Read it: Two books teach about slavery and its aftermath

Although Black History Month came to a close with the last day of February, here are two new books dealing with the black experience in America that are worth reading at any time of the year.

Miles To Go for Freedom: Segregation and Civil Rights in the Jim Crow Years (by Linda Barrett Osborne; Abrams, ages 12 and up, $24.95) explores Northern bigotry along with the familiar pain of the Southern variety. The illustrations, from historic photos to a 1926 rejection notice from a famed music school ("I am sorry, but no colored students are accepted at the Peabody Conservatory.") help tell the tale.

For younger readers, We March (story and illustrations by Shane W. Evans; Macmillan, ages 4 to 7, $16.99) gives a simply worded, colorfully illustrated view of a family's preparation for and participation in the 1963 March on Washington, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic "I have a dream" speech. Another Evans book, Underground, won the Coretta Scott King award for illustration in January.

-- Sarah Bryan Miller,

St. Louis Post-Dispatch