A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The book is jam-packed with facts about Black historical figures from Ancient Africa to today's United States. Leaders featured include Rosa Parks, Barack Obama, Rebecca Lee Crumpler, and Benjamin Banneker. The prominent figures' mini-biographies are presented in chronological order to make the timeline easier to understand for young readers. A direct quote from each person and an "Explore More!" section is included for each person, so readers' learning can continue beyond the book.
There are countless Black leaders and role models throughout history. Those who come before us pave the way for our greatness. It's important to recognize the historical accomplishments of our ancestors.
Positive Role Models
Every person in the book is a positive role model. Those featured have made remarkable accomplishments in science, journalism, politics, music, and more. Against all odds, they rose to greatness.
The book is very diverse in its offering of featured leaders and role models. The 51 men and women in the book are Black people from all different parts of the U.S. and Africa and all have various interests and skills. What they all have in common is perseverance in the face people and systems attempting to oppress them.
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Violence & Scariness
The book details some of the violence the leaders faced due to racism. For example, Harriet Tubman is described as been "brutally beaten and abused" by enslavers. There's no violent imagery.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Black Heroes: A Black History Book for Kids: 51 Inspiring People from Ancient Africa to Modern-Day U.S.A. is a masterful collection of mini-biographies for young readers. Author Arlisha Norwood has a PhD in history from Howard University and is committed to sharing the wonders of history with a broad audience. The heroes and inspirational leaders are brought to life through bright imagery of each person, direct quotes, and resources for continued learning. The book features prominent civil rights leaders, renowned artists, innovative scientists, and many more. Each person is presented in chronological order of the time they lived and had an impact on the world. The back of the book includes a "Notes" section, where readers can write their questions and thoughts as they read. Themes of the book include social justice, perseverance, and pride.
Is It Any Good?
This book is an outstanding resource for educators and families alike. Black Heroes: A Black History Book for Kids: 51 Inspiring People from Ancient Africa to Modern-Day U.S.A. is sure to inspire generations of leaders to come. The book's easy to follow format, bright and realistic imagery, and amazing stories create an engaging reading experience. This book is a fitting reminder of the power of the African American spirit. The ability to overcome obstacles and persevere in the face of adversity is a prominent theme. All the mini- biographies in this collection showcase this character strength along with historical facts.
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