Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Case for Loving: the Fight for Interracial Marriage by Selina Alko

That Valentine's Day falls in the middle of Black History Month always reminds me of the story of Richard and Mildred Loving.

The author/illustrator team of Selina Alko and her husband Sean Qualls have made that story accessible to children in a picture book that focuses on the strength and love of the couple who challenged the law that kept them from being married in Virginia. Their story is told and illustrated from a child's perspective that keeps the subject from becoming too emotional.

Aside from its historical aspect, The Case for Loving also offers interracial families recognition and affirmation that is still too rare in books for children.

Another story of a family challenging prejudice is Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation, by Duncan Tonatiuh. This picture book tells the history of a school desegregation case in California that preceded Brown versus the Board of Education. It is a 2015 Pura Belpre illustrator honor book and a Siebert honor for a distinguished informational book for children.

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