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The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop Cover Image
ISBN: 9781499804119
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Published: little bee books - January 8th, 2019

The Roots of Rap is not only one of the most beautifully illustrated books I've seen in a while, but one of the most interesting as well. Rap has not only influenced my taste in music, but my father's, my brother's, and the whole country's. The influence of the lyrical and instrumental masterpieces of black entertainers helped move black oppression into the ears of the public.The entire book is written in 16 bars of rhyme, blending smoothly with the paintings throughout the story.

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Gods and Heroes: Mythology Around the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9781523503780
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - August 21st, 2018

Even at my old age of 17, I will always and forever read children's books. This book in particular is so incredible because it educates on one of my favorite topics: mythology! Briggs bundles gods, goddesses, and heroes from loads of indigenous cultures in a way that any kid could enjoy and understand.

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Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (Vashti Harrison) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316475112
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - December 5th, 2017

This Little Leaders book is an ode to Black History Month and the bold black women who hold up the foundation of our country. Every page magnifies a small woman who played (or plays) a huge part in shaping our country into its current form. This simple book shows that any person, no matter their race or gender, can become any inspiration for others.

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The Handmaid's Tale: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385490818
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Published: Anchor - March 16th, 1998

Though I had to read The Handmaid's Tale as an assignment in school, I enjoyed it immensely. The world of Gilead is so upsetting because its realistic. The characters in the story do nothing to others that hasn't already been done to people in our reality. These people are our society, just pushed a tiny bit further. Gilead is a reflection of what not only terrifies us the most, but of what shapes us into who we become.