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Interview: Gary Golio

April 4, 2017

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Yesterday, I shared a review of Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the Power of a Protest Song by Gary Golio and today, I have an interview with the author himself. Gary reached out to share his book with me several months ago and I was immediately curious about the person who would be able to create a […]

Biographys: Black Women in Children’s Lit

March 13, 2017

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Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat Ella Fitzgerald by Roxane Orgill and Sean Qualls; Candlewick Press, 2010 This chapter book biography goest back to Ella’s childhood growing up during the Great Depression in New York. Fitzgerald had a hard childhood, essentially growing up in the streets. It was her love of music and talent as a dancer that […]

Biographies: Black Women

March 7, 2017

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Cleopatra Serpent of the Nile by Mary Fisk Pack and Peter Malone; Goose Bottom Books, 2011. It does young girls good to know that women rulers have always existed and that’s why the title’s in Goose Bottom Books on Dastardly Dames is so necessary. While this book is rich is photographs from artifacts of the […]

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 […]

book review: My Name is Henry Bibb

February 28, 2016

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title: My Name is Henry Bibb: A story of slavery and freedom by: Afua Cooper date: Kids Can Press, 2009 main character: Henry Bibb middle grade biography     The light hurt my eyes so I kept them closed. I was drowsy, lulled by my mother’s cooing and the warmth of her body. Then I […]

review: Percy Lavon Julian Pioneering Chemist

May 21, 2012

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title: Percy Lavon Julian: Pioneering Chemist Signature Lives Series author: Darlene R. Stille date: Compass Point Books; 2009 non-fiction reading level: 7.0 preview the book There is a very limited range of biographies of people of color that are available for middle and high school readers, so I was glad to find Percy Lavon: Pioneering […]