Minding the Gap: WWII Gap
This is a new series in which I determine big time gaps in children’s literature. Themes and issues and elements that should be written about and yet somehow haven’t.
This week, a patron contacted me with the following request: Name me one, just one, middle grade chapter book (5th-7th grade) that’s about African-American kids on the homefront during WWII.
Ladies and gentlemen, it can’t be done. I’m drawing a complete blank. The Road to Memphis by Mildred Taylor? That takes place in the 1940s but it’s not really about WWII. Readers, I invite you to best me. Can you name any ANY book at all that covers this? Remember, it has to be set on the homefront. No Flygirl. No Mare’s War. No Dear America books with brave boys fighting in the field. Children. African-American. Homefront. WWII. We get some of these each year starring white children and a couple internment camp novels too, after all.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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