My selection for today is"Keep Climbing, Girls"
by Beah E. Richards
with illustrations by R. Gregory Christie.
This poem, which first appeared in "A Black woman Speaks: And Other
Poems" by the late actor and poet Beah Richards, is reintroduced to young
readers in this picture book format by illustrator Gregory Christie. Keep
Climbing, Girls speaks to female equality as portrayed by a young African
American girl who is determined to climb to the highest branches of a tree on
her own terms despite the admonitions of her observers. Vernacular speech creates
a distinctive voice for Miss Nettie as she attempts to convince the young girl
to be careful for fear she'll become a tomboy with tomboy scars. Certainly
there is a risk, but the young heroine's confidence and determination is
stronger than her fear of danger.