Ellen’s Broom by Kelly Starling Lyons


Beautiful illustrations support the text about a family of two African American parents and their three children that is set during the time when African Americans were freed and allowed to legally marry.  They explain the significance of the broom on their wall, a memento from their unofficial wedding ceremony years before. As the story unfolds, the reader learns about the laws during slavery and celebrates with the characters as they are officially married linking the past to their future.  Both the author and illustrator are African American making this an authentic choice for African American History Month in February.

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