Have I Ever Told You Black Lives Matter

Tilbury House. Jan. 2021. 80p. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9780884488897.
Gr 3-7–This inspiring title chronicles African American accomplishments from the Revolutionary War to the present. On alternating pages, the question, “Have I ever told you that...?” is posed, then answered by focusing on important Black trailblazers in disciplines such as science, arts, and politics. Each colorful page features bold fonts that vary in size and outlined portraits that resemble pop art. King’s introduction explains the need for Black children to see themselves in young people’s literature. He hopes that readers will understand that “all people—including native peoples; people of color; people with disabilities; ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities; and LGBTQIA” are integral to the fabric of America. Following the main text, short biographies provide further information. This unique format works for a wide range of reading levels. The intention of Black empowerment can be achieved with these inspiring role models, and the eye-catching design enhances the powerful message. This book will appeal to fans of Kwame Alexander’s The Undefeated.
VERDICT A must-purchase that will empower Black children, and expand all readers’ knowledge of African American history.

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