Monday, February 1, 2010

Book Sharing Monday

It's the first day of February!! January flew by.

As I looked through my blog list this morning, I was also remind that it's Black History Month.  I have to admit that I really haven't 'celebrated' it since being a classroom teacher, almost 8 years ago now.  The reason?  Because it's high time that Black History become apart of our collective history, whether that's American History, U.S. History, World History, etc.  (and I believe this for all those we are not been accurately represented or present in our collective histories). 

Although we haven't 'celebrated' Black History in the traditional sense, we do celebrate our heritage--it's a rich one at that!  We read and learn about everyone.  It's important for children to see those like themselves in books--and the reverse is true too.  I want my children to see themselves as main characters as well as supporting characters.

So, today, we're sharing a couple good books that we've enjoyed and think that you will too!

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
This is one of our favorites.  Mary Hoffman has also written several chapter books about Grace as well.

I Want to Be by Thylias Moss
This is one of those books that any children can relate to...the age old question: What do you want to be when you grow up?

Salt in His Shoes by Deloris Jordan with Roselyn Jordan
This is the story of Michael Jordan.  Real stories are alway nice to read as we learn a bit more about the person than what we see covered in the media.

To Be a Kid by Maya Ajmera and John D. Ivanko
We like this book because it shows how children live around the world.  In reading and looking at the pictures it clear to see that children are children no matter where they live or what they look like.  We really have much more in common.  I like books the reiterate this point.


Want to join in? Let Alex know at Serendipity Homeschool.

Happy Reading! 


Rana said...

We love Grace's stories at our house. I have not seen the other books before we will have to check them out. I know what you mean about seeing yourself in books. I only remember reading a handful of books when I was a kid that had little girls that looked liked me. I love that I can go to our library and have a "real" selection of books for my kids to read about African American and interacial children.

Our Pace said...

We will have to check those books out. They look good! One story that falls in line with Black History that the kids found very interesting (it inspired many questions) was "Way Up and Over Everything by Alice McGill".


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