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Picture Books with African & African-American Characters/Themes @ Staley Library
Africa Is Not a Country by
Call Number: JUV. DT22 .K57 2000
Publication Date: 2000-07-10
People tend to look at Africa as a place with certain characteristics rather than as a diverse continent made up of many countries with their own customs. From the beauty of the plains to the skyscrapers of the major cities, this boo follows the activities of children in various countries are followed.
African Princess by
Call Number: JUV. DT18 .H36 2004
Publication Date: 2004-09-01
The captivating stories of six of Africa's most remarkable royal women and the eras in which they lives - from 1473 B.C. to the present.
All Because You Matter by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.1.C4915 All 2020
Publication Date: 2020-10-06
A lyrical, heart-lifting love letter to Black and Brown children everywhere reminds them how much they matter, that they have always mattered and they always will.
Amazing Grace by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.H675 A51991
Publication Date: 1991-09-02
Although a classmate says that she cannot play Peter Pan in the school play because she is black, Grace discovers that she can do anything she sets her mind to do.
Anansi the Spider by
Call Number: JUV. PZ8.1.M159 AN
Publication Date: 2011-12-06
In trying to determine which of his six sons to reward for saving his life, Anansi the Spider is responsible for placing the moon in the sky.
Ashanti to Zulu by
Call Number: JUV. GN645 .M87
Publication Date: 1976-01-01
Explains some traditions and customs of 26 African tribes beginning with letters from A to Z.
Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.R4726 A8 1995
Publication Date: 1995-12-12
With Harriet Tubman as her guide, Cassie retraces the steps escaping slaves took on the Underground Railroad in order to reunite with her younger brother.
The Beatitudes by
Call Number: JUV. E185.61 .W356 2010
Publication Date: 2009-11-01
The Beatitudes form the backdrop for Weatherford's free-verse poem that traces the African American journey from slavery to civil rights.
Before John Was a Jazz Giant by
Call Number: JUV. ML3930.C535 W43 2008
Publication Date: 2008-04-01
This lyrical picture-book biography of John Coltrane focuses on his childhood and how he interpreted sounds before he made his music.
Before She Was Harriet by
Call Number: JUV. E444.T82 C56 2018
Publication Date: 2017-11-07
A lush and lyrical biography of Harriet Tubman, written in verse. An evocative poem and opulent watercolors come together to honor a woman of humble origins whose courage and compassion make her larger than life.
Ben's Trumpet by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.I763 B4
Publication Date: 1979-02-01
Ben wants to be a trumpeter, but plays only an imaginary instrument until one of the musicians in a neighborhood night club discovers his ambition.
The Black Snowman by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.M52535 B5 1989
Publication Date: 1989-10-01
Through the powers of a magical kente, a black snowman comes to life and helps young Jacob discover the beauty of his black heritage as well as his own self-worth.
The Blacker the Berry by
Call Number: JUV. PS3570.H565 B53 2008
Publication Date: 2008-07-01
In this lyrical and luminous collection, Coretta Scott King honorees Joyce Carol Thomas and Floyd Cooper celebrate these many shades of black beautifully.
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.5.E44 Bir 2008
Publication Date: 2008-10-01
Bird, an artistic young African American boy, expresses himself through drawing as he struggles to understand his older brother's drug addiction and death, while a family friend, Uncle Son, provides guidance and understanding.
The Book Itch by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.N43773 Boo 2015
Publication Date: 2015-11-01
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.
Boundless Grace by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.H67562 B61995
Publication Date: 1995-05-01
Grace is invited for a visit with her father and his new family in Africa.
Busing Brewster by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.M581915 Bu 2010
Publication Date: 2010-05-11
Brewster is excited about starting first grade . . . until Mama announces that he'll be attending Central—a school in the white part of town. Mama says they have art and music and a library bursting with books, but Brewster isn't so sure he'll fit in.
The Case for Loving by
Call Number: JUV. HQ1031 .A45 2015
Publication Date: 2015-01-27
The story of interracial couple Mildred and Richard Perry, who got married in Washington, D.C., and were arrested after they returned to Virginia, and took their legal case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Change Sings by
Call Number: JUV. PZ8.3.G666 Ch 2021
Publication Date: 2021-09-21
As a young girl leads a cast of characters on a musical journey, they learn that they have the power to make changes--big or small--in the world, in their communities, and in most importantly, in themselves
Chasing Freedom by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.G88429 Ch 2015
Publication Date: 2015-01-06
In this imaginative biographical story, Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony sit down over a cup of tea in 1904 to reminisce about their struggles and triumphs in the service of freedom and women's rights.
The Colors of Us by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.K15745 Co 1999
Publication Date: 1999-09-15
Seven-year-old Lena is going to paint a picture of herself. She wants to use brown paint for her skin. But when she and her mother take a walk through the neighborhood, Lena learns that brown comes in many different shades.
Through the eyes of a little girl who begins to see her familiar world in a new way, this book celebrates the differences and similarities that connect all people.
Coming on Home Soon by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.W868 C6 2004
Publication Date: 2004-10-07
After Mama takes a job in Chicago during World War II, Ada Ruth stays with Grandma but misses her mother who loves her more than rain and snow. Ada Ruth's mama must go away to Chicago to work, leaving Ada Ruth and Grandma behind.
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.Y1955 C6
Publication Date: 1988-01-06
Explains how the hair style of cornrows, a symbol in Africa since ancient times, can today in this country symbolize the courage of outstanding Afro-Americans.
Crossing Bok Chitto by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.T489 C7 2006
Publication Date: 2006-04-01
In the 1800s, a Choctaw girl becomes friends with a slave boy from a plantation across the great river, and when she learns that his family is in trouble, she helps them cross to freedom.
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.B26154 Cro 2017
Publication Date: 2017-10-10
Celebrates the magnificent feeling that comes from walking out of a barber shop with newly-cut hair.
Eat up, Gemma by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7 .H314873 1994
Publication Date: 1994-10-01
Baby Gemma refuses to eat, throwing her breakfast on the floor and squashing her grapes, until her brother gets an inspired idea.
Elizabeti's Doll by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.S9418 E5 1998
Publication Date: 2000-03-01
When a young Tanzanian girl gets a new baby brother, she finds a rock, which she names Eva, and makes it her baby doll.
Ellen's Broom by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.L995545 Ell 2012
Publication Date: 2012-01-05
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.
Ellington Was Not a Street by
Call Number: JUV. PS3569.H3324 E45 2004
Publication Date: 2004-01-06
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.
Emmanuel's Dream by
Call Number: JUV. HV3013.Y43 T56 2015
Publication Date: 2015-01-06
Born in Ghana, West Africa, with one deformed leg, he was dismissed by most people—but not by his mother, who taught him to reach for his dreams. As a boy, Emmanuel hopped to school more than two miles each way, learned to play soccer, left home at age thirteen to provide for his family, and, eventually, became a cyclist. He rode an astonishing four hundred miles across Ghana in 2001, spreading his powerful message: disability is not inability.
Everett Anderson's 1-2-3 by
Call Number: JUV. PZ8.3.C573 E9
Publication Date: 1977-04-01
As a small boy's mother considers remarriage, he considers the numbers one, two, and three--sometimes they're lonely, sometimes crowded, but sometimes just right.
Everett Anderson's Goodbye by
Call Number: JUV. PZ8.3.C573 E72
Publication Date: 1983-08-15
Everett Anderson has a difficult time coming to terms with his grief after his father dies.
Everett Anderson's Nine Month Long by
Call Number: JUV. PZ8.3.C573 E75
Publication Date: 1978-11-01
A small boy and his family anticipate the birth of their newest member.
Fancy Party Gowns by
Call Number: JUV. TT505.L69 B58 2017
Publication Date: 2017-01-17
As soon as Ann Cole Lowe could walk, her momma and grandma taught her to sew. When her mom died, Ann continued sewing dresses. It wasn't easy, especially when she went to design school and had to learn alone, segregated from the rest of the class. But the work she did set her spirit soaring, as evidenced in the clothes she made. Rarely credited, Ann Cole Lowe became "society's best kept secret." This beautiful picture book shines the spotlight on a figure who proved that with hard work and passion, any obstacles can be overcome.
Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table by
Call Number: JUV. S494.5.U72 M325 2013
Publication Date: 2013-09-10
Will Allen is no ordinary farmer. A former basketball star, he's as tall as his truck, and he can hold a cabbage, or a basketball, in one hand. But what is most special about Farmer Will is that he can see what others can't see. When he looked at an abandoned city lot he saw a huge table, big enough to feed the whole world. No space, no problem. Poor soil, there's a solution. Need help, found it. Farmer Will is a genius in solving problems. In 2008, the MacArthur Foundation named him one. Jacqueline Briggs Martin, author of the Caldecott winner, Snowflake Bentley, tells the inspiring story of an innovator, educator, and community builder.
Firebird : ballerina Misty Copeland shows a young girl how to dance like the firebird by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.C7887 Fir 2014
Publication Date: 2014-09-04
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.
Flossie and the Fox by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.M478693 F55
Publication Date: 1986-10-30
A wily fox, notorious for stealing eggs, meets his match when he encounters a bold little girl in the woods who insists upon proof that he is a fox before she will be frightened.
Freedom in Congo Square by
Call Number: JUV. PZ8.3.W374 Fre 2016
Publication Date: 2016-01-05
Six days a week, slaves labor from sunup to sundown and beyond, but on Sunday afternoons, they gather with free blacks at Congo Square outside New Orleans, free from oppression. Includes foreword about Congo Square by Freddi Williams Evans, glossary, and historical notes.
Freedom over Me by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.B82887 Fr 2016
Publication Date: 2016-09-13
Using original slave auction and plantation estate documents, contrasts the monetary value of a slave with the priceless value of life experiences and dreams that a slave owner could never take away.
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.K2253 GO
Publication Date: 1998-11-01
Two boys must outsmart the neighborhood bullies before they can enjoy their new treasure, a pair of lensless motorcycle goggles.
Goin' Someplace Special by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.M478693 G6 2001
Publication Date: 2001-09-01
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.
The Great Migration by
Call Number: JUV. ND237.L29 A4 1993
Publication Date: 1993-10-01
A series of paintings chronicles the journey of African Americans who, like the artist's family, left the rural South in the early twentieth century to find a better life in the industrial North.
The Great Migration by
Call Number: JUV. PS3557.R39416 G74 2011
Publication Date: 2010-12-21
Describes the period of the 20th century when many African Americans left the South to make better lives for themselves in the northern states.
Hair Love by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.1.P44776 Hai 2019
Publication Date: 2019-05-14
A little girl's daddy steps in to help her arrange her curly, coiling, wild hair into styles that allow her to be her natural, beautiful self.
Half a Moon and One Whole Star by
Call Number: JUV. PZ8.3.D77 H32 1986
Publication Date: 1990-09-30
The summer night is full of wonderful sounds and scents as Susan falls asleep.
Handa's Hen by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.B81995 Han 2011
Publication Date: 2011-08-23
As Handa and her friend Akeyo, young members of Kenya's Luo tribe, search for her grandmother's missing hen, Mondi, they find increasing numbers of interesting animals but the black hen eludes them.
Harlem Hellfighters by
Call Number: JUV. D570.33 369th .L49 2014
Publication Date: 2014-08-19
They went by many names, but the world came to know them best as the Harlem Hellfighters. Two thousand strong, these black Americans from New York picked up brass instruments-under the leadership of famed bandleader and lieutenant James Reese Europe-to take the musical sound of Harlem into the heart of war. From the creators of the 2012 Boston Globe -Horn Book Award Honor Book, And the Soldiers Sang , this remarkable narrative nonfiction rendering of WWI - and American - history uses free-verse poetry and captivating art to tell century-old story of hellish combat, racist times, rare courage, and inspired music.
Heart and Soul by
Call Number: JUV. E185 .N427 2011
Publication Date: 2011-09-27
An simple introduction to African-American history, from Revolutionary-era slavery up to the election of President Obama.
Hi, Cat! by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.K2253 HI
Publication Date: 1999-06-01
Archie's day would have been great if he hadn't started it by greeting the new cat on the block.
Hidden Figures by
Call Number: JUV. QA27.5 .L44 2018
Publication Date: 2018-01-16
Explores the previously uncelebrated but pivotal contributions of NASA's African American women mathematicians to America's space program, describing how Jim Crow laws segregated them despite their groundbreaking successes. Includes biographies on Dorothy Jackson Vaughan (1910-2008), Mary Winston Jackson (1921-2005), Katherine Colman Goble Johnson (1918- ), Dr. Christine Mann Darden (1942- ).
H. O. R. S. E. by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.M9825 Hor 2012
Publication Date: 2012-10-09
Two friends try to outdo each other on the basketball court in an out-of-this-world game of H.O.R.S.E.
I Am Enough by
Call Number: JUV. PZ8.3.B992 Iam 2018
Publication Date: 2018-03-06
Shares a story of loving who you are, respecting others and being kind to one another.
I Am Rosa Parks by
Call Number: JUV. F334.M753 P385554 2014
Publication Date: 2014-06-17
Recounts Rosa Parks' daring effort to stand up for herself and other African Americans by helping to end segregation on public transportation.
I Love My Hair! by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.T176 Iaab 1998
Publication Date: 1998-02-01
A young African American girl describes the different, wonderful ways she can wear her hair.
I, Too, Am America by
Call Number: JUV. PS3515.U274 I3 2012
Publication Date: 2012-05-22
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.
If I Ran for President by
Call Number: JUV. JK517 .S747 2007
Publication Date: 2007-01-01
Imagine starring in commercials and traveling in your own campaign bus! Or seeing your face on bumper stickers and T-shirts!If you ran for president, you would get to do these and other fun things, but you would also have to do a lot of hard work.
In Plain Sight by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.1.J35 In 2016
Publication Date: 2016-09-20
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 in this sweet, playful picture book from Richard Jackson, illustrated by Caldecott Medalist and Laura Ingalls Wilder Award winner Jerry Pinkney.
Jamaica's Find by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.H31115 J321986
Publication Date: 1986-03-24
Jamaica finds a stuffed dog at the playground and after taking him home without trying to find the owner discovers her conscience as well. Jamaica’s honest and appealing character inspired five more books, each about a childhood ethical dilemma.
Call Number: JUV. ML3930.H45 G65 2010
Publication Date: 2010-10-04
Before he became one of the greatest guitar players of all time, Jimi Hendrix was a boy who loved to paint and listen to records, and who asked himself an unusual question: could someone paint pictures with sound?
Josephine : the dazzling life of Josephine Baker by
Call Number: JUV. GV1785.B3 P68 2014
Publication Date: 2014-01-14
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.
Knock Knock by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.B3805475 Kn 2013
Publication Date: 2013-12-17
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.
Langston Hughes by
Call Number: JUV. PS3515.U274 A6 2006
Publication Date: 2006-04-28
A brief profile of African American poet Langston Hughes accompanies some of his better known poems for children.
Last Stop on Market Street by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.P3725 Las 2015
Publication Date: 2015-01-08
Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn't he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty -- and fun -- in their routine and the world around them.
Let It Shine by
Call Number: JUV. BV353 .L48 2007
Publication Date: 2007-01-09
With a kaleidoscope of color and cut paper, Hans Christian Anderson Award nominee and two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner Ashley Bryan celebrates three favorite spirituals: "This Little Light of Mine," "Oh, When the Saints Go Marching In," and "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands." The power of these beloved songs simply emanates through his joyous interpretations. Come, sing, and celebrate!
Let the Children March by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.1.C585 Le 2018
Publication Date: 2018-01-02
Under the leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, children and teenagers march against segregation in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963.
Little Leaders: bold women in black history by
Call Number: JUV. E185.96 .H338 2017
Publication Date: 2017-12-05
Based on her popular Instagram posts, debut author/illustrator Vashti Harrison shares the stories of 40 bold African American women who shaped history.
Little Melba and Her Big Trombone by
Call Number: JUV. ML3930.L56 R87 2014
Publication Date: 2014-09-01
Melba Doretta Liston loved the sounds of music from as far back as she could remember. As a child, she daydreamed about beats and lyrics, and hummed along with the music from her family's Majestic radio. At age seven, Melba fell in love with a big, shiny trombone, and soon taught herself to play the instrument. By the time she was a teenager, Melba's extraordinary gift for music led her to the world of jazz. She joined a band led by trumpet player Gerald Wilson and toured the country. Overcoming obstacles of race and gender, Melba went on to become a famed trombone player and arranger, spinning rhythms, harmonies, and melodies into gorgeous songs for all the jazz greats of the twentieth century.
Long Walk to Freedom by
Call Number: JUV. DT1949.M35 A3 2009
Publication Date: 2009-09-01
Nelson Mandela's autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, offers a glimpse into the mind of a great leader, admired across the globe for his dedication to the struggles against apartheid in South Africa. Now the youngest readers can discover the remarkable story of Mandela's long walk from ordinary village boy, to his dynamic leadership of the African National Congress, to his many long years in prison and, at last, his freedom and astonishing rise to become the leader of his country.
Lullaby (for a Black Mother) by
Call Number: JUV. PS3515.U274 L85 2013
Publication Date: 2013-03-19
The poem by African American author of the Harlem Renaissance about a mother's love for her child is paired with color illustrations. Its sweet, lulling rhythm celebrates a bedtime ritual and the bond between a mother and child.
Mama Africa! by
Call Number: JUV. ML3930.M29 E77 2017
Publication Date: 2017-10-10
A harrowing picture biography of civil-rights activist and Grammy Award-winning South African singer Miriam Makeba.
Mama Panya's Pancakes by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.C35547 M35 2006
Publication Date: 2006-03-01
Mama Panya has just enough money to buy ingredients for a few pancakes, so when her son Adika invites all their friends to join them, she is sure there will not be enough to go around. With facts about Kenya and Kiswahili.
March On! : The day my brother Martin changed the world by
Call Number: JUV. E185.97.K5 .F369 2008
Publication Date: 2008-08-01
Written by the sister of Martin Luther King, this book is about the day he traveled to Washington, D.C., led the demonstrations there and delivered his I have a dream speech.
Martin and Mahalia by
Call Number: JUV. E185.97.K5 P54 2013
Publication Date: 2013-07-30
Explores the intersecting lives of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. and gospel singer Mahalia Jackson at the historic moment when their joined voices inspired landmark changes.
Martin de Porres by
Call Number: JUV. BX4700.M397 S46 2012
Publication Date: 2012-06-26
The story of Saint Martín de Porres--an endearing tale of perseverance, faith, and triumph over racial and economic prejudice.
Mcheshi goes to the market = Mcheshi aenda sokoni by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.K58 M34 1993
Publication Date: 1993
It's market day and Mcheshi goes with her mother to the market where she meets the traders, sees their wares, and gets into mischief. English and Swahili.
Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The sanitation strike of 1968 by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.D8947 Mem 2018
Publication Date: 2018-08-28
This historical fiction picture book presents the story of nine-year-old Lorraine Jackson, who in 1968 witnessed the Memphis sanitation strike--Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s final stand for justice before his assassination--when her father, a sanitation worker, participated in the protest.
Minty: a Story of Young Harriet Tubman by
Call Number: JUV. E444.T82 S37 2000
Publication Date: 2000-12-01
Young Harriet Tubman, whose childhood name was Minty, dreams of escaping slavery on the Brodas plantation in the late 1820s.
Missing Daddy by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.K112 Mis 2019
Publication Date: 2019-09-17
A little girl who misses her father because he's away in prison shares how his absence affects different parts of her life. Her greatest excitement is the days when she gets to visit her beloved father. With gorgeous illustrations, this book depicts a little girl's love for her father from whom she is separated because of incarceration.
Momma, Did You Hear the News? by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.1.G721 Mo 2017
Publication Date: 2017-04-12
Little Avery becomes concerned after seeing another police shooting of an unarmed man. His parents decide it is time to have “The Talk”.
Momma, Where Are You From? by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.B7175 M62 2000
Publication Date: 2000-03-01
Momma describes the special people and surroundings of her childhood, in a place where the edge of town met the countryside, in a time when all the children at school were brown.
Mama and Mommy and Me in the Middle by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.L13577 Mam 2022
Publication Date: 2022-03-29
When her mother goes on a business trip, a little girl, who loves to sit between Mama and Mommy at the table, misses her a lot and feels empty until Mommy finally comes home, filling the void with love.
More Than Anything Else by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.B7175 M61995
Publication Date: 1995-09-01
Nine-year-old Booker works with his father and brother at the saltworks but dreams of the day when he'll be able to read.
The Moon over Star by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.A8483 Moo 2008
Publication Date: 2008-10-16
In July 1969, the world witnessed an awe-inspiring historical achievement when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the moon. For the young protagonist of this lyrical and hopeful picture book, that landing is something that inspires her to make one giant step toward all of the possibilities that life has to offer.
Moses: When Harriet Tubman led her people to freedom by
Call Number: JUV. E444.T82 W43 2006
Publication Date: 2006-09-01
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.
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters by
Call Number: JUV. PZ8.S585 M8
Publication Date: 1987-03-31
Mufaro's two beautiful daughters, one bad-tempered, one kind and sweet, go before the king, who is choosing a wife.
My Brother Charlie by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.P3567 My 2010
Publication Date: 2010-03-01
A girl tells what it is like living with her twin brother who has autism and sometimes finds it hard to communicate with words, but who, in most ways, is just like any other boy. Includes authors' note about autism.
My Name Is James Madison Hemings by
Call Number: JUV. E332.2 .W58 2016
Publication Date: 2016-10-25
What if you were born into slavery in 1805? And what if the man who owned you...were also your father? And what if he were one of the most important men in America? And what if he wanted the fact that you were his son kept a secret? Such was the world of James Madison Hemings. This is his story. Told in an evocative first-person narrative accompanied by exquisite artwork, here is a profound and moving account of one family's painful history--and an important piece of American history rarely told.
My Name Is Sangoel by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.M727455 My 2009
Publication Date: 2009-06-01
As a refugee from Sudan to the United States, Sangoel is frustrated that no one can pronounce his name correctly until he finds a clever way to solve the problem.
My Name Is Truth: The life of Sojourner Truth by
Call Number: JUV. E185.97.T8 T87 2015
Publication Date: 2015-01-20
A vibrantly illustrated story of how former slave Isabella Baumfree transformed herself into the preacher and orator Sojourner Truth, one of the most inspiring and important figures of the abolitionist and women's rights movements.
My People by
Call Number: JUV. PS3515.U274 M9 2009
Publication Date: 2009-01-06
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.
Nappy Hair by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.H43225 Nap 1999
Publication Date: 1998-12-07
Various people at a backyard picnic offer their comments on a young girl's tightly curled, "nappy" hair.
Nathaniel Talking by
Call Number: JUV. PS3557.R39416 N38 1988
Publication Date: 1989-08-01
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.
Neighborhood Mother Goose by
Call Number: JUV. PZ8.3 .N337 2004
Publication Date: 2003-12-23
A collection of nursery rhymes, both familiar and lesser known, illustrated with photographs in a city setting.
Nelson Mandela by
Call Number: JUV. DT1974 .N43 2013
Publication Date: 2013-01-02
Kadir Nelson tells the story of Mandela, a global icon, in poignant verse and glorious illustrations. It is the story of a young boy's determination to change South Africa and of the struggles of a man who eventually became the president of his country by believing in equality for people of all colors. Readers will be inspired by Mandela's triumph and his lifelong quest to create a more just world.
Never Forgotten by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.5.M45 Ne 2011
Publication Date: 2011-10-11
In eighteenth-century West Africa, a boy raised by his blacksmith father and the Mother Elements--Wind, Fire, Water, and Earth--is captured and taken to America as a slave.
Old Mikamba Had a Farm by
Call Number: JUV. PZ8.3.I76 Old 2013
Publication Date: 2013-10-31
The inhabitants of Old Makimba's farm in Africa, including a baboon, an elephant, and a lion, are described, verse by verse. Includes facts about African animals.
One Fine Day by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.H6844 ON
Publication Date: 
After the old woman cuts off his tail when he steals her milk, the fox must go through a long series of transactions before she will sew it back on again.
One Today by
Call Number: JUV. PS3552.L36533 A6 2015
Publication Date: 2015-11-03
A lyrical, patriotic commemoration of America from dawn to dusk and from coast to coast written in honor of President Barack Obama's second presidential inauguration.
Out of Wonder: poems celebrating poets by
Call Number: JUV. PN1031 .O98 2017
Publication Date: 2017-03-14
Newbery Medalist and a Caldecott Honoree offer a glorious, lyrical ode to poets who have sparked a sense of wonder. Out of gratitude for the poet's art form, Newbery Award-winning author and poet Kwame Alexander, along with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth, present original poems that pay homage to twenty famed poets who have made the authors' hearts sing and their minds wonder. Stunning mixed-media images by Ekua Holmes, winner of a Caldecott Honor and a John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award, complete the celebration and invite the reader to listen, wonder, and perhaps even pick up a pen.
The Patchwork Quilt by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.F667 P3
Publication Date: 1985-03-29
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.
Peekaboo Bedtime by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.I763 Pb 2008
Publication Date: 2008-05-01
A toddler plays peekaboo with parents, grandparents, toys, and the moon while getting ready for bed.
The People Could Fly by
Call Number: JUV. PZ8.1.H154 P4 2004
Publication Date: 2004-11-09
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.
Peter's Chair by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.K2253 P4
Publication Date: 1983-06-01
When Peter discovers his blue furniture is being painted pink for a new baby sister, he rescues the last unpainted item, a chair, and runs away.
Piano Starts Here by
Call Number: JUV. ML3930.T2 P37 2008
Publication Date: 2008-01-08
The story of the young Art Tatum, who became one of the all-time greats of jazz piano. Tatum came from modest beginnings and was nearly blind, but his passion for the piano and his acute memory for any sound that he heard drove him to become a virtuoso who was revered by both classical and jazz pianists alike.
Radiant Child by
Call Number: JUV. N6537.B233 S84 2016
Publication Date: 2016-10-25
Jean-Michel Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocked to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art work had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. Now, award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe's vivid text and bold artwork echoing Basquiat's own introduce young readers to the powerful message and art doesn't always have to be neat or clean--and definitely not inside the lines--to be beautiful.
Rap a Tap Tap by
Call Number: JUV. PZ8.3.D585 Rap 2002
Publication Date: 2002-09-01
In illustrations and rhyme, describes the dancing of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, one of the most famous tap dancers of all time.
Call Number: JUV. ML3930.F68 W43 2020
Publication Date: 2020-08-25
Aretha Franklin was born to sing. The daughter of a pastor and a gospel singer, her musical talent was clear from her earliest days in her father's Detroit church. Aretha sang with a soaring voice that spanned more than three octaves. Her incredible talent and string of hit songs earned her the title "the Queen of Soul." This Queen was a multi-Grammy winner and the first female inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And there was even more to Aretha than being a singer, songwriter, and pianist: she was an activist, too. Her song "Respect" was an anthem for people fighting for civil rights and women's rights. With words that sing and art that shines, this vibrant portrait of Aretha Franklin pays her the R-E-S-P-E-C-T this Queen of Soul deserves.
Ron's Big Mission by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.B6248 Ron 2009
Publication Date: 2009-01-22
One summer day in 1959, nine-year-old Ron McNair, who dreams of becoming a pilot, walks into the Lake City, South Carolina, public library and insists on checking out some books, despite the rule that only white people can have library cards. Includes facts about McNair, who grew up to be an astronaut.
Call Number: JUV. F334.M753 P38427 2005
Publication Date: 2005-10-01
An inspiring account of an event that shaped American history Fifty years after her refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus, Mrs. Rosa Parks is still one of the most important figures in the American civil rights movement. This picture- book tribute to Mrs. Parks is a celebration of her courageous action and the events that followed.
Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by
Call Number: JUV. E185.97.S36 W43 2017
Publication Date: 2017-09-12
Traces legal clerk Arturo Schomburg's efforts to curate a collection of African books, letters, music, and art.
Seeds of Change: Planting a path to peace by
Call Number: JUV. SB63.M22 J646 2010
Publication Date: 2010-04-01
A biography of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner and environmentalist Wangari Maathai, a female scientist who made a stand in the face of opposition to women's rights and her own Greenbelt Movement, an effort to restore Kenya's ecosystem by planting millions of trees.
Seven Spools of Thread by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.M51274 Sev 2000
Publication Date: 2000-01-01
When they are given the seemingly impossible task of turning thread into gold, the seven Ashanti brothers put aside their differences, learn to get along, and embody the principles of Kwanzaa. Includes information on Kwanzaa, West African cloth weaving, and instructions for making a belt.
Call Number: JUV. PQ2605.E55 F47
Publication Date: 1982-05-01
Free verse evocation of the eerie, shifting images of Shadow which represents the beliefs and ghosts of the past and is brought to life wherever there is light, fire, and a storyteller.
Show Way by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.W868 S4 2005
Publication Date: 2005-09-08
The making of "Show ways," or quilts which once served as secret maps for freedom-seeking slaves, is a tradition passed from mother to daughter in the author's family.
Sing a Song by
Call Number: PZ7.L995545 Sin 2019
Publication Date: 2019-08-06
In Jacksonville, Florida, two brothers, one of them the principal of a segregated, all-black school, wrote the song "Lift Every Voice and Sing" so his students could sing it for a tribute to Abraham Lincoln's birthday in 1900. From that moment on, the song has provided inspiration and solace for generations of Black families. Mothers and fathers passed it on to their children who sang it to their children and grandchildren. It has been sung during major moments of the Civil Rights Movement and at family gatherings and college graduations. Inspired by this song's enduring significance, Kelly Starling Lyons and Keith Mallett tell a story about the generations of families who gained hope and strength from the song's inspiring words.
The 1619 Project: Born on the Water by
Call Number: JUV PZ7.1.H36378 Bo 2021
Publication Date: 2021-11-16
Stymied by her unfinished family tree assignment for school, a young girl seeks Grandma's counsel and learns about her ancestors, the consequences of slavery, and the history of Black resistance in the United States.
Smoky Night by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.B91527 S51994
Publication Date: 1994-03-31
When the Los Angeles riots break out in the streets of their neighborhood, a young boy and his mother learn the values of getting along with others no matter what their background or nationality.
The Snowy Day by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.K2253 SN
Publication Date: 1962-11-05
The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.
Some of the Days of Everett Anderson by
Call Number: JUV. PZ8.3.C573 SO
Publication Date: 1970-01-01
Nine poems about a boy who likes to play in the rain, is not afraid of the dark, and sometimes feels lonely.
Something Happened in Our Town by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.1.C4647 Som 2018
Publication Date: 2018-05-01
After discussing the police shooting of a local Black man with their families, Emma and Josh know how to treat a new student who looks and speaks differently than his classmates. Includes an extensive Note to Parents and Caregivers that provides general guidance about addressing racism with children, child-friendly vocabulary definitions, conversation guides, and a link to additional online resources for parents and teachers.
Somewhere in Africa by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.M529 So 1992
Publication Date: 1992-01-16
Ashraf, a South African boy who lives in a big city, dreams of the African wild.
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.S8367 ST
Publication Date: 
Robert wishes Stevie, a house guest, would go away but when he does Robert realizes how much fun they had together.
Storm in the Night by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.S875854 S76
Publication Date: 1988-03-21
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.
A Story, a Story by
Call Number: JUV. PZ8.1.H139 ST
Publication Date: 1970-02-01
Recounts how most African folk tales came to be called "Spider Stories."
Call Number: JUV PZ7.1.N96 Su 2019
Publication Date: 2019-10-15
When five-year-old Sulwe's classmates make fun of her dark skin, she tries lightening herself to no avail, but a shooting star's tale of the sisters Night and Day helps her understand there is beauty and worth in every shade.
Tanya's Reunion by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.F667 T31995
Publication Date: 1995-09-01
When she and her grandmother go to help with preparations for a big family reunion, Tanya learns about the history of the farm in Virginia where Grandma grew up.
Tar Beach by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7 .R47261991
Publication Date: 1991-01-16
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.
Thank You, Omu! by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.1.M6682 Th 2018
Publication Date: 2018-10-02
When the aroma of Omu's homemade stew fills the air, her neighbors arrive, one by one, for a taste until all is gone except for her generous spirit.
Touch the Sky: Alice Coachman, Olympic high jumper by
Call Number: JUV. GV1073.15.C63 M35 2012
Publication Date: 2012-01-01
A biography of the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, from her childhood in segregated Albany, Georgia, in the 1930s, through her recognition at the 1996 Olympics as one of the hundred best athletes in Olympic history.
Trombone Shorty by
Call Number: JUV. ML3930.A53 A3 2015
Publication Date: 2015-04-14
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.
Two Mrs. Gibsons by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.I26 T8 1996
Publication Date: 2013-05-19
The biracial daughter of an African American father and a Japanese mother fondly recalls growing up with her mother and her father's mother, two very different but equally loving women.
The Undefeated by
Call Number: JUV. PS3601.L35388 U53 2019
Publication Date: 2019-04-02
Originally performed for ESPN's The Undefeated, this poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest heroes. The text is also peppered with references to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others, offering deeper insights into the accomplishments of the past, while bringing stark attention to the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present. Robust back matter at the end provides valuable historical context and additional detail for those wishing to learn more.
Call Number: JUV. E450 .E94 2011
Publication Date: 2011-01-18
A family silently crawls along the ground. They run barefoot through unlit woods, sleep beneath bushes, take shelter in a kind stranger's home. Where are they heading? They are heading for Freedom by way of the Underground Railroad.
Call Number: JUV. F704.T92 W43 2021
Publication Date: 2021-02-02
On May 31 and June 1, 1921, an armed mob looted homes and businesses as Black families fled. The police did nothing to protect Greenwood, and as many as three hundred African Americans were killed, most buried in unmarked graves. Thousands were left homeless. No official investigation occurred until seventy-five years later. Unspeakable helps young readers understand the events of the Tulsa, Oklahoma race massacre, one of the worst incidents of racial violence in our nation's history.
Village of Round and Square Houses by
Call Number: JUV. PZ8.1.G874 V5
Publication Date: 1986-05-30
A grandmother explains to her listeners why in their village on the side of a volcano the men live in square houses and the women in round ones.
Voice of Freedom - Fannie Lou Hamer by
Call Number: JUV. E185.97.H35 W43 2015
Publication Date: 2015-08-04
Presents a collage-illustrated treasury of poems and spirituals inspired by the life and work of civil rights advocate Fannie Lou Hamer.
Call Number: JUV. JK1978 .C48 2008
Publication Date: 2008-02-18
Using a campaign for mayor as an example, shows the steps involved in an election, from the candidate's speeches and rallies, to the voting booth where every vote counts, to the announcement of the winner.
Wangari's Trees of Peace by
Call Number: JUV. SB63.M22 W56 2008
Publication Date: 2008-09-21
This true story of Wangari Maathai, environmentalist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is a shining example of how one woman's passion, vision, and determination inspired great change.
We Are the Ship by
Call Number: JUV. GV875.N35 N45 2008
Publication Date: 2008-01-08
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.
What Is Given from the Heart by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.M478693 Wf 2019
Publication Date: 2019-01-08
"Misery loves company," Mama says to James Otis. It's been a rough couple of months for them, but Mama says as long as they have their health and strength, they're blessed. One Sunday before Valentine's Day, Reverend Dennis makes an announcement during the service-- the Temples have lost everything in a fire, and the church is collecting anything that might be useful to them. James thinks hard about what he can add to the Temple's "love box," but what does he have worth giving? With her extraordinary gift for storytelling, McKissack--with stunning illustrations by Harrison--delivers a touching, powerful tale of compassion and reminds us all that what is given from the heart, reaches the heart.
When the Beat Was Born by
Call Number: JUV. ML3930.K68 H55 2013
Publication Date: 2013-08-27
From his childhood in Jamaica to his youth in the Bronx, Laban Carrick Hill's book tells how Kool Herc came to be a DJ, how kids in gangs stopped fighting in order to breakdance, and how the music he invented went on to define a culture and transform the world.
Whistle for Willie by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.K2253 W4 1977
Publication Date: 1977-02-24
A little boy wishes so much he could whistle.
A Wreath for Emmett Till by
Call Number: JUV. PS3573.A4795 W73 2005
Publication Date: 2005-04-04
Award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson reminds us of the boy whose fate helped spark the civil rights movement. This martyr’s wreath, woven from a little-known but sophisticated form of poetry, challenges us to speak out against modern-day injustices, to “speak what we see.”
You and Me and Home Sweet Home by
Call Number: JUV. PZ7.L9954 You 2009
Publication Date: 2009-10-20
Third-grader Sharonda and her mother help volunteers from their church to build the house that will be their very own.
Young, Gifted and Black: meet 52 black heroes from past and present by
Call Number: JUV. E185.96 .W578 2018
Publication Date: 2018-02-01
Join us on a journey across borders, through time and even through space to meet 52 icons of color from the past and present in a celebration of achievement. Meet figureheads, leaders, and pioneers such as Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and Rosa Parks, as well as cultural trailblazers and sporting heroes, including Stevie Wonder, Oprah Winfrey, and Serena Williams. Discover how their childhood dreams and experiences influenced their adult achievements. This book will help the next generation to chase their own dream . . . whatever it may be"--Publisher.
This book brings together 52 iconic talents from the past and present and celebrates their inspirational achievements. Meet figureheads, leaders and pioneers such as Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Rosa Parks, as well as cultural trailblazers and sporting heroes, including Stevie Wonder, Oprah Winfrey and Serena Williams.