Read Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library Online Free - In luminous paintings and arresting poems, two of children's literature's top African-American scholars track Arturo Schomburg's quest to correct history.
Where is our historian to give us our side? Arturo asked.
Amid the scholars, poets, authors, and artists of the Harlem Renaissance stood an Afro-Puerto Rican named Arturo Schomburg. This law clerk's life's passion was to collect books, letters, music, and art from Africa and the African diaspora and bring to light the achievements of people of African descent through the ages. When Schomburg's collection became so big it began to overflow his house (and his wife threatened to mutiny), he turned to the New York Public Library, where he created and curated a collection that was the cornerstone of a new Negro Division. A century later, his groundbreaking collection, known as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, has become a beacon to scholars all over the world.
|Title||:||Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library|
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September 21, 2017
Beautifully illustrated but of questionable accuracy, this brief middle-grade illustrated book uses Arturo (Arthur) Schomburg's biography and passion for academic study of Africana to uncover quieted names in world history. While the structure is unique, the writing is engaging and sound, and the...
November 07, 2017
This verse biography of Arturo Schomburg is intended for children and teens, but I absolutely recommend it to everyone. Weatherford poetically and succinctly tells the life story and accomplishments of this truly remarkable individual. Schomburg was an Afro-Puerto Rican book collector whose work...
September 25, 2017
While I do wish the book focused a little more on the life story of Schomburg, it is a great tool to show children the contributions that people of color made to American history.
August 27, 2017
I love the subject matter so I wish the narrative here were better executed. Weatherford's choice to introduce famous African Americans detracts from Schomberg's story and the whole narrative seems rather text heavy for a picture book biography.
February 16, 2018
In-depth picture book biography of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, an intellectual, bibliophile, activist, historian, writer, curator, and protector of knowledge. The story is told in verse, with beautiful illustrations, a thorough timeline, source notes and a small bibliography.
Also, apparently he fil...
February 12, 2018
So I really thought I was going to be over the moon about this book, I mean it is about a guy who built a library for crying out loud. What Arthur Schomburg accomplished is amazing, but the way the information was presented just wasn't for me it just seemed very dry. I did like it; I just didn't...
January 24, 2018
What a beautiful homage, though very text heavy for a picture book, about Schomburg's love of literature for the simple fact that it would build the African history that was assumed to not exist or be whitewashed. Schomburg could not tolerate the idea that African history would not be collected,...
September 23, 2017
Age: 3rd-5th grade
Seeking to break the shackles of ignorance and liberate fellow African Americans and black people, Schomburg sought to unearth long hidden histories of influential black people in order to provide inspiration for the future. The writing is poetically informational, weaving stren...
August 25, 2017
Very interesting focal character. But a somewhat strange choice to use him as a means of introducing a host of African American luminaries. As a result, the text ends up more as a listing of facts and anecdotes rather than a compelling informational text that weaves a narrative.
Also, the picture...
June 23, 2017
Arturo Schomburg was shamed as a child for wanting to learn about famous black figures in history. He resolved to find out everything he could about them and to share this knowledge with the world. He did.
This book is the mesmerizing story of a man who sought out and researched and documented bla...