I have always been a reader. I would binge read Nancy Drew books, Anne of Green Gables, and Beverly Cleary books like nobody's business. The only time I did not enjoy reading for pleasure, was in college, obviously, because I had to read so much for school. There just was not any time, or space in my head, for MORE reading. Books have always offered me not just an escape, but an opportunity to learn about different perspectives. As a former kindergarten teacher, reading took on a whole new meaning. Not only was I responsible for teaching the mechanics of how to read, but I wanted to expose my students to a variety of genres and authors, but use books to celebrate cultural diversity. Today, I am still an avid reader. My kindle goes where I go. I try to always have a book in cue so reading is always an option before phone. This month, I wanted to share with you all some books that I read within the last few years that are very relevant in light of today's current events.
Dream Land Burning by Jennifer Latham is a fictional book based on the 1921 race riots in Tulsa OK. This was a compelling account of the events that took place in Tulsa that I had never heard about prior to reading this book. It was excellent and I decided to have it as a hardcover to share with my older girls.
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson was mind blowing. I finished this story during quarantine. This book was an undertaking. The historical detail provided along with personal stories relating to the migration of thousands of black citizens from the south to other parts of the country was stunning. Again, a part of history I never really learned about.
Button and Bundle by Gretchen McLellan is a children's picture book that follows the story of two best friends that do everything together, until one day Bundle's family moves away. It teaches that true friendship lasts, no matter how far apart each other may be. It is adorable!
So, if you enjoy reading or are looking for books that encourage learning about different events in American history and celebrate diversity, these are just a few of my favorites.