Title: The Palm of my Heart Author: African American Children Edited by: Davida Adedjouma Illustrator: Gregory Christie Publisher: New York; Lee and Low Books Inc.
Genre: Poetry Level: Beginner Number of pages: 29 Pub. Date: 1996
This is a collection of poems written by African American children about their race. Each poem talks about why the child is proud to be black. Each student is proud of their culture and brings that to life with this poetry.
The book uses bold words within the poem to bring the important part of the book out. These poems all start with the word black and go on to tell the students own story. This makes all of the poems seem like they belong together in one big book about the wonders of being black.
These poems would be a wonderful piece of literature to really empower young black students. The stories told in this book help to get across a point that differences should be embraced and black skin is beautiful. Also the fact that these poems are written by children helps the works be more relatable to students. I’m not surprised this book won a Coretta Scott King Award.
After: Students will write a poem about their race.