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Four children's books introduce African American experiences
Four children's books introduce African American experiences

Picture books are often the primary means through which young children in the United States first learn about our nation's history. Telling stories about traumatic past events can prove challenging, though. How can we inspire young people from all backgrounds while being honest about the pain and the hope of the African American story? Taking up this charge, four new picture books by award-winning authors and illustrators introduce slavery, Reconstruction, the Harlem Renaissance, and the civil rights movement to a new generation. Set in Huntsville, Ala., during the 1960s, Hester Bass' "Seeds of Freedom" (Candlewick: 32 pp., $16.99, ages 5-8) begins by contrasting...

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