A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The history of African Americans comes to life on the pages of Your Legacy: A Bold Reclaiming of Our History. The youngest of readers will understand more about some of the most influential leaders and inventions in American history.
African American history is something to be proud of and celebrate. African Americans are defined by the love, intellect, determination, brilliance, and grace of their ancestors. It is important to know where you come from, to know where you are going.
Positive Role Models
Every person profiled in the book, from the enslaved to recognizable celebrities, are power, positive, and influential role models from history.
Your Legacy: A Bold Reclaiming of Our History highlights a diverse array of people from different cultures and backgrounds, of different ages, and with various talents and abilities.
Did we miss something on diversity? Suggest an update.
Violence & Scariness
The book briefly describes and depicts slavery.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Your Legacy: A Bold Reclaiming of Our History is an inspiring, nonfiction picture book that celebrates the history of African Americans, by author Schele Williams and illustrator Tonya Engel. The book uplifts the stories of many throughout history, from the brave enslaved people from Africa and the Caribbean to the ingenious inventors, creatives, and politicians of the past. Difficult issues such as slavery and segregation are referenced in a way that children can understand. Overall, the story will likely spark questions about the many figures from history who are featured in full-color portraits and inspire pride in the accomplishments of African Americans.
Is It Any Good?
This picture book is a proud, bold, and vibrant celebration of some of the greatest figures of African American history and their accomplishments. Your Legacy: A Bold Reclaiming of Our History shows the importance of all African Americans throughout history, as each person, from the enslaved to the celebrities, have taken steps toward freedom and equality for future generations. Tonya Engel's bright illustrations engage readers and create a sense of strength and warmth. Even the youngest readers will understand the clear story being told, the major themes of the book, and the important character traits that define the leaders, artists, and innovative pioneers who are spotlighted.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.
Suggest an Update
Our Editors Recommend
Exciting Books for Young Kids Learning About Black History
Extraordinary Black Women in American History
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.See how we rate