Live from our library: books that celebrate Black History Month

On Monday we presented our fourth installment of “Live From Our Library” on the Scholastic Parents Facebook page, a series where I share book recommendations for all ages and answer readers advisory questions. This month the theme was Books That Celebrate Black History Month. I started off with one of my favorites from childhood – The People Could Fly, by Virginia Hamilton and Leo and Diane Dillon. Check it out:

Afterwords, the complete list of curated recommendations is posted on the Scholastic Parents website – click here to view it. I also try to go back through the comment section and answer questions that we didn’t get to and the ones that stumped me. Here are some of the questions and answers:

What book would you recommend for 8-yr old boy who reads on 9th grade level? I mentioned Elijah of Buxton and The Madman of Piney Woods, however, most of Christopher Paul Curtis's books could be of interest for a younger reader who is at a high reading level (this was me!). I would also recommend The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass - a trilogy by Philip Pullman. L Frank Baum's Oz books... and the Mysterious Benedict Society series by Trenton Lee Stewart is excellent and it is about gifted children!

What are the best for early readers for a boy?  I mentioned David Adler's Don't Throw it to Mo! and the second book is Get a Hit, Mo! I also really enjoyed A Pig, a Fox, and a Box, by Jonathan Fenske.

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