Young, Gifted and Black, Too

Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions

This richly-illustrated collection of inspiring true stories is a celebration of Black history from the 16th century to the present day. It showcases the achievements of more than 50 remarkable people, from leaders and activists to artists and writers, and explores the worlds of sport, music, science and more. Children will learn about an eclectic mix of Black icons, including Jamaican freedom fighter Queen Nanny, artist Bertina Lopes from Mozambique and British racing car driver Lewis Hamilton.

A mini biography of each person outlines when and where they lived, their key accomplishments and the impact they had on others. The informative text is elevated by dynamic, vibrant portraits, which bring the figures to life. There is a USA focus to the selection, but there are also many examples from countries across the globe, such as Haiti, Nigeria, Spain and the UK.

Arranged chronologically, the book is easy to navigate, with an introduction by the author/illustrator team, a contents page and a comprehensive glossary to explain unfamiliar terms. The tales in this uplifting sequel to Young, Gifted and Black will engage young readers and encourage children to feel proud, positive and part of a global community.

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