Carter Reads the Newspaper

Ages: 6 - 10Publisher: Peachtree Publishers Author: Deborah Hopkinson, Don Tate


Born after the Civil War to parents who had been slaves, Carter G. Woodson earned a doctorate in history from Harvard and worked to have black history recognized as an integral part of all U.S. history. It is due to his efforts that awareness-raising Black History Month is celebrated now.


Author Deborah Hopkinson, whose books for young readers include Sweet Land of Liberty and Keep On! The Story of Matthew Henson, Co-Discoverer of the North Pole, begins in Woodson’s childhood when he read any newspaper he could get his hands, giving him “his first glimpse of the wider world.” Long before the time of electronic technology, newspapers played a significant role in informing Woodson’s life and his determination to make a difference. Mixed media illustrations by Don Tate (Strong as Sandow: How Eugen Sandow Became the Strongest Man on Earth, etc.) contribute touching nuance to the text.


Readers can learn more from the included websites and reading material, the informative, personal notes from both author and illustrator, and a list of the black leaders that Tate depicts in the book’s pages.



Lynne Heffley ©2019 Parents’ Choice

A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper’s first weekly children’s arts and entertainment beat.

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