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1.   A Country Far Away
Nigel Gray (Author), Philippe Dupasquier (Illustrator)
This book portrays the similarities in the life experiences of a boy in a rural African village and one in a Western country.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
2.   A Picture Book of Frederick Douglass
David A. Adler (Author), Samuel Byrd (Illustrator)
A biography of the man who after escaping slavery, became an orator, writer and leader in the abolitionist movement.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
3.   A Picture Book of George Washington Carver
David A. Adler (Author), Dan Brown (Illustrator)
A brief biography of the African-American scientist who overcame tremendous hardships to make important discoveries in the field of agriculture.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
4.   A Picture Book of Jackie Robinson
David A. Adler (Author), Robert Casilla (Illustrator)
The story of the first African American to play major league baseball in the United States.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
5.   A Picture Book of Jesse Owens
David A. Adler (Author), Robert Casilla (Illustrator)
A short biography of a sharecropper's son who became a four-time Olympic gold medallist.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
6.   A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr.
David A. Adler (Author), Robert Casilla (Illustrator)
A short biography of the civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prizewinner.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
7.   A Picture Book of Rosa Parks
David A. Adler (Author), Robert Casilla (Illustrator)
The story of the woman who came to be known as the "mother of the Civil Rights Movement." .
[Grade Level: K - 3]
8.   A Vacation in the Village
Written by
Pierre Yves Njeng
Nweb is a city boy and is afraid to take a family vacation to the village of his grandparents. He makes a friend, enjoys himself, and learns a lot about his culture.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 2]
9.   Abby
Jeannette Franklin Caines (Author), Steven Kellogg (Illustrator)
A young girl recalls her adoption by looking through her baby pictures and asking her mother and brother questions.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
10.   Africa Brothers and Sisters
Vanessa French (Illustrator), Virginia Kroll (Author)
A young boy and his dad play a question-and-answer game about people who live in Africa and the ways in which they are connected to them.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
11.   Africa Is Not a Country
Margy Burns Knight (Author), Anne Sibley O’Brien (Illustrator)
Enter into the daily life of children in the many countries of modern Africa. Countering stereotypes, "Africa is not a Country" celebrates the extraordinary diversity of this vibrant continent as experienced by children at home, at school, at work, and at play.
[Grade Level: 1 - 4]
12.   Allen Jay and the Underground Railroad
Marlene Targ Brill (Author), Janice Lee Porter (Illustrator)
The true story of a young boy who helped a runaway slave.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
13.   Amazing Grace
Mary Hoffman (Author), Caroline Binch (Illustrator)
A young African-American girl discovers that she can do anything she sets her mind to.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
14.   An African Princess
Lyra Edmonds (Author), Annie Wilson (Illustrator)
This is a story about a girl of mixed race discovering her family history and identity. Lyra is told by her family that she is an African Princess. But when she tells her school friends, they don't believe her. It is only when she flies to the vibrant Caribbean to visit her Taunte May that she discovers her own history.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 2]
15.   Apples on a Stick: The Folklore of Black American Children
Barbara Michels (Author), Bettye White (Author)
This book is a collection of poetry that has counting rhymes, hand claps, circle games and jump rope rhymes.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 2]
16.   Arctic Explorer: The Story of Matthew Henson
Written by
Jeri Ferris
The story of Matthew Henson, co-discoverer of the North Pole.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
17.   Asha's Mums
Rosamund Elwin (Author), Michele Paulse (Author), Dawn Lee (Illustrator)
Asha is an African-Canadian girl who has two Mums. Her teacher is bothered by this but her classmates assure her that having two Mums is no big deal because they are a family.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
18.   Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky
Written by
Faith Ringgold
With Harriet Tubman as her guide, a young girl retraces the steps escaping slaves took on the Underground Railroad.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
19.   Babu's Song
Aaron Boyd (Illustrator), Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen (Author)
In Tanzania, Bernardi's grandfather who has lost the ability to speak, helps his grandson realize his dream of going to school.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
20.   Black Is Brown Is Tan
Arnold Adoff (Author), Emily Arnold McCully (Illustrator)
First published in 1973, this book marked the first acknowledgment of an interracial family in children's book publishing. The author uses lyrical text--an African American mother, "the skin color of chocolate," and a Caucasian father, "who's skin is not white, but light in color with tans and pinks and all the colors of the rainbow,"--to paint a portrait of a loving and natural family setting. McCully has updated the illustrations with watercolor paintings to show the brown-skinned momma, the white daddy, and the two children in a 21st-century setting.
[Grade Level: 1 - 3]
21.   Boundless Grace
Mary Hoffman (Author), Caroline Binch (Illustrator)
When Grace gets the opportunity to go to Africa and visit with her father and his new family, she feels a little strange. But Nana says families are what you make them, and Grace is going to make the most of hers! Mary Hoffman and Caroline Binch bring their spunky heroine to life in this sequel to "Amazing Grace."
[Grade Level: K - 3]
22.   Brown Angels: An Album of Pictures and Verse
Written by
Walter Dean Myers
A collection of thirty pictures of African-American children with original poems that celebrate their life and pride.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
23.   Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl's Baseball Dream
Crystal Hubbard (Author), Randy Duburke (Illustrator)
Marcenia Lyle wants to be a professional baseball player, but her parents make clear that the only jobs available to African American women in that time (the 1930s) are teacher, nurse and maid. When the St. Louis Cardinals manager forms a baseball camp, he denies admission to Marcenia because of her gender. However, Marcenia dazzles him with her skill until he agrees to let her join. An afterword reveals that Marcenia, under the name Toni Stone, became the first female member of an all-male baseball team, filling the spot vacated by Hank Aaron when he joined the Major Leagues.
[Grade Level: 1 - 4]
24.   Celebrating Kwanzaa
Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith (Author), Lawrence Migdale (Illustrator)
A young girl tells the story of her family's Kwanzaa celebration.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
25.   Christmas Makes Me Think
Chandra Cox (Illustrator), Tony Medina (Author)
A young African-American boy reflects on the spirit of Christmas and thinks of ways he can share what he has with others.
26.   Courtney's Birthday Party
Ron Garnett (Illustrator), Loretta Long (Author)
A young girl is not allowed to invite her African-American friend to her birthday party.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
27.   Daisy and the Doll
Larry Johnson (Illustrator), Angela Shelf Medearis (Author), Michael Medearis (Author)
A young girl living in rural Vermont tells about an experience related to being an African-American student in a predominantly white community.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
28.   Dance, Kayla!
Written by
Darwin McBeth Walton
A young girl uses her dancing to help her cope during difficult times.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
29.   David's Drawings
Written and Illustrated by
Cathryn Falwell
A young boy draws a picture and enjoys having his schoolmates add their drawings to it; later in the day he enjoys creating another picture that is all his own.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
30.   Dear Mrs. Parks: A Dialogue with Today's Youth
Rosa Parks (Author), Gregory J. Reed (Author)
Correspondence between Rosa Parks and various children in which the "Mother of the Modern Day Civil Rights Movement" answers questions and encourages young people to reach their highest potential.
[Grade Level: 5 & Up]
31.   Dinner at Aunt Connie's House
Written by
Faith Ringgold
Melody meets her newly adopted cousin, Lonnie, at her Aunt Connie's house one summer. While playing, the youngsters discover 12 paintings in the attic, each of which depicts a famous African-American woman.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
32.   Down Home at Miss Dessa's
Felicia Marshall (Illustrator), Bette Stroud (Author)
In the south in the 1940s, two young African-American sisters spend the day caring for an elderly neighbor.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
33.   Drylongso
Virginia Hamilton (Author), Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)
A young man called Drylongso relieves a family's distress during a drought.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
34.   Elizabeti's Doll
Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen (Author), Christy Hale (Illustrator)
Set in Tanzania, a young girl learns to accept her new baby brother by finding a baby doll of her own to take care of like her mom takes care of her brother.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
35.   Emmanuel Osofu Yeboah, Advocate for Ghana's Disabled Population
Written by
Adam Woog
Emmanuel Osofu Yeboah was born with a deformed leg in Ghana, where people with disabilities are considered burdens to society. In 2001, Emmanuel devoted himself to changing this view and biked one-legged 370 miles around Ghana. Through continued efforts, he has forever changed his nation's treatment and view of people with disabilities.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
36.   Freedom Summer
Jerome Lagarrigue (Illustrator), Deborah Wiles (Author)
In the summer of 1964 two boys, one white and one black, play together and want to swim in the newly-integrated pool, and are dismayed to find that prejudice still exists.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
37.   From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun
Written by
Jacqueline Woodson
Melanin Sun's mother, an African-American woman, tells him that she is in love with a white woman. Melanin feels confused and upset as he tries to understand issues about sexuality, racial identity and love.
[Grade Level: 6 & Up]
38.   Gettin' Through Thursday
Nneka Bennett (Illustrator), Melrose Cooper (Author)
Andre dreads Thursdays. Thursday is the day before Mama gets paid at work each week - and the day when money is tight and spirits are low for Andre and his older brother and sister. As report card day approaches, Andre is excited because he anticipates making the honor roll, and Mama has promised a royal party for just such an event. But to Andre's dismay, report card day falls on a Thursday. This is a tale of how, despite limited means, a single mother and her children find a creative way to celebrate a son's achievement.
[Grade Level: 2 - 6]
39.   Goin' Someplace Special
Patricia C. McKissack (Author), Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)
In segregated 1950s Nashville, a young African-American girl experiences a series of indignities and obstacles to get to one of the few integrated places in town, the public library.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
40.   Going Back Home: An Artist Returns to the South
Toyomi Igus (Author), Michelle Wood (Illustrator)
An artist refers to her African American heritage through her art.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
41.   Granddaddy’s Gift
Margaree King Mitchell (Author), Larry Johnson (Illustrator)
In this story, a young African-American woman reminisces about her grandfather's determination to vote in 1960s segregated Mississippi. When a lawyer addresses a local gathering looking for volunteers to register to vote, the girl's grandfather is the only one to step forward. Granddaddy Joe braves racist taunts and passes a test on the Mississippi Constitution to become the first black registered voter in town. Fearful neighbors shun Granddaddy and his family, but when their church is set on fire, the black community unifies and joins Granddaddy in registering.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
42.   Growing Up Biracial: Trevor's Story
Bethany Kandel (Author), Carol Halebian (Photographer)
Ten-year-old Trevor Sage-el describes his life at home and at school, his feelings about being the son of a white mother and a black father, and what he likes and does not like about being biracial. “Sometimes people ask me, ‘What are you?’,” observes Trevor. “I usually answer, ‘Human.’ I have friends of all colors. I don’t want to have to choose between black and white. I’m both, and I like it.”
[Grade Level: 2 - 6]
43.   Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom
Rae Bains (Author), Larry Johnson (Illustrator)
The biography of a girl whose fight to freedom was the first step in her becoming "conductor" on the underground railroad.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
44.   Have A Happy: A Novel About Kwanzaa
Carole Byard (Illustrator), Mildred Pitts Walter (Author)
A family celebrates Kwanzaa.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
45.   How Animals Saved the People
James Ransome (Illustrator), J. J. Reneaux (Reteller)
A collection of folktales from people in the South, including Cajun, Creole, Native American, African American, English and German.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
46.   How Many Days to America?: A Thanksgiving Story
Eve Bunting (Author), Beth Peck (Illustrator)
Caribbean "boat people" seek haven in America.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
47.   How My Family Lives in America
Susan Kuklin. (Illustrator), Susan Kuklin (Author)
Through the eyes of four immigrant children, readers see how different families preserve their cultures while part of an American community.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
48.   How Stories Came into the World: A Folk Tale from West Africa
Retold and Illustrated by
Joanna Troughton
The myth of Mouse and her children, from the Ekoi people of Nigeria.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
49.   How the Birds Changed Their Feathers: A South American Indian Folk Tale
Retold and Illustrated by
Joanna Troughton
This tale, told by the Arawak people of Guyana, explains how there came to be such brightly colored birds on Earth.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
50.   I Am Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks (Author), Jim Haskins (Author), Wil Clay (Illustrator)
The woman whose acts of civil disobedience led to the 1956 Supreme Court order to desegregate buses in Montgomery, Alabama, explains what she did and why.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
51.   I Have a Dream
Martin Luther King, Jr. (Author), Coretta Scott King (Author)
This edition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s “I Have a Dream" speech is illustrated by fifteen recipients of the Coretta Scott King Award, which recognizes African American authors and illustrators. Signed statements from the artists explain the emotions they were tying to capture and why and how they used certain colors and tones. This book evokes the sound of King's voice as it was captured on that historic August day in 1963.
[Grade Level: 1 & Up]
52.   I See the Rhythm
Toyomi Igus (Author), Michele Wood (Illustrator)
A visual and poetic introduction to the history of African-American music.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
53.   If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks
Written by
Faith Ringgold
A contemporary schoolgirl boards the bus on which Rosa Parks rode in 1955, and the bus tells the girl about Rosa's story, from growing up with the constant threat of a Ku Klux Klan attack to her act of passive resistance against the segregation of bus passengers.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
54.   Iggie's House
Written by
Judy Blume
This re-issue of Judy Blume's classic 1970 novel dealing with racism and housing segregation still strikes a chord. 11-year-old Winnie is quick to make friends with her new neighbors, the Garbers, who are the first African-American residents of the neighborhood (“The Garbers were black and Grove Street was white and always had been”). Winnie is distressed when another neighbor organizes a petition to pressure the Garbers into moving, and frustrated that her parents are initially ambivalent on the issue. Winnie tries to help her neighbors, and the Garber kids accuse her of befriending them only because she thinks it is “cool” to have black friends. The story has a positive resolution when the racist neighbor decides to move and Winnie makes up with the Garbers.
[Grade Level: 4 - 7]
55.   In Daddy's Arms I am Tall
Written and Illustrated by
Javaka Steptoe
A collection of poems written by a number of poets celebrating African-American fathers.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
56.   Jackie Joyner Kersee: Superwoman
Margaret J. Goldstein (Author), Jennifer Larson (Author)
A biography of the track-and-field star who has had medal-winning performances in three Olympics.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
57.   Jaha and Jamil Went Down the Hill: An African Mother Goose
Virginia Kroll (Author), Katherine Roundtree (Illustrator)
This is a new take on familiar Mother Goose rhymes, rewording them to expose young children to African culture and wildlife.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
58.   Jamal's Busy Day
George Ford (Illustrator), Wade Hudson (Author)
A day in the life of a close-knit family.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
59.   John Lewis in the Lead: A Story of the Civil Rights Movement
James Haskins (Author), Kathleen Benson (Author), Benny Andrews (Illustrator)
This illustrated biography celebrates the life of a living legend of U.S. history, a sharecropper’s son who grew up to become a major civil rights leader. Stirred by his experience of segregation and inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Lewis joined Dr. King and other civil rights leaders after graduating high school, and was in the forefront of the major civil rights protests of the 1960s. In the face of physical attacks, he persevered with dignity and a devotion to nonviolence, helping southern black people gain the right to vote. Lewis has continued his commitment to human rights since that time and, in 1986, he was elected to represent Georgia in the U.S. Congress, where he continues to serve today.
[Grade Level: 3 - 5]
60.   Joshua's Masai Mask
Dakari Hru (Author), Anna Rich (Illustrator)
Fearing that his classmates will ridicule his playing the kalimba in the school talent show, Joshua, an African-American boy, uses a magical Masai mask tp transform himself into different people, before realizing that his own identity is one of value.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
61.   Jump at de Sun: The Story of Zora Neal Hurston
Lucy Ann Hurston (Author), A. P. Porter (Author)
The story of author Zora Neale Hurston and her battles against racism and poverty.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
62.   Keepers
Felicia Marshall (Illustrator), Jeri Hanel Watts (Author)
An African-American boy gives his grandmother a special birthday present, his carrying on the family story-telling traditions.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
63.   Kwanzaa
A. P. Porter (Author), Janice Lee Porter (Illustrator)
A presentation of the weeklong African-American holiday.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
64.   Kwanzaa Karamu Cooking and Crafts for a Kwanzaa Festival
April A. Brady (Author), Barbara Knutson (Illustrator), Diane Wolfe (Illustrator), Robert L. Wolfe (Illustrator)
The story of Kwanzaa - its history and meaning - as well as recipes and craft ideas for a Kwanzaa festival.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
65.   Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters
Stephen Alcorn (Illustrator), Andrea Davis Pinkney (Author)
Let It Shine is a collection of short biographies celebrating the contributions of 10 black women who moved forward the cause of civil rights in America. Following a preface that describes her own family roots in the civil rights movement, Pinkney presents her heroines chronologically in verbal portraits that capture the subjects' faith, strength of character, and determination in the face of hardships and racial injustice. The subjects—who are depicted in full-page oil paintings — include Sojourner Truth, Biddy Mason, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Mary McLeod Bethune, Ella Josephine Baker, Dorothy Irene Height, Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Shirley Chisholm.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
66.   Let Them Play
Margot Theis Raven (Author), Chris Ellison (Illustrator)
In 1955 the all-black Cannon Street YMCA All-Stars team was formed in Charleston, South Carolina in the hopes of playing in the state’s annual Tournament, but all of the white teams pull out of the official Little League program rather than play against All-Stars. This boycott gives the team a legitimate spot in the Little League Baseball World Series held in Pennsylvania, but while the team is invited to attend as guests, they are not allowed to participate since they have not officially “played” and won their state’s tournament. The title of this true story takes its name from the chant shouted by the spectators who attended the World Series final.
[Grade Level: 1 - 5]
67.   Madoulina: A Girl Who Wanted to Go to School
Written by
Joel Bognomo
Madoulina loves school but has to help her mother sell food in the marketplace this schoolyear instead. Her teacher speaks to her mother and makes an arrangement.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
68.   Making It Home: Real-Life Stories from Children Forced to Flee
Written by
Beverly Naidoo
In this collection, children living all over the world speak about being forced to flee their homes as refugees. With original, autobiographical accounts, Making It Home gives a voice to the millions of young people whose lives have been disrupted by war but who have escaped. With maps, brief histories of each country, and an eight-page photo insert, this book helps young people understand the world and the children who share the dream of freedom.
[Grade Level: 4 & Up]
69.   Marian Wright Edelman
Written by
Steve Otfinoski
A biography of the lawyer and social reformer who is known for her work on behalf of children's rights.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
70.   Masai and I
Nancy Carpenter (Illustrator), Virginia Kroll (Author)
A young girl compares her life to the East African Masai people.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
71.   Mr. Lincoln's Way
Written and Illustrated by
Patricia Polacco
A story about Mr. Lincoln, the school principal's efforts to get the school bully, to help him attract birds to the school's new atrium.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
72.   Mrs. Katz and Tush
Written and Illustrated by
Patricia Polacco
The story of a friendship that bridges generations and cultures.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
73.   Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters
Written and Illustrated by
John Steptoe
A modern African fable with insights into values.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
74.   My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers Growing Up with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Christine King Farris (Author), Chris K. Soentpiet (Illustrator)
Renowned educator Christine King Farris, older sister of the late Dr. King, recalls the birth of her two younger brothers and reflects on life in the King household from the vantage point of an older sibling. Using simple language, she describes race relations in the South during her childhood, shares the lessons that the King children learned from their family about standing up for justice and equality, and sets the stage for the historic journey that her brother would embark upon in the years to come.
[Grade Level: 2 - 4]
75.   My First Kwanzaa
Deborah M. Newton Chocolate (Author), Cal Massey (Illustrator)
A young boy and his family celebrate the seven days and principles of this African-American holiday.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
76.   Night Golf
Cedric Lucas (Illustrator), William Miller (Author)
A young African-American boy finds his way around the racial barriers of the 1960s and learns to play golf.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
77.   Nothing Wrong with a Three-Legged Dog
Written by
Graham McNamee
Keath and his best friend Lynda are in the fourth grade. Some kids call Lynda Zebra," because her mother's black and her father's white. And Keath is "Whitey." "He's vanilla in a chocolate school" where Toothpick, a bully, has it in for him. Lynda and Keath both love dogs. Dogs don't care about what color is the right one. Dogs don't hate anybody. Their favorite dog is Leftovers, Lynda's three-legged beagle. When he got hurt, his first owners gave up on him, but Lynda and Keath turn him into a winner, a pooch that shows Keath that sometimes it's good to stand out, to be special, and that even when you look different, there are ways to fit in.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
78.   Ola Shakes It Up
Joanne Hyppolite (Author), Warren Chang (Illustrator)
Nine-year-old Ola and her family have moved to an all-white suburban neighborhood, and she and her brother and sister must adjust to being the only black students in their school. Though her old home was in a rough Boston neighborhood, it was familiar and Ola loved it. After several weeks in her new community, Ola accepts that her family is not going to move back to the city, so she devises a plan to transform her new neighborhood into a place she can call home.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
79.   Pass It On: African-American Poetry for Children
Floyd Cooper (Illustrator), Wade Hudson (Selecter)
A collection of poems about childhood.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
80.   Pink and Say
Written and Illustrated by
Patricia Polacco
The story of Pinkus Aylee who during the Civil War saved Sheldon Russell Curtis, the author's great, great grandfather.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
81.   Richard Wright and the Library Card
Gregory Christie (Illustrator), William Miller (Author)
A true story about author Richard Wright and his determination to borrow books from the public library that turned him away because of the color of his skin.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
82.   Rosa Parks
Wil Mara (Author), Jeanne Clidas (Author)
A short introduction to the life of the woman whose actions led to the desegregation of buses in Montgomery, Alabama, in the 1960s and who was an important figure in the early days of the civil rights movement.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
83.   Rosa Parks, My Story
Jim Haskins (Author), Rosa Parks (Author)
The story of a woman whose decision not to give up her seat on a bus in 1955 turned the Civil Rights Movement into a national cause.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
84.   Rosa Parks: From the Back of the Bus to the Front of a Movement
Written by
Camilla Wilson
This book takes a close look at Parks' early life, and follows her political career after the Montgomery bus boycott.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
85.   Saturday at the New You
Barbara E. Barber (Author), Anna Rich (Illustrator)
A young African-American girl wishes she could do more to help her mother with customers at her beauty salon; one day she gets her chance.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
86.   Seven Candles for Kwanzaa
Andrea Davis Pinkney (Author), Brian Pinkney (Illustrator)
A book that follows the sequence of Kwanzaa, describing the symbols and their meanings.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
87.   Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story
Angela Shelf Medearis (Author), Daniel Minter (Illustrator)
Seven Ashanti brothers are given the seemingly impossible task of turning thread into gold.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
88.   Shanté Keys and the New Year's Peas
Gail Piernas-Davenport (Author), Marion Eldridge (Illustrator)
In this multicultural New Year's story, Shanté searches the neighborhood for black-eyed peas -- which symbolize good luck -- for her family's celebration dinner. On her journey, she learns about Chinese New Year and Diwali, as well as how January 1st is celebrated by other members of her community. The author includes additional pages of information about diverse New Year's traditions and special foods.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
89.   Shirley Chisholm
Written by
Jill S. Pollack
Shirley Chisholm's rise to prominence in the U. S. political arena is depicted in this addition to the First Book series. The readable, large-print text focuses on the varied political aspects of Chisholm's career, including her election as the first black woman to Congress and her run for the presidency.
[Grade Level: 3 - 5]
90.   Speed of Light
Cliff Nielsen (Illustrator), Sybil Rosen (Author)
A young girl living in the South during the 1950s struggles with the anti-Semitism and racism which pervade her small community.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
91.   Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt
Deborah Hopkinson (Author), James Ransome (Illustrator)
A young girl stitches a quilt with the map pattern she used to escape to freedom.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
92.   Sweet Land of Liberty
Deborah Hopkinson (Author), Leonard Jenkins (Illustrator)
On Easter Sunday in 1939, singer Marian Anderson performed at the Lincoln Memorial for over 75,000 people. The person largely responsible for putting her there was a white man, Oscar Chapman, assistant secretary of the interior under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. When Chapman learned that Anderson was not allowed to sing at Constitution Hall because of the color of her skin, he took it upon himself to find her an appropriate venue for a concert and make an important statement about equality. With support from the highest levels of U.S. government, Chapman helped produce a landmark concert that - for at least one evening - bridged the color divide to bring a city and much of the nation together.
[Grade Level: K-4]
93.   Sweet Magnolia
Laura Jacques (Illustrator), Virginia Kroll (Author)
A young girl visits her grandmother, a wildlife rehabilitater, in the Louisiana bayou, and helps her heal and free an injured baby bird.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
94.   Sweet Words So Brave: The Story of African American Literature
James Michael Brodie (Author), Jerry Butler (Illustrator), Barbara K. Curry (Author)
A survey of the history of African-American literature, from slave narratives to the present, told in the voice of a grandfather to his granddaughter.
95.   Tar Beach
Written and Illustrated by
Faith Ringgold
Based on the author's quilt painting of the same name, a young girl dreams of flying above her Harlem home claiming all she sees for herself and her family.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
96.   The Bus Ride
William Miller (Author), John Ward (Illustrator)
A young African-American child protests an unjust law in this story loosely based on Rosa Parks' historic refusal to give up her seat to a white passenger on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama in 1953.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
97.   The Dancing Palm Tree and Other Nigerian Folktales
Helen Siegel (Illustrator), Barbara K. Walker (Reteller)
Eleven Nigerian folktale.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
98.   The Friendship
Max Ginsburg (Illustrator), Mildred D. Taylor (Author)
Children learn dignity and pride in the face of racism.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
99.   The Jacket
Andrew Clements (Author), McDavid Henderson (Illustrator)
Phil, a young white boy, accuses Daniel, an African-American boy, of stealing Phil's brother's jacket, and both boys learn a lot as they uncover the truth about the jacket.
100.   The Jones Family Express
Written and Illustrated by
Javaka Steptoe
A young boy tries to find just the right present for his aunt in time for the annual family reunion.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
101.   The NAACP: An Organization Working to End Discrimination
Written by
Andrew Santella
This book traces the history of one of the nation's oldest and most important civil rights organizations, from the formation of the Niagara Movement on 1905 to modern-day protests over the flying of Confederate flags. Prominent NAACP leaders--such as W.E.B. DuBois, Ida B. Wells-Barnett and Thurgood Marshall--are profiled and milestones in the struggle for equal rights are discussed, including anti-lynching and desegregation efforts. The book includes a timeline, glossary and lots of photographs that break up the text and make the book accessible to younger readers.
[Grade Level: 3 - 6]
102.   The Old African
Julius Lester (Author), Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)
Based on an Ybo slave legend and infused with magical realism, this is the story of an elderly slave, Jaja, who can draw the pain of others into his mind and hones this skill when captured in Africa, dragged into a slave ship, and carted to Georgia. Jaja uses the power of his mind to ease the suffering of his fellow slaves and eventually lead them back to Africa. The graphic text and illustrations depict the horror and brutality of slavery.
[Grade Level: 4 - 8]
103.   The People Could Fly: The Picture Book
Diane Dillon (Illustrator), Leo Dillon (Illustrator), Virginia Hamilton (Author)
This folktale is about how a group of black slaves would cope with sadness or anger in their life. The slaves would use their magic to rise and fly away when they were subject to the cruelty of their masters.
[Grade Level: Pre-K]
104.   The Piano
Susan Keeter (Illustrator), William Miller (Author)
A young African-American girl's love of music leads her to a job in the home of an older white woman who not only teaches the girl to play the piano, but also about caring for others.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
105.   The Secret to Freedom
Larry Johnson (Illustrator), Marcia Vaughn (Author)
Great Aunt Lucy tells the story of her slave days when she and her brother learned the quilt code to help direct other slaves, and eventually her brother too to freedom in the north.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
106.   The Singing Man
Angela Shelf Medearis (Adapter), Terea Shaffer (Illustrator)
A young man is forced to leave his West African village because he chooses music over the more practical occupation of his brothers.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
107.   The Skin I'm In
Written by
Sharon Flake
Maleeka Madison is lacking in self-confidence because she feels that her skin is too dark. Miss Saunders, who's skin is blotched with a rare skin condition, teaches Maleeka about loving who she is and being comfortable in her "own skin."
[Grade Level: 6 & Up]
108.   The Story of Ruby Bridges
Robert Coles (Author), George Ford (Illustrator)
The story of a young girl who confronted the hostility of the white community when she became the first African-American in Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans in 1960.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
109.   The Tin Heart
Karen Ackerman (Author), Michael Hays (Illustrator)
Two girls find a way to preserve their friendship even though the Civil War has torn their families apart.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
110.   The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights
Written by
Russel Freedman
This book is a chronological account of one of the nation's greatest African-American vocalists, from her childhood in Philadelphia through her acclaimed U.S. and European concert tours in the 1920s and 1930s. Though Anderson did not set out to be a political activist, her prominence put her in a position to expose the injustices of segregation. Anderson’s historic 1939 Easter concert at the Lincoln Memorial—a response to the Daughters of the American Revolution's refusal to allow her to appear at Constitution Hall—is a milestone in both musical and civil rights history. The book includes archival photographs and a selected bibliography and discography.
[Grade Level: 4 - 9]
111.   The Well: David's Story
Written by
Mildred D. Taylor
In the early 1990s, David's rural Mississippi family shares their well water with black and white neighbors.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
112.   To Be A Drum
Evelyn Coleman (Author), Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson (Illustrator)
A father tells his children how Africans were brought to America as slaves, but promises his children that as long as they can hear the rhythm of the earth, they will be free.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
113.   Two Mrs. Gibsons
Toyomi Igus (Author), Daryl Wells (Illustrator)
The biracial daughter of an African-American father and a Japanese mother fondly recalls growing up with her mother and grandmother.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
114.   Walking the Road to Freedom
Jeri Ferris (Author), Peter E. Hanson (Illustrator)
A story about Sojourner Truth.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
115.   When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson
Pam Muñoz Ryan (Author), Brian Selznick (Illustrator)
Marian Anderson is best known for her historic concert at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939, which drew an integrated crowd of over 75,000 people in pre-Civil Rights America. While this momentous event showcased the uniqueness of her character, and the struggles of the times in which she lived, it is only part of her story. This portrait of Anderson takes us from her childhood, singing in church, to her rejection from a music school that barred "colored" people, to her rise to prominence despite the racial barriers of the times. The book includes evocative illustrations and lyrics from some of Anderson's songs.
[Grade Level: 1 - 5]
116.   White Lilacs
Written by
Carolyn Meyer
A young girl's community is threatened when white people decide to forcibly relocate African-American families to make room for a new park.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
117.   White Socks Only
Evelyn Coleman (Author), Tyrone Geter (Illustrator)
A grandmother tells the story about her first trip into town during the days of segregation in Mississippi.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
118.   Whitewash
Ntozake Shange (Author), Michael Sporn (Illustrator)
Based on an actual incident, this book tells the story of a young African-American girl who is distressed when a gang of white boys attacks her and her brother on their way home from school and spray-paints her face white. Told from the perspective of the young target of the attack, the story shows how she begins to recover from the incident through grieving and the support of her family and friends.
[Grade Level: 2 - 5]
119.   Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears
Verna Aardema (Author), Diane Dillon (Illustrator), Leo Dillon (Illustrator)
A West African folktale.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
120.   Why the Sky Is Far Away
Mary-Joan Gerson (Author), Carla Golembe (Illustrator)
A Nigerian folktale that explains why the sky is so far away.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
121.   Wood-Hoopoe Willie
Virginia Kroll (Author), Katherine Roundtree (Illustrator)
Willie dreams of playing the African instruments that his grandfather describes.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
122.   Zora Hurston and the Chinaberry Tree
Ying-Hwa Hu (Illustrator), William Miller (Author), Cornelius Van Wright (Illustrator)
The story of young Zora Hurston and the lessons she learned from her mother.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
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