Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wednesdays with The Subversive Children's Book Club: #BlackLivesMatter

Today's focus in the Subversive Children's Book Club is #BlackLivesMatter - wherein we will feature children's literature featuring strong African American characters and/or important events in African American History.  We all know that our children's social studies classes are a tad overpopulated with Dead White Guys, so it is important to talk about historical events that are not all about the Dead White Guys as well if we want our children to learn about the world and history in a fair and balanced way.  Also, our children's literature seems similarly whitewashed a lot of the time and children need to see more diversity in their reading.  I like these books:  

For Young Readers/Listeners:

  • Sister Anne’s Hands by Marybeth Lorbiecki
  • Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
  • A Pocket For Corduroy by Don Freeman
  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold
  • More More More, Said The Baby by Vera Williams
  • Just Us Women by Jeannette Cains

For Middle Grade Readers: 

  • Junebug by Alice Mead  
  • One Crazy Summer and P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams Garcia
  • The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
  • Double Dutch by Sharon Draper 
  • Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson

For More Mature Teen Readers:

  • Al la Carte  by Tanita Davis
  • Tyrell by Coe Booth
  •  Like Sisters on The Homefront by Rita Williams Garcia
  • After Tupac and D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson
  • The Hoopster, Hip Hop High School and Homeboyz (a series) by  Alan Lawrence Sitomer
  • Fast Talk On A Slow Track by Rita Williams Garcia.

1 comment:

Andrea said...

Good list. I'm not familiar with many of these, but I'll be looking for them in our library. I bought my eldest Jaqueline Woodson's Brown Girl Dreaming after hearing her talk about it on NPR. I think he's even read some of it.