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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Black History Month Book Picks by Kim Tomsic

In honor of Black History Month, please enjoy a few of my book suggestions.  Same Kind of Different as Me written by Denver Moore and Ron Hall (nonfiction) is a beautiful story of friendship. The writing is not fancy and the plot is not hard-driving, but the sheer fact that this is a true tale is enough to keep your eyes glued to the pages.  If you're in the mood to laugh and cry, this is the book for you.
Another great choice is  Lincoln and King mentioned in one of my previous blog posts. 

It only seems appropriate to pick a Coretta Scott King award winning book as my next choice, so I suggest  My Rows and Piles of Coins by Tololwa M. Mollel. Although this is a beautiful story of generosity and determination, I admit my true draw to the book had to do with the illustrator. I'm a huge fan of  E. B. Lewis   and was captivated by the watercolors he used to bring this story to life.
Kadir Nelson is another illustrator whose beauty with a paintbrush  can influence your  purchase of a book.   Moses:  When Harriet Tubman Led her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Kadir Nelson will delight you with both artistic beauty as well as lyrical text.

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