Goin’ Someplace Special written by Patricia C. McKissack and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney is the ideal book to read as we celebrate Black History Month. Goin’ Someplace Special is a Coretta Scott King award winning book. Jerry Pinkney has won the Coretta Scott King award four times.
McKissack’s story is based on events from her childhood. She presents them in a way children can easily understand and grasp the seriousness of the information. Tricia Ann decides she wants to go to “someplace special” without Mama Frances. Tricia Ann makes her way through the city and encounters many unjust challenges along the way. She eventually completes her journey and learns lessons as she makes her way across the city. This is an eye opening story of a young girl on her own for the first time.
Share this Unity Wreath craft with your child. It is the perfect time to discuss the importance of Black History Month. This wreath will help your child develop fine motor skills by tracing and cutting.
- Construction paper (various skin tone colors)
- Glue (stick glue works best for this project)
- Pen or Pencil
- Ask your child to trace their hand on the different pieces of construction paper. You will need at least 8 traced hands, but can make more for a bigger wreath.
- Ask your child to cut each hand out of the construction paper.
- Glue the hands next to one another in the shape of a circle (see picture above)
- Hang your unity wreath up for everyone to enjoy!