We Chose You! by Tony and Lauren Dungy focus on an important topic in America and the African American Community Foster Care and Adoption. This book is well illustrated and has an important message of love. Calvin is a young child who must talk about his family as part of a classroom assignment. Unknown to Calvin, his parents prayed for a blessing which they received in him. Charles Collectibles and Books review of this book 4.5 stars out of f stars. The Dungy family believes in foster care and adoption having numerous children that they have shown love and caring over several decades.
Why Am I Here? A Child’s Book About Purpose is the latest creation by author Naomi Dunsen-White. This hardcover book examines the thoughts of two young children about their purpose in life and how they can impact change around the world. Inspiring young people is the driving force behind Mrs. Naomi is donating over 500 copies of her latest book to several underserved communities throughout Michigan. While I have not had an opportunity to review Naomi’s book in person yet. I look forward to reading it and encourage readers to support local authors who have made a commitment to speaking for the youngest and most vulnerable citizens and our future leaders. I focused on these two books to spotlight foster care and adoption. Both Naomi and the Dungy family are foster care activist.
While living in Lansing, Michigan in the mid 1990’s, I worked for a Michigan based Public Relations Firm and was asked to create a statewide campaign focusing on the need for families to foster and adopt African American children here in Michigan through African American Churches. One Church One Child is a national program stated by Father George Clemens, a Chicago Area priest. If you have it in your heart and have time, please consider making a difference in a child’s life.
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Actress, Gabrielle Union shares her debut children's book Welcome To The Party. Union shares with us her challenging but joyous birth of her baby girl and her introduction to her new family. Sharing her desire to have a child, Gabrielle narrates the introduction of her new bundle of joy Kaavia to her husband Dwayne Wade, grandparents and Wade's elder children. This book shows the true meaning of love and becoming a first time parent. Charles Collectibles and Books rates this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Historical African American author Tonya Bolden examines 16 Extraordinary Black Trailblazers who paved the way for many of today's professional, academic and sports heroes. Current Nascar driver Bubba Wallace can thank pioneers like Charlie Wiggins, a leading early pioneer in Nascar and stock car racing in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 2021, Charlie Wiggins was inducted into the International Automotive Hall of Fame. Katherine Johnson paved the way for Astronauts to travel to and from space with her mathematical calculations needed to return safely to Earth. Mrs. Johnson was one of the extraordinary Black Female Mathematicians in the Film Hidden Figures. Legendary filmmaker Oscar Micheaux paved the way from the 1920's to the 1940's in producing films for and with an all black cast. Micheaux set the path for filmmakers like Gordon Parks, Jordan Peel, John Singleton and Ava DuVernay Read about the other 13 trailblazers who lead by example for many of today's pathfinders. Charles Collectibles and Books rates Pathfinders 5 out of 5 stars. This is an outstanding book for lovers of African American history and is recommended for middle school to adult audiences.
These Hands written by Detroit Area author Margaret H. Mason shares the real story of African Americans who worked at the Wonder Bread Bakery in Detroit in the 1950's and 1960's but were told not to touch or bake bread. Through the eyes of an adult and a child named Joseph, Granddad is Joseph's role model and can do anything given the opportunity. This is a powerful yet settle form of discrimination but Granddad leads by example showing Joseph life lessons. Charles Collectibles and Books rates these Hands 4.5 out of 5 stars for young first grade readers. Buy Now!
JO PIPPON, author of Rise Up! The Art of Protest examines the origins of protest around the world. He reviews the struggle from Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter as social media as a main focus. Other protest include age discrimination, social, economic, religious and right for equality despite gender identity. This is a must read for anyone interested in the Art of the Protest for young activists to seasoned protestors who believe in human rights and freedom for all people.
No Voice Too Small edited by Lindsay H. Metcalf, Keira V. Dawson and Jeanette Bradley review poems written about 14 extraordinary young people who have set out to make a difference in their communities and the world. Reading about Mari Copeny: Little Miss. Flint that continues to fight for clean drinking water for her community. NZA-ARI KHEPHA: Who Planted an Orange tree to stem the violence in her hometown of Chicago. And the incredible story of Marley Dias who has read over 1000 Books and promotes literacy among her peers and generations to come. Read about these future leaders in the fight for equality and freedom throughout the world. This is an important book for all readers looking to inspire others in current and future generations.