Carter Reads the Newspaper
Essential Black History Reading
The first-ever picture book biography of Carter G. Woodson, the Father of Black History Month
Carter G. Woodson Book Award (Honor Book), NCSS
Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award
Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book
Top 10 Books for Kids ―New York Public Library
Best Children’s Books of the Year (Starred) ―Bank Street College of Education
“An important and inspiring tale well told.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Carter G. Woodson didn’t just read history. He changed it.” As the father of Black History Month, he spent his life introducing others to the history of his people.
Carter G. Woodson was born to two formerly enslaved people ten years after the end of the Civil War. Though his father could not read, he believed in being an informed citizen, so Carter read the newspaper to him every day. As a teenager, Carter went to work in the coal mines, and there he met Oliver Jones, who did something important: he asked Carter not only to read to him and the other miners, but also research and find more information on the subjects that interested them.
“My interest in penetrating the past of my people was deepened,” Carter wrote. His journey would take him many more years, traveling around the world and transforming the way people thought about history.
From an award-winning team of author Deborah Hopkinson and illustrator Don Tate, this first-ever picture book biography of Carter G. Woodson emphasizes the importance of pursuing curiosity and encouraging a hunger for knowledge of stories and histories that have not been told.
Illustrations also feature brief biological sketches of important figures from African and African American history.
Publication Date: 2/1/2019
Page Count: 36
Size: 10-7/8″ x 9-1/2″
Age Range: 6 – 10
Age Range: 6 – 10
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F&P: P, Gr 3, Genre B
Themes: African-American History, Biography, Education, Research, Family
BISAC 1: JNF007050 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Cultural Heritage
BISAC 2:JNF007020 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Historical
BISAC 3: JNF018010 JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / United States / African American
“Hopkinson skillfully shapes Carter’s childhood, family history and formative experiences into a cohesive story.…the inclusion of notable figures from black history reinforces the theme (a key is in the backmatter). An important and inspiring tale well told.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Young readers will be caught up in his story…. Quotes are seamlessly woven into the narrative, and a time line, list of sources, and bibliography add research appeal. Of special note are the illustrations, which include more than 40 portraits of black leaders… Their images and one-line biographies will pique further interest, making this a valuable resource for school and public libraries.” ―Booklist
“Thorough back matter… A charmingly illustrated picture book biography for elementary schoolers.” —School Library Journal
“Conversational… Delicately textured mixed-media illustrations…offer spare, stylized images…” —Publishers Weekly
“Fascinating… Expressive artwork…” —Foreword Reviews
“This will be a go-to title for Black History Month, but a more meaningful tribute to the celebration’s founder will be a catalyst for further African-American studies throughout the year.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Exemplary… This inspiring picture book combines a rich but focused text with clear, expressive mixed-media illustrations. It sheds light on an important, inspiring, but little-known subject, and the supplemental back matter gives weight to the exceedingly important takeaways that history must include all people, and that anyone can change history.” —Shelf Awareness
Carter G. Woodson Book Award (Honor Book, Elementary)―National Council for the Social Studies, 2020
Eureka! Nonfiction Children’s Book Award Silver Honor ―California Reading Association, 2019
Social Justice Literature Award ―Literacy and Social Justice Special Interest Group, International Literacy Association, 2020
Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award ―Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2019
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People ―NCSS/CBC, 2020
Notable Children’s Books―ALSC, 2020
Northern Lights Book Award (Biography) ―Northern Dawn Awards, 2019
Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book ―Chicago Public Library, 2019
Top 10 Books for Kids ―New York Public Library, 2019
Eloise Jarvis McGraw Award for Children’s Literature (Finalist) ―Literary Arts, 2020
Best Children’s Books of the Year (Starred) ―Bank Street College of Education, 2020
Children’s Crown Award (Nominee) ―National Christian School Association, 2020-2021
Delaware Diamonds (Nominee, 3-5) ―Diamond State Reading Association, 2020-2021
Paterson Prize for Books for Young People (Honor Book) ―The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College, 2020
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Meet the Author
Deborah Hopkinson is the award-winning author of numerous critically acclaimed picture and chapter books, including Keep On!; Sweet Land of Liberty; Under the Quilt of Night; and Shutting Out the Sky: Life in the Tenements of New York 1880-1924. She lives in Oregon. You can visit her website here.