August 22, 2022 10:44 AM Posted by juliannadouglas
During the month of July, I read four full-length novels, a novella, a novelette and two children’s books. While everything was good, there were only two that I gave five stars to, and out of those, only one that is available as a stand-alone book that would be easy to award as a giveaway prize. That book happened to be one of the children’s books. It’s a non-fiction picture book that introduces young readers to the concepts of social justice and activism. It discusses why people might sometimes choose to march or protest, specific reasons for marching, and how it can actually help affect change. The book is written in simple, easy-to-understand, yet powerful, language that is accessible to early elementary readers, but I believe the concepts could still engage older elementary students as well. I love how diverse the book is, both in its illustrations and the types of marches that are included within its pages. As I was reading, I could easily recognize many actual marches within the illustrations, so I was thrilled to find that the author had included a glossary style list at the back of the book that details those marches. It not only mentions the names of the marches, but it also refers back to the page where the illustration is found and includes a couple of sentences describing what that march was all about. This is the part that older kids might really enjoy learning about, and that parents or educators could expand upon with further lessons. Overall, I thought this was a great book for teaching children about these very important parts of our American history. In fact, it’s so good, I could scarce believe that it’s the author’s debut book. That’s why I’m naming Tessa Allen’s Sometimes People March as my July Book of the Month. If you enjoy books that teach little ones about civil rights and social justice, then you should definitely give this book a try.
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