Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present

Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present

Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present
Jamia Wilson

Wide Eyed Editions

ISBN 9781786030887

"...to be revisited again and again...The candy-colored pages and straightforward stories are hard to resist..." -The New York Times "...diverse collection of iconic figures...vibrantly illustrated...beautifully crafted volume..." -Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review "...exuberant...exquisitely designed...a launching point for more discoveries." -School Library Journal, Starred Review "A luminous and diverse tribute to black movers and shakers across the centuries." -Publishers Weekly Meet 52 icons of color from the past and present in this celebration of inspirational achievement-a collection of stories about changemakers to encourage, inspire and empower the next generation of changemakers. Jamia Wilson has carefully curated this range of black icons and the book is stylishly brought together by Andrea Pippins' colorful and celebratory illustrations. Written in the spirit of Nina Simone's song "To Be Young, Gifted, and Black," this vibrant book is a perfect introduction to both historic and present-day icons and heroes. Meet figureheads, leaders and pioneers such as Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and Rosa Parks, as well as cultural trailblazers and athletes like Stevie Wonder, Oprah Winfrey and Serena Williams. All children deserve to see themselves represented positively in the books they read. Highlighting the talent and contributions of black leaders and changemakers from around the world, readers of all backgrounds will be empowered to discover what they too can achieve. Strong, courageous, talented and diverse, these extraordinary men and women's achievements will inspire a new generation to chase their dream... whatever it may be.

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Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present5/5

Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present

Jamia Wilson

Review

Jamia Wilson's anthology of black heroes is a lovely celebration of inspirational figures both past and present. Covering a wide spectrum of gifts, talents and trailblazing feats, the book is brought to stunning life by Andrea Pippins' beautiful and distinctive illustrations.

Noted historical figures such as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King are featured alongside music stars and sporting heroes.

This is a beautifully-packaged, very accessible read and should serve as inspiration for a generation of young readers.

64 pages / Ages 9+ / Reviewed by Clare Wilkins, school librarian.

Reviewed by: Clare Wilkins


Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present5/5

Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present

Jamia Wilson

Review

The author and illustrator of Young, Gifted and Black welcome the reader to the book by making the purpose behind the book very clear. 'All children deserve to see themselves represented positively in stories' is their message and this book is intended to be the starting point on a journey to discover the many unsung heroes that exist. It successfully achieves this and introduces everyone to a wealth of figures from the 1800s to the present day whose stories are truly inspirational.

Concise biographies offer essential information about each of the men and women, including birth (and death) dates, locations, a summary of their achievements and for most, a quotation. The book offers an enticing mix of familiar and less well-known 'change-makers' with a wide range of talents.

Vivid colours and patterns surround the illustration of each figure, crowning them and almost giving them wings as they leap from the page. Full of energy, they complement the text perfectly. A 'Hall of Fame' at the end of the book shows photographs of the 52 people, acting as an index to where to find them.

This is an excellent, inspirational book for everyone.

64 pages / Ages 7+ / Reviewed by Sue Wilsher, teacher.

Reviewed by: Sue Wilsher