Celebrate Black History Month with the Children’s Literature Collection

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February is Black History Month and the Children’s Literature Collection has plenty of material to celebrate. A virtual book exhibit created by education librarian Laura Cameron features relevant books, primary sources, lesson plans and regional resources for teachers.

“This Black History Month, I encourage the University of Arkansas community to explore our virtual exhibit highlighting some of the books in the Children’s Literature Collection that lift voices and stories. African Americans and the black community,” Cameron said. “The headlines in our posting this month range from disturbing (A Children’s Books on Systemic Racism by Jordan Thierry) to surprising (Black Heroes of the Wild West by James Otis Smith), heartbreaking (A few red drops by Clair Hartfield) to uplifting (Crown: an ode to the fresh cut by Derrick Barnes). I hope we can all find something to deepen our learning and growth, not just this month, but for all the months and years to come.”

Additional titles featured in the display include RESPECT: Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul by Carole Boston Weatherford, winner of the 2020 Coretta Scott King Award, and Malcolm Little: The boy who grew up to be Malcolm X written by Ilyasah Shabazz, Malcolm’s daughter.

The Children’s Literature Collection is located on the lobby level of the Mullins Library, in the northwest corner of the building. The collection includes books suitable for children in kindergarten through 12th grade. The collection is organized into eight sections for easy navigation: Picture Books, First Books, Chapter and Middle Level Books, Young Adult Novels, Graphic Novels, Traditional Tales, Biographies, and Non-Fiction. Each section is identified by a five-digit code, color-coded spine stickers and on-shelf signage.

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