As we reach mid-February and continue the celebration of Black History Month, we’d like to share some new finds for 2012 that are highlighted by USA Today: three fabulous children’s books that we are sure your twins will love and that capture the essence of what the commemoration is all about.
Ellen’s Broom, by Kelly Starling Lyons, is a story inspired by the well-known wedding tradition of “jumping the broom” that surfaced during the time of slavery, when marriages amongst blacks were not legally acknowledged. The book is a wonderful celebration of marriage and a great representation of the value of love.
Next up is What Color Is My World: The Lost History of African-American Inventors, by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld. This fun-fact book recounts the lives and discoveries of African-American inventors of everything from the refrigerator truck to the blood bank.
When Grandmama Sings, by Margaree King Mitchell, is about a child’s journey on a singing tour with her grandmother throughout the segregated South. By the end of the story, Grandmama is singing for sold-out audiences for all races; it’s a story about following your dreams despite challenge.