Recommended for ages 2 — 5. When you read this book to a child, take a moment to read the short, poetic introduction about Ethiopia. Ondu-ahlem is the oldest of three brothers, and he rises early each day to check on his beloved pigeons. When Ondu-ahlem sets out to school, his puts his younger brother in charge of protecting the pigeons and their eggs.
After school, Ondu-ahlem and his friends start a competition between their birds. Can one pigeon persuade the others to fly to its coop rather than go back to its home? Recommended for ages 5 — 9. Jane Kurtz, who grew up in Ethiopia while her parents served as missionaries there, has also written a number of early reader English-Amharic books about Ethiopia through a partnership with Ready Set Go books.
This short story is one of eight tales, each from a different African country, included in African Tales. When a merchant is passing through the Ethiopian countryside, he sees a farmer cruelly treating a man he has enslaved. Both Orthodox Christianity and Judaism have ancient roots in the country, but the Jewish minority has long struggled against discrimination. When the drought brings drastic changes to their neighboring communities, Sahay who is Orthodox Christian and Rahel who is Jewish must leave their homes.
When both girls become separated from their families, they must depend on each other. Sahay has been surrounded by prejudice against Jewish people all her life, and does not want to trust Rahel. Rahel has been told she can only trust her own people. When the volunteer says they are going to Israel, Yuvi asks her if she has wings. This beautifully illustrated non-fiction book tells the true stories of 6 royal women from African history, including Queen Taytu Betul of Ethiopia. In a time when women had little formal power, Taytu used her education and clerverness to save Ethiopia from Italian attempts to colonize Ethiopia.
After Taytu discovered that a treaty between the two countries was worded differently in Amharic than it was in Italian, war broke out between the two countries. Ethiopia defeated Italy, making it and Liberia the only two nations in Africa that were never colonized by a European nation. Especially for children who are interested in science, studying about Lucy one of the oldest fossils of a human ancestor ever found is a great way to discover why Ethopia is sometimes called the cradle of humankind.
Ethiopia has the largest Orthodox Christian population outside of Europe; about 42 percent of the nation is Orthodox. I love trying new foods from other countries, but my kiddo is a fairly picky eater. Weaving on hand looms has a rich history in Ethiopia. Eskista is a type of dance from Amharic Ethiopian culture that primarily involves moving the shoulders. Watch the video below to see children dancing eskista. I'm Rebekah Gienapp: Mommy, kidlit nut, social justice crusader, and your companion on the journey to raising little global citizens who are ready to change the world. As part of Barefoot Books summer reading program Global Passport,[ Can you guess which country has the 7th largest population[ Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Araujo and Xiao Jun Li The author learned this folktale about wisdom, greed, and generosity when he worked in Ethiopia. Lewis When you read this book to a child, take a moment to read the short, poetic introduction about Ethiopia. Recommended for ages 5 — 9 Jane Kurtz, who grew up in Ethiopia while her parents served as missionaries there, has also written a number of early reader English-Amharic books about Ethiopia through a partnership with Ready Set Go books.
Interesting facts for kids about Ethiopia Ethiopia is only one of two nations in Africa that was never colonized by Europeans Liberia is the other.
As a result, Florence chose to support and promote works by fellow Black performers while heralding a call for their civil rights. Ages 3—7. Despite fierce prejudice and abuse, even being beaten to within an inch of her life, Fannie Lou Hamer was a champion of civil rights from the s until her death in Integral to the Freedom Summer of , Ms. In the early s, few African Americans could afford to buy cars, so this would be an adventure. Many hotels and gas stations refused service to Black people.
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Daddy was upset about something called Jim Crow laws. It listed all of the places that would welcome Black travelers. The Cherokee community is grateful for blessings and challenges that each season brings. This is modern Native American life as told by an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation. The word otsaliheliga oh-jah-LEE-hay-lee-gah is used by members of the Cherokee Nation to express gratitude.
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Beginning in the fall with the new year and ending in summer, follow a full Cherokee year of celebrations and experiences. Written by a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, this look at one group of Native Americans is appended with a glossary and the complete Cherokee syllabary, originally created by Sequoyah. John wants to be a preacher when he grows up — a leader whose words stir hearts to change, minds to think, and bodies to take action.
But why wait? So he preaches to his flock, and they listen, content under his watchful care, riveted by the rhythm of his voice. Robertson, illustrated by Julie Flett. Why does her grandmother have long braided hair and beautifully colored clothing? Why does she speak another language and spend so much time with her family?
As she asks her grandmother about these things, she is told about life in a residential school a long time ago, where all of these things were taken away. When We Were Alone is a story about a difficult time in history and, ultimately, one of resilience, empowerment and strength.
What did she know? Gordon Parks is most famous for being the first Black director in Hollywood. But before he made movies and wrote books, he was poor and looking for work. When he bought a camera, his life changed forever. He taught himself how to take pictures and before long, people noticed. His success as a fashion photographer landed him a job working for the government. In Washington DC, Gordon went looking for a subject, but what he found was segregation.
He and others were treated differently because of the color of their skin. Gordon wanted to take a stand against the racism he observed. With his camera in hand, he found a way. Told through lyrical verse and atmospheric art, this is the story of how, with a single photograph, a self-taught artist got America to take notice.
An important book for all ages, Little Leaders educates and inspires as it relates true stories of forty trailblazing Black women in American history. Illuminating text paired with irresistible illustrations bring to life both iconic and lesser-known female figures of Black history such as abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, politician Shirley Chisholm, mathematician Katherine Johnson, poet Maya Angelou, and filmmaker Julie Dash.
Among these biographies, readers will find heroes, role models, and everyday women who did extraordinary things — bold women whose actions and beliefs contributed to making the world better for generations of girls and women to come. The leaders in this book may be little, but they all did something big and amazing, inspiring generations to come.
Ages 8— Anna May struggled to pursue an acting career in Hollywood in the s. There were very few roles for Asian Americans, and many were demeaning and stereotypical. Finally, after years of unfulfilling roles, Anna May began crusading for more meaningful opportunities for herself and other Asian American actors and refused to play stereotypical roles. As the first Chinese American movie star, she took a stand against racial discrimination in the film industry and was a pioneer of the cinema.
Walking many miles to school in the dusty road, young Coretta knew, too well, the unfairness of life in the segregated south. A yearning for equality began to grow. Together with Martin Luther King, Jr. This extraordinary union of poetic text by Ntozake Shange and monumental artwork by Kadir Nelson captures the movement for civil rights in the United States and honors its most elegant inspiration, Coretta Scott.
The dramatic story of neighbors in a small Danish fishing village who, during the Holocaust, shelter a Jewish family waiting to be ferried to safety in Sweden. It is in Nazi-occupied Denmark. Anett and her parents are hiding a Jewish woman and her son, Carl, in their cellar until a fishing boat can take them across the sound to neutral Sweden. The soldiers patrolling their street are growing superstitious, so Carl and his mama must make their way to the harbor despite a cloudy sky with no moon to guide them.
Worried about their safety, Anett devises a clever and unusual plan for their safe passage to the harbor. Based on a true story. On the eve of her being sold and torn from her family, Tubman prays in her despair. Tomorrow, I flee. Olemaun is eight and knows a lot of things. But she does not know how to read.
The nuns at the school call her Margaret. They cut off her long hair and force her to do menial chores, but she remains undaunted. Her tenacity draws the attention of a black-cloaked nun who tries to break her spirit at every turn. But the young girl is more determined than ever to learn how to read. Based on the true story of Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, and complemented by stunning illustrations, When I Was Eight is a young readers version of the bestselling memoir, Fatty Legs. Now young readers can meet this remarkable girl who reminds us what power we hold when we can read.
Ages 6—8. Rosa by Nikki Giovanni, illustrated by Bryan Collier.
Fifty years after her refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus, Rosa Parks is still one of the most important figures in the American civil rights movement. This tribute to Rosa Parks is a celebration of her courageous action and the events that followed. Frederick Douglass was a self-educated enslaved man in the South who grew up to become an icon.
Born into slavery, Belle had to endure the cruelty of several masters before she escaped to freedom.
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Andrea Davis Pinkney uses poetic, powerful prose to tell the story of these four young men, who followed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Through astute perception, caring, and personal action, Emma begins to get involved, and eventually, at the age of 21, leads 12, workers in the first significant historical action in the Mexican-American struggle for justice. Ages 5—7.
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They created a story that focuses on a boy in a refugee camp whose experiences reflect those of many Palestinian refugee children. The wall that led to this picture book was built in across the West Bank, home to more than a million Palestinians. The Palestinian refugees call it a separation wall. In the story, a Palestinian boy recalls one spring when a high concrete wall was built next to his home.
The construction of the wall brought threatening objects and people such as heavy machinery, guns, gas canisters, loud army jeeps, and heavily armed soldiers.
This hard-to-believe reality is conveyed through a poetic tone to the narration. Sit with me under our tree, and I will sing to you of Jerusalem. The Conscious Kid is an education, research, and critical literacy organization dedicated to cultivating equity, uplifting counter-narratives, and supporting positive racial identity development in youth.
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