Carter Reads the Newspaper

Don Tate (Illustrator)
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"Carter G. Woodson didn't just read history. He changed it." As the father of Black History Month, he spent his life introducing others to the history of his people.
Carter G. Woodson was born to two formerly enslaved people ten years after the end of the Civil War. Though his father could not read, he believed in being an informed citizen. So Carter read the newspaper to him every day. When he was still a teenager, Carter went to work in the coal mines. There he met a man named Oliver Jones, and Oliver did something important: he asked Carter not only to read to him and the other miners, but also research and find more information on the subjects that interested them. "My interest in penetrating the past of my people was deepened," Carter wrote. His journey would take him many more years, traveling around the world and transforming the way people thought about history.
From an award-winning team of author Deborah Hopkinson and illustrator Don Tate, this first-ever picture book biography of Carter G. Woodson emphasizes the importance of pursuing curiosity and encouraging a hunger for knowledge of stories and histories that have not been told. Illustrations also feature brief biological sketches of important figures from African and African-American history.

Product Details

$17.95  $16.51
Peachtree Publishing Company
Publish Date
February 01, 2019
9.7 X 0.5 X 11.2 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Don Tate is the author and illustrator of numerous critically acclaimed books for children. In 2016, he earned an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award for his first picture book Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton.


"Hopkinson skillfully shapes Carter's childhood, family history and formative experiences into a cohesive story....the inclusion of notable figures from black history reinforces the theme (a key is in the backmatter). An important and inspiring tale well told."
"Young readers will be caught up in his story.... Quotes are seamlessly woven into the narrative, and a time line, list of sources, and bibliography add research appeal. Of special note are the illustrations, which include more than 40 portraits of black leaders... Their images and one-line biographies will pique further interest, making this a valuable resource for school and public libraries."
"Thorough back matter... A charmingly illustrated picture book biography for elementary schoolers."
"Conversational... Delicately textured mixed-media illustrations...offer spare, stylized images..."