Today’s post features a book review for Alphabet of Black Cultures, a unique picture book that takes readers on a fun cultural journey around the world alphabet by alphabet, and with cool illustrations
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The Book: Alphabet of Black Cultures
Title: Alphabet of Black Cultures
Author/Illustrator: Jeffrey Daniels
Length: 34 pages
Genre: Children’s Nonfiction/Multicultural(6 – 10 years)
Publisher: Jeffrey Daniels (July 27, 2020)
From A to Z, Alphabet of Black Cultures is a picture book celebrating a world connected by African heritage. Using letters of the alphabet as a guide, learners of all ages are invited to explore inventions, music, games, customs, and more.
This is a very cool introduction to various aspects of black cultures. There is one page for each letter of the alphabet; and it includes a short one-line description of something that varies from games to instruments to food to accessories to so much more. Or to be specific, from Awale to Zuria via the jebena and rap!
This is definitely a book that will get young readers curious to learn more about different cultures. It shows the broad diversity of black cultures themselves – from Tanzania to Puerto Rico, from the Ivory Coast to Madagascar and more. I learned a lot through this pretty thorough primer for an AtoZ book.
And I truly loved the unique style of the illustrations; while the styling does make a couple of items less clear than I would have liked – especially for food, it does lend the right atmosphere to the book.
Backmatter includes more details on each featured item, giving interesting information about it. I loved the connections and patterns visible among the listings as well as those I could see between the ones in the book and what I already knew.
This book is sure to be loved by readers of all ages, and a great resource for parents and teachers.
A neat alphabetical book to introduce young readers to cultures.
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Related Reads and more
ABCs and etcs..
- The ABCs of Yoga for Kids
- Alligators All Around
- ABC What an Informed Voter You’ll Be
- Flash and Gleam: Light in Our World
- Peace and Me
- And I found this wonderful printable resource – Free Black History Month ABC Printable – at Kheyla’s blog – to practice writing skills while learning about historical figures
“We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race” – Kofi Annan
Fact For the Day
Black History Month Fact:
February 1st, celebrated as National Freedom Day, marks the day when President Lincoln signed a joint House and Senate resolution that later became the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. While President Lincoln signed the Amendment outlawing slavery on February 1, 1865, it was not ratified by the states until later, on December 18, 1865.
President Harry Truman signed a bill proclaiming February 1st as the first official National Freedom Day in the United States on June 30, 1948.
Read The Constitution Decoded: A Guide to the Document That Shapes Our Nation to understand more.
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Dear reader, what are your thoughts on this book? Have you read this or other similar books? Any recommendations for me. And do let me know if this book intrigues you and/or if you plan to read it.
35 thoughts on “Alphabet of Black Cultures: A Review”
Sounds like a good book. I looked over at Amazon but it did not have a look inside link – I wish it did so I could see more of it.
Oh but it does, Lynn.. please do check again.. sometimes it takes a bit to show up (or click another edition)
This looks like an interesting read. I was actually looking for some literature to write/read about in celebration of Black History month.
Thanks for sharing.
thanks Dre.. it is certainly a quick and cool read with lots of interesting facts
This looks like an excellent book for young readers! Thanks for sharing.
This is a book to keep in mind for when my youngest grandson gets a bit older.
sure! he will enjoy it.. and the artwork is cool too for the youngest readers
This looks timely, I’m rather ill-informed on this topic
Me too DJ.. and it was a fascinating read
This seems like a great book to teach kids.
This looks like a great book to help teach kids about different cultures!
it is a great introduction
Thanks for sharing.
This is a perfect book to help individuals learn about different cultures. Easy to read and understand.
yes, it is a great way to make readers curious while learning
Perfect book choice for Black History month! I’ll add it to the list!
🙂 thank you Bri
I love learning about different cultures. It’s so interesting to see how rich each culture is. This sounds like a great book!
this is certainly a quick and fact-filled cool read
Looks like an amazing book. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
this would be a very educational book
it did teach me so many things
Sounds like an educational book I need in my personal library.
Another book for my TBR!
This looks very good.
This book sounds so interesting – thanks for sharing about it!!
you are welcome Sacha
Although I am African, I still feel I need to be educated on Black history. I really wish I was taught about Black history back in school. With this book, I can teach my daughter about it.
it is a very creative and fact-filled read