This collective biography beautifully introduces 40 black American women who made their mark, with a one-page illustration of each woman in clothing and background representing her time period and field. The youthful faces appearing on the cover invite readers to open this book to learn about Harriet Tubman and lesser known leaders such as Alice Ball. An approachable invitation to important black women who made a difference.
Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History by Vashti Harrison with Kwesi Johnson
This collective biography is a perfect companion to Little Leaders. Authors Harrison and Johnson introduce children to well-known and not so well-known African American men who made their mark on history by sharing a one-page body of text coupled with a portrait of each man, his eyes closed, with the backdrop and clothes indicating his area of expertise. Readers will learn about each legend’s childhood and how his interest and curiosity, desire and motivation, prompted him to make a lasting impact on history. Includes well known leaders like Frederick Douglas and leaders with which children may be unfamiliar, such as architect Sir David Adjaye.
The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth and Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson | illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
"Knowledge is Power. You need it every hour. Read a book." --Lewis Michaux
The Book Itch is the story of Lewis Michaux and how, with only five books, he started his bookstore, The National Memorial African Bookstore. It became a place where people not just from Harlem, but all over would come, including Muhammad Ali, Langston Hughes and Malcolm X, to exchange ideas, learn from each other and their culture. This bookstore helped people to find their voice and stand up for what they believed in.
Sugar Hill: Harlem's Historic Neighborhood by Carole Boston Weatherford | illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
Sugar Hill is the first neighborhood to be established during the Harlem Renaissance movement in New York City during the 1920s. It is beautifully told with a “jazzy” vibe and incredible illustrations that bring to life the people that lived there. A neighborhood full of intellectual, artistic, and prominent African American professionals from writers, poets and performers who explored their own culture and affirmed their culture’s pride.
An excellent read full of history and pride.
Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome
available as an eaudiobook and ebook through Overdrive
When Langston and his father move to Chicago from Alabama in 1946 his world is turned upside down. Instead of cicadas, frogs, and country quiet lulling him to sleep, he hears music, yelling, and city noise. Eleven year-old Langston’s only home was Alabama where he had “space to breathe,” but when his mama died his daddy wanted a fresh start in a place he and his wife had dreamed of. Now Langston is trying to navigate bullying, sorrow, and loneliness.
One day, as he escapes from taunting classmates, Langston finds himself lost. In an effort to ask for directions, he wanders into a public library. A public library whose doors are wide open to black people. This sanctuary renews hope and cultivates strength, courage, and healing for Langston.
For enslaved people the Fourth of July was not a day for celebration. For many Americans, it still isn't.
Watch as the descendants of Frederick Douglass recite his famous Fourth of July speech--What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?
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