Board Books for Black History Month [Review]

Since the month of February is Black History Month in America, take a look at these board books that introduce two of the most well-known figures from the U.S. Civil Rights movement in the mid-20th century!

The Artist Librarian reviews The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. by Johnny Ray Moore
© 2016 Worthy Publishing Group
Title: The Story of Martin Luther King Jr.
Author: Johnny Ray Moore
Illustrator: Amy Wummer
Published: 2016 by Worthy Publishing Group

About the Book:
This little book tells the story of Martin Luther King Jr. and how he excelled in school, became a minister; and worked to end segregation in America.  Parents can use this book to introduce Dr. King to the very young child.
 

About the Author: 
Johnny Ray Moore is a poet and children's author. His other books include Meet Martin Luther King Jr. and But Still, We Dream (a novel in verse). Johnny is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature and a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife and three daughters. 

The Artist Librarian reviews The Story of Rosa Parks by Patricia A. Pingry
© 2016 Worthy Publishing Group
Title: The Story of Rosa Parks
Author: Patricia A. Pingry
Illustrator: Steven Walker
Published: 2016 by Worthy Publishing Group

About the Book:
This little book introduces Rosa Parks, who is called the "mother of the civil rights movement."  Here is the story of her courageous decision to remain on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, an action that resulted in arrest and, ultimately, a victory for civil rights.

About the Author: 
Patricia A. Pingry has written dozens of children's books and edited hundreds more. Among her best-known titles are the previous edition of this book and its companion, The Story of Christmas. Together thee two titles have sold more than 2 million copies. 


The Artist Librarian Review:
The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. and The Story of Rosa Parks are succinct introductions to these well-known figures for young children and toddlers.  Each double page spread is limited to 1-3 brief sentences.  The text covers basic information such as their birth, parents, early life, racial segregation, and their contribution to the Civil Rights movement.  If I had any criticism it would be that perhaps it is too simple to fully capture the complexities, issues, and challenges African-Americans faced in the mid-20th century, but it is appropriate for the target age group for board books (i.e. birth to five years).  I doubt that a child that young would be able to comprehend such things completely, so these books are good starting-off points, with more information and concepts to be introduced when the child is older (e.g. Dr. King's story ends at his "I Have a Dream" speech, but assassination probably isn't something a parent or teacher wants to explain to a toddler).

The illustrations also lend well to the stories.  Amy Wummer's loose watercolor illustrations are outlined with graphite which detail Martin Luther King Jr.'s transition from a young, round faced boy to a leader of the Civil Rights movement.  Meanwhile, Steven Walker's canvas paintings have a softness reminiscent of pastel work, which lovingly illustrate Rosa Parks' life from a young child to a married working woman.

Finally, though the size of these books were a bit smaller than I expected (about 4"x7.5"), they are a nice size for a young child to read and are comparable to other board books.  A nice addition for board book fans and collections.

[Disclosure: I received complimentary copies of these books from the publisher for review purposes.]

Do you have any favorite children's book recommendations for Black History Month?
Board Books for Black History Month [Review] Board Books for Black History Month [Review] Reviewed by The Artist Librarian on 2/02/2017 11:30:00 PM Rating: 5

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