This week in the library, we're getting a head start on Black History Month with these great books...
3rd Grade: Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine
From the publisher: Henry Brown doesn't know how old he is. Nobody keeps records of slaves' birthdays. All the time he dreams about freedom, but that dream seems farther away than ever when he is torn from his family and put to work in a warehouse. Henry grows up and marries, but he is again devastated when his family is sold at the slave market. Then one day, as he lifts a crate at the warehouse, he knows exactly what he must do: He will mail himself to the North. After an arduous journey in the crate, Henry finally has a birthday — his first day of freedom.
See the author read aloud from Henry's Freedom Box here:
4th Grade: Dave the Potter by Laban Carrick Hill
Dave the Potter tells the story about a slave who dedicated his life to creating beautiful and useful pieces of pottery out of the elements around him.
Here's a video of the illustrator talking about how he created the images in this book:
5th Grade: Heart and Soul by Kadir Nelson
This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of African Americans and their history through the eyes of an elderly woman sharing her family history.
Here's a great video of the author/illustrator talking about his book and how he illustrated it: