The 30 Day Project

The major inspiration for this blog was the 30 day project.  This was built around a core of three books:

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28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World by Charles R. Smith Jr., Illustrated by Shane W. Evans

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D is for Drinking Gourd: An African American Alphabet by Nancy L. Sanders, Illustrated by E. B. Lewis

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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.

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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.

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