With a title inspired by Nina Simone and a vibrant yellow, pink and green cover featuring Josephine Baker and Nelson Mandela, Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present is book that deserves a place on your child’s bookshelf all year round and not just for Black History Month. The short, snappy biographies of artists, politicians, athletes and entertainers are not just from history (George Washington Carver, Alexandre Dumas, and Harriet Tubman) but also more recent years (Steve McQueen, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche and Solange Knowles). This book follows the recent children’s book trend for biography collections with beautiful illustrations but it loses nothing from this. As with the others, the short, succinct summaries of achievements, lasting impact and quotes leaves children intrigued and wanting to find out more about these fascinating people who have shaped our culture and modern history.
This book is available at Letterbox Library