Ellen’s Broom, written by Kelly Starling Lyons and illustrated by Daniel Minter, is a beautiful book about a girl discovering the meaning of the broom that’s above the hearth in her home. Ellen’s family explains how a “broom wedding” was the only kind of wedding that slaves were allowed to have, but the family rejoices when Reconstruction laws allow former slaves living as husband and wife to be registered as married.
The parents’ explanation and celebration is wonderfully told by the author and vividly illustrated by Minter. This book is a great conversation starter as it explores history as told through a family’s eyes. We hope you learn as much as we did!
*What different emotions did Ellen feel through the story?
*What family traditions does your family have?
*Where could you learn more about this time in our history?