Reading/Interest Level: Young Adult
Author: Carole Boston Weatherford
Illustrator: Eric Velasquez
Publisher: Candlewick PressYear: 2017
Afro-Puerto Rican Arturo Schomburg was once told by a school teacher that "the negro has no history." Convinced that this was false, Schomburg set out on a lifelong quest to uncover his cultural heritage. He began searching out and collecting literature, music, art, sculpture, letters, and prints that told the story of his people, where he found a rich and inspiring legacy. The collection eventually outgrew his house. The history Schomburg amassed was purchased by the Carnegie Corporation and was donated to the New York Public Library, where it has grown to become the foundation of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
The story of Harlem Renaissance author Arturo Schomburg is told in free verse. Rich oil paintings adorn each vignette. The picture book format of this biography is somewhat misleading in that the amount of information and the complexity of the vocabulary makes this account better suited to older students. Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library is perhaps best read over several sittings rather than all at once, as it may be too lengthy to hold the attention of young readers.