HAVE YOU BEEN YOUR CHILD'S TEACHER THIS YEAR?
Although this can be daunting, it also provides an opportunity to explore with our children how today's experiences connect with our history. As we prepare to vote, we can review the hard-won fight for women's suffrage. As we watch protest marches around the country, we can study racial injustice and the continuing battle to secure equal rights for all. Books can help open our minds and hearts.
For example, August 28, 1963 was a watershed day in American history. Here's a trio of books to share with your grade school children.
WHAT WAS THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON? is a clearly written and interesting history illustrated with plenty of drawings and a photo insert. Author Kathleen Krull includes the kind of facts and details that kids love: the 80,000 cheese sandwiches that a church donated, the mobile water fountains, and the 300 portable toilets that both blacks and whites used without discrimination.
Poets George Ella Lyon and J. Patrick Lewis imagine the day through the characters they create in VOICES OF THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON. Black, white, and Japanese; young and old, marchers and speakers, share their experiences of the day and its impact on their lives. For the reader it is an emotionally rich and satisfying journey.
We all know Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech was the highlight of the March. How it came to be - and how it changed in the moment of its delivery - is the subject of Barry Wittenstein's magnificent A PLACE TO LAND. His poetric text is complemented by Jerry Pinkney's powerful illustrations that feature an array of stunning portraits. An inspiring book for all ages.
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-------- Posted by Book Guide Wendy
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