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Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
by Javaka Steptoe Details
This picture book biography of the 1980's cultural phenom introduces young readers to the powerful message that art doesn't always have to be neat or clean--and definitely not inside the lines--to be beautiful.
Freedom in Congo Square
by Carole Boston Weatherford Details
As they work throughout the week, slaves look forward to their afternoon of music, hope, and community in Congo Square, New Orleans.
Freedom Over Me
by Ashley Bryant Details
Using real documents from an estate appraisal dated July 5, 1828, Bryan has created beautiful portrait paintings for 11 people who were named and priced as property on the Fairchildses' estate
In Plain Sight
by Richard Jackson Details
Sophie lives with Mama and Daddy and Grandpa, who spends his days by the window. As Sophie and her grandpa talk, he asks her to find items he's "lost" throughout the day, guiding Sophie on a tour through his daily life and connecting their generations.
Trombone Shorty
by Troy Andrews Details
Hailing from the Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews got his nickname by wielding a trombone twice as long as he was high. A prodigy, he was leading his own band by age six, and today this Grammy-nominated artist headlines the legendary New Orleans Jazz Fest.
Last Stop on Market Street
by Matt de la Pena Details
A young boy, CJ, rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.
The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore
by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson Details
Relates the story of the National Memorial African Bookstore, founded in Harlem by Louis Michaux in 1939, as seen from the perspective of Louis Michaux Jr., who met famous men like Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X while helping there.
by Misty Copeland Details
American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland encourages a young ballet student, with brown skin like her own, by telling her that she, too, had to learn basic steps and how to be graceful when she was starting out, and that some day, with practice and dedication, the little girl will become a firebird, too. Includes author's note about dancers who led her to find her voice.
Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker
by Patricial Hruby Powell Details
A portrait of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker, the woman who worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest stages in the world. Meticulously researched by both author and artist, Josephine's powerful story of struggle and triumph is an inspiration and a spectacle, just like the legend herself.
Little Melba and her Big Trombone
by Katheryn Russell-Brown Details
A biography of African American musician Melba Doretta Liston, a virtuoso musician who played the trombone and composed and arranged music for many of the great jazz musicians of the twentieth century. Includes afterword, discography, and sources.
Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me
by Daniel Beaty Details
"A boy wakes up one morning to find his father gone. At first, he feels lost. But his father has left him a letter filled with advice to guide him through the times he cannot be there"-- Provided by publisher.
Nelson Mandela
by Kadir Nelson Details
Presents a biography of the former South African president best known for his political activism and fight to end apartheid.
I, Too, Am America
by Langston Hughes Details
Presents the popular poem by one of the central figures in the Harlem Renaissance, highlighting the courage and dignity of the African American Pullman porters in the early twentieth century.
Ellen's Broom
by Kelly Starling Lyons Details
Ellen has always known that the broom hanging on her family's cabin wall is a special symbol of her parents' wedding during slave days, so she proudly carries it to the courthouse when the marriage becomes legal.
H. O. R. S. E.
by Christopher Myers Details
One day at the basketball court, two kids, a familiar challenge--H.O.R.S.E.' But this isn't your grandmother's game of hoops. Not when a layup from the other side of the court standing on one foot with your eyes closed is just the warm-up. Around the neighborhood, around the world, off Saturn's rings, the pair goes back and forth. The game is as much about skill as it is about imagination. A slam dunk from multi-award-winning author/illustrator Christopher Myers, H.O.R.S.E. is a celebration of the sport of basketball, the art of trash-talking, and the idea that what's possible is bounded only by what you can dream.
I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Martin Luther King Details
From Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s daughter, Dr. Bernice A. King: "My father's dream continues to live on from generation to generation, and this beautiful and powerful illustrated edition of his world-changing "I Have a Dream" speech brings his inspiring message of freedom, equality, and peace to the youngest among us--those who will one day carry his dream forward for everyone." On August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington, Martin Luther King gave one of the most powerful and memorable speeches in our nation's history. His words, paired with Caldecott Honor winner Kadir Nelson's magificent paintings, make for a picture book certain to be treasured by children and adults alike. The themes of equality and freedom for all are not only relevant today, 50 years later, but also provide young readers with an important introduction to our nation's past.
Underground : Finding the Light to Freedom
by Shane W. Evans Details
"A stellar introduction to the Underground Railroad, narrated by a group of slaves. Readers experience the fugitives' escape, their long nighttime journey punctuated by meetings with friends and enemies, and their final glorious arrival in a place of freedom."
Heart and Soul : The Story of America and African Americans
by Kadir Nelson Details
A simple introduction to African-American history, from Revolutionary-era slavery up to the election of President Obama.
Dave the Potter
by Laban Carrick Hill Details
The life of an astonishingly prolific and skilled potter who lived and died a slave in 19th-century South Carolina is related in simple, powerful sentences that outline the making of a pot.
Jimi Sounds Like a Rainbow
by Gary Golio Details
This a story of a talented child who learns to see, hear, and interpret the world around him in his own unique way. It is also a story of a determined kid with a vision, who worked hard to become a devoted and masterful artist. Jimi Hendrix--a groundbreaking performer whose music shook the very foundations of rock 'n' roll.
My People
by Langston Hughes Details
Hughes's spare yet eloquent tribute to his people has been cherished for generations. Now, acclaimed photographer Smith interprets this beloved poem in vivid sepia photographs that capture the glory, the beauty, and the soul of being a black American today.
The Negro Speaks of Rivers
by Langston Hughes Details
The famous poem, taken from The collected poems of Langston Hughes (c1994), illustrated with watercolors.
The Blacker the Berry
by Joyce Carol Thomas Details
A collection of poems, including "Golden Goodness," "Cranberry Red," and "Biscuit Brown," celebrating individuality and Afro-American identity.
Before John Was a Jazz Giant
by Carole Boston Weatherford Details
This lyrical picture-book biography of John Coltrane focuses on his childhood and how he interpreted sounds before he made his music.
The Moon Over Star
by Dianna Hutts Aston Details
On her family's farm in the town of Star, eight-year-old Mae eagerly follows the progress of the 1969 Apollo 11 flight and moon landing and dreams that she might one day be an astronaut, too.
We Are the Ship : The Story of Negro League Baseball
by Kadir Nelson Details
Using an "Everyman" player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through the decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947. Illustrations from oil paintings by artist Kadir Nelson.
Let It Shine
by Ashley Bryan Details
Illustrated versions of three well-known hymns.
Jazz on a Saturday Night
by Leo Dillon Details
Celebrated illustrators Leo and Diane Dillon have won the Caldecott Medal twice, and now they present stunning illustrations of an evening of jazz music, complete with a special CD. If you have ever been lucky enough to hear great jazz, then you will understand the pure magic of this book. Leo and Diane Dillon use bright colors and musical patterns that make music skip off the page in this toe-tapping homage to many jazz greats. From Miles Davis and Charlie Parker to Ella Fitzgerald, here is a dream team sure to knock your socks off. Learn about this popular music form and read a biography of each player pictured-and then hear each instrument play on a specially produced CD. What's the featured song? "Jazz on a Saturday Night," written and recorded to accompany this book.
The Secret Olivia Told Me
by N. Joy Details
Can you keep a secret? Olivia has a BIG secret. It's a secret that she tells only to her very best friend. And her friend promises she won't say a word. But the secret is really BIG and JIUCY. What happens when a trusted friend slips and the secret gets out? Can you keep a secret? In the Secret Olivia Told Me, find out what happens when Olivia's friend can't.
Moses : When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom
by Carole Boston Weatherford Details
Describes Tubman's spiritual journey as she hears the voice of God guiding her north to freedom on that very first trip to escape the brutal practice of forced servitude. Tubman would make nineteen subsequent trips back south, never being caught, but none as profound as this first one.
by Walter Dean Myers Details
Illustrations and rhyming text celebrate the roots of jazz music.
Poetry for Young People : Langston Hughes
by David Roessel Details
A fresh design and appealing new cover enliven this award-winning collection in the acclaimed Poetry for Young People series. Showcasing the extraordinary Langston Hughes, it's edited by two leading poetry experts and features gallery-quality art by Benny Andrews that adds rich dimension to the words. Hughes's magnificent, powerful words still resonate today, and the anthologized poems in this splendid volume include his best-loved works: "The Negro Speaks of Rivers"; "My People"; "Words Like Freedom"; "Harlem"; and "I, Too"--his sharp, pointed response to Walt Whitman's "I Hear America Singing."
by Nikki Giovanni Details
The story of Rosa Parks and her courageous act of defiance. Provides the story of the young black woman who refused to give up her seat to a white passenger in Alabama, setting in motion all the events of the Civil Rights Movements that resulted in the end of the segregated south, gave equality to blacks throughout the nation, and forever changed the country in which we all live today....
Brothers in Hope : The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan
by Mary Williams Details
Eight-year-old Garang, orphaned by a civil war in Sudan, finds the inner strength to help lead other boys as they trek hundreds of miles seeking safety in Ethiopia, then Kenya, and finally in the United States.
Ellington Was Not a Street
by Ntozake Shange Details
In a reflective tribute to the African-American community of old, noted poet Ntozake Shange recalls her childhood home and the close-knit group of innovators that often gathered there. These men of vision, brought to life in the majestic paintings of artist Kadir Nelson, lived at a time when the color of their skin dictated where they could live, what schools they could attend, and even where they could sit on a bus or in a movie theater. Yet in the face of this tremendous adversity, these dedicated souls and others like them not only demonstrated the importance of Black culture in America, but also helped issue in a movement that "changed the world." Their lives and their works inspire us to this day, and serve as a guide to how we approach the challenges of tomorrow.
God Bless the Child
by Billie Holiday Details
A swing spiritual based on the proverb "God blessed the child that's got his own."
The People Could Fly : The Picture Book
by Virgina Hamilton Details
In this retelling of a folktale, a group of slaves, unable to bear their sadness and starvation any longer, calls upon the African magic that allows them to fly away.
Beautiful Blackbird
by Ashley Bryan Details
In a story of the Ila people, the colorful birds of Africa ask Blackbird, whom they think is the most beautiful of birds, to decorate them with some of his "blackening brew."
Almost to Freedom
by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson Details
Tells the story of a young girl's dramatic escape from slavery via the Underground Railroad, from the perspective of her beloved rag doll.
Thunder Rose
by Jerdine Nolen Details
Unusual from the day she is born, Thunder Rose performs all sorts of amazing feats, including building fences, taming a stampeding herd of steers, capturing a gang of rustlers, and turning aside a tornado.
Talkin' About Bessie : The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman
by Nikki Grimes Details
Soar along with Bessie Coleman in this inspirational tale of a woman whose determination reached new heights. Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman was always being told what she could & couldn't do. In an era when Jim Crow laws and segregation were a way of life, it was not easy to survive. Bessie didn't let that stop her. Although she was only 11 when the Wright brothers took their historic flight, she vowed to become the first African -American female pilot. Her sturdy faith and determination helped her overcome obstacles of poverty, racism, and gender discrimination. Innovatively told through a series of monologues.
Rap a Tap Tap : Here's Bojangles - Think of That
by Leo Dillon Details
In illustrations and rhyme describes the dancing of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, one of the most famous tap dancers of all time.
Visiting Langston
by Willie Perdomo Details
A poem to celebrate the African American poet, Langston Hughes, born on February 1, 1902.
Goin' Someplace Special
by Patricia C. McKissack Details
In segregated 1950s Nashville, a young African American girl braves a series of indignities and obstacles to get to one of the few integrated places in town: the public library.
Martin's Big Words : the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Doreen Rappaport Details
A brief biographical sketch of Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the greatest figures in the American civil rights movement.
by Bryan Collier Details
A tour of the sights of Harlem, including the Metro-North Train, brownstones, shopping on 125th Street, a barber shop, summer basketball, the Boy's Choir, and sunset over the Harlem River.
Freedom River
by Doreen Rappaport Details
Describes an incident in the life of John Parker, an ex-slave who became a successful businessman in Ripley, Ohio, and who repeatedly risked his life to help other slaves escape to freedom.
Only Passing Through : The Story of Sojourner Truth
by Anne Rockwell Details
A powerful picture book biography of one of the abolitionist movement's most compelling voices. Sojourner Truth traveled the country in the latter half of the 19th century, speaking out against slavery. She told of a slave girl who was sold three times by age 13, who was beaten for not understanding her master's orders, who watched her parents die of cold and hunger when they could no longer work for their keep. Sojourner's simple yet powerful words helped people to understand the hideous truth about slavery. The story she told was her own. Only Passing Through is the inspiring story of how a woman, born a slave with no status or dignity, transformed herself into one of the most powerful voices of the abolitionist movement. Anne Rockwell combines her lifelong love of history with her well-known skill as a storyteller to create this simple, affecting portrait of an American icon.
Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys
by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard Details
In the post-Civil War South, a young African American girl is determined to prove that she can go to school just like her older brothers.
In the Time of the Drums
by Kim L. Siegelson Details
Mentu, an American-born slave boy, watches his beloved grandmother, Twi, lead the insurrection at Teakettle Creek of Ibo people arriving from Africa on a slave ship.
Black Cat
by Christopher Myers Details
A black cat wanders through the streets of a city.
My Rows and Piles of Coins
by Tololwa M. Mollel Details
A Tanzanian boy saves his coins to buy a bicycle so that he can help his parents carry goods to market, but then he discovers that in spite of all he has saved, he still does not have enough money.
I See the Rhythm
by Toyomi Igus Details
Chronicles and captures poetically the history, mood, and movement of African American music.
Duke Ellington : The Piano Prince and His Orchestra
by Andrea Davis Pinkney Details
A brief recounting of the career of this jazz musician and composer who, along with his orchestra, created music that was beyond category.
I Have Heard of a Land
by Joyce Carol Thomas Details
Describes the joys and hardships experienced by an African-American pioneer woman who staked a claim for free land in the Oklahoma territory.
The Bat Boy and His Violin
by Gavin Curtis Details
Reginald loves to create beautiful music on his violin. But Papa, manager of the Dukes, the worst team in the Negro National League, needs a bat boy, not a "fiddler," and traveling with the Dukes doesn't leave Reginald much time for practicing. Soon the Dukes' dugout is filled with Beethoven, Mozart, and Bach -- and the bleachers are filled with the sound of the Dukes' bats. Has Reginald's violin changed the Dukes' luck -- and can his music pull off a miracle victory against the powerful Monarchs? Gavin Curtis's beautifully told story of family ties and team spirit and E. B. Lewis's lush watercolor paintings capture a very special period in history.
In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall : African Americans Celebrating Fathers
by Alan Schroeder Details
Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe. An innovative, stunningly illustrated picture book that celebrates the role of fathers in black families. Includes contributions from 12 poets. Illustrated in full colour throughout. Suitable for all ages. Winner of the Coretta Scott King Book Illustrator Award. 'This stunning homage to fathers offers a textured potpourri of voices and visuals' - Publishers Weekly 'This innovative, stunningly illustrated picture book' - School Library Journal
Ashley Bryan's ABC of African American Poetry
by Ashley Bryan Details
"And God stepped out on space, And he looked around and said: I'm lonely -- I'll make me a world." -- James Weldon Johnson Thus begins Coretta Scott King Award-winner Ashley Bryan's collection of inspiring excerpts of poems by celebrated African American poets. Beautifully illustrated with his own tempera and gouache paintings, Ashley Bryan's unique alphabet book will delight readers of any age.
by Walter Dean Myers Details
A poem celebrating the people, sights, and sounds of Harlem.
The Hunterman and the Crocodile
by Baba Wague Diakite Details
Donso, a West African hunterman, learns the importance of living in harmony with nature and the necessity of placing humans among, not above, all other living things.
Minty : A Story of Young Harriet Tubman
by Alan Schroeder Details
Young Harriet Tubman, whose childhood name was Minty, dreams of escaping slavery on the Brodas plantation in the late 1820s.
Neeny Coming, Neeny Going
by Karen English Details
Essie eagerly awaits the visit of her cousin but feels disheartened after her arrival because Neeny is no longer interested in life on the island from which she moved.
Running the Road to ABC
by Denize Lauture Details
Six island children are running at daybreak -- over the hills, through the fields, across the city square -- to school! Never before has the love of learning (and learning together ) been such a joyous time. Denise Lauture's buoyant, poetic text captures the happiness and youth of energetic children on the way to school; Reynold Ruffins perfectly illustrates the rich beauty of Haiti with the bright-colored vibrance of Haitian folk art. A great read-aloud book for the classroom.
The Palm of My Heart : Poetry by African American Children
by Davida Adedjouma Details
A collection of poems written by African American children celebrating what it means to be black.
The Middle Passage : White Ships / Black Cargo
by Tom Feelings Details
The Middle Passage is the name given to one of the most tragic ordeals in history: the cruel and terrifying journey of enslaved Africans across the Atlantic Ocean. In this seminal work, master artist Tom Feelings tells the complete story of this horrific diaspora in sixty-four extraordinary narrative paintings. Achingly real, they draw us into the lives of the millions of African men, women, and children who were savagely torn from their beautiful homelands, crowded into disease-ridden "death ships", and transported under nightmarish conditions to the so-called New World. An introduction by noted historian Dr. John Henrik Clarke traces the roots of the Atlantic slave trade and gives a vivid summary of its four centuries of brutality. The Middle Passage reaches us on a visceral level. No one can experience it and remain unmoved. But while we absorb the horror of these images, we also can find some hope in them. They are a tribute to the survival of the human spirit, and the humanity won by the survivors of the Middle Passage belongs to us all.
Her Stories
by Virginia Hamilton Details
In the tradition of Hamilton's The People Could Fly and In the Beginning, a dramatic new collection of 25 compelling tales from the female African American storytelling tradition. Each story focuses on the role of women--both real and fantastic--and their particular strengths, joys and sorrows. Full-color illustrations.
The Faithful Friend
by Robert D. San Souci Details
A friendship is tested by love and magic in this beautiful retelling of a traditional tale from the French West Indies.
The Creation
by James Weldon Johnson Details
A poem based on the story of creation in the Bible.
Meet Danitra Brown
by Nikki Grimes Details
This spirited collection of poems introduces young readers to Danitra Brown, the most splendiferous girl in town, and her best friend, Zuri Jackson. "The poignant text and lovely pictures are an excellent collaboration, resulting in a look at touching moments of universal appeal."--School Library Journal.
The Singing Man
by Angela Shelf Medearis Details
A couples youngest son is forced to leave his west African village because he chooses music over the more practical occupations of his brothers, but years later he returns to show the wisdom of his choice.
Soul Looks Back in Wonder
by Tom Feelings Details
In this compelling collection of words and pictures, the voices of thirteen major poets, including Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, and Walter Dean Myers, rise in response to the dazzling vistas and emotionally vivid portraits of award-winning artist Tom Feelings. A unique and moving collaboration that celebrates the sustaining spirit of African creativity.
Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea
by Joyce Carol Thomas Details
'A cycle of a dozen lyrical poems exploring issues of African-American identity through delicately interwoven images. . . . Laden with meaning, the poetry is significant and lovely. Cooper's paintings, with vibrant, unsentimentalized characters in earth tone illumined with gold, are warm, contemplative'a beautiful complement to Thomas's eloquence. A must.' 'K. 'Poems rooted in home, family, and the African-American experience.... Highly readable and attractive.' 'BL.
Uncle Jed's Barbershop
by Margaree King Mitchell Details
Despite serious obstacles and setbacks Sarah Jean's Uncle Jed, the only black barber in the county, pursues his dream of saving enough money to open his own barbershop.
The Origin of Life on Earth : An African Creation Myth
by David A. Anderson Details
Retells the Yoruba creation myth in which the deity Obatala descends from the sky to create the world.
Little Eight John
by Jan Wahl Details
Little Eight John, as mean as mean there was, persists in disobeying his mother until he finds his mischief backfiring on him.
Sukey and the Mermaid
by Robert D. San Souci Details
Unhappy with her life at home, Sukey receives kindness and wealth from Mama Jo the mermaid.
Working Cotton
by Sherley Anne Williams Details
This child's view of the long day's work in the cotton fields, simply expressed in a poet's resonant language, is a fresh and stirring look at migrant family life.
Tar Beach
by Faith Ringgold Details
A young girl dreams of flying above her Harlem home, claiming all she sees for herself and her family. Based on the author's quilt painting of the same name.
All Night, All Day : A Child's First Book of African American Spirituals
by Ashley Bryan Details
A selection of twenty spirituals, that distinctive music from the time of slavery. Includes piano accompaniment and guitar chords.
Night on Neighborhood Street
by Eloise Greenfield Details
A collection of poems exploring the sounds, sights, and emotions enlivening a black neighborhood during the course of one evening.
by Leontyne Price Details
With depth and understanding, acclaimed diva Leontyne Price retells this famous opera about the beautiful princess of Ethiopia.
Nathaniel Talking
by Eloise Greenfield Details
Beautifully composed in a variety of styles--rap, blues, and free verse--these 18 poems offers a black child's insights into his own heart and mind, and into the lives of family and friends. Nine-year-old Nathaniel reflects on what it's like to be curious, smart, and full of ideas.
The Talking Eggs : A Folktale from the American South
by Robert D. San Souci Details
The author of such delights as The Christmas Ark and The Enchanted Tapestry joins forces with illustrator Pinkney to resurrect a colorful folktale that captures the unique flavor of the American South.
Mirandy and Brother Wind
by Patricia C. McKissack Details
Mirandy is sure she'll win the cake walk if she can catch Brother Wind for her partner, but he eludes all the tricks her friends advise.
Storm in the Night
by Mary Stolz Details
While sitting through a fearsome thunderstorm that has put the lights out, Thomas hears a story from Grandfather's boyhood, when Grandfather was afraid of thunderstorms.
Under the Sunday Tree
by Eloise Greenfield Details
Too special for just once-a-week reading, Eloise Greenfield's 20 exuberant poems are matched by the bright colors of Mr. Amos Ferguson's life-filled paintings. His native Caribbean glows as vividly in the words as in the full-page primitive pictures. . . . A perfect collaboration between two master imagemakers." 'SLJ. 1988 Coretta Scott King Award Honor Book for Illustration Notable Children's Books of 1988 (ALA) Children's Books of 1989 (Library of Congress)
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale
by John Steptoe Details
Mufaro's two beautiful daughters, one bad-tempered, one kind and sweet, go before the king, who is choosing a wife.
The Invisible Hunters : A Legend from the Miskito Indians of Nicaragua
by Harriet Rohmer Details
This Miskito Indian legend set in seventeenth-century Nicaragua illustrates the impact of the first European traders on traditional life.
What a Morning! The Christmas Story in Black Spirituals
by John Langstaff Details
In this picture book, the Christmas story is told in spirituals: "Mary Had a Baby," "My Lord, What a Morning!" and "Go Tell It on the Mountain" among them, until the baby is born, and "Behold That Star!" closes the tale. Bryan's illustrations tie into the African-American theme, showing a black Holy family and multiracial wise men and shepherds. Bold brush strokes line each landscape and every garment; the star of Bethlehem, through the religious prism, reveals colors of rainbow hues. This collection of songs exhibits an intimacy and compassion that give these spirituals a stunning universality.
Half a Moon and One Whole Star
by Crescent Dragonwagon Details
While a young girl sleeps, nighttime deepens all around her--in the woods and garden, on the ocean, in the city, and on the porch, where her parents sit.
by Pat Cummings Details
Chuku the angel is given the job of painting the skies of New York City, an assignment he approaches with reluctance, but grows to love.
Lion and the Ostrich Chicks and Other African Folk Tales
by Ashley Bryan Details
"In the splendid format of his two previous collections, Ashley Brian presents four stories representing various cultures of Africa, while his dynamic, somewhat stylized . . . illustrations add not only decorative designs but a handsome choreography of animated creatures".--The Horn Book. A Coretta Scott King Honor Book.
The Patchwork Quilt
by Valerie Flournoy Details
Using scraps cut from the family's old clothing, Tanya helps her grandmother and mother make a beautiful quilt that tells the story of her family's life.
The People Could Fly : American Black Folktales
by Virgina Hamilton Details
Retold Afro-American folktales of animals, fantasy, the supernatural, and desire for freedom, born of the sorrow of the slaves, but passed on in hope.
My Mama Needs Me
by Mildred Pitts Walter Details
Jason wants to help, but isn't sure that his mother needs him at all after she brings home a new baby from the hospital.
Black Child
by Peter Magubane Details
The sad, harsh realities of life in south Africa are sensitively revealed in photographs of children's faces.
All the Colors of the Race
by Arnold Adoff Details
A collection of poems written from the point of view of a child with a black mother and a white father.
I'm Going to Sing : Black American Spirituals
by Ashley Bryan Details
An illustrated collection of African American spiritual songs.
Just Us Women
by Jeanette Caines Details
A trip to North Carolina in her Aunt Martha's new car gives a young girl and her aunt a chance to spend some time together.
Mother Crocodile : An Uncle Amadou Tale from Senegal
by Rosa Guy Details
Because Mother Crocodile tells stories of the past, the little crocodiles choose to believe she is crazy until almost too late they learn otherwise.
by Eloise Greenfield Details
Poetry and portraits of young black children reveal all the beauty in children's wishes, yearnings, and memories.
Beat the Story Drum, Pum-Pum
by Ashley Bryan Details
Here are five Nigerian folktales, retold in language as rhythmic as the beat of the story-drum, and illustrated with vibrant, evocative woodcuts.
Count on Your Fingers African Style
by Claudia Zaslavsky Details
Describes how finger counting is used for communication of price and quantity in an East African market place.
Grandmama's Joy
by Eloise Greenfield Details
When Rhondy can't seem to cheer Grandmama up with a song, a dance, or a gift from the backyard, she tries the one thing she's sure will work. Rhondy reminds Grandmama what she said about her when they first came to livetogether: "That's my joy, that's Grandmama's joy. Long as I got my joy, I'll be all right."
by Camille Yarborough Details
When Mama and Great-Grammaw weave the striking cornrow patterns of Africa into their children's hair, their gentle voices also weave a tale full of pride and heritage.
Something on My Mind
by Nikki Grimes Details
Poems expressing the hopes, fears, joys, and sorrows of growing up.
Africa Dream
by Eloise Greenfield Details
An African-American child dreams of long-ago Africa, where she sees animals, shops in a marketplace, reads strange words from an old book, and returns to the village where her long-ago granddaddy welcomes her.
Ray Charles
by Sharon Bell Mathis Details
As a young boy he fell in love with music, and as a man, the world fell in love with his music. Ray Charles and his soulful, passionate rhythms and melodies have been embraced around the world for decades. Now, in this beautiful new edition of an award-winning biography, readers can follow Charles from his boyhood, when he lost his sight and learned to read and write music in Braille, until the age of 40, when he had become a world-renowned jazz and blues musician packing auditoriums and stadiums.
Updated 02/01/2017

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