Are you familiar with Tim Ladwig? He illustrates beautiful books– Psalm Twenty-Three and The Lord’s Prayer are two I read regularly both at home and in our Sunday school class. Searching for his books led me to Nikki Grimes’ When Daddy Prays, a book about all the prayers a dad prays for his child, and back to Carole Boston Weatherford, whose Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom is one of our favorites. In my most recent search, I found Weatherford’s book Freedom on the Menu, which I bought and am excited to read with the kids.
Weatherford’s book, The Beatitudes: From Slavery to Civil Rights is a gorgeous book. It tells the story of a painful (and ongoing) part of our country’s history in a way that is accessible to children. Every time we read this book, the kids ask me more questions about race in America. I don’t have answers to all their questions, and knowing that, I often don’t avoid discussing race and current events with them. This book helped start (and continue) our discussion.