Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library

2 CDs. 47 min. Dreamscape. Sept. 2017. $14.99. ISBN 9781520087269.
Gr 3–7—Arturo Schomburg grew up loving books, and his thirst for knowledge led him to find out all he could about people of African heritage. He began searching for and acquiring books by black authors from a young age. Later he also collected art, letters, and music. Eventually his collection was purchased by the Carnegie Corporation and then donated to the New York Public Library, where it currently resides in the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Narrator Ron Butler has a nice inflection and energy as he reads the free verse poems, and period music plays throughout. A second disc includes page-turn signals, and listeners will want to read along with the picture book to see the accompanying illustrations.
VERDICT An excellent look at pieces of African American history.—Elizabeth Elsbree, Krug Elementary School, Aurora, IL

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