Black History Month Giveaway 2012

It’s Black History Month, and that means another giveaway from Lee & Low Books! We’re giving away three sets of three books featuring African Americans, and the contest will run through February 29, 2012.

You may have noticed that the winners won’t get their books until after Black History Month. We think Black History Month is important, but black history is part of American History, and shouldn’t get relegated to one month out of the year. So enter below to win three great books to enjoy all year long!

Here’s how it works:

Author Glenda Armand (Love Twelve Miles Long) gave us food for thought in her BookTalk when we asked her if she thought her book could only be used during Black History Month. Here is her response:

“I think it can be read at any time of year: it is a story about mother-child relationships, about slavery, about American history, and about a great statesman. It is a story about family and tradition. And it’s a bedtime story.

I can think of two aspects of Love Twelve Miles Long that give it timelessness and universality: one is the mother-child relationship and the other is separation anxiety. There are many reasons that a parent might have to be separated from a child: divorce, financial problems, illness. Children in circumstances such as these can relate to Frederick’s situation. And they can learn that there are ways—traditions, rituals—that can strengthen the bond with the absent parent.”

To enter this contest, answer this question: What do you think about Black History Month? -or- How do you celebrate Black History Month? -or- How do you call Black History Month to the attention of your kids (students or otherwise)? Write your answers in the comments section below to enter, and we will select a winner* at random. All answers have to be in by midnight on February 29th. You can also gain additional entries by subscribing to our blog, following us on twitter, and liking us on facebook. If you’ve done any of these, please note it below in your comment, otherwise your additional entry will not be counted.

Here are some of the books you could win:

*Winner must reside in the United States

10 Comments

  1. Ellen Jampole
    Posted February 8, 2012 at 7:16 am | Permalink

    I teach at the college level and when I am teaching, I exhort my students to learn about, know, and follow Banks & Banks’ 5 stages of multiculturalism. I urge my students to not read books about a person or culture only during a certain month, but to truly integrate all cultures during the whole school year, work to educate themselves and teach including various lenses (for example “American History,” which includes that of blacks, women, Chinese, Native Americans and others), as well as addressing racism, sexism, economic injustice, and social issues including homophobia.

    I liked Lee & Low on Facebook.

  2. Posted February 8, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    While Black History Month is still an essential educational process in America, the experiences of Afro-Americans needs to be included in curricula throughout the year.

    I currently volunteer as a librarian for my children’s school and I include books about African Americans, Indians, Asians, and women year-round.

    There is no way to encapsulate a peoples’ story in 29 days. The information must be ongoing.

    Going to follow and like you :o)

  3. Amy B
    Posted February 14, 2012 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    I teach Pre-Kindergarten in an area with very little diversity, so I also try to integrate different cultures into as much of the curricula as possible. During Feb (which is also our body unit) we take extra time to explore our skin color and discuss how we all look different, but are all the same on the inside.

    I follow on twitter @amdierm

    I like on FB

  4. Kristina
    Posted February 15, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    Black history can, and should, be taught throughout the year, but it is nice to call special attention to it for one month. I believe that celebrating Black History Month allows communities and schools to create a series of programs, lectures, and activities that can be more intensive and feature a wide range of topics. Students can experience traveling exhibits, hear traditional African music, go to a jazz concert, and read stories about how black history has shaped our country. Black History Month is a way of showcasing how important the history of African-Americans is while insuring that it remains a focal point.

  5. Posted February 20, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

    When children learn to value people who are different from themselves, they are better prepared to live peacefully in a diverse world. But, when they never see images that they can relate to, it can be harmful to their self esteem. Messages play such an integral role in the way that children learn.

    As a homeschooling parent I have chosen to incorporate African American history in our curriculum throughout the year. There have been so many influential individuals of African descent to name, let alone merely focus on for one month.

    This month we are highlighting the accomplishments of African American women. We have explored authors, artists/illustrators, civil rights activists, entrepreneurs, politician and entertainers contributions to the African American tapestry.

  6. Posted February 23, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    In February, I make sure some of my posts are relevant to Black History, but I also include book posts on the subject year round. It’s good that the month has garnered so much interest, but it should be a stepping stone to a history curriculum that infuses all perspectives, including minority perspectives, into one mosaic.

    I follow this blog.

  7. Janice Ford
    Posted February 28, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    I try to embrace Black History all year long by finding books to read and share with my family and friends. It is my opinion that is imperative the stories of all be shared and that means we need to include the heroes and sheroes of African Americans all year long. With friends who also believe in diversity, I share the contributions of African Americans with my community by participating in multicultural events. For example, we often select a theme and build a display that we can share with the attendees of the event. One year, we selected the theme, Black History Through Literature. We selected books to display and provided a listing of recommended books. The attendees loved this display. Teachers told us they loved our recommended lists of books. Another year, we focused on Black Inventors and provided infomation on inventors through the ages.

    I am following on twitter @JazzyTJan

  8. Posted February 29, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    I’m a writer/mom with a grand passion for introducing my 4-yr-old to multicultural kidlit. For BHM, we read A Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, and I explained the book’s inception and history to him. http://niranjana.wordpress.com/2012/02/14/a-snowy-day-in-black-history-month/

    I’m in Canada, so not entering for the giveaway. I’ve been following you on Twitter/FB for ages, and I really appreciate the work you do!

  9. Devena McLaurine
    Posted February 29, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Our family celebrates black heritage during February by enjoying numerous special programs put on my area colleges and churches.

  10. Lucy
    Posted March 1, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

    Thank you to all of our entrants! We have selected our winners and will be contacting them this afternoon for their mailing information. The winners were selected at random, but we have greatly appreciated all of your comments, both here and via email, sharing how you celebrate Black history.

    Remember, just because Black History Month is over does not mean that we can’t still learn from and enjoy the stories we talked about this past month.


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