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Elizabeth Kennedy

Learning Black History from Children's Books

By February 10, 2014

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Children's Book Cover Art - Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward JusticeAwhile ago I got to thinking about all of the American history I've learned from children's books, particularly history focusing on the Jim Crow era and the Civil Rights movement in the 1950s. Two books immediately came to mind. The first, Ruth and the Green Book, is historical fiction in picture book format. Through reading it, I learned about the impact that Jim Crow laws had on African American families traveling to the South to visit their relatives and about the importance of the Green Book, which I had never heard of before. Through the second, an award-winning nonfiction book, Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, I learned about the woman who twice challenged segregation, the first time when she was a teenager. What are some of the children's books you've learned from? Click on "Comments" below to post a message. For more related books, see my February Calendar of Children's Books.

(Cover art courtesy of Macmillan)

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