Take Time to Read July 2020

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This month I am rec¬≠om¬≠mend¬≠ing The Unde¬≠feat¬≠ed, by New¬≠bery Award-win¬≠ning poet and author Kwame Alexan¬≠der and illus¬≠trat¬≠ed by Kadir Nel¬≠son. The Unde¬≠feat¬≠ed won the 2020 Calde¬≠cott Medal, the 2020 Coret¬≠ta Scott King (Illus¬≠tra¬≠tor) Book Award, and a 2020 New¬≠bery Honor.

The Unde¬≠feat¬≠ed is a trib¬≠ute to African Amer¬≠i¬≠cans through¬≠out Amer¬≠i¬≠can his¬≠to¬≠ry, from the time of being cap¬≠tured, though slav¬≠ery, the civ¬≠il rights move¬≠ment, and high¬≠lights achieve¬≠ments in sports, lit¬≠er¬≠a¬≠ture, music, pol¬≠i¬≠tics, and oth¬≠er fields. A poem that forms the text cel¬≠e¬≠brates those who sur¬≠vived as well as those who did¬≠n‚Äôt, an acknowl¬≠edge¬≠ment of the painful his¬≠to¬≠ry that should not be forgotten. 

It‚Äôs a trib¬≠ute to African Amer¬≠i¬≠can heroes and reg¬≠u¬≠lar folks who faced strug¬≠gles, prej¬≠u¬≠dice and those who suc¬≠ceed¬≠ed despite their hard¬≠ships. From the bold pic¬≠tures to the poet¬≠ic words, this book is well worth read¬≠ing. You can see it being read on You Tube.

From one read­er to another,

Julia Levine


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