February 2021 Global Children’s Book Club Schedule
Chapter Book Schedule
To participate in a virtual live discussion, I’d love to have you join in on Patreon! You’ll also receive a monthly newsletter with additional discussion questions, a recap of my Instagram discussions, and occasional chapter book and picture book author visits.
Picture Books Schedule
I have provided free YouTube read alouds below for each of the weekly picture books. I’ll integrate the picture books into the monthly live discussion, and you’ll also have access to additional discussion questions, a recap of my Instagram discussions, and occasional chapter book and picture book author visits by joining in on in on Patreon.
Week of 1/4: The Undefeated
Week of 1/11: Jabari Jumps
Week of 1/18: Mae Among the Stars
Week of 1/25: Moses
Featured Black History Month Books: Black History Month Chapter Book
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
Here are additional resources to learn through reading the book:
- Here’s a discussion guide from the publisher
One Crazy Summer Discussion Questions
Featured Black History Month Picture Books: Black History Month Books for Kids
Week 1 (Week of 2/1) Picture Book Read Aloud: The Undefeated
Other Resources & Activities:
- Here’s a fantastic interview with Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson
- Take the book page by page to learn about the people and the references. There is a fantastic guide in the back of the book that has mini biographies on all the people featured.
- Alexander has taken some words and phrases from other Black leaders (for instance, “promised land” that was popularized by Martin Luther King, Jr.) and used them to create his own rich and vivid poem. Take a phrase from Alexander’s poem and write your own poem.
- Here’s the poem titled “We Real Cool” that Alexander references!
- Read the poem out loud. Decide if you will have one person read the whole thing, if some should interpret it in another way, or if you’ll take turns or say words simultaneously.
- Discussion Questions:
- When do the illustrations connect to the text? When are they different?
- Who are some of the people Alexander and Nelson remembering in their work?
- There are times of both tragedy and triumph in the book. Draw a curve that goes up for Black joy and down for Black sadness.
- Repetition can be powerful. What words does Alexander repeat? Are there any illustrations that are repeated? Why?
The Undefeated Read Aloud
Week 2 (Week of 2/8) Picture Book Read Aloud: Jabari Jumps
Week 3 (Week of 2/15) Picture Book Read Aloud: Mae Among The Stars
Week 4 (Week of 2/22) Picture Book Read Aloud: Moses
Other Black History Month Books for Kids
Here are a few more fantastic Black History Month book lists:
- Here are Black History reading resources from the National Museum of African American History & Culture
- Here Wee Read’s Black History Month books for 3, 4, & 5 year olds
- 21 picture books for Black History Month
- Black History Month printable reading log
- Black History Month picture books
Black History Monty Poetry for Kids
Black History Month Writing Assignment Prompts
Black History Month Discussion Questions For Kids
- Why did people support slavery?
- Does slavery still exist in the United States today?
- What are some of the consequences of slavery that still exist today?
- Who are some Black people you learned about this month?
- Do you think it’s important to specifically learn about Black heroes? Why?
- What does the word “amplify” mean? How can you amplify Black voices?