The Faith of Elijah Cummings: The North Star of Equal Justice by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Laura Freeman. Random House Studio, 2021. 978059330650
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Format: Hardcover picture book
What did you like about the book? This book was a beautiful way to honor the late Congressman Elijah Cummings. The book takes us from the beginning of Cummings’ life until his death in 2019, telling us about his upbringing, how he made it all the way to D.C., and his never-ending fight for civil rights. Each two-page layout highlights a time in his life. On one side of the layout there is a quote from Elijah paired with a narrative that relates to the quote.In the beginning of his life his teachers had counted Elijah out. At first he let that really get to him; however, he started staying with the librarians after the library closed in order to get tutored by them. With their help he was able to succeed in the classroom. A quotation from Cummings tells readers that books and the library set him up for success! The digital illustrations are beautiful, with rich and vibrant colors. At the back of the book, Weatherford provides supplemental information such as a timeline of Cummings’s life and an excerpt from a speech he gave in 2019.
Anything you didn’t like about it? There is nothing I would change in this book.
To whom would you recommend this book? This book is perfect for the young civil rights activist who is looking to learn more about important key people in the movement. This is perfect for a child ages 6 and older. It is better suited for older students if you want to be able to talk more deeply about politics as well as racial issues.
Who should buy this book? Elementary schools and middle schools
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Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Rose Metayer, Boston Latin School, Boston MA
Date of review: April 25, 2022