This month I am recommending The Undefeated, by Newbery Award-winning poet and author Kwame Alexander and illustrated by Kadir Nelson. The Undefeated won the 2020 Caldecott Medal, the 2020 Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award, and a 2020 Newbery Honor.
The Undefeated is a tribute to African Americans throughout American history, from the time of being captured, though slavery, the civil rights movement, and highlights achievements in sports, literature, music, politics, and other fields. A poem that forms the text celebrates those who survived as well as those who didn’t, an acknowledgement of the painful history that should not be forgotten.
It’s a tribute to African American heroes and regular folks who faced struggles, prejudice and those who succeeded despite their hardships. From the bold pictures to the poetic words, this book is well worth reading. You can see it being read on You Tube.
From one reader to another,