The major inspiration for this blog was the 30 day project. This was built around a core of three books:
28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World by Charles R. Smith Jr., Illustrated by Shane W. Evans
D is for Drinking Gourd: An African American Alphabet by Nancy L. Sanders, Illustrated by E. B. Lewis
Great African Americans by Taylor Oughton (A Dover Coloring Book)
Alongside these core texts, I also used:
Famous African-American Women by Cal Massey, text by Janet Baine Kopito (A Dover Coloring Book) to supplement the other coloring page book with more women
Hip Hop Speaks to Children: a celebration of poetry with a beat, edited by Nikki Giovanni (for relevant poems, songs, and speeches)
and many, many different picture books to highlight a different historical figure or event each day,
and excepts from, or occasionally whole chapter books we enjoyed,
and here and there a website or video,
and adult or teen books to give me more history and context to answer the children’s questions.
You can do your own 28, or 30, or 10 or 15 day project. This website is here to help you select the books and find them.
Although African-American non-fiction is my primary focus at the moment, I also believe in reading diverse fiction, and reading about other groups as well.