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A Celebration of Harlem! Harlem, Then & Now

  1. 1. e nt Institu pm t e hild Develo Child HEALTHTALKC Na tional Black • F a l l 2 0 1 0 3 Cultural Competence 101 5 Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities: On the Ground In… Washington, DC 7 What’s in Season for Fall 8 Bullying 10 Between The Covers: A Celebration of Harlem! 16 Peanut Butter ’n Jelly Muffins www.nbcdi.org
  2. 2. Cultural Competence 101 BY SHANNON ELLISWhat is CulturalCompetence? If you work in education orother related fields, you may hearthis term often – or perhaps youare just reading it for the firsttime! Either way, it’s importantfor us to understand what wemean when we talk about“cultural competence.” What is it,and why does it matter? • “Cultural competence” means being knowledgeable about different cultures, which includes being familiar with daily living practices, as well as cultural values and norms. • Cultural bias damages children, and it’s important for adults who care for children to both understand and eliminate those biases by increasing their own competence. • Remember that culture is more than ethnicity or race. Cultural differences are influenced by socioeconomic status, religion, language, family education and Why Do I Need To Be Culturally Competent? geographic location, among other factors. Tolerance and fairness are important values to practice, and to teach to others. Imagine a situation in which yourWhy is Cultural Competency Important? child brings home a friend of a different religion – or, if In our increasingly diverse society, parents and you’re a professional, imagine that this child is new toprofessionals working with children come in contact with your classroom. In order to make this child feelall types of individuals. It is important for us to embrace welcome, and embrace their differences, you can make ancultural competency because it helps us: effort to: • Gain an understanding of different cultures, as well as • Be aware of important holidays and beliefs in that our own religion, which will help when your child wants to • Establish respect for different cultures and individuals set-up play dates, for example, so that you do not • Remember that not all children have the same interfere with important holidays. experiences, strengths or needs • Learn about different foods that are often eaten, or • Eliminate stereotypes and other forms of bias forbidden. • Increase our ability to provide effective services to • Encourage your child or other children in the children classroom to ask questions and talk openly about • Support diversity among our friends, coworkers, how they are the same and how they are different – schools, neighborhoods & communities but how we can all be friends. continued on page 4 NATIONAL BLACK CHILD DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE • CHILD HEALTH TALK • FALL 2010 3
  3. 3. Cultural Competence 101 continued from page 3 NBCDI MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION You should also not hesitate to ask the child’s parent Become a NBCDI Member today for as little as $35 and about their practices. If you are genuinely interested, that help give every child a chance! NBCDI members will shine through, and will help you expand on what you already know. include people who share a commitment to the positive development of children and youth, regardless of race, How Can I Become (More) Culturally religion, gender, or creed. NBCDI memberships can be Competent? obtained by contacting NBCDI. Visit our website at We can always continue to improve our knowledge and understanding of cultures different than our own, as well www.nbcdi.org for more membership information and as our knowledge of ourselves and our own biases and to learn about the programs of NBCDI. attitudes that may be conscious or unconscious. There are many formal and information opportunities for each Become part of the NBCDI family and help us to improve of us to improve our cultural competency – challenge and protect the lives of our children. yourself to keep learning and growing, and set a good example for your children as well! As a member of the America’s Charities federation, • Participate in seminars, trainings and workshops relating to cross-cultural differences and NBCDI is eligible to receive your charitable contribution understanding. from the Combined Federal Campaign (#11574) or • Immerse yourself in the daily life of other state and local employee campaigns. communities – walk around different neighborhoods, listen to new music, attend a festival, have dinner at a NBCDI is a member of specific restaurant, and try to meet new friends! • Engage in conversations about social change and how to take action to change situations that are unfair. I A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR Dear Readers: SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION It’s hard to believe that Fall is already here, but we’re glad to be able to share this exciting issue of Child Child Health Talk is produced by the National Black Health Talk with you! Child Development Institute (NBCDI). After conducting a survey with some of our members and CHT readers over the summer, we’re going to be A subscription to NBCDI’s newsletter will comprise four making some changes – based on your suggestions. issues of Child Health Talk. Send your request to: Child Child Health Talk will remain the important source of Health Talk, 1313 L Street, NW, Suite 110, Washington, information that you have come to know and trust, but keep your eyes open over the next few issues for new DC 20005. Subscriptions: $8.00 per year topics, authors, materials, and formats. The photographs used in NBCDI’s publications are We hope that you will share any more suggestions with us – we want to hear from you! If you have ideas, intended to highlight the beauty and diversity of please email moreinfo@nbcdi.org, subject line CHT, or children in a variety of settings. Unless specifically call (202) 833-2220. We hope you enjoy this issue of noted otherwise, the photographs come from NBCDI’s Child Health Talk and look forward to many more library of stock photos, and the children do not issues to come. represent the topic discussed in the text. In good health, NBCDI Staff4 NATIONAL BLACK CHILD DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE • CHILD HEALTH TALK • FALL 2010
  4. 4. HEALTHY KIDS, HEALTHY COMMUNITIES On the Ground In… WASHINGTON, DC I n Washington, D.C., the Anacostia River is the dividing line that separates the poorest neighborhoods from the rest of the District. East of the river are neighborhoods – Wards 7 and 8 – with childhood obesity rates approaching or exceeding 50 percent. These are also the communities with the highest poverty and crime rates, which too often limit residents’ use of the parks and recreation facilities, as well as the least access to healthy, affordable food. More than 40 percent of these neighborhoods – 60,000 residents – live in a “food desert,” where they are located at least one mile from a supermarket. As with communities across the nation, the obesity epidemic has hit low-income African American and Latino children the hardest. Nationally, one out of every four black children is overweight, compared to one in seven white children.1 In the District of Columbia, which is 57 percent African-American, obesity rates and the negative health consequences are soaring. Obese and overweight children are significantly more likely to develop serious, chronic illnesses and experience high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and Type 2 diabetes.2 Community leaders and members, in the District as across the country, are beginning to come out with comprehensive solutions to end the obesity epidemic. Many wonderful programs are focused on providing nutrition education and increasing physical activity, working directly with parents, providers, teachers and children to change their behaviors and improve their health. But there are other programs as well, which are focusing more on the systemic issues behind the obesity epidemic, including the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities (HKHC) program. Through a partnership led by the Summit Health Institute for Research and Education, Inc (SHIRE) and funding from the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities DC is providing opportunities for residents and continued on page 6NATIONAL BLACK CHILD DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE • CHILD HEALTH TALK • FALL 2010 5
  5. 5. Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities: On the Ground In…Washington, DC, continued from page 5 4. Working to create policies that reimburse community based fitness and healthy-living programs through insurance and Medicaid. The partnership has been working over the last two years to achieve these policy changes; in 2009, the DC HKHC partnership won its first victory – all children participating in qualified after school programs are now eligible to receive supper before going home at night. Many other smaller victories have been taking shape, through continued collaboration, advocacy trainings, and the recruitment of new partners and members. With the power of First Lady Michelle Obama and the Let’s Move initiative right at our doorstep, Washington, DC is seeing progress towards having healthier kids, and a healthier community. For more information about the Washington D.C. Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities collaborative, community leaders to work together to find innovative contact Jenné Johns at jjohns@shireinc.org. I solutions to the obesity crisis. The primary goal of the HKHC partnership, which includes the National Black “On the Ground In…” is a new feature in Child Health Talk that will Child Development Institute, DC Hunger Solutions, the focus on programs making a difference in improving the health of our children and families in communities across America. To nominate Department of Health, the Department of Parks and a program that is achieving great outcomes in your neighborhood or Recreation, the DC Public Schools, and the Greater city, please call (202) 833-2220 or email moreinfo@nbcdi.org, Washington Urban League, among others, is to subject line “On the Ground.” implement healthy eating and active living policies that can support healthier communities for children and families. As Jenne Johns, Deputy Director for Programs 1 NHANES data on the Prevalence of Overweight Among Children and Adolescents: United States, 2003–2006. CDC National Center for Health Statistics, Health E-Stat. for SHIRE, notes, “Our work is very timely and exciting. 2 Freedman DS, Mei Z, Srinivasan SR, Berenson GS, Dietz WH. Cardiovascular risk factors and We are guided by parents, youth and families who want excess adiposity among overweight children and adolescents: the Bogalusa Heart Study. Pediatrics January 2007; 150(1):12–17 equal access to fresh and affordable foods and safe places for children to play.” Based on the guidance from community members, through meetings and surveys, the DC initiative, choose to focus on four policy areas that address both healthy eating and active living: 1. Instituting and expanding the Federal After School Supper Program in DC 2. Creating a “saturation index” of unhealthy food and beverage vendors, with the opportunity to increase healthy retail outlets in poor communities 3. Developing policies to support a paid “Park Keepers” workforce to keep parks clean and safe, and create green jobs6 NATIONAL BLACK CHILD DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE • CHILD HEALTH TALK • FALL 2010
  6. 6. What’s In Season for Fall?F armers’ markets typically last through October or November, so you can continue to buy fresh fruits and vegetables that support your local farmers. Take your child with you to the market or local grocery store and have them help pick out fruits and vegetables to teachthem about healthy food choices and fresh produce. Talk about the dishes you will make witheach item and what other ingredients will be needed. Then enjoy snacks orhome-cooked meals together as a family! Here are some of the fruits and vegetables that will be inseason this Fall; we encourage you to try something you’venever tried before! Let us know else you can find,and what you can make with these ingredients. Happy healthy eating! I Acorn Squash Easy to prepare and delicious to eat! Cut ‘em in half, scoop out the seeds, add a little butter, brown sugar and/or maple syrup, and bake at 400º for 35-40 minutes. Apple There are hundreds of varieties of apples, and hundreds of ways to eat them. Enjoy them raw, with peanut butter, as a pie or as applesauce! Belgian Endive A little tangy, endives should be smooth and white, with little yellow tips at the end. They are excellent when braised, in soups, and added to salads. Butternut Squash They may be hard to cut and peel, but the delicious orange inside makes it well worth it! Puree with onions and butter to make a soup, or mash with cinnamon and maple syrup for an alternative to mashed potatoes! Cranberries Very tart, bright red and incredibly good for you, cranberries are not just for Thanksgiving! Bake them in cookies or muffins for a delicious, healthy treat. Figs Most Americans have never eaten a fresh fig – if you haven’t, you’re missing out! Fresh figs are red on the inside, sweet and perfect when spread on bread. Grapes In green or purple, seedless or not, grapes make for great and easy snacks to grab instead of those extra cookies or crackers. Mushroom Many kinds of mushrooms grow up from the ground during the fall, so if you’re used to only eating one kind, try a new one – maybe a chanterelle or a morel, in your salad, pasta, or sautéed and eaten all on its own. Parsnip Parsnips look like white, overgrown carrots, except they’re sweet, and wonderful in soups and stews as well as roasted or mashed like potatoes. Pear Simple and delicious, pears are one of the tastiest fruits of the fall season. Bite into one anytime to enjoy the juicy, sweet treat! Pomegranate This jewel-like fruit may be a little exotic but it is sweet, delicious and very good for you. To get the fruit, cut off the top, and chop it into sections; then put the fruit into a bowl of water, roll out the little fruit sacks, and throw everything else away. Pumpkin Pumpkins aren’t just for jack o’lanterns at Halloween! Scoop out and roast the seeds for a tasty snack, or use the pumpkin itself to make bread, pie, pancakes, or soups! Sweet Potato Mmmm…sweet potato pie! But you can also take advantage of the healthiness of sweet potatoes by baking them whole, making them into fries, or mashing them up. NATIONAL BLACK CHILD DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE • CHILD HEALTH TALK • FALL 2010 7
  7. 7. Bullying BY DENENE MILLNER I t started, first, with the two little girls telling Mari they didn’t like her outfit. The next day, they told my baby she smelled. The day after that, one of them touched her twists and said, “Ew,” and then trotted off, giggling, over to the corner of the classroom, where she being mean to a fellow student would get a note home. That threat fell on deaf little ears. The two kept at my daughter, sans repercussion from teachers. Until, that is, they picked on my Mari and a friend of hers out on the playground, saying words so ugly that by the time recess and her partner-in-crime continued to whisper and point was over, half the class was in tears and my nephew, at Mari while she sat in a heap, struggling through her Mari’s cousin, was threatening to take both of the tears to finish her work. ringleaders out. The next morning, I found Mari in her She’d told me a couple of times that the girls were room crying and fretting over her outfit, fearful that the doing mean things to her, and each time she complained, skirt dress and tights I’d picked out for her to wear would I advised her the way a good parent should. First, I bring down the wrath of her personal tormentors. reminded her that no matter what anyone says, she is Mari, then a second grader, joined legions of school special and beautiful and loved. The second time, I gave students who have been bullied by classmates on school her some choice words for her two nemeses. When they grounds. According to a federal report conducted by the touched her hair, I pulled her teacher aside and made it Education and Justice Departments, 86 percent of public clear: “You need to talk to them before I do.” The next schools in 2005-2006 reported that one or more violent day, the teacher warned the class that anyone caught incidents, thefts of items valued at $10 or more, or other8 NATIONAL BLACK CHILD DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE • CHILD HEALTH TALK • FALL 2010
  8. 8. crimes happened in their hallways and on their battles. But one of the messages we send to our kidsplaygrounds—a rate of 46 crimes per 1,000 enrolled when we make them fight is that we don’t necessarilystudents. Almost a third of students ages 12 to 18 have their back—that if they “snitch” they’re being weakreported being bullied inside school. These students are and we’ll be more upset by this than we will by any bully.suffering. “For both students and teachers, victimization So I’m calling for balance – an updated response thatat school can have lasting effects,” the report said. “In allows us to be more sensitive to the way that ouraddition to experiencing loneliness, depression, and children think and react to danger and threat. We need toadjustment difficulties, victimized children are more let our kids know that we’re stepping in on their behalf—prone to truancy, poor academic performance, dropping to send the message that people care about them and willout of school and violent behaviors.” protect them, no matter what. Some kids are going to be The harassment comes in many forms—verbal able to suck it up and face the bully down. Others areintimidation, taunting, threats, physical violence and, going to be afraid and do damage to themselves instead.increasingly, via cyber abuse—and, when left It’s on us to give them a third option—to trust that theirunaddressed, can cut a child like a knife. Indeed, nothing parents will do something about it, and hold thesewas made more apparent when 11-year-old Jaheem schools and their administrators and the parents of theHerrera, a 5th grade student in Georgia, hung himself in bullies accountable for not keeping sweet little boys likeApril 2009 after bullies at his school relentlessly called Jaheem and Carl safe from unbearable abuse.him “gay” and a “snitch.” Jaheem’s death came just 10 In the case of my Mari, that playground incident madedays after another 11-year-old, Carl Walker-Hoover, of me step up and say, “Nope—no more.” Though thereMassachusetts, committed suicide rather than face was no Kumbaya moment after the roundtable of parents,another day of bullying. administrators, teachers and the school director, the The African American community has always had a school agreed to put into place a system for the kids tocomplicated response to bullying; the clear message we complain about bullying anonymously. And while thesend to our children is that it’s up to them to go out there teachers agreed to be more vigilant in keeping an eye outand handle the bullies on their own. You know the for the troublemakers, I also let them know that if eitherscenario: you get picked on, mom or dad slaps you for one of those girls said one word to Mari again, she hadbeing a punk, then pushes you out the door and says, the go-ahead from her mama to fight back.“Handle it, or I’m going to whip you myself.” It’s a The threat of the beat down was a scare tactic, nottradition we have of trying to toughen up our kids—of reality—Mari’s no bruiser, and I would never encouragemaking them feel like they have the power to stop the her to fisticuffs. But the threat was a part of what workedbullying all on their own. to move the school to action and put an end to the There’s something to be said for this; our kids are going runaround. Most importantly, though, is that leading allto face bullying throughout their lives. Bullies become the way up to that meeting and after it, too, our childincreasingly clever as we get older—people use their knew that her mommy and daddy had her back.position and power to force us to do things we don’t want We finished up the school year with the girls keeping ato do or make us feel bad about ourselves, and so there is safe distance from Mari. But I wish that all the grown-some value to preparing our kids to fight, not flee, these ups involved had early on recognized and practiced what we truly believe: That it was on us to handle the mess. We needed to make sure our child knew that whatever was going on, it had nothing to do with her— somebody else was wrong and the responsibility for responding to the bad things being done to her was not hers alone. I Denene Millner is a mother of two daughters, a columnist for Parenting magazine and the author of the popular blog, MyBrownBaby. She’s penned 18 books, including the New York Times best-selling relationship advice book, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man (with comedian Steve Harvey), and “Miss You, Mina,” one in the hugely popular Scholastic Candy Apple tween book series. NATIONAL BLACK CHILD DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE • CHILD HEALTH TALK • FALL 2010 9
  9. 9. BETWEEN THE COVERS A Celebration of Harlem! Dr. Vivian G. Johnson, Dr. Jonella A. Mongo & Dr. Toni S. Walters HARLEM, Then and Now by Vivian G. Johnson, Ph.D. H arlem is the symbolic birthplace of words that have transcended time. The space that nurtured the creative voices of great authors still serves as a well from which contemporary writers draw to create visual and literary images with Harlem as a backdrop. I fell in love with Harlem in the late 1960s, when librarians introduced me to books written by noted authors of the Harlem Renaissance. The first was Richard Wright’s 1938, Uncle Tom’s Children, a compilation of short stories describing southern racist atrocities that grieved my spirit. Reading Big Boy Leaves Home fostered an aesthetic response that shaped my seventh grade conceptualization of what I now know as the epitome of “othering.” Years later, Walter Dean Myers’ novels transported me into exciting young lives often intersecting at Lennox Ave and 145th ST. Contemporary authors and illustrators continue to celebrate Harlem. Whether it is Bryan Collier’s realistic chocolate visual representation of a Harlem brownstone in Uptown, the poetic voice and vivid illustrations in Myers and Myers Harlem, or Eleanor Tate’s adolescence exploration in Celeste’s Harlem Renaissance, the geographical setting for great literature is still a special place. The literature presented in this column was chosen to convey that to readers, and whet their literary appetites with a cornucopia of contemporary realistic fiction, historical fiction, and non-fiction set in Harlem, NYC. Grab a book, take a seat and let’s go uptown! Ages 4-8 *Bootman, Colin (2009), The Steel Pan Man of Harlem, Carolrhoda. Modern day retelling of the Pied Piper of Hamelin tale set during the Renaissance Harlem period. Children will learn about keeping one’s word and doing the right thing. Ages 4-8 *Campbell, Bebe Moore, illustrator Richard Yarde, (2006) Stompin At the Savoy, Philomel Books/Penguin Young Readers Group. Mindy was afraid. Her dance recital was a few hours away, and no matter what her three dancing great-aunties said would make the fear go away. A magical drum and a dancing cat introduce her to musicians and dancers gracing the stage of legendary Savoy, where fear disappears. Ages 4-810 NATIONAL BLACK CHILD DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE • CHILD HEALTH TALK • FALL 2010
  10. 10. Collier, Bryan, (2000) Michelson, Uptown, Henry Holt and Richard, illustrator Company. A young boy *E. B. Lewis, provides a guided tour of (2005) Happy his Harlem neighborhood. Feet, Gulliver From his home in a Books. A father brownstone to the Hudson shares with his son River he pays tribute to many stories of uptown. Ages 4-8 the legendary Savoy Ballroom in Harlem. Ages 4-8*Hartfield, Claire, illustrator *Norman, Lissette,*Jerome LaGarrique, (2002) Me illustrator *Frankand Uncle Romie, Penguin Morrison, (2006) My FeetGroup. Young boy who lives in are Laughing, Farrar,North Carolina, learns a lot about Straus and Giroux. YoungHarlem when he visits his uncle, Sadies Dominicanfamed artist Romare Bearden, for Republic voice is poetrythe summer. Ages 4-8 in motion with words and visual images stretching *Hughes, Langston, across the pages as a photographs by *Charles means of sharing family Smith, (2009) My People, and friends living in Simon & Schuster Children’s. Harlem. Ages 4-8 Smith’s sepia photographs vividly capture the words of Perdomo, Willie, this much-loved poem. illustrator *Bryan Collier, Ages 4-8 (2005) Visiting Langston, Henry Holt*Hughes, Langston, illustrator and Company. A father*Benny Edwards, (2006) introduces his little girl,Poetry for Young People: a poet herself, to theLangston Hughes, Sterling work and world ofPublishing. The powerful cultural hero Langstonwords of Hughes, a major Hughes when they visitwriter during the Harlem his Harlem brownstone.Renaissance, resonate in each Ages 4-8poems presented in thiscollection edited by Arnold *Smalls, Irene,Rampersad and David illustrator TyroneRoessel. Ages 4-8 Geter, (2003) Irene and the Big, Fine *Hughes, Langston, Nickel, Little, Brown illustrator *E.B. Lewis, Books for Young (2009) The Negro Readers. The Speaks of Rivers, adventures of a Hyperion Books for young girl, living in Children. Every child Harlem in the 1950s, deserves to experience on the morning that this timeless poem she finds a nickel in known as the song of the street. Ages 5-8 the Harlem Renaissance. Age 4-8 continued on page 12 NATIONAL BLACK CHILD DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE • CHILD HEALTH TALK • FALL 2010 11
  11. 11. Between the Covers, continued from page 11 *Ringgold, Faith, (1996) program for gifted young writers taught by Zora Neale Tar Beach, Random House Hurston. The book contains endnotes about the Harlem Children’s Books. Eight- renaissance. Ages 9-12 year-old Cassie uses her imagination to fly above Muse, Daphne, her family’s apartment, illustrator*Charlotte Riley looking down on the Webb, (2005). The Entrance streets of 1939 Harlem. Place of Wonders: Poems of Ages 4-8 the Harlem Renaissance. Abrams Books for Younger *Taylor, Debbie A., illustrator Readers. This rhythmic *Frank Morrison, (2004) celebration of Harlem Sweet Music in Harlem, Lee Renaissance is a great & Low. It is a special day for introduction to this historic C. J.’s Uncle Click who will period. Poetic voices convey be photographed with some the spirit of the people as seen through words of great of the greatest musicians in writers. Ages 9-12 history, but Uncle Clicks special hat is missing. As C. *Myers, Walter Dean and Bill J. embarks on a quest to find Miles, (2006) The Harlem the hat, C. J. learns a sense of community and develops Hellfighters: When Pride Met friendships in his Harlem neighborhood. Ages 4-8 Courage. Potomac Books Inc. Another military legacy, this *Velasquez, Eric, (2004) time the 369th Regiment, the Grandma’s Records, Walker & first African American Company. Summer visits to Regiment during World War I, grandma’s Spanish Harlem has been brought to readers. home is extra special when the Ages 9-12 author gets a chance to hears his favorite Puerto Rican band in Robinson, Sharon, (2006) Safe concert. Ages 5-8 at Home, Scholastic Press. Elijah and his mother leave the Ages 9-12 suburbs to live in Harlem, his mothers home. He understands * Guy, Rosa (2008). The Friends, that his fathers unexpected Hampton-Brown Books. Harlem is death leaves them no choice, nothing like the island where she but giving up basketball for grew up, but it is now home for baseball and dealing with a Phyllisa and her family. Making bully leads to a challenging friends was hard, but she and summer. Ages 9-12 Edith, became friends. Problems began to erupt in both homes *Shange, Ntozake, illustrator bringing multiple challenges for *Kadir Nelson, (2004) the teen who had to grown up Ellington Was Not a Street, too soon. Ages 9-12 Simon & Schuster. Ellington, Robeson, Dubois, Dizzy, *McKissack, Patricia & *Fred Sonny, and Nkrumah are McKissack (2007). A Song of among the names of those Harlem (Scraps of Time). who "changed the world" Viking. In this third edition in and through the eyes of a the Scraps of Time series, young girl todays youngsters Gee tells the story of Aunt are introduced to legendary Lilly Belle’s childhood journey figures who gathered in a from her small hometown to Harlem home. Ages 9-12 Harlem to attend a summer12 NATIONAL BLACK CHILD DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE • CHILD HEALTH TALK • FALL 2010
  12. 12. *Tate, Eleanora, (2007) *Myers, Walter Dean, Celestes Harlem Renaissance, (2007). 145th Street: Short Little, Brown Young Readers. Stories. Delacorte Books Moving from North Carolina to for Young Readers. This Harlem is a major adjustment collection of short stories for Celeste. Her own artistic reveals the pulse of ability and ambitions allow her teenage life on one Harlem to experience the Harlem Block. Humor and sadness Renaissance, and make the exchange places as the right life decisions. Ages 8-12 stories unfold, from the reality of gang violence toYoung Adult the strength of community togetherness. Young Adult*McDonald, Janet, (2006)Harlem Hustle, Frances *Myers, Walter Dean,Foster Books/Farrar, Straus & (2006) Street Love,Giroux. Eric Samson is called Amistad. This is a free"Hustle" because that is how verse Shakespeareanhe survives life in Harlem. His love story set indream to become a rapper contemporary Harlem.fuels his desire to succeed, The possibility of abut he soon learns that all is relationship betweennot what it seems. Ages 12 teenagers Damien andand up Janice is unclear when her mother is *Myers, Walter Dean, (2007) sentenced to prison. Harlem Summer, Scholastic Young Adult Press. Mark Purvis plays the saxophone when he is not *Robinson, Sharon, (2007) working at The Crisis Slam Dunk, Scholastic Press. publishing office. He really Elijah "Jumper" Breeze would love to impress believes things will be fine in Harlems legendary piano his new home in Harlem, and player, Fats Waller. So much at his new school where there so, that he takes on a delivery is the possibility of a job that brings him into basketball team. Things are conflict with mobster Dutch complicated when his rival Schultz. Ages 12 and up transfers to his school, and his friend challenges his chances*Myers, Walter Dean, for election to student(2010). Here in council. Young AdultHarlem: Poems in Dr. Toni S. Walters is a Professor at Oakland University. Dr. Jonella MongoMany Voices. Holiday is adjunct faculty member at Oakland University and Dr. Vivian Johnson isHouse. Harlem is the an Associate Professor at Marygrove Collegehome of his youth andWalter Dean Myers’ THE BTC TEAM:poetic voice is a Dr. Toni S. Walters – Professor at Oakland University inhistorical tour guide. Rochester, MichiganSepia photographs of Dr. Vivian G. Johnson – Associate Professor at Marygrove College in Detroit, Michiganpeople, places and Dr. Jonella A. Mongo – Visiting Faculty Member at Oakland University.events is an enjoyable A Note to Authors and Publishersjourney for all. Young We encourage authors and publishers to send advance review copiesAdult and newly released books for children to: Dr. Toni S. Walters, SEHS, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan 48309 The Between the Covers team will review them for consideration in future columns. NATIONAL BLACK CHILD DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE • CHILD HEALTH TALK • FALL 2010 13
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