Inside of Walk Together Children, Black American Spirituals Volume One are linocut images with accompanying musical notation and lyrics created by enslaved Africans and their descendants. These beautiful songs are the religious songs of African people in the United States. Ashley Bryan used individually cut notes, time signatures, rests, sharps, flats and took his time printing each one in honor of the lives of those who had once been enslaved. With painstaking care, Ashley created his two volumes of Spirituals as a tribute to the musical genius that served as a vital resource for survival.
Getting books that celebrate diversity into first grade classrooms today. Used “Dreams” by Langston Hughes to celebrate that little mouse and his dream. Then, the books are sent into classrooms for a week or two. Once the children experience the story through storytelling, the story jumps to life over and over again.