“Endnotes clarify terms and figures, and a resource list includes child-friendly books, websites, museums, and poems. A substantive and affirming addition to any collection.” KIRKUS
Brimming with passion, beauty, flow, and style, here is an ABC book like no other – a celebration of Black history and culture in lively verse, matched with illustrations that are each like a folk painting. Written by poet Rio Cortez and illustrated by Lauren Semmer, the book teaches the alphabet in a far more interesting and meaningful way than the usual “A is for apple, B is for ball.” Letters represent history – G is for the Great Migration. Culture – K for Kwanzaa. People and places – H is for Harlem and Zora Neale Hurston. And big ideas – like B for beautiful, bold, brave, brotherhood.
R is for rise, to reach for the top.
Relentlessly striving, refusing to stop.
Like ballplayers, boxers, and gymnasts who fly.
Like presidents and justices who dared to ask why?