Kids' Reads

Great Books for Black History Month

Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal. Text by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrations by R. Gregory Christie.
The exciting story of a runaway Texas slave turned Indian Territory lawman. Bass Reeve was one of Judge Isaac C. Parker’s original deputys, and he stayed clear through Oklahoma becoming a state, making him the longest-serving of the Indian Territory deputy marshals. His story is told in journal-style entries with lots of pictures, so lots of interest without too much reading. This would make a great read-aloud for older children!
Find it on display or in children’s biographies, JUV 92 Reeves at DCPL.
Recommended for ages 8 and up. 

“In 1961 I was in first grade. My mother took me to the Frantz school. Marshals came with us to make sure that we were safe. Some people did not want a black child to go to the white school. They stood near the school. They yelled at me to go away.”
This is from the new Scholastic Easy Reader, Ruby Bridges Goes to School: my true story, with text by Ruby Bridges, and photographs of her and her journey. It’s an excellent way to introduce young readers to the true story of one of the bravest kids ever: a level 2 reader with less than 750 words, most of them easily recognizable, text by the subject of the book herself, and beautiful black and white photographs to introduce the reader to a different time and place. Find it on display or in children’s biographies, JUV 92 Bridges.
Recommended for ages 7 and up.