Black History Month - Books and Movies
Black History Month is celebrated each February, but these picks are always worth your attention. Macaroni Kid publishers for their favorite books and movies that celebrate or ignite conversation about African-American culture and historic figures. Here are 10 of their recommendations.
Books for Younger Children - age recommendation: 5-9 years
Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa By Andrea Davis & Brian Pinkney
About the book: Ella Fitzgerald began her life as a singer on the stage of the Apollo Theater at 17. Her incredible voice has won her generations of fans around the world. Author Andrea Davis Pinkney tells Ella's inspiring story in the voice of Scat Cat Monroe -- a feline Fitzgerald fan. The book's fantastical images are done by two-time Caldecott Honor winner Brian Pinkney.
Recommended by Zulema Gomez: This is a family favorite for us and we end our reading by playing and dancing to a few of her songs. This book is not only a great narrative of Ella's contribution to the great American soundtrack, but it is a fun book to read out loud. The rhythm and rhyme of Ella's story make this a must read!"
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