Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday-28 Days Moments in Black History that Changed the World

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by Charles R. Smith Jr. 
Illustrated by Shane W. Edwards
Published Jan. 2015
Roaring Brook Press
56 Pages

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


  1. I hadn't heard of this one - thanks for bringing it to our attention. Looks great!

  2. I really like this book. I think it would be neat to use for Quick Writes - reflect on the person's impact and what they did.

  3. This looks very good, Gigi, & it is new to me. Thanks for sharing so much about it.

  4. I was going to read this earlier this year. Don't forget Heart and Soul by Kadir Nelson as a companion book to this,

  5. Great list of companion titles Gigi. Looks like a wonderful book.