Boss Women by Gwen Richardson (Review & Giveaway)

Boss Women by Gwen Richardson is a rhyming story celebrating the accomplishments of seven African-American women who built their businesses from the ground up.

What a fabulous way to draw attention to women of color who are empowering young women to believe in themselves and their ideas and to create a better world. These amazing women have forged ahead in a variety of fields and built successful businesses. It was great getting to know more about these business leaders.

I found it interesting that the author decided to write in rhyme. Typically, biographies are written in prose. That sets it apart from other books on the shelf.

Staci Creekmore provided the illustrations for Boss Women. With a use of vibrant colors, the women who filled these pages come alive. A neat artistic feature is Creekmore’s illustrations of each boss woman alongside a photograph of that person. Underneath the photo and drawing that sits side-by-side on the page, is the name of the woman’s company, its location, and the company’s website.

If you’re looking for a book to empower your young woman, I recommend Boss Women by Gwen Richardson.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Cushcity Communications (June 29, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 48 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1737449609
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1737449607

I received a copy of this book from the publicist. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

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Help Your Child Celebrate Black History Month with Resources from PBS KIDS

President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, but its origins reach far back into American history. PBS KIDS supports parents in teaching about and celebrating Black voices, now and all year long. Here is a list of some of their resources:

Broadcast and streaming options are available for families to tune-in and celebrate Black History Month. Check your local listings for times to watch/stream these free programs.

  • PBS KIDS Family Night: Celebrating Black Leaders with PBS KIDS will air the following episodes on February 4-6, 7-10 pm ET:
    • Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum – I am Harriet Tubman
    • Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum – I am Maya Angelou/I am Frederick Douglass
    • Peg + Cat – The Dance Problem (feat. Misty Copeland)/Follow the Bouncing Ball
    • Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum – I am Rosa Parks/I am Thurgood Marshall
    • Arthur – Muffy Misses Out/Arthur Takes a Stand (feat. Rep. John Lewis)
    • Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum – I am Ella Fitzgerald/I Am Jesse Owens
  • Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum “Celebrating Black Leaders” episodes will also air throughout the month, including:
    • I am Billie Jean King/I am Arthur Ashe (February 9)
    • I am Maya Angelou/I am Frederick Douglass (February 10)
    • I am Wilma Rudolph/I am Jonas Salk (February 16)
    • I am Zora Neale Huston/I am Charles Dickens (February 18)

Stream free on PBS KIDS throughout the month:

  • Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum
    • I am Maya Angelou/I am Frederick Douglass
    • I am Rosa Parks/I am Thurgood Marshall
    • I am Wilma Rudolph/I am Jonas Salk
    • I am Harriet Tubman
    • I am Zora Neale Huston/I am Charles Dickens
    • I am Billie Jean King/I am Arthur Ashe
    • I am Jesse Owens/I am Ella Fitzgerald
    • I am Florence Nightingale/I am George Washington Carver
  • Arthur
    • Muffy Misses Out/Arthur Takes a Stand (feat. Rep. John Lewis)
    • George Scraps His Sculpture (feat. Kevin Sampson)/Arthur’s Big Meltdown
    • Big Horns George (feat. Koko Taylor and Taj Mahal)/Bleep
  • Peg + Cat
    • The Dance Problem (feat. Misty Copeland)/Follow the Bouncing Ball
    • The Peanut Problem (feat. George Washington Carver)/More Adventures of Robin Hood
    • The Polka Dot Planet Problem/The Mardi Gras Problem (feat. Billie Holiday)
  • PBS KIDS Talk About
    • “Talking Gets Us There” by Amanda Gorman

For more resources, downloadable content, and activities, visit Learn at Home With PBS KIDS | PBS KIDS for Parents

The Clothesline Code by Janet Halfmann

The Clothesline Code by Janet Halfmann is the fascinating story of Lucy Ann and Dabney Walker, who risked it all to save lives.

After learning about the way the Union intelligence camp used flag codes to communicate over long distances, Dabney Walker and his wife Lucy Ann devised a way to use laundry to create a clothesline code to send signals across the river, putting the Walkers–especially Lucy Ann–in grave danger.

This story shares the bravery of the Walkers, and how their efforts helped the Union army prepare to battle the Confederate army in the spring. The Afterword provides more information about these courageous people and the time period.

Sharing an important and, perhaps not as well known, story from this time period in history is the perfect way to celebrate Black History Month and honor the sacrifices many Blacks made to help the Union. Halfmann’s books never disappoint.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher : Brandylane Publishers, Inc. (February 1, 2021)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 36 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1951565576
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1951565572
  • Reading age : 6 – 11 years

I received a digital copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Midnight Teacher by Janet Halfmann

Midnight Teacher by Janet Halfmann is the story of one woman’s courageous journey to improve the lives of others through literacy.

Born into slavery, Lilly Ann Granderson was sold to a slave owner in Kentucky after the death of her mother. The master’s children would often play school and gave Lilly an old speller and taught her to read. She began sharing this gift of reading with others on the plantation. Once the owner died, she was sold to a cotton plantation in Mississippi, where it was illegal for slaves to learn to read. Undeterred, she restarted her school, teaching late at night to avoid being caught. The school grew. When patrollers discovered the slave school Lilly faced a hard punishment, but the authorities eventually ruled there was no law against a slave teaching other slaves.

What I admire about Halfmann’s biographies is that she highlights people who have made a difference in this world long past the pivotal times in which they lived. Granderson’s story displays her tremendous strength and determination to offer a gift that others took for granted because it was never a right denied to them. She knew the risks and faced them without fear of the consequences because she believed education was the path to freedom for her people. Between Halfmann’s moving text and London Ladd’s stunning artwork, the reader is immediately drawn into Granderson’s story.

A perfect book for any school or personal library, Midnight Teacher could inspire many school projects and empower young people to action for the causes for which they are passionate.

Highly recommended!

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Grades 1-6
Reading Level Grades 3-6
Lexile Measure: 950 (What’s this?)
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Lee & Low Books; Illustrated edition (February 13, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620141639
ISBN-13: 978-1620141632

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Coming in February: Midnight Teacher by Janet Halfmann

Halfmann tells the powerful story of Lily Ann Granderson, an enslaved woman who “believed the path to freedom was through education.” Ladd’s rich, naturalistic acrylic-and-pencil images depict Granderson’s upbringing in Kentucky, where she learned to read and write in secret, then shared her knowledge with other children. As an enslaved adult in Mississippi, Granderson risked punishment by holding night classes in an empty cabin: “Landowners feared that if the enslaved could read, they would discover that some northerners wanted slavery abolished.” After the school is discovered, Granderson is shocked to learn that she won’t be punished (Halfmann speculates about why she might have escaped punishment in an afterword) and reopens her school, teaching as a free woman for many more years. The painful but uplifting narrative may spark readers’ curiosity about other enslaved individuals whose stories have not yet been told.

Age Range: 7 – 11 years
Grade Level: 3 – 4
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Lee & Low Books; Illustrated edition (February 6, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620141639
ISBN-13: 978-1620141632

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