Carter Reads the Newspaper
by Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by Don Tate
Peachtree Publishers, 2018
Carter Reads the Newspaper documents the history of Black History Month, beginning with two unknown figures. Oliver Jones, a coal miner, and Carter G. Woodson, a former miner and, later, historian.
Oliver opened his home to other miners and provided them books written by African-Americans and newspapers from all over the world. One of the people visiting his home was Carter, who had had some education and knew how to read. He soon began reading to others. When others asked questions about the news, Carter researched them and found the answers. After three years in the mines, he returned to school, graduating at age 20, eventually earning his Ph.D. in history from Harvard. In 1926 he established Negro History Week, which later expanded into Black History Month.
Well documented story, with illustrations inspiring pride. The book also includes illustrations of 43 Black leaders and a bit about them.