Discover the Heritage and Hope of Black History Month

As Good as Anybody

By Richard Michelson; illustrated by Raul Colon

MARTIN LUTHER KING, Jr. and Abraham Joshua Heschel. Their names stand for the quest for justice and equality.Martin grew up in a loving family in the American South, at ...

Recommended for AGE 6-9 years


Release Date Dec. 24, 2013

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I Have a Dream (Book & CD)

By Martin Luther King, Jr.; illustrated by Kadir Nelson

A Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book

From Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s daughter, Dr. Bernice A. King: “My father’s dream continues to live on from generation to ...

Recommended for AGE All


Release Date Oct. 9, 2012

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The Mighty Miss Malone

By Christopher Paul Curtis

"We are a family on a journey to a place called wonderful" is the motto of Deza Malone's family. Deza is the smartest girl in her class in Gary ...

Recommended for AGE 9-12 years


Release Date Jan. 10, 2012

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You Never Heard of Willie Mays?!

By Jonah Winter; illustrated by Terry Widener

He hit 660 home runs (fourth best of all time), had a lifetime batting average of .302, and is second only to Babe Ruth on The Sporting News's list ...

Recommended for AGE 4-8 years


Release Date Jan. 8, 2013

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Harlem's Little Blackbird

By Renee Watson; illustrated by Christian Robinson

Zora and Langston. Billie and Bessie. Eubie and Duke. If the Harlem Renaissance had a court, they were its kings and queens. But there were other, lesser known individuals whose ...

Recommended for AGE 3-7 years


Release Date Oct. 23, 2012

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My Heart Will Not Sit Down

By Mara Rockliff; illustrated by Ann Tanksley

When Kedi hears about America's Great Depression from her teacher, her heart will not sit down. Men and women are unable to find work. Children are going hungry. In ...

Recommended for AGE 5-8 years


Release Date Jan. 10, 2012

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Crow

By Barbara Wright

The summer of 1898 is filled with ups and downs for 11-year-old Moses. He's growing apart from his best friend, his superstitious Boo-Nanny butts heads constantly with his pragmatic ...

Recommended for AGE 10 and up


Release Date Jan. 10, 2012

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Never Forgotten

By Patricia C. McKissack

A 2012 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book

This gorgeous picture book by Newbery Honor winner Patricia C. McKissack and two-time Caldecott Medal-winning husband-and-wife team Leo and Diane Dillon is ...

Recommended for AGE All


Release Date Oct. 11, 2011

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Chirchir Is Singing

By Kelly Cunnane; illustrated by Jude Daly

Chirchir just wants to make herself useful like all her other family members. But she drops Mama's water bucket, spills Kogo's tea, and sends Baba's potatoes tumbling ...

Recommended for AGE 3-7 years


Release Date Aug. 23, 2011

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The Other Half of My Heart

By Sundee T. Frazier

The close relationship of a pair of biracial twins is tested when their grandmother enters them in a pageant for African American girls in this new story from Coretta Scott ...

Recommended for AGE 8-12 years


Release Date June 14, 2011

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Of Thee I Sing

By Barack Obama; illustrated by Loren Long

In this tender, beautiful letter to his daughters, President Barack Obama has written a moving tribute to thirteen groundbreaking Americans and the ideals that have shaped our nation. From the ...

Recommended for AGE All


Release Date Nov. 16, 2010

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Busing Brewster

By Richard Michelson; illustrated by R.G Roth

A New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book
A New York Times Book Review Notable Children’s Book

Brewster is excited about starting first grade . . . until Mama announces that ...

Recommended for AGE 3-7 years


Release Date May 11, 2010

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A Thousand Never Evers

By Shana Burg

IN KUCKACHOO, MISSISSIPPI, 1963, Addie Ann Pickett worships her brother Elias and follows in his footsteps by attending the black junior high school. But when her careless act leads to ...

Recommended for AGE 8-12 years


Release Date Dec. 22, 2009

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Piano Starts Here

By Robert Andrew Parker; illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker

Regardless of whether they’ve heard of jazz or Art Tatum, young readers will appreciate how Parker uses simple, lyrical storytelling and colorful and energetic ink-and-wash illustrations to show the ...

Recommended for AGE 4-8 years


Release Date Jan. 8, 2008

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The Champ

By Tonya Bolden; illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Muhammad Ali is one of the world’s best-known figures, and this incredible biography delves into precisely why. From his unlikely beginnings as a skinny, young Cassius Clay learning to ...

Recommended for AGE 6-9 years


Release Date Sept. 11, 2007

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Bud, Not Buddy

By Christopher Paul Curtis

It’s 1936, in Flint, Michigan, and when 10-year-old Bud decides to hit the road to find his father, nothing can stop him.




From the Trade Paperback edition.

Recommended for AGE 8-12 years


Release Date Sept. 14, 2004

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Nappy Hair

By Carolivia Herron, illustrated by Joe Cepeda

Now in Dragonfly: a lively, empowering story about Brenda's knotted-up, twisted, nappy hair and how it got to be that way! Told in the African-American "call and response" tradition ...

Recommended for AGE 3-7 years


Release Date Dec. 7, 1998

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A Million Fish...More or Less

By Patricia C McKissack

Illus. in full color. In an original yarn of the Louisiana bayou, McKissack honors the tradition of bragging about the one that got away. Hugh Thomas hears that strange things ...

Recommended for AGE 3-7 years


Release Date May 7, 1996

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Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky

By Faith Ringgold

Illus. in full color. Cassie, who flew above New York in Tar Beach, soars into the sky once more. This time, she and her brother Be Be meet a train ...

Recommended for AGE 3-7 years


Release Date Dec. 12, 1995

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The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963

By Christopher Paul Curtis

A wonderful middle-grade novel narrated by Kenny, 9, about his middle-class black family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. When Kenny's 13-year-old brother, Byron, gets to be too much ...

Recommended for AGE 8-12 years


Release Date Sept. 1, 1995

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Follow the Drinking Gourd

By Jeanette Winter

Illus. in full color. "Winter's story begins with a peg-leg sailor who aids slaves on their escape on the Underground Railroad. While working for plantation owners, Peg Leg Joe ...

Recommended for AGE 3-7 years


Release Date Nov. 19, 1988

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The People Could Fly

By Virginia Hamilton; illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon

"The well-known author retells 24 black American folk tales in sure storytelling voice: animal tales, supernatural tales, fanciful and cautionary tales, and slave tales of freedom. All are beautifully readable ...

Recommended for AGE All


Release Date Oct. 12, 1985

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