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Before the Ships

The Birth of Black Excellence

August 6, 2024 | Children's hardcover
ISBN: 9781338849974
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Before the Ships is a powerful and poetic celebration of the early roots of Black history. The great achievements and accomplishments across Africa prior to the Transatlantic slave trade are told through melodious text and evocative illustrations, that culminate into the strength and resilience of modern-day Black people.

For so many of us, the first introduction to Black history begins with lessons about slavery. While slavery is a crucial part of African-American history, it is not the beginning. In fact, there is a rich history tied to the continent of Africa that deserves to be told and to be marveled at-- which is exactly what Maisha Oso does in Before the Ships. With sparse yet moving text, Maisha takes us back in time to before the advent of the Transatlantic slave trade. We see the grandness of African royalty, the bravery of warriors like the Queen of Kush, and stories being told in song with griots and drums. Candice Bradley's gorgeous and reflective illustrations illuminate the strength of Black history and Black joy, reminding readers about the power within us all.

About this Author

Maisha Oso is the author of Buster the Bully, Welbeck Kids 2021, and the forthcoming picture books, My Hair Is a Book, Harper Collins 2024, and Before the Ships, Scholastic 2024. She writes stories to empower, entertain, and encourage emotional intelligence in young children. A former strategy & analytics professional from New York City, Maisha is currently working in her most challenging role to date: a stay-at-home mom of three tiny humans. When she is not writing, you can find her wrangling her kids, binge-watching an unhealthy amount of reality television, or belting out lyrics from the Hamilton soundtrack. After living abroad for several years in Africa, Maisha and her family have recently moved back stateside to Alpharetta, Georgia.

ISBN: 9781338849974
Format: Children's hardcover
Pages: 40
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Published: 2024-08-06


Praise for Before the Ships:

I want to read Before the Shipsover and over. What an anthem! What a spark of light! It left me breathless and hopeful. I want to share it with my son, my nieces and nephews, with anyone, really, who is brave enough to listen. -- Tami Charles, New York Times bestselling author of All Because You Matter

''In an insightful picture book, Oso (Buster the Bully) offers an empowering portrait of African peoples ''before the ships'' ... It's an apt, affirming history that connects readers to ancestors while underlining how "Black lives have always mattered." -- Publishers Weekly(starred review)

''A celebration of Pan-African achievement that spans much of the continent and its pre-colonial history... A beautifully bold dedication to Black greatness'' -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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