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book review: Freedom in Congo Square

February 29, 2016

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title: Freedom in Congo Square author: Carole Boston Weatherford illustrator: R. Gregory Christie date: Little Bee Books/Bonnier Publishing, 2016 picture book   Freedom in Congo Square is all about Sunday. From Monday through Saturday, life without work is rare. The enslaved men and women labor in straight lines. Carole Boston Weatherford and R. Gregory Christie […]

book review: My Name is Henry Bibb

February 28, 2016


title: My Name is Henry Bibb: A story of slavery and freedom by: Afua Cooper date: Kids Can Press, 2009 main character: Henry Bibb middle grade biography     The light hurt my eyes so I kept them closed. I was drowsy, lulled by my mother’s cooing and the warmth of her body. Then I […]


February 28, 2016


My week began at a campus wide workshop on social justice. I looked forward to hearing something new and different on this topic, but not to the intense level of personal sharing, not on a Monday morning and not with a crowd somewhat unaware of entitlements. The presenters, Kathy Obear and Vernon Wall, were excellent […]

Guest Post: Enslavement of Native Peoples

February 27, 2016


The following post is contributed to my series on enslavement from Debbie Reese. Debbie is  tribally enrolled at Nambe Pueblo in northern New Mexico. She is an advocate for diversity in children’s literate and has been blogging for almost ten years at American Indians in Children’s Literature. Here, she discusses the earliest enslavement in the […]

February Book Deals

February 26, 2016


    Tomo Explores the World by author-illustrator Trevor Lai, the founder of UP Studios, a leading animation studio in China, has a three-book deal. The picture book series is about a young inventor who, with the help of his best friend and dog, sets out to complete the unfinished tasks in his great grandfather’s […]

book review: Building A New Land

February 26, 2016


title: Building a New Land: African Americans in Colonial America authors: James Haskins and Kathleen Benson illustrator: James Ransome date: Amistad/Harper Collins 2001 middle grade non-fiction Building a New Land is a nonfiction book about the development of enslavement in the original colonies. The book begins with the history of Africans in the Americas and […]

book review: Jefferson’s Sons

February 24, 2016

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Title: Jefferson’s Sons Author: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley date: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2011 main characters: Maddy Heming, Beverly Heming, Peter Fossett middle grade historical fiction Jefferson’s Sons by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley is the fictionalized story that begs the question, what does it mean when the man who wrote the Declaration of Independence is your […]

Enslavement: Adult Readings

February 21, 2016


Today, rather than reviewing material for children and young adults, I’m recommending a few books for adults. If you’re selecting books about enslavement, reading them to children or even teaching about it, you’ll find these books more than helpful. You may wonder why I’m not recommending other books that are well known and important reading […]

Professional Development: Enslavement

February 17, 2016

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An excellent way for educators to learn about enslavement is to participate in an NEH Summer Institute, Workshop or Landmark Workshop. The selection varies from year to year but the programs I’ve participated in have been excellent learning opportunities. Those listed below are related to enslavement, a complete list can be found here. Abolitionism and […]