February is Black History Month so here’s a heads-up to grab both of these fantastic titles now!
To help with that, I’m giving away my copy of one of them — Fancy Party Gowns! Details are at the end of today’s post.
Freedom Over Me, written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan
published in 2016 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
This powerful, visually-stunning, labor of love by one of our national treasures, Ashley Bryan, is guaranteed to make an impact on you and your children.
I read the Author’s Note first, even though it’s at the back of the book, and recommend you do that for some context. In it, Bryan tells how he “acquired a collection of slave-related documents” and went about focusing on one of them — an estate appraisal from 1828 detailing the valuation of eleven slaves among other assorted commodities: hogs, cotton, a cheap handmill.