The ABCs of Black History

Rio Cortez, illus. By Lauren Semmer. Workman, $14.95 (64p) ISBN 978-1-5235-0749-8
Poet Cortez pens an informative ode to Black history in her children’s book debut—for each letter of this abecedarian, she offers lightly alliterative, rhyming text that illuminates historically significant concepts and figures. C, for example, covers community and church, continuing, “Did you hear Reverend King preach on his dream/ of civil rights, human rights, a powerful theme?” Bold digital illustrations by Semmer evoke cut-paper collage, featuring Black figures with a range of skin tones and hairstyles against colorful and patterned backgrounds. A particularly resonant spread shows a crowd holding signs that reflect both historical and current events, including “We March with Selma” and “We Can’t Breathe,” demonstrating to young readers how past occurrences affect the present. A richly accessible resource for anyone seeking to celebrate Black visionaries. Front matter includes additional resources; back matter includes definitions, further explanations, and biographical details behind each entry. Ages 5–up. (Dec.)
Reviewed on : 12/03/2020
Release date: 12/01/2020
Genre: Children's
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