Let's enjoy some cultural literature that you are sure to love. Stop by your nearest Beaufort County branch library to check out a book or two. The following titles are highly recommended for children between the ages of 5 to 14. These are a few of many that are centered on the theme of Black History Month.
These biographies showcase the importance, the struggles, and the accomplishments of black men throughout history. From aviators, artists, and politicians to pop stars, athletes, and activists - readers will learn about the path they took and the struggles they overcame. Parents can choose which person's life to highlight for inspiration.
The Girl from the Tar Paper School by Teri Kanefield
It was 1950 and Barbara Johns, a 15-year-old high school student, had a problem with attending class in a “tar paper” school. A white school’s board failed promises to build a new school in the black community, leading Barbara to organize a peaceful boycott. She and her friends were criticized and ridiculed, but they never gave up. The NAACP joined in the legal fight all the way to the Supreme Court which helped end segregation in schools as part of Brown vs. Board of Education. Parents can use this book to teach about equality and fairness.
Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole B Weatherford
As a young child, Arturo Schomburg loved reading and collecting books. He began to collect examples of art, music, letters and books by people of color. Schomburg wanted to reach the community and children in classrooms in hopes of educating them and providing inspiration for the future. Parents and children may be inspired to visit the Shomburg Museum in New York.
Uncover the story of Ernie Barnes, a boy who followed his dreams to become an influential artist of his generation. As a young boy, Ernie loved to draw and he kept a sketchbook wherever he went. Growing up in the South during segregation, he did not know how to support himself as an artist. He was athletic and tall so he turned to football and became a star. His passion for art stayed with him and he was able to achieve his dream. Parents can use this book to encourage their children to follow their dreams.
The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson
The fence behind Clover's house marks the town line that separates black people from white people. Clover's mother warns her that it isn't safe to cross the fence, but Clover is curious to meet Anna, the white girl who lives on the other side. The two girls work around the rules of segregation and form an unlikely friendship by sitting together on top of the fence. Parents, this book demonstrates that friendship and kindness exceeds the color barrier.
Vera Bradley is a Library Specialist and works in the Children's Department at the St. Helena Branch Library.