Resources from PBS Kids to Honor Black History Month

Black History Month gives us an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of African Americans and recognizing their contributions to U.S. history. PBS offers the following resources for parents and educators to make your celebrations meaningful, including includes a new animated short of Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman’s poem, “Talking Gets Us There,” an original she wrote for the PBS KIDS Talk About: Race and Racism special.

Resources can be found on PBS LearningMedia and PBS KIDS for Parents. They include:

Black Voices and History Resources:

  • A collection that helps parents celebrate and honor Black history with conversation prompts, crafts and reading recommendations for little ones and adults alike
  • A video where Oprah Winfrey interviews Stacey Abrams and shares her thoughts on voting for her values
  • A lesson on astronaut Mae Jemison, the first Black woman to go into space.
  • A video of writer Alice Walker sharing her stories from her childhood

Anti-Racism Resources:

PBS also offers streaming and broadcast options for families to tune-in and celebrate Black History Month.

Streaming & TV*

*Check your local listings

·       PBS KIDS Talk About: Race and Racism

o   Special is available to stream on the PBS KIDS Video app and YouTube

o   PBS KIDS 24/7 Channel: Feb. 16, 2021

o   PBS KIDS Family Night event: Feb. 19 – 21, 2021

·       The Power of We: A Sesame Street Special

o   Special is available to stream on PBS KIDS Video app

o   PBS KIDS: Feb. 9 and Feb. 11, 2021

o   PBS KIDS 24/7 Channel: Feb. 10 and Feb. 16, 2021

o   PBS KIDS Family Night event: Feb. 19 – 21, 2021

·       Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum

o   Episodes that celebrate Black leaders available to stream on the PBS KIDS Video app and YouTube

o   “Celebrating Black Leaders” episodes will air throughout the month, including a PBS KIDS Family Night event the weekend of Feb. 5 – 7, 2021

o   Featured episodes include: I am Harriet Tubman, I am Jesse Owens, I am Ella Fitzgerald, I am Rosa Parks, I am Thurgood Marshall, I am Maya Angelou, I am Frederick Douglass, I am Zora Neale Hurston and I am Wilma Rudolph

The Wormwood Mysteries: Secret of Lake Falls by Kimberly Palmucci

Welcome to the start of a new series by Kimberly Palmucci. Secret of Lake Falls is the first book in Palmucci’s The Wormwood Mysteries series. It features kitten sisters Mayra and Rosie Wormwood, who have arrived at the Lake Falls Animal Shelter, only to discover that someone–or something–is chasing away potential adopters. It is up to Mayra, Rosie and the animals at the shelter to uncover the culprit so they can find their fur-ever homes.

Palmucci has found her niche in writing children’s stories about rescue animals. This is her first time delving into the middle grade market, and she presents a strong offering filled with mystery, friendship, and resourceful animals with tons of unique personalities.

The covers on this and the next book in the series are so clever. The cover for Secret of Lake Falls captures the characters and the setting perfectly, while giving the reader a sense of the ominous happenings going on at the shelter.

Young readers will enjoy getting to know Mayra, Rosie, and all their friends as they try to solve the mystery. I am eager to read the next book, Beyond the Cliff’s Edge.

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  • Publisher : Independently published (January 24, 2020)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 204 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1658726332
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1658726337

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

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.

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  • 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.

Cleo Can Tie A Bow by Sybrina Durant

Cleo loves bows and recalls how a story about a rabbit and a fox taught her how to tie them.

Cleo Can Tie A Bow is an enchanting story that will delight young readers while teaching them a new skill. The neat thing about this book is that it is a story within a story. The book opens by introducing readers to Cleo, a girl who loves bows. Then Cleo remembers the story of how a helpful fox once help a long-eared rabbit keep her ears from dragging on the ground.

This story is illustrated in beautiful fashion by Pumundi Gardiyawasam. The pink flowers on the cover, the green in Cleo’s eyes, the variety of colorful butterflies, and the sad, droopy-eared rabbit’s face all were special bits of artwork that brought this story to life for me.

Learning a new skill has never been such sweet fun!

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  • ASIN : B08K3J2QGF
  • Publication date : September 24, 2020
  • Language : English
  • File size : 3873 KB
  • Print length : 40 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 979-8685994844

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.

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Little Possum and Little Sweetpea by Halle J. Ladd (Review & Giveaway)

In this charming story, Little Possum likes to sneak up and eat things, but Little Sweetpea isn’t about to become his next snack, so she shows him another treat. Little Possum and Little Sweetpea by Halle J. Ladd is so cute. Neither of the two friends really understands how the other lives, but that doesn’t stop Little Sweetpea from helping out so Little Possum can find something good to eat.

The hand-drawn artwork is a special and unique part of this story. It can be the simplest things that have the most meaning. The only distraction from a great tale was the lack of editing. Run on sentences and missing punctuation pulled me away from Little Possum and Little Sweetpea’s story. I still enjoyed it and found it an adorable story of friendship.

If you and your little ones enjoy reading friendship stories, check out Little Possum and Little Sweetpea.

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  • Publisher : Tellwell Talent (November 9, 2020)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 22 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0228840473
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0228840473

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.

Halle J Ladd has had experience as a teacher in mainstream schools and special needs. She specialised in a school library for some time and engaged children of all ages and abilities in these roles. She has a Master’s of Teaching and a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) and loves to see the enjoyment of books through young eyes.

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