February was Black History Month. The world has come a long way in a short amount of time and it’s important for our children to know about the struggles people went through to get where we are today. One way to help teach our kids about sensitive subjects is with books that kids can relate to.
Henry Aaron’s Dream, a picture book for ages 9-12 by Matt Tavares, tells of the struggles one young boy who had a dream of playing ball in parks labeled “White’s Only”. From his start on a Negro League team and then the minors, through his triumphant entry into the big leagues as a starter on the Milwaukee Braves, large watercolor illustrations tell his poignant story.
When my son saw this book he was very excited. He is pretty interested in baseball and loves when I read to him. This book is written for kids around 8-10 years of age and since my son is only two, it didn’t hold his interest past the first couple of pages. I’ll be adding it to our bookshelf and bringing it out in a few years when he can better understand it. The illustrations are beautiful and the lessons the book provides are valuable. With determination, one can achieve their dreams.
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