KCLS Recommends: Children's - African-American Heritage
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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.