We are the ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

Written by: K. Nelson

An amazingly gorgeous book based on an awesome time in sports. The beautiful oil paintings that Kadir Nelson created for this book compliment the men who inspired his art and put baseball in the hearts of many. The courage and persistence these men had created a place in sports that will never be denied again. They made the sport what it is – incredible.

Links:

BBC’s interview with the author

Lesson plans and more

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The Watson’s go to Birmingham, 1963

Written by: C. P. Curtis

This is the hysterical account of an African American family’s journey from Michigan to Birmingham, Alabama in 1963. The family is taking Byron to Grandma’s house to get him out of the trouble he has found at home. Over the course of that summer they see first hand the racial prejudices that were still so prevalent in Alabama at that time.

Links:

Preview of the movie based on this book

Lessonh plans

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Hitler Youth: Growing Up In Hitler’s Shadow

Written by: S. Bartoletti

Young German’s during World War II were recruited to Hitler’s service. They were convinced that what they were doing was right and noble. Some learned sooner than others of the atrocities being committed by the other Youths and by the older members of Hitler’s regime. This fact-based novel includes many actual photographs taken during the war.

Links:

Book trailer

The author’s website

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