Discovering Black America Selected as One of “The Best Children’s Books of 2012”

Kirkus Reviews, a respected publishing industry book review magazine, has announced the selection of Discovering Black America: From the Age of Exploration to the Twenty-First Century as one of “The Best Children’s Books of 2012.”

Discovering Black America - From the Age of Exploration to the Twenty-First Century

Discovering Black America – From the Age of Exploration to the Twenty-First Century

The author, Linda Tarrant-Reid, has written and edited several books on African American history.  Ms. Tarrant-Reid spent six (6) years researching and writing the 244-page volume geared for middle grade readers and adults, and has received starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly.  The beautifully designed pages and layout contain over 100 archival images, historical documents, maps, as well as first-person narratives that span more than 400 years of African American history set against a background of American and global events.

Discovering Black America was published in September by Abrams Books for Young Readers, known for its award-winning and handsomely produced books.  The new tome on African American history has been widely reviewed and promoted on radio, digital media and on local television.  Ms. Tarrant-Reid was interviewed recently by WNBC-TV reporter Tracie Strahan on the public affairs segment, Positively BlackDiscovering Black America was also included in Essence magazine’s 2012 Holiday Shopping and Web Guide featured in the December issue.  Book events for Discovering Black America have included a book signing at the historic Thomas Paine Cottage Museum in New Rochelle, NY where Academy Award-nominated actress Ruby Dee read an excerpt from the book and a presentation on African Americans who fought in the American Revolution from the Hampton Roads area in Norfolk, VA at the St. Thomas A.M.E.Zion Church.

Discovering Black America is available at book stores, online booksellers and from the publisher, Abrams Books for Young Readers.  For the latest information about Discovering Black America and future book events, visit or follow the book on Twitter @discoverblackus.

Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Books of 2012 – See page 8

Tracie Strahan Interview on WNBC-TV –

Miss Ruby Dee Reads from DBA at Thomas Paine Cottage Museum

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3 Responses to Discovering Black America Selected as One of “The Best Children’s Books of 2012”

  1. irene r. pastarnack says:

    congratulations again, linda. that;s so great – love – irene

  2. Angela Iadavaia says:

    really really goood…will forward to folks here

  3. Kazuko says:

    Congratulations on a well deserved Honor! I have my book and there is a wealth of inspiration in it for all ages.

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