Browsing All Posts published on »February, 2017«

Voicing Black Lives

February 28, 2017


I enjoy reading biographical picture books. When they’re well done, the interplay between the words and images really enliven the story. The picture books focus on a particular aspect of the life making success possible for young readers. Biographies specifically for young adults are rare, but when they exit they usually incorporate photographic evidences to […]

Biographies: Black Men in Picture books

February 23, 2017

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Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas by Gwendolyn Hooks and Colin Bootman (Lee and Low; 2016) Tiny Stitches is as much a history of modern medicine as it is a children’s biography of Vivien Thomas. The book revisits a time when someone could become a respected practitioner of medicine based upon their […]

Biographies: Black Men

February 17, 2017

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Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of young John Lewis by Jabari Asim and E. B. Lewis. (Nancy Paulsen Books; 2016) I remember reading about John Lewis adopting his family’s chickens as his congregation when he was a child. Asim details this time in Lewis’ life as a character building activity. The muted water color […]

CCBC Data Dive

February 16, 2017


In 2015 Nielsen released Increasingly Affluent, Educated and Diverse a report that focused on the increase buying power of African Americans earning >$60k/annually. The information on this group, which is growing at a rate faster than white counterparts would be seen as specifically relevant to businesses and industries hoping to increase profit margins. The report […]

Biography: Mahalia A Life In Gospel Music

February 14, 2017

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title: Mahalia A Life in Gospel Music author: Roxane Orgill date: Candlewick, 2002 Roxane Orgill began her writing career as a music critic and she eventually transformed to an author of children’s and young adult biographies, often of those of African American musicians. Her knowledge of music history is definitely present in Mahalia A Life […]

Sunday Morning Reads

February 12, 2017

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Perhaps today’s post is going to be an uncomfortable one, but in opening up conversations about money and finances with my friends and family, I’ve found a mutually beneficial exchange of ideas. Discomfort is a sign of growth. We usually think of money and finances when we think of economics, but this science is actually […]

Black History Month 2017: Biographies

February 3, 2017

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Roll out Black History Monday and roll out the biographies. This month is always filled with lives of the successful, accomplished and little known African American heroes and sheroes who contributed to the improvement of life in American. While these individuals have overcome most obstacles in front of them, they’re often unable to clear the […]