people by talking about the books they're reading as we head into the weekend. I like to use it as a roundup of the books we spent the week with. 

When a man starts out to build a world,
He starts first with himself.
— Langston Hughes

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Happy Black History Month!

Wanna learn more about the man responsible for our month-long celebrations? It's all thanks to Dr. Carter Woodson. And since it's pretty much Black History month all the time on Black & Bookish, let's just get to it! All the books this week are children's or young adult books. 

Currently reading

  • Hoodoo: This is a middle-grade fiction book about a little boy named Hoodoo who is the only one in his family who doesn't have the ability to do conjuring. Then he meets a stranger and his whole life changes. 
  • Heart and Soul: This is a history book geared to late elementary age. The illustrations are gorgeous and each short chapter (a page or two) tells of a different piece of Black history. 
  • Birmingham Sunday: The sad history of the killing of 4 little girls in Alabama and the aftermath of the events. For older children, since it has photos taken from the incidents.  

Recently FInished

  • I, Too, Am America: Happy birthday to Langston Hughes! He was born on February 1, 1902. Collier takes his famous (short) poem and places it against a story of the Pullman porters. 
  • The Case for Loving: My oldest was really into this book and it's a great start to the Loving v. Virginia case. It focuses on the love and realness of the family and not on the case.
  • Underground: This would be good for little ones as an introduction to the underground railroad. The illustrations are simple and the language is short for young minds to understand. 

We had a laid-back week with no crazy adventures, but a lot of reading. I love sharing all these children's book about history. Do you have any Black History books that you are reading in classes or to your families? 

Leave a comment below and tell me what books you are reading into the weekend. 



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About the Author

Black & Bookish is the brainchild of Antoinette Scully, educator and lover of all things bookish. She is on a quest to fill your bookshelves with beloved authors of the African Diaspora. When she's not hanging out on line, she's living it up as the mother of two rambunctious girls and wife of a local filmmaker.