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28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World

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Each day features a different influential figure in African-American history, from Crispus Attucks, the first man shot in the Boston Massacre, sparking the Revolutionary War, to Madame C. J. Walker, who after years of adversity became the wealthiest black woman in the country, as well as one of the wealthiest black Americans, to Barack Obama, the country's first African-Am ...more
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published January 13th 2015 by Roaring Brook Press
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Charles R. Smith designed this book to be used for Black History Month, but he didn’t want to include a lot of the same people who are always studied at this time. He also wanted to include important events and legislation. So he created a 28-day collection of poems, written in his rhythmic rap style, for young readers to learn about black history. I like this concept, but still feel he should have included a list of additional people to read about, such as Frederick Douglass and Sojourner Truth ...more
Edward Sullivan
A good concept and an appealing, handsome presentation with beautiful illustrations by Shane Evans but the author fails to achieve his goal of wanting "to go beyond the familiar names and faces I saw every year without new additions." The majority of names and faces I see here are those that have already been written about extensively for young people and serve as standard fare for Black History Month: Crispus Attucks, Bessie Coleman, the Little Rock Nine, Malcolm X, MLK, Barack Obama, Jesse Owe ...more
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, 2016
Just listened to this for free on soundcloud from Audiofile magazine, it's a great listen!

Learned about some people I'd never heard of and it made me want to do more research on those people!

Fantastic narration!!!

Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook-reads
This would be an awesome book for teachers looking to supplement their BHM lessons and units--particularly for upper elementary and middle grade students (though I would argue even older students would benefit). Smith presents a great mixture of well-known and little-known figures. Some reviewers disagree with me on this, but I used to do a "Who am I?" activity during BHM that included many of these figures and VERY few students could identify while we adults may find them "common", mu ...more
Brief summaries of events that have shaped American history. I understand the desire to highlight February as Black History month, but this history belongs to all Americans regardless of skin tones. A very good book for anyone interested in learning more!
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The author wanted to create a work for Black History Month that would go beyond the familiar names and faces bruited every year. His thoughts on this phenomenon that he gave in an interview are worth quoting, because they are so true!

"I remember sitting in my sixth grade class at Marian Anderson Elementary in Compton, California, when February rolled around and my teacher, Mr. Johnson, hung up the faces of Black History Month around the room. Sojourner Truth, Rosa Parks, Frederick Douglass, Harr
Jan 24, 2015 rated it liked it
I wanted to like this book so much more than I did. The concept is wonderful and some of the individual entries in this work are five stars. As a whole, however, it falls short in its incomplete & unbalanced treatment of each event and/or person.

Every event or person is concerned with the U.S. except Nelson Mandela. If reaching outside of black America, then this selection should strive to be more balanced than it is (27 events are U.S. & 1 South African - how is this changing the whole
Cristina Lane
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, wow-books
This is a wonderful book comprised of poems about important historical events in black history. This book would be most appropriate for upper-elementary students in fourth and fifth grade.

Every page of this book contains a poem about a prominent person or event in history. These topics range from Wilma Rudolph's Olympic gold medal, to the Brown v. Board of Education court decision. While the poems itself are very entertaining and informational, the illustrations that accompany each poem are sur
Jordyn Braun
1.A text-to-world connection I had to the book 28 Days was between it and a documentary I watched on TV about Black History. The author states in the beginning of the book that he has a love/hate relationship with Black History Month, and the documentary I watched expanded on the same concept: why is it okay to only celebrate Black History for one month out of the year? I find this topic stimulating and it also helps me to be more aware as a teacher to not limit the importance of these heroes or ...more
Kathryn Zebrowski-Wray
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I cannot say enough good things about this book. It's wonderful to use throughout the month of February to talk about influential African Americans. My students loved that Smith Jr's author note informed the reader that he didn't want the whole book to be about the more prominent African Americans that most students are already aware of. I love how each page contains more than just facts about the person being discussed. The illustrations in this book are wonderful. The illustrator, Shane Evans ...more
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another excellent book with much information. What's really nice is that the vignettes are short but offer a glimpse of some important people in American History. The reason I'm giving the book 4 stars is that the information on Mae Jemison was flimsy at best and the Nelson Mandela page was a lot to be desired.

However, I loved Shane W. Evans' illustrations. This would be a great project book for elementary or middle school students.
A splendidly collage-illustrated collection of 28 (or is that 29?) two-page descriptions of important men and women who changed the course of black history. The descriptions are a blend of historical text and a variety of verse forms.

Truly, the most beautiful is the poem on Marian Anderson's 1939 performance on Easter Sunday.

Sep 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Essentially 28 pages of biographies, each one has a different format or style, many are some kind of poem. Would be a great book for celebrating black history for a month & read about one person a day, add to a timeline and supplement with extra info/photos, etc.
Joe Horwath
28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World is a historical nonfiction children's book that goes over 28 important dates in black history. The book uses illustrations, bold and italicized text, captains, headings, and is structured as a timeline, being in chronological order. I think the target audience would be 3rd to 6th grade, though I could see 28 Days being used as a way to start educating younger students about black history as well. The twin text I chose for 28 Days is Aunt H ...more
Excellent heroes! Excellent illustrations!
I like the format of moving through Black history with 28 "days" for the 28 days of Black History Month. (I also appreciated that while it's US-centric -- moving from Crispus Attucks to Barack Obama -- it also includes Nelson Mandela. Though a reviewer fairly pointed out that the subtitle is "Moments in Black History that Changed the World," so there's a bit of a mismatch between title and content.)

I was hoping for more new-to-me names given that the Author's Note which opens the book says "In b
Paula Alejandra Londono-Martinez
This book presents a biographical account of remarkable black characters in history using diverse text forms: acrostics, poems, rhymes, in narrative and descriptive ways. It opens a critical reflection about slavery by showing characters’ agency transform reality and social conditions, all of them standing against segregation and promoting equality between population groups in the United States.
Brief biographical entries are provided throughout the text in order for the readers to be contextual
A wonderful book filled with both the familiar and the unfamiliar important people of color and events in our world. Charles Smith has used words from our Constitution, the Supreme Court, poetry to tell inspiring stories we all should know. Day 28 shows Barack Obama, and celebrates all those 27 people who came before, those who became his foundation so he could become the first black president. For example, “Crispus Attacks sacrificed, Daniel Hale healed, Bessie Coleman soared and Wilma roared.” ...more
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought the book idea was brilliant and I love the mix of literary (poems, etc.) with biography, but some of the accuracy historically was lacking. For example, they made Crispus Attucks out to have been trying to pick a fight and sacrifice himself in the Boston Massacre, but the whole thing started between a soldier and a wig makers' apprentice, then others jumped in. While we do know Crispus Attacks was a rope maker and could have possibly been the one to strike the soldier who fell discharg ...more
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite parts of this book was the "Note from the Author". I agree that during Black History Month, many of the same people are highlighted year after year. As a librarian, I have strived to include some different individuals, especially scientists, as I have collaborated with science teachers to spotlight African American inventors/scientists. Often, it was very difficult to find books that include these individuals (for example, Robert Hale Williams), and I had to resort to collecte ...more
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The author created this book in order to celebrate individuals who made an impact in our history who are not necessarily the same historical figures we consider every Black History Month, who are equally worthy of our attention. This is not to imply that tribute to those figures has not been given, Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and other African American game-changers are paid homage in this book, but the reader is also exposed to many other less-known history makers of olden and modern ti ...more
Skye Bryant
Aug 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
The author of this book decided to write it because he wanted to increase the interest in studying black culture. He wanted to encourage people to study black heroes more than just one month out of every year. He brings black history to life,and he does it by considering the major accomplishments from brave women and men. He includes people from Crispus Atticus to Barack Obama. He adds in people that you don't normally hear about like Robert Smalls, Guy Buford, or Henry Johnson. This would be a ...more
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World is written by Charles R. Smith Jr. and powerfully illustrated by Shane W. Evans. Admitting a love-hate relationship in his author’s note, Smith wrote this book to bring Black History Month alive by not only including well known names and moments in the past, but a variety of accomplishments that also took place in the recent past and present. The text includes famous quotes, words from primary texts, and further information written in an i ...more
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-book
I've decided to read 29 children's book during Black History month 2016. This was book #28. 28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World by Charles R. Smith, Jr and illustrated by Shane W. Evans. Truly outstanding. While the illustrated assist in telling the historical significance of each day, the history will wow young and old. Each day honors someone (several days honor two people) stating their mark on America. A short biography is noted on each day. I plan to purchase this for m ...more
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, nonfiction
I love the stirring prose and verse that tell the stories of well-known and not-so-well-known black heroes for Black History Month, illustrated with big, bold, vibrant paintings. Brief biographies of each historical figure enlighten and inspire the reader, ideally urging them to seek out more information about the figures they feel most drawn to. I could see an elementary school teacher using this every day in the classroom during Black History Month. I would have liked to have seen a more thoro ...more
Charles Smith takes the month of February, Black History Month, and uses the calendar structure to tell the readers about 28 different people or events in Black History. There are names you recognize like Harriet Tubman and Malcolm X and others you may not have been aware of like Robert Smalls or C.J. Walker. The days are highlighted with poetry and information about the person. I loved the narration on this book, multiple artists created a choir of voices. It was an excellent audiobook although ...more
Mrs. Tongate
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent, excellent read-aloud for secondary. Excellent piece not just for people of color, but anyone who thirsts for knowledge. A must read for social studies teachers to share unfamiliar names in Black History, as well as, laws that affected black people. Illustrations are incredible and make this a wonderful tool to share the 28 extraordinary events any month of the year.

Day 17 Althea Gibson
Arthur Ashe
Champions in tennis
Champions with class.

Day 29, Today
What will today bring
What will today
Katelyn Ferry
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World is a children’s picture book that is considered a social studies informational book. It is written by Charles R. Smith Jr. and illustrated with bold, beautiful colors by Shane W. Evans, which brings the book to life. The setting and characters change throughout the book, as the author highlights twenty-eight famous African-American events and individuals that have helped shape the United States of America and the world over the years (Smit ...more
Jun 28, 2017 added it
Shelves: libs-642
Author Charles Smith and Illustrator Shane Evans collaborate on a powerful collection of events that have shaped black history, all of our history. Each entry in this social studies informational book contains a poem, a brief historical reference and a brightly colored illustration of a famous person or event beginning in 1770 with the shooting of Crispus Attucks and ending in 2009 with the election of Barack Obama. This book is a collection of important information that typically may not be stu ...more
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent concept for a book to use during Black History month. Each double spread features a historic moment or day and sometimes pairs people together (i.e. Althea Gibson/Arthur Ashe, Bluford/Jemison). The illustrations are a collage style, oil paintings and other mixed forms. It is a very informative and beautiful book. There are poems, a eulogy, stories, and sidebars with information. This book could be used well with a unit during Black History studies or for studies throughout the school ...more
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