Black history for little ones
Three picture books bring highlights of African-American history to life for young readers.
Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass (Orchard Books) by Dean Robbins, illustrated by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls, takes kids to a tea party conversation between the founding feminist and the former slave turned abolitionist orator.
Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans (Chronicle) by Phil Bildner, illustrated by John Parra, is the inspiring true story of a charismatic sanitation worker who helped to lead the cleanup of the city after the disastrous storm.
The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial (Bloomsbury USA Children) by Susan Goodman, illustrated by E.B. Lewis, recounts the case of Sarah Roberts, an African-American girl whose family fought to gain her the legal right to attend a whites-only school in Boston in 1847.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor