Eighth graders in Waldorf schools study American History. What better way to add some dimension to their studies by introducing the study of American History from an African-American point of view? This book can be used as an extra reading book during Black History Month, as a source for the teacher to get stories from to weave into the lessons, or simply as a small block to teach on its own. Students in high school will re-visit American History in their own lessons so if you missed this book in eighth grade you can bring it in for the high school years. This book can also be used for the lower grades within the saints and heroes block (second grade), local geography and history block (fourth grade), and North American Geography (fifth grade). – Kristie Burns, Earthschooling.com
With a story for every day of Black History Month, this innovative portrayal of those who struggled and strived to shape African-American history stuns with Charles Smith’s powerful words and gorgeous illustrations by award-winning artist Shane Evans.
Fueled by childhood memories of hearing the same Black History Month stories about the same people and events told the same way over and over, Smith, sought to convey the importance and relevance of African American contributions and milestones in a fresh, engaging manner . . . An inspiring, fresh take on a perennial topic. Booklist, STARRED REVIEW
Succinct biographical info, included throughout, further cements the value and utility of the project, both in and out of the classroom. Publishers Weekly
Charles Smith Jr. is a celebrated author, poet, and photographer. He has created more than twenty books, including award-winning book Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali and Black Jack: The Ballad of Jack Johnson. He currently lives in Poughkeepsie, New York, with his wife, Gillian, and three kids, Sabine, Adrian, and Sebastian.
Shane W. Evans has illustrated numerous books for children, includingBlack Jack: The Ballad of Jack Johnson,Underground, winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, andWe March,recipient of three starred reviews and named a Jane Addams Honor Book, all for Roaring Brook Press. He lives with his family in Kansas City, Missouri.