The Women Who Caught The Babies is a Masterpiece of Art and Writing!

Praise from Ashley Bryan for the Women Who Caught The Babies

“The Women Who Caught The Babies is a Masterpiece of Art and Writing! It deserves RESOUNDING Praise and Awards!”

– letter from the author/artist on 23 March 2019

Among Ashley’s awards are the John Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award, Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, and the New York Public Library’s Literary Lions award.

Social Justice Books Has Reviewed The Women Who Caught The Babies

The Women Who Caught the Babies: A Story of African American Midwives

Reviewed by Deborah Menkart

Renowned children’s book author Eloise Greenfield opens her latest title with a note to readers, “I want to take you back only as far as the Africa of a few hundred years ago. That’s when millions of Africans were forced from their homelands, brought to America, and enslaved. Some of the enslaved were midwives.” This unique picture book begins with historic background on the work of midwives, written in prose that is accessible to young readers and accompanied by archival photographs. The book then switches to poetry and stunningly beautiful illustrations — with vignettes from lives of midwives during slavery, emancipation, and today. Greenfield closes with a poem about the midwife who “caught” her when she was born, Miss Rovenia Mayo of Parmele, North Carolina.

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The Spotlight is on Eloise Greenfield

Our literacy work with children and teachers predates the formation of Alazar Press. For decades we have been using the poetry and books of Eloise Greenfield to effectively teach children and their families. It is wonderful that Eloise and her body of work is the subject of the first post in a series of interviews saluting early recipients of the Coretta Scott King Book Award.

Enjoy the CSK Legends interview here.