Tag Archives: African American

When Louis Armstrong Taught Me Scat

Author: Muriel Harris Weinstein Publisher: Chronicle Books Product Description In a CRACKITY-SNAPPITY-POPPITY-POP bubblegum dream, a young girl learns to scat from the master himself, Louis Armstrong! Written in prose and scat with wild and wonderful illustrations by R. Gregory Christie, this joyful tribute is downright contagious. CHEW-ITEE CHEW-ITEE CHEW-ITEE CHOP, CRACKITY SNAPPITY POPPITY POP!

Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins

Author: Carole Boston Weatherford Publisher: Puffin Product Description There were signs all throughout town telling eight-year-old Connie where she could and could not go. But when Connie sees four young men take a stand for equal rights at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, she realizes that things may soon change. This event […]

The Bells of Christmas

Rating: (2 reviews) Author: Virginia Hamilton Publisher: Sandpiper Product Description Twelve-year-old Jason Bell waits impatiently for Christmas 1890. Set against the carefully researched background life of a middle-class black family in Ohio a century ago, “Hamilton’s story moves along at an elegant pace, giving readers time to savor the holiday preparations.”–School Library Journal

Monster

Rating: (709 reviews) Author: Walter Dean Myers Publisher: HarperCollins e-books Product Description Sometimes I feel like I have walked into the middle of a movie. Maybe I can make my own movie. The film will be the story of my life. No, not my life, but of this experience. I’ll call it what the lady […]

Bud, Not Buddy

Rating: (481 reviews) Author: Christopher Paul Curtis Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers Product Description Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father–the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids. Amazon.com […]

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Rating: (388 reviews) Author: Zora Neale Hurston Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics Product Description One of the most important works of twentieth-century American literature, Zora Neale Hurston’s beloved 1937 classic, Their Eyes Were Watching God, is an enduring Southern love story sparkling with wit, beauty, and heartfelt wisdom. Told in the captivating voice of a […]

Addy’s Surprise: A Christmas Story (American Girls Collection)

Rating: (6 reviews) Author: Connie Porter Publisher: American Girl Publishing Inc Product Description Knowing that Christmas will be hard without the rest of her family, Addy sets out to earn money to give her mother a special Christmas gift, but after discovering the plight of newly freed slaves, she decides to give her money to […]

The Help

Rating: (1716 reviews) Author: Kathryn Stockett Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam Product Description Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step. Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring […]

The Bells of Christmas

Rating: (2 reviews) Author: Virginia Hamilton Publisher: Sandpiper Product Description Twelve-year-old Jason Bell waits impatiently for Christmas 1890. Set against the carefully researched background life of a middle-class black family in Ohio a century ago, “Hamilton’s story moves along at an elegant pace, giving readers time to savor the holiday preparations.”–School Library Journal

Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas

Rating: (12 reviews) Author: Maya Angelou Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks Product Description In this third self-contained volume of her autobiography, which began with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou moves into the adult world. Maya struggles to support herself and her son through a series of odd jobs and weathers a […]

Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters (Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner)

Rating: (5 reviews) Author: Pat McKissack Publisher: Frontline Books Product Description A lavishly illustrated historical book describes Christmas on a pre-Civil War plantation from the viewpoints of the big house family and the slave quarters.

The Princess and the Frog Little Golden Book

Rating: (3 reviews) Author: RH Disney Publisher: Golden/Disney Product Description Walt Disney Pictures presents The Princess and the Frog. . . . Meet Tiana—Disney’s newest princess. Her big dreams are put on hold when she is transformed into a frog! Discover how she finds love and learns all about what is truly important in the […]

Chains

Rating: (9 reviews) Author: Laurie Halse Anderson Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Product Description If an entire nation could seek its freedom, why not a girl? As the Revolutionary War begins, thirteen-year-old Isabel wages her own fight…for freedom. Promised freedom upon the death of their owner, she and her sister, Ruth, in a cruel […]

People of the Book: A Novel

Rating: (105 reviews) Author: Geraldine Brooks Publisher: Viking Adult Amazon.com Amazon Best of the Month, January 2008: One of the earliest Jewish religious volumes to be illuminated with images, the Sarajevo Haggadah survived centuries of purges and wars thanks to people of all faiths who risked their lives to safeguard it. Geraldine Brooks, the Pulitzer […]

The Story of Little Black Sambo

Rating: (50 reviews) Author: Publisher: HarperCollins Product Description The jolly and exciting tale of the little boy who lost his red coat and his blue trousers and his purple shoes but who was saved from the tigers to eat 169 pancakes for his supper, has been universally loved by generations of children. First written in […]

Henry’s Freedom Box (Caldecott Honor Book)

Rating: (11 reviews) Author: Ellen Levine Publisher: Scholastic Press Book Description Henry Brown doesn’t know how old he is. Nobody keeps records of slaves’ birthdays. All the time he dreams about freedom, but that dream seems farther away than ever when he is torn from his family and put to work in a warehouse. When […]

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

Rating: (3 reviews) Author: Publisher: Jump At The Sun

The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963

Rating: (606 reviews) Author: Christopher Paul Curtis Publisher: Laurel Leaf Amazon.com The year is 1963, and self-important Byron Watson is the bane of his younger brother Kenny’s existence. Constantly in trouble for one thing or another, from straightening his hair into a “conk” to lighting fires to freezing his lips to the mirror of the […]

Elijah Of Buxton (Newbery Honor Book)

Rating: (6 reviews) Author: Christopher Paul Curtis Publisher: Scholastic Press Book Description Eleven-year-old Elijah is the first child born into freedom in Buxton, Canada, a settlement of runaway slaves just over the border from Detroit. He’s best known in his hometown as the boy who made a memorable impression on Frederick Douglass. But things change […]

Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse

Rating: (3 reviews) Author: Stephen King, Cory Doctorow, George R. R. Martin, Octavia E. Butler, Jonathan Lethem, Orson Scott Card, Gene Wolfe, Jack McDevitt, Tobias S. Buckell Publisher: Night Shade Books Book Description Famine, Death, War, and Pestilence: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the harbingers of Armageddon – these are our guides through the […]

Timothy Cratchit’s Christmas Carol, 1917

Rating: (17 reviews) Author: Dale Powell, Charles Dickens Publisher: Dickens World Book Description The original sequel to a Christmas Carol from DickensWorld. Get it in its original form. No more copies of this version of this critically acclaimed masterpiece will be printed.

Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem

Rating: (12 reviews) Author: Maya Angelou Publisher: Random House Book Description In this beautiful, deeply moving poem, Maya Angelou inspires us to embrace the peace and promise of Christmas, so that hope and love can once again light up our holidays and the world. “Angels and Mortals, Believers and Nonbelievers, look heavenward,” she writes, “and […]

The Man in the High Castle

Rating: (158 reviews) Author: Philip K. Dick Publisher: Vintage Book Description It’s America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. the few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some 20 years earlier the United States lost a war–and […]

The Chosen

Rating: (291 reviews) Author: Chaim Potok Publisher: Fawcett Amazon.com Few stories offer more warmth, wisdom, or generosity than this tale of two boys, their fathers, their friendship, and the chaotic times in which they live. Though on the surface it explores religious faith–the intellectually committed as well as the passionately observant–the struggles addressed in The […]

The Complete Tales of Uncle Remus

Rating: (17 reviews) Author: Joel Chandler Harris Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Book Description It’s been more than a hundred years since the publication of the first Uncle Remus book, and it was in 1955 that all of the delightful and inimitable tales of Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, Brer Bear, and Brer Wolf were gathered together in […]

The Night before Christmas

Rating: (42 reviews) Author: Clement Clarke Moore Publisher: Putnam Juvenile Amazon.com Whose tiny faces are peeking out from Santa’s golden sleigh? Yikes! It’s two of Santa’s elves who are Christmas Eve stowaways. Beloved illustrator Jan Brett’s version of The Night Before Christmas lets these two mischievous elves add their rambunctious spirit to this familiar 1823 […]

Monster

Rating: (660 reviews) Author: Walter Dean Myers Publisher: Amistad Amazon.com “Monster” is what the prosecutor called 16-year-old Steve Harmon for his supposed role in the fatal shooting of a convenience-store owner. But was Steve really the lookout who gave the “all clear” to the murderer, or was he just in the wrong place at the […]

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Rating: (1228 reviews) Author: Stephen Chbosky Publisher: MTV Amazon.com What is most notable about this funny, touching, memorable first novel from Stephen Chbosky is the resounding accuracy with which the author captures the voice of a boy teetering on the brink of adulthood. Charlie is a freshman. And while’s he’s not the biggest geek in […]

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Rating: (389 reviews) Author: Zora Neale Hurston Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics Amazon.com At the height of the Harlem Renaissance during the 1930s, Zora Neale Hurston was the preeminent black woman writer in the United States. She was a sometime-collaborator with Langston Hughes and a fierce rival of Richard Wright. Her stories appeared in major […]

Small Steps

Rating: (90 reviews) Author: Louis Sachar Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers Book Description Two years after being released from Camp Green Lake, Armpit is home in Austin, Texas, trying to turn his life around. But it’s hard when you have a record, and everyone expects the worst from you. The only person who believes […]

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Puffin Modern Classics) (Puffin Modern Classics)

Rating: (450 reviews) Author: Mildred D. Taylor Publisher: Puffin Amazon.com In all Mildred D. Taylor’s unforgettable novels she recounts “not only the joy of growing up in a large and supportive family, but my own feelings of being faced with segregation and bigotry.” Her Newbery Medal-winning Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry tells the story […]