Seven new children and young adults’ books to read this month (part 2)

Clean
Getaway

Writer:
Nic Stone

Ages:
8 – 12

After schooltime, William “Scoob” Lamar, 11 years old, is desperate to get away. When his grandmother asks him to take a road trip, Scoob is game. However, he gets more than he bargained for: his trip becomes a revelations series about his grandmother’s past, lessons about how to travel as a black person in the late 1960s, as well as visits to some historical sites that were famous during the Civil Rights Movement. Clean Getaway aims to make the realities of growing up black in America hit home and spark the curiosity of readers about the events and people of the Civil Rights Movement.

Brave.
Black. First: 50+ African American Women Who Changed the World

Writer:
Cheryl Willis Hudson

Illustrator:
Erin K. Robinson

Ages:
8 – 12

Brave. Black. First: 50+ African American Women Who Changed the World will inspire small readers by more than 50 black women that are profiled in the book. Legends such as Ruby Bridges, Diana Ross, Ida B. Wells, Aretha Franklin, Ibtihaj Muhammad, and Michelle Obama grace all pages of the book. It details the struggles each of those women went through and the barriers they pushed in order to become the icon that the world knows today. Illustrations of the women are drawn beautifully, sometimes depicting the hero doing the things that made them famous. Each page of the book highlights black women rising to the top in almost any field imaginable, including politics, arts, science, sports, haircare, and more.

However, there is a dearth of black trans women in the book. Why not spotlight people like Sylvia Rivera – co-founding the Street Transvestite Activist Revolutionaries, Laverne Cox – the first woman of color with a leading role on a scripted show, or Marsha P. Johnson – an artist and leader during the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in order to provide support and resources to trans youth?