Friday, April 30, 2010

Book Review ~ America's Black Founders ~ Revolutionary Heroes and Early Leaders

Title: America’s Black Founders ~ Revolutionary Heroes & Early Leaders with 21 Activities

Written by: Nancy I. Sanders

Paperback: 144 pages

Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Inc. /January 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1556528118

Price: $16.95

Even the most reluctant readers will be spell bound from the onset of America’s Black Founders ~ Revolutionary Heroes & Early Leaders. Nancy Sanders has weaved significant events of America’s black founders with facts and activities to provide a true sense of history. Events, people, and places leap from the pages as the light shines on significant African American leaders who were instrumental in early American history. The timeline provided serves as a guide from 1760 through 1837 and the events along the way.

Breaking the chains that bound them in slavery, Richard Allen and many others rose through their adversity and became forces to reckon with. Their due place as founders of the United States of America is a fascinating time in American history and one you will not soon forget.

Run don’t walk, or click through cyberspace as fast as you can and purchase America’s Black Founders ~ Revolutionary Heroes & Early Leaders and become well educated in America’s black founders.

Visit Nancy Sanders at to learn more about her illustrious writing career.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Book Review ~ If You Lived When There Was Slavery in America

Title: If You Lived When There Was Slavery in America

Written by: Anne Kamma

Illustrated by: Pamela Johnson

Soft cover: 64 pages

Ages: 9-12

Publisher: Scholastic

ISBN: 13: 978-0-439-56706-0

Published: February 2004

Price: $6.99

Imagine if you will being kidnapped at the age of eight and sold into slavery. Slavery? What is slavery you may ask? Slavery is when one person owns another and the slave must obey all orders from their owner.

Slavery existed well before the first slaves arrived in Jamestown, the fist British settlement in America in 1607. Captured in Africa, over 20 million Africans were forced to travel in terrible conditions on the sea voyage aboard crowded ships, where disease and beatings ran rampant. Many did not survive the trip and for those who did faced a horrible life as a slave.

If You Lived When There Was Slavery in America captures in fascinating detail the life of a slave and the deplorable circumstances they endured. Ms. Kamma presents the historical facts of slavery in easy to understand narrative and quotes from actual slaves. Blending the two into a journey back into time which the reader will NOT soon forget, thankfully so, because to have such a dreadful time to rear its ugly head again would be horrendous.

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Reviewed by Donna M. McDine.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Black History Children Book Reviews Schedule Announced

Travel back into time through intriguing black history children books. I invite you on this journey through my weekly book review feature. Stop by for a spell and leave a comment if you are so inclined on your children book recommendations. I look forward to your visit:

Friday, April 23rd:
If you Lived When There was Slavery in America by Anne Kamma and illustrated by Pamela Johnson

Friday, April 30th:
America's Black Founders ~ Revolutionary Heroes and Early Leaders by Nancy I. Sanders

Friday, May 7th:
Under the Night Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson and illustrated by James E. Ransome

Friday, May 14th:
Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine and Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Friday, May 21st:
D is for Drinking Gourd ~ An African American Alphabet by Nancy I. Sanders and Illustrated by E.B. Lewis

Friday, May 28th:
January's Sparrow by Patricia Polacco

Thank you for your interest.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

GAP Family Blog Believes In Changing the World by Investing In Children One Child at a Time

To engage a child in the wonders of learning about the world through reading is an important routine a parent/guardian needs to instill in their child. By introducing the author and/or illustrator behind the creations of their favorite books it will provide a timeless connection for the child.

Visit the GAP Family Blog often and discover their latest featured interview at:

Encourage your child (or yourself) to leave comments and/or questions for the featured guest and to check back for their response. Be sure to use this terrific opportunity to have your child meet an author or illustrator they may not have the chance to meet in person.

Visit children’s author, Donna McDine on Wednesday, April 7th. She will be checking in throughout the day and evening to field your questions and/or comments.

Thank you in advance for your interest.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Prayer

God our Father,

by raising Christ your Son

you conquered the power of death

and opened for us the way to eternal life.

Let our celebration today raise us up

and renew our lives by the Spirit that is within us.

Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever. Amen.