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review: My Name is Not Friday

May 12, 2016


title: My Name is Not Friday author: Jon Walter date: Scholastic, 2016 main character: Samuel “Friday” YA Historical Fiction My Name is not Friday is British author Jon Walter’s sophomore novel. The beginning is slow moving and a bit disorienting. It feels odd in that we’re in one of the most racially charged eras in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

review: When the Slave Esperança Garcia Wrote a Letter

February 11, 2016

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Title:  When the Slave Esperança Garcia Wrote a Letter Author: Sona Rosa Illustrator: Luciana Justiniani Hees Date: Groundwood Books; 2015 picture book; nonfiction Author Sonia Rose and illustrator Luciana Justiniani Hees created this non-fiction picture book to commemorate the life of Esperanca Garcia, the first enslaved Afro Brasilian to write a letter of petition for her freedom. The date of the writing […]


January 17, 2016


This evening the widespread response to the publication of A Birthday Cake for George Washington has led to its recall by Scholastic. The book itself was released on 5 January in the shadow of a similar controversy about A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat. Andrea Davis Pinkney, the editor of Birthday Cake released a […]

book review: A Birthday Cake for George Washington

January 13, 2016


Title: A Birthday Cake for George Washington Author: Ramin Ganeshram; Vanessa Brantley-Newton Date: Scholastic, 2016 Narrator: Delia George Washington and the people he enslaved may receive more attention than any other facet of slavery in the United States. Whether due to the documents that were well maintained by his estate or because some people let […]


October 27, 2008


As with most Monday mornings, this one was quite hectic!  From trying to finish last weeks items, to checking emails and delivering equipment to teachers, I rushed from one activity to another without really concentrating on any one in particular.  Then, this co-worker comes in. One of those old heads who moves with deliberate slowness […]