Melanie Moore, a former teacher in Cincinnati, has made it her mission to provide good reads on the go.
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Black History Month is here! Starting the month off on a good foot (or tire) is a book bus offering lots of books to a school in Oklahoma. The Rolling Thunder Book Bus is offering tons of new books donning the faces of several important figures in black history such as Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King Jr., Booker T. Washington, Harriet Tubman, W.E.B. DuBois, and many more.
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Many second graders in the school waited patiently as NBA player Dennis Schröder was on the book bus helping students pick two books each. You can check out quotes from the students and Schröder himself here.
One child asked if Schröder had any Michael Jordan Books, which prompted him to find the book for the student aboard the bus. Schröder stated, “Just to be with kids, it makes me happy.” A second-grade teacher, Berna Johnson, emulated civil rights hero Rosa Parks as she conducted students on and off the bus. Students were referring to her as Ms. Parks the entire day.
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Having Dennis Schröder on the bus distributing books could serve as an example to the students to love reading. Berna Johnson said, “It will sure help the teachers because we can always say ‘you know, Dennis Schröder was on the bus, he loves to read.’ That’s all it takes.” Having a sportsman promote reading reminds children that it doesn’t have to be one or the other.
If you’d like to read books from important black history figures, the links for them are at the top!
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Melanie Moore runs a bookstore out of the back of an old cherry farm truck and donates some of her profits and books to school libraries.