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KCLS Recommends: Children's - African-American Heritage

All Different Now
All Different Now Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom By Johnson, Angela, 1961- (Book - 2014 ) E JOHNSON Available in some locations

Annotation:Though the Emancipation Proclamation was enacted in 1863, many slaves in Texas did not find out that they were free until 1865. Imagine being a slave one day and free the next. That is definitely a call for celebration.

Belle, the Last Mule at Gee's Bend
Belle, the Last Mule at Gee's Bend A Civil Rights Story By Ramsey, Calvin A. (Book - 2011 ) E RAMSEY Available in some locations

Annotation:Miz Pettway tells young Alex about the historic role her mule played in the struggle for civil rights. Based on actual events. Ages 5-8

The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had
The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had By Levine, Kristin, 1974- (Book - 2009 ) J LEVINE Available in some locations

Annotation:The unexpected friendship between a white farm boy and an African-American city girl sends ripples through a rural Alabama town. Ages 10-12.

Boycott Blues
Boycott Blues How Rosa Parks Inspired A Nation By Pinkney, Andrea Davis (Book - 2008 ) E PINKNEY Available in some locations

Annotation:This blues-infused tribute honors the men and women of the Montgomery bus boycott, who refused to give up until they got justice. Ages 5-8

Brown Girl Dreaming
Brown Girl Dreaming By Woodson, Jacqueline (Book - 2014 ) J811.54 WOO All copies in use Availability details Holds: 126 on 55 copies

Annotation:Jacqueline Woodson's memoir-in-verse is all about family, friends, reading and writing and following your dreams. Ages 8-12

Bud, Not Buddy
Bud, Not Buddy By Curtis, Christopher Paul (Book - 1999 ) J CURTIS Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 63 copies

Annotation:Bud, a boy living in Flint, Michigan during the Great Depression, leaves a bad foster home to try to find the man he believes to be his father. Ages 9-12

The Chicken-chasing Queen of Lamar County
The Chicken-chasing Queen of Lamar County By Harrington, Janice N. (Book - 2007 ) E HARRINGTON Available in some locations

Annotation:A young farm girl tries to catch her favorite chicken, until she learns something about the hen that makes her change her ways. Ages 4-8

The Dark-thirty
The Dark-thirty Southern Tales of the Supernatural By McKissack, Pat, 1944- (Book - 1992 ) J MCKISSACK Available in some locations

Annotation:A collection of African- American ghost stories designed to be told during the Dark-Thirty which is the half hour before sunset-when ghosts seem all too believable

Elijah of Buxton
Elijah of Buxton By Curtis, Christopher Paul (Book - 2007 ) J CURTIS Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 41 copies

Annotation:In 1859, eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman, the first free-born child in Buxton, Canada, uses his wits and skills to try to bring to justice the lying preacher who stole money that was to be used to buy a family's freedom. Ages 9-12

Freedom Summer
Freedom Summer Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Summer By Wiles, Deborah (Book - 2014 ) E WILES Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 18 copies

Annotation:When two boys, one white and the other African-American, find that the town has closed the pool rather than let it be desegregated, they are disappointed but find another way to celebrate the passing of the Civil Rights Act. Ages 4-8

Heart and Soul
Heart and Soul The Story of America and African Americans By Nelson, Kadir (Book - 2011 ) J973.049607 NEL Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 39 copies

Annotation:Examines the history of the United States, focusing on events that influenced African-Americans and how they advanced liberty and justice in America. Ages 9 and older

Henry's Freedom Box
Henry's Freedom Box By Levine, Ellen (Book - 2007 ) E LEVINE Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 19 copies

Annotation:A fictionalized account of how in 1849, Virginian slave Henry "Box" Brown, escapes to freedom by shipping himself in a wooden crate from Richmond to Philadelphia. Ages 6-9

Jefferson's Sons
Jefferson's Sons A Founding Father's Secret Children By Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker (Book - 2011 ) J BRADLEY Available in some locations

Annotation:A fictionalized look at the last twenty years of Thomas Jefferson's life at Monticello through the eyes of three of his slaves, including two who were his sons by his slave, Sally Hemings. Ages 8-12

The Lions of Little Rock
The Lions of Little Rock By Levine, Kristin, 1974- (Book - 2012 ) J LEVINE Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 13 copies

Annotation:In 1958 Little Rock, Arkansas, Marlee sees her city and family divided over school integration, but her friendship with Liz, a new student, helps her find her voice and fight against racism. Ages 9-12

Many Thousand Gone
Many Thousand Gone African Americans From Slavery to Freedom By Hamilton, Virginia, 1936-2002 (Book - 1993 ) J973.7115 Available in some locations

Annotation:Recounts the journey of African-American slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad. Ages 9-12

Marching for Freedom
Marching for Freedom Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary By Partridge, Elizabeth (Book - 2009 ) Y323.119607 PAR Available in some locations

Annotation:Recounts the three months of protest that took place before Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s landmark march from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery to promote equal rights and help African-Americans earn the right to vote. Ages 9-12

Martin's Big Words
Martin's Big Words The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr By Rappaport, Doreen (Book - 2001 ) EB KING Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 35 copies

Annotation:A picture book biography of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., which brings his life and the profound nature of his message using his own words. Ages 6-9

Moses
Moses When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom By Weatherford, Carole Boston, 1956- (Book - 2006 ) E973.7115 WEA Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 26 copies

Annotation:Describes Tubman's spiritual journey as she hears the voice of God guiding her on her first trip north to freedom Ages 6-9

Most Loved in All the World
Most Loved in All the World By Hegamin, Tonya (Book - 2009 ) E HEGAMIN Available in some locations

Annotation:A little girl whose mother is a secret agent on the Underground Railroad learns how a handmade quilt can help her leave home for freedom. Ages 6-9

Mr. Chickee's Funny Money
Mr. Chickee's Funny Money By Curtis, Christopher Paul (Book - 2007 ) J CURTIS Available in some locations

Annotation:Flint Future Detective Club member Steven Carter, his friend Russell and Russell’s huge dog, Zoopy, solve the mystery of a quadrillion-dollar bill with the image of James Brown on it. Ages 9-12

My People
My People By Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967 (Book - 2009 ) E811.52 HUG Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 10 copies

Annotation:Langston Hughes’ poem captures the glory, beauty, and soul of being a black American. All Ages

Nightjohn
Nightjohn By Paulsen, Gary (Book - 1993 ) J PAULSEN Available in some locations

Annotation:Twelve-year-old Sarny's brutal life as a slave becomes even more dangerous when a newly arrived slave offers to teach her how to read. Ages 9-12

One Crazy Summer
One Crazy Summer By Williams-Garcia, Rita (Book - 2010 ) J WILLIAMS-GARCIA Available in some locations Holds: 9 on 28 copies

Annotation:During the summer of 1968, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters travel to Oakland to visit their mother, only to find that their mother does not want to spend time with them but instead, wants the girls to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp. Ages 8-12

The Price of Freedom
The Price of Freedom How One Town Stood up to Slavery By Fradin, Judith Bloom (Book - 2013 ) J973.7115 FRA Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 13 copies

Annotation:Retells the story of how the residents of Oberlin, Ohio worked together to help runaway slave, John Price, escape to freedom. Ages 9-12

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry By Taylor, Mildred D. (Book - 2001 ) J TAYLOR Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 51 copies

Annotation:Nine-year-old Cassie and her family experience racism and social injustice when their community is terrorized by angry night riders. Ages 9-12

The Slave Dancer
The Slave Dancer A Novel By Fox, Paula (Book - 1973 ) J FOX Available in some locations

Annotation:Kidnapped by the crew of an Africa-bound ship, a thirteen-year-old boy discovers to his horror that he is on a slaver and his job is to play music for the exercise periods of the human cargo.

This Is the Rope
This Is the Rope A Story From the Great Migration By Woodson, Jacqueline (Book - 2013 ) E WOODSON Available in some locations

Annotation:The rope of the title is used over and over, tying luggage to the grandparents' station wagon as they move from South Carolina to New York, airing diapers outside their new Brooklyn apartment, serving as a jump rope for the narrator's mother and finally as a jump rope for the narrator. Ages 5-8

The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963
The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 By Curtis, Christopher Paul (Book - 1995 ) J CURTIS Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 63 copies

Annotation:The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, a family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit their Grandma in Alabama during the summer of 1963. Ages 9-12

We March
We March By Evans, Shane (Book - 2012 ) E EVANS Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 15 copies

Annotation:Brief text and illustrations portray the events of the 1963 march in Washington, D.C., where the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic speech. Ages 4-8

We Shall Overcome
We Shall Overcome The Story of A Song By Levy, Debbie (Book - 2013 ) E782.421621 LEV Available in some locations

Annotation:This book traces the evolution of this iconic song from its beginnings as black church music during slavery through its emergence as a labor protest song in the 1940s to its stirring place of pride in the civil rights movement at lunch counters, on picket lines and at the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington. Ages 6-10

Annotation:The Carnegie library of Pittsburgh also publishes a list of excellent books about African-Americans.

Description

This book list is a selected list of books by and/or about African Americans. It is intended to celebrate African American heritage, tradition, and achievement. The list includes picture books, chapter books, folklore, nonfiction and biography. Books are selected by qualified librarians based on the books' quality, availability and kid appeal.


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