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Top Twos-day: Don’t let this month slip away…incredible books from Isabel Wilkerson and Margaree King Mitchell

February 28, 2012

The end of February is near and I can’t let African-American History Month close without telling you about two fantastic books, one for adults, the other for children (and their adult readers).

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Pulitzer-Prize willing journalist Isabel Wilkerson chronicles three travelers of the southern exodus forced to leave and how they achieved their American Dreams. This not-so-discussed journey of African-Americans leaving the Southern United States during the early part of the 20th Century reshaped many cities in America. Wilkerson researched and interviewed numerous people until settling on three voices summarizing the struggles common to the masses.

When Grandmama Sings by Margaree King Mitchell, illustrated by James E. Ransome, is a delightful picture book story told through the eyes of Belle, a young African-American girl from Mississippi. She embarks on a journey with her singing grandmother who cannot read, but has plenty of wisdom, leadership, and love to share with everyone they meet as they travel throughout the segregated South. Read an excerpt…

 

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