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28 Days

Smith, Charles R., Jr. (2015). 28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World. New York: Roaring Book Press.

What I love about this book in terms of stories for all and diverse books, is that it is not a work of fiction. This is not to say that there is anything wrong with children’s fiction books, as they do provide diversity in allowing children to feel relation to these fictional characters. However, this book which includes 28 descriptions of people and events in black history from 1770 to present day, makes known the importance of African American contributions and milestones. What makes this book even more personable is the fact that it then challenges the reader with a 29th day labeled, “today”. This urges children to ask themselves what today will bring them, how will they make a difference or impact on the world? How will their life story be told? Although it is a succession of biological facts, by including the reader, it allows who ever is reading it to question how they are making a difference in the world.

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