Carter Reads the Newspaper
What is this book about?
“Carter G. Woodson didn’t just read history. He changed it.” As the father of Black History Month, he spent his life introducing others to the history of his people.
Carter G. Woodson was born to two formerly enslaved people ten years after the end of the Civil War. Though his father could not read, he believed in being an informed citizen, so Carter read the newspaper to him every day. As a teenager, Carter went to work in the coal mines, and there he met Oliver Jones, who did something important: he asked Carter not only to read to him and the other miners, but also research and find more information on the subjects that interested them.
“My interest in penetrating the past of my people was deepened,” Carter wrote. His journey would take him many more years, traveling around the world and transforming the way people thought about history.
From an award-winning team of author Deborah Hopkinson and illustrator Don Tate, this first-ever picture book biography of Carter G. Woodson emphasizes the importance of pursuing curiosity and encouraging a hunger for knowledge of stories and histories that have not been told.
Awards and Recognition
- Carter G. Woodson Book Award (Honor Book), NCSS
- Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book
- New York Public Library Top 10 Books for Kids
- Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award
- Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year (Starred)
“Hopkinson skillfully shapes Carter’s childhood, family history and formative experiences into a cohesive story … the inclusion of notable figures from black history reinforces the theme (a key is in the backmatter). An important and inspiring tale well told.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Thorough back matter … A charmingly illustrated picture book biography for elementary schoolers.” (School Library Journal)
“Young readers will be caught up in his story … Quotes are seamlessly woven into the narrative, and a time line, list of sources, and bibliography add research appeal. Of special note are the illustrations, which include more than 40 portraits of black leaders … Their images and one-line biographies will pique further interest, making this a valuable resource for school and public libraries.” (Booklist)
“Exemplary … This inspiring picture book combines a rich but focused text with clear, expressive mixed-media illustrations. It sheds light on an important, inspiring, but little-known subject, and the supplemental back matter gives weight to the exceedingly important takeaways that history must include all people, and that anyone can change history.” (Shelf Awareness)
author, Deborah Hopkinson
illustrator, Don Tate
ages 6 and up, 2019
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