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by Charles R. Smith Jr.
Illustrated by Shane W. Edwards
Published Jan. 2015
Roaring Brook Press
Presented chronologically from Crispus Attucks in 1770 to 2009 with the election of Barack Obama, this book teaches about 28 pivotal people or events in black history that absolutely changed the world. The information about the "moments" are presented in a variety of poems, narratives and historical quotes. Each moment is then explained further in a smaller caption. The people and events presented include a variety of protesters, athletes, scientists, politicians, explorers and more. Young readers will learn more about people and events that are familiar to them such a Martin Luther King Jr. and Oprah Winfrey and will learn about people they may not know about such as Thurgood Marshall and Mae Jemison.
The illustrations are just stunning. It is a bright, colorful book that puts the people in the forefront with a colorful background on each page. Although this book has many uses, I can see it being used to share a "moment" each day for 28 days, perhaps during Black History Month. I would recommend 28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World for kids in grades 3-5.
There are so many possibilities for companion books, but here are just a few.
Brick by Brick-also by Smith
Read more about Charles R. Smith's books at his website.