Black History Month
These books offer kids and adults fresh looks at the history of African-Americans.
Brick by Brick (HarperCollins Children) by Charles R. Smith Jr. and Floyd Cooper is a warmly illustrated children's book by two Coretta Scott King Award winners about the slaves whose skills and labor helped build the original White House.
Harlem Is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America (Back Bay Books) by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts is an intriguing memoir as well as a history of the New York neighborhood's century as a center of black cultural achievement and political action.
The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement (Simon & Schuster) by Taylor Branch is the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian's distillation of his magisterial three-volume biography of Martin Luther King Jr. down to 18 pivotal events in 224 pages.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor