When I was a full time classroom teacher, we studied and celebrated Black History, from September to June. February, Black History Month, was dedicated to creating our own histories, inspired by they who came before us. If I was still a full time classroom teacher, as opposed to now being Educator at Large, I would surely include author Oneeka Williams’ third book in the Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo series, Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo’s Saturn Surprise. The Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo picture book series includes fictional characters to educate children on nonfictional content. Main character, Dr. Dee Dee’s mantra is: Not even the sky is the limit! This is the mantra I wish my students to embody when creating their own histories.
Posted in BHM Daily Read Alouds 2016, Black History Month, Books in a Series, History, Non-Fiction, Oneeka Williams M.D., Picture Books, Resiliency, Space & Solar System, STEM, West Indian Immigration in USA
February 2 – Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco
Genre: Non-Fiction. Oral History
Biography: Pinkus Aylee – Hero, enslaved man and soldier in Georgia, US. About 1840 – 1861
Historical Time Period: Civil War.
Geographical Relevance: Georgia.
Authenticity: The author and illustrator, Patricia Polacco, is the great great granddaughter of ‘Say’. Say is the man that Pinkus Aylee rescues from the hands of Confederate soldiers. The true story of Pinkus’ bravery has been orally passed down through Polacco’s family.
Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco
Originally published by Philomel 1994
Author Patricia Polacco
The book is potentially quite powerful in teaching children about white privilege. I haven’t had the opportunity to use it in the classroom yet. Up until recently, I’ve taught Kindergarten and first grade, and I don’t find it appropriate for the early childhood classroom, as it is quite sad and gruesome in parts. I aim to incorporate it into the curriculum of my new third grade class, that I begin teaching tomorrow.
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February 1. – Speak, So You Can Speak Again: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston. by Lucy Anne Hurston.
Genre: Biographical. Non-Fiction
Biography: Zora Neal Hurston – Author, anthropologist, thinker. January 7, 1891 – January 28, 1960
Historical Time Period: Harlem Renaissance.
Geographical Relevance: Florida, New York, Howard University in Washington. D.C.
Authenticity: The author is the niece of Zora Neale Hurston.
Speak, So You Can Speak Again: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston
By Lucy Anne Hurston and the Estate of Zora Neale Hurston
Published by DOUBLEDAY. 2004
Author Lucy Anne Hurston.
I find this book to be purposeful and appropriate for all ages. K2-12.
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