The Delicious Book Introduces a New Generation to a Once-Separated New Jersey Beach
MECHANICSBURG, PA., USA, July 20, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Author Cheryl Woodruff Brooks is delighted to announce the release of their first children’s book, “The Story of Chicken Bone Beach”. The book introduces a new generation to a once-secluded New Jersey beach that was a hub of activity from the 1920s to the 1960s.
“The Story of Chicken Bone Beach” is an adaptation of Brooks’ first book, “Chicken Bone Beach: A Pictorial History of Atlantic City’s Missouri Avenue Beach”, published in 2017 by Sunbury Press. The book was nominated for a 2017 literary award with the Schaumburg Center in New York, used in classrooms at Purdue University and referenced in “The Oxford Handbook of American Folklore” and Folklore Studies.
Brooks compiled the history of Atlantic City’s racially segregated beach in its heyday from the 1920s to the 1960s and of the residents who lived in the Northside near Missouri Avenue Beach. Included are images, research and oral interviews with Atlantic City residents. Despite the racial divide in America, Chicken Bone Beach functioned as an African-American beach resort attracting celebrities, civic leaders, and other races.
Brooks believes outreach brings an understanding of important history in America that fills in the gaps in current textbooks used in classrooms and home libraries. She writes delightfully about segregation and the Jim Crow laws, focusing the reader’s attention on how much the African American community appreciated and loved their neighborhood despite the laws that barred black people from entering.
Brooks decided to channel his favorite childhood author, Dr. Seuss, by using nursery rhymes and songs to encourage children to read and sing for the children’s book adaptation. “The History of Chicken Bone Beach” has illustrations by Ophélie Chambliss that will ignite the imagination.
“I wrote this book because I want future generations to know, share, and celebrate the diversity of American history,” Brooks said. “When I was a kid, our humanities teachers told us that America was a melting pot, populated by all kinds of nationalities. I am here to add literature to the melting pot of truth.” The timing for the book bodes well, as educators once again turn to the complex and difficult history of race relations in the United States. The country is at a time when new voices are needed to share important stories that have not been told enough in the past.
Brooks has participated in keynote addresses discussing his literary work at museums, schools, universities and at special events. Her second book, “Golden Beauty Boss: The Story of Madame Sara Spencer Washington & the Apex Empire,” came out three weeks after the start of the pandemic. The book is the first biography written about an African American woman who became a self-made millionaire in the 1940s. Brooks has contributed to “After the Pandemic” (Sunbury Press, 2020) and is also a professional singer and songwriter.
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