Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History - book cover
Growing Up & Facts of Life
  • Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition
  • Published : 19 Nov 2019
  • Pages : 96
  • ISBN-10 : 0316475149
  • ISBN-13 : 9780316475143
  • Language : English

Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History

Author-illustrator Vashti Harrison shines a bold, joyous light on black men through history in this #1 New York Times bestseller.
An important book for readers of all ages, this beautifully illustrated and engagingly written volume brings to life true stories of black men in history. Among these biographies, readers will find aviators and artists, politicians and pop stars, athletes and activists. The exceptional men featured include writer James Baldwin, artist Aaron Douglas, filmmaker Oscar Devereaux Micheaux, lawman Bass Reeves, civil rights leader John Lewis, dancer Alvin Ailey, and musician Prince.
The legends in Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History span centuries and continents, but each one has blazed a trail for generations to come.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Little Legends:
An Amazon Best Book of 2019
An Amazon Best Book for November 2019, Nonfiction for Kids

* "Inspiring and healing as it educates, this volume belongs beside its companion on every bookshelf."Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "This striking book will resonate with readers in search of biographies of pioneering black men in history."―School Library Journal, starred review

* "Inventors, authors, musicians, activists and others come to life."―Shelf Awareness, starred review

Readers Top Reviews

HewlettSonia GreenMa
I love this book. Concise yet detailed and informative about each individual. As an African American Studies graduate and advocate, I leave this book propped up in my school counseling office as a resource for kids to see just what ingenuity, passion, and perseverance can do. With the hopes of instilling in them that they too can be a legend. I love that it has a legend outline in the background so that they can create their own legend. It reads for them to create a legend not pictured in the book, as there are so many that not All could possibly be included; but I use it for students to depict themselves as legends and how they want their story to read to others.
Tierra B.
I haven’t finished this book yet but I am really enjoying learning and reading about all the great Black men that are discussed. I’ve already learned so much about some that I’m ashamed I hadn’t heard of! My son is 16 months but I love reading to him and he seems to really enjoy looking through the pages of this book
I have a few of Vashti Harrison's books. She has done one for women and one for black women that I love so I was hoping for one of black men. This book is just as amazing as the others. She has carefully researched some wonderful black men who have had an impact on our society and shares the information with beautiful drawings of each man. It both shares knowledge and encourages empathy, both of which are very necessary in this world. I want the kids at our elementary school to see themselves in what they read and this format is sure to touch hearts.
LmanA 0920
My kids really enjoyed the “Little Leaders” book she wrote about black women so I ordered this version for my son. I disagreed strongly with her choice of who to showcase in this book (I almost thought it was disrespectful of her to put Chuck D and Prince in the spotlight and then give Martin Luther King Jr. and other pivotal African American leaders one tiny paragraph in the back). I was so upset about it that I ended up returning it, which is a shame because it is such a cute little book.
Cassandra Barelas
It's a good book but I was surprised that Martin Luther King Jr , President Obama and Malcolm X only got a small paragraph but Prince got a whole page written about him. I feel like although Prince was a great musician as far as being a legend MLK definitely over shadows him

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