Celebrate Black History Month! This month, learn more about Black history, celebrate Black authors and illustrators, and explore Black history through the arts. Log your reading and activities throughout the month to earn badges and tickets to enter into our prize drawings!
This reading challenge is live on Beanstack from February 1st, 2024 to March 2, 2024. Curious what you need to do? Sign up on Beanstack today either online or on the app!
Needs ideas about what to read? Try any of these Black history books
I am Ruby Bridges by Ruby Bridges
Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford
Seeking Freedom: The Untold Story of Frances Monroe and the Ending of Slavery in America by Selene Castrovilla
Stamped (For Kids): Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X Kendi
Young, Gifted and Black, Too by Jamia Wilson
Young Adult Nonfiction
And We Rise: The Civil Rights Movement in Poems by Erica Martin
The Burning: Black Wall Street and the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 by Tim Madigan
Nearer My Freedom: The Interesting Life of Olaudah Equiano by himself by Lesley Younge
Revolution in Our Time: the Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People by Kekla Magoon
Stolen Justice: The Struggle for African American Voting Rights by Lawrence Goldstone
Black Ghost of Empire: The Long Death of Slavery and the Failure of Emancipation by Kris Manjapra
Black Rodeo: A History of the African American Western by Mia Mask
Driving the Green Book: A Road Trip through the Living History of Black Resistance by Alvin D. Hall
Invisible Generals: Rediscovering Family Legacy, and a Quest to Honor America’s first Black Generals by Doug Melville
Twice As Hard: The Stories of Black Women who Fought to Become Physicians from the Civil War to the 21st Century by Jasmine Brown
This month the Online Reading Challenge travels back in time to the 1900s & 1910s. Our Main title for February is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. Here’s a quick summary from the publisher:
From the moment she entered the world, Francie Nolan needed to be made of stern stuff, for growing up in the Williamsburg slums of Brooklyn, New York demanded fortitude, precocity, and strength of spirit. Often scorned by neighbors for her family’s erratic and eccentric behavior—such as her father Johnny’s taste for alcohol and Aunt Sissy’s habit of marrying serially without the formality of divorce—no one, least of all Francie, could say that the Nolans’ life lacked drama. By turns overwhelming, heartbreaking, and uplifting, the Nolans’ daily experiences are raw with honestly and tenderly threaded with family connectedness.
Betty Smith has, in the pages of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, captured the joys of humble Williamsburg life—from “junk day” on Saturdays, when the children traded their weekly take for pennies, to the special excitement of holidays, bringing cause for celebration and revelry. Smith has created a work of literary art that brilliantly captures a unique time and place as well as deeply resonant moments of universal experience. Here is an American classic that “cuts right to the heart of life,” hails the New York Times. “If you miss A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, you will deny yourself a rich experience.” – HarperCollins
Looking for some other books set in the 1900s & 1910s? Try any of the following:
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