February is Black History Month! Check out some of the new titles on our shelves that celebrate and explore the lives of people who helped change the world!
Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America
Written by Andrea Davis Pinkney, Illustrated by Brian Pinkney
Call #: 920 PIN
Explore the lives of some of the world’s most inspirational men! Read about the childhood influences of Martin Luther King, Jr, discover the time and place in which Frederick Douglas lived, and explore the accomplishments and motivations of President Barack Obama. Other historical figures profiled include: Booker T. Washington, Jackie Robinson, W.E.B. DuBois, and Malcolm X. It includes awesome illustrations, a civil war timeline, and sources for further reading!
What Color Is My World?
Written by Kareem Abdul Jabbar
Call #: F ABD
We think you’ll love this awesome book written by basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar!! Did you know that James West invented the microphone in modern day cell phones? That Fred Jones invented the refrigerated truck that makes supermarkets possible? Or that Dr. Percy Julian synthesized cortisone from soy, easing the pain of countless people? Offering profiles with fast facts and framed by a funny contemporary story featuring two feisty twins, with this book you can find out about all the little-known African American inventors that helped shaped the world as we know it!
A Dangerous Search
Written by Nancy I. Sanders
Call # F SAN
Want to learn more about the Revolutionary War while reading a great book too? We’ve got just the book for you! A Dangerous Search is historical fiction based on actual events from the Revolutionary War. Follow the story of Tobias Gardner, a twelve-year-old free black in Lexington, Massachusetts in 1775 who steals away on a dangerous journey to find his uncle in Boston at the beginning of the Revolutionary War. Along the way, Tobias meets African American militia men Peter Salem, Lemuel Haynes, and Barzillai Lew, all real figures from history! The book includes primary sources and biographical information about the events and people that are mentioned.
Eliza’s Freedom Road
Written by Jerdine Nolen
Call #: F NOL
Eliza’s Freedom Road tells the story of a young slave living in Virginia in 1852. Eliza’s mother has been sent away and it is Abbey, the cook, who looks after Eliza, when Eliza isn’t taking care of the Mistress. Eliza has the quilt her mother left her and the memory of the stories she told to keep her close. When her Mistress’s health begins to fail and Eliza overhears the Master talk of Eliza being traded, Eliza takes to the night. She follows the path and the words of the farmhand Old Joe, “ … travel the night … sleep the day. Go East. Your back to the set of the sun until you come to the safe house where the candlelight lights the window.” All the while, Eliza recites the stories her mother taught her along her Freedom Road from Maryland to St. Catherine’s, Canada.
Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington
Written by Jabari Asim
Call #: B WAS
An award-winning artist illustrates this book that captures the hardship and the spirit of one of the most inspiring figures in American history. Born into slavery, young Booker T. Washington could only dream of learning to read and write. After being freed, Booker began a five-hundred-mile journey, mostly on foot, to Hampton Institute, taking his first of many steps towards a college degree. When he arrived, he had just fifty cents in his pocket and a dream about to come true. The young slave who once waited outside of the schoolhouse would one day become a legendary educator of freedmen.
Check out these books and many more on our new books shelf!
– Ms. Erin