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Notable: Five new books for young readers for Black History Month

By Colette Bancroft, Times Book Editor
Published: February 20, 2018


Black History Month

Here are five more newly published books for young readers, for Black History Month or any time.

Chasing Kingís Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.ís Assassin (Scholastic Press, ages 12 and up) by James L. Swanson, with an introduction by U.S. Rep. John Lewis, is a gripping true narrative of the pursuit of the civil rights leaderís murderer, James Earl Ray, 50 years ago.

Facing Frederick: The Life of Frederick Douglass, a Monumental American Man (Abrams, ages 10-14) by Tonya Bolden, a Coretta Scott King Award winner, draws on new scholarship as well as earlier research to tell the story of Douglassí extraordinary, and extraordinarily rich, life.

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race (Harper, ages 4-8) by Margot Lee Shetterly, illustrated by Laura Freeman, is an engaging picture-book version of the bestselling book (and basis of the movie) about the black female mathematicians who played a key role in U.S. space travel.

Let the Children March (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, ages 6-9) by Monica Clark-Robinson, illustrated by Frank Morrison, is a picture-book account of the true story of the Childrenís Crusade, when thousands of youngsters led by Martin Luther King Jr. volunteered to march in their parentsí stead in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963.

March Forward, Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, ages 10 and up) by Melba Pattillo Beals is a moving and compelling memoir of growing up in the Jim Crow South by one of the people who faced angry mobs to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., in 1957.

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor