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Books that Teach

February is Black History month. This is a very important part of our nation’s history. Many important people in history are sidelined for being a minority, but their contributions to this nation and society should never be ignored. Black History month is supposed to be a way to give light to those that have been hidden in our history.

 

In today’s world especially we want our sons and our daughter’s to know that ANYONE is capable of making an impact on this world. That we are all equal in our abilities to make a difference. For decades psychologists have said how important it is to show our young girls strong female role models, but it is just as important to show our sons strong female role models. It is also important to break down barriers and show them that there is no difference between a man, a woman, and someone who may come from a different culture, or background.

So this month let’s highlight a book that will do just that. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History highlights many women of color that have made an impact on the world today. These women have been sidelined in history, but they will not be in the here and now.  

 

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History highlights 40 women and the amazing thing they have accomplished. From women like Abolitionist Sojourner Truth who fought barriers and helped the fight to free slaves, to women like politician Shirley Chisholm who broke down barriers in politics serving her community in a very strong and life-changing way. Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History also highlights women in everyday life and how they have accomplished amazing things and shattered people’s expectations.

 

This book is meant for children ages 8-11, but it carries an impact that could be felt by readers of all ages. Be sure to check it out, it is a book that should be read by everyone.

Best Books: Her Right Foot

The Statue of Liberty has been an icon to the American people for centuries. We all know her history, she was a gift from the French and she stands tall in New York City. But do we know her story?

Dave Eggers introduces the story of the Statue of Liberty in this tongue-in-cheek tale, Her Right Foot. Eggers brings the Statue to life and with pieces from her history shapes a story of her background giving us all a little taste of what it truly means to be American.

Her Right Foot

Lady Liberty has been a symbol to American’s for centuries. She has greeted immigrants from the sea. American’s and other visitors from around the world have traveled to visit this distinguished lady in her home on the small island near New York. She has been there to greet everyone since she was placed there so long ago. But now we can hear her own story, how she came to be here, who she is, and why she is there to greet all who come to see her.

Her right foot is a poignant tale that will open up a world of topics to your kids. Why did our country form? Why is America so unique and so special? Where do we come from? When did our family come to America? Use this fun story to teach a little about the history of America, Lady Liberty, and your own family.

Best Boy Books in Historical Fiction: The Great Trouble

Does your son dream in black and white? Does he look for danger and mystery in everything he sees? You may have the next great detective on your hands. If your son is interested in mystery novels then this novel is a great choice.  The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel by Deborah Hopkinson brings together mystery and history. It is an excellent way to not only keep your kids interested in reading, but also keeping them interested in reading and learning. 

Set in London in 1854 the book follows Eel, an orphan, and a “mudlark” he searches the river Thames everyday for things to sell so he can afford food. Like most vagrants he is constantly on the watch for a quick shilling, something to eat, and to steer clear of other vagrants. Fisheye Bill Tyler is the nastiest vagrant there is, and he is after Eel. Eel must do everything he can to keep safe, which becomes increasingly harder in August when Cholera comes to Broad Street. It is spreading quick, but Dr John Snow has a theory that can help to stop it. Eel and his best friend Florrie are trying to help Dr. Snow. This fun and intriguing tale of mystery and history will keep your boys turning pages as fast as they can.

The great trouble

Now your son can learn about the past while keeping his brain thinking fast and quenching his thirst for a great mystery. Check it out now at your local library or find it in stores. You and your boys will not be disappointed.