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Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt

By: Deborah Hopkinson

2013 marks the 20th anniversary of Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt!As a seamstress in the Big House, Clara dreams of a reunion with her Momma, who lives on another plantation--and even of running away...

Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah

By: Laurie Ann Thompson
illustrated by: Sean Qualls

Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah's inspiring true story—which was turned into a film, Emmanuel's Gift, narrated by Oprah Winfrey—is nothing short of remarkable. Born in Ghana, West Africa, with one deformed...

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 teaches the slaves...

Mrs. Katz and Tush

By: Patricia Polacco

In this special Passover story, Larnel Moore, a  young African-American boy, and Mrs. Katz, an  elderly Jewish woman, develop an unusual friendship  through their mutual concern...

Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #28: Heroes for All Times

By: Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce
illustrated by: Sal Murdocca

Track the facts with Jack and Annie!When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #51, they had lots of questions. How did Florence Nightingale change nursing? Who helped women...

Barack Obama: Out of Many, One

By: Shana Corey
illustrated by: James Bernardin

A newly updated leveled reader about the first African American president of the United States, for children who are ready to read on their own.   A Step 3 Step into Reading Biography Reader about...

Mirandy and Brother Wind

By: Patricia McKissack
illustrated by: Jerry Pinkney

Illus. in full color."Mirandy is sure she'll win the cake walk if she can catch Brother Wind for her partner, but he eludes all the tricks her friends advise. This gets a high score for plot, pace,...

Young Pele

By: Lesa Cline-Ransome
illustrated by: James E. Ransome

HOW DID A POOR BOY named Edson—who kicked rocks down roads and dribbled balls made from rags—go on to become Pelé, the greatest soccer player of all time? While other kids memorized...

North by Night

By: Katherine Ayres

It's 1851 and Lucy Spencer's family is keeping a secret. Their Ohio home is a station on the Underground Railroad, the network of people and places that helps fugitive slaves escape to freedom in Canada....

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Lillian’s Right to Vote Activities (with CCSS tie-ins)

By: Jonah Winter

An elderly African American woman, en route to vote, remembers her family’s tumultuous voting history in this picture book publishing in time for the fiftieth anniversary of the Voting Rights Act...

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Emmanuel’s Dream Poster and Activity Guide (with CCSS tie-ins)

By: Laurie Ann Thompson
Guide prepared by: Colleen Carroll

Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah's inspiring true story—which was turned into a film, Emmanuel's Gift, narrated by Oprah Winfrey—is nothing short of remarkable.

Born in Ghana, West Africa,...

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The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 Educator Guide with CCSS tie-ins

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 trouble, ...

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You Never Heard of Willie Mays?!

By: Jonah Winter
illustrated by: Terry Widener

Many believe baseball great Willie Mays to be the best player that ever lived. He hit 660 home runs (fourth best of all time), had a lifetime batting average of .302, and is second only to Babe Ruth...

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A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin

By: Jen Bryant
Illustrated by: Melissa Sweet

A Robert F. Sibert Honor Book

Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award

An ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book

Winner of the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction...

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I Have a Dream (Book & CD)

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

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

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By: Barbara Wright

Perhaps you have heard your grandparents talk fondly about “the good old days,” but not everything that happened “in the good old days” was a good thing, especially for African Americans. ...

Bucking the Sarge

By: Christopher Paul Curtis

Ever feel like your parents give you too much responsibility? Try being 15-year-old Luther T. Farrell. His own mother, who Luther refers to as Sarge, manipulates the system, manages slum...

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...

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African American History

By: Paula Young Shelton
illustrated by: Raul Colon

In this Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year, Paula Young Shelton, daughter of Civil Rights activist Andrew Young, brings a child’s unique perspective to an important...

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The Mighty Miss Malone Educator Guide with CCSS tie-ins

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, Indiana, singled out by teachers for a special path in life....

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By: Barbara Wright

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