We’re trying all kinds of new things this year! After successfully tackling two books for our last meeting, this time around we’re going for a picture book.
Yep, a picture book.
Of course, this isn’t just any picture book. It’s 82 pages, with big, full-page pictures and big, full pages of text with a small font. I don’t know how good a guess it would be, but I’m guessing it’s about equivalent to a 100-page book. Anyway. It’s much more than a regular picture book.
We Are the Ship is a nonfiction account of the Negro Baseball League, which existed at a time when African-Americans were not allowed access to the same things that white people were. They had to go to different restaurants, swimming pools, restrooms, drinking fountains. African-Americans were not allowed on Major League Baseball teams, so they started their own league.
I saw the author/illustrator, Kadir Nelson, speak at Western a few years ago. He was pretty interesting, explaining how he creates his art. He’s even had stamps made of his art! From the art in this book!
We’re reading this in February because it’s the shortest book for our shortest month. However, coincidentally, February is also African American History Month. That worked out well. We can pretend that I planned it that way.
OK! Have fun reading and I’ll see you at the end of February. Don’t forget to comment on the blog and review books!
Meeting: Thursday, Feb. 24, 6:30-7:30