Young, Gifted, Black – a brilliant book for all ages
Young, Gifted, Black is a firm favourite in our house. It is a beautifully put together showcase of 52 Black heroes, celebrating authors, actors, pioneers, politicians, those from the world of sport to the world of space and many more.
There’s a Hall of Fame at the back, which we use when reading with Lily to navigate through the book. Lily will choose from one of the portraits in the Hall of Fame, and we will turn to that page and read aloud to her. This morning we have been reading about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, an author whose Nigerian origins we share; Kofi Annan, the Ghanaian diplomat and former Secretary General of the UN, and Misty Copeland, the first African – American ballerina to be appointed for the American Ballet Theatre.
I love a book that can be enjoyed by the whole family and Young, Gifted, Black is one that absolutely can be. The brilliantly colourful illustrations by Andrea Pippin fascinate Lily and she’ll often sit with the book without me, poring over them. I too am learning – there are people in here whose names I knew, but whose stories I did not. My favourite thing about Young, Gifted, Black is the inclusion and focus of each person’s childhood story. Each page features a different profile with a short biography describing their childhood experiences as well as their adult achievements.
Children of all ages can learn from and be inspired by this book, making it a perfect library inclusion for everyone. As its author Jamia Wilson so perfectly puts it, Young, Gifted, Black ‘will help the next generation to chase their own dream… whatever it may be’.
P.S. Zainab shares more beautiful and diverse books for your library here.