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Black History Books for Kids

 

Roots and Blues: A Celebration
Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Lyrical text explores how Blues have been part of everyday life throughout history, from its origins in the sounds of the earth, through slaves' voices singing of freedom, to today's greatest performers--and listeners.

 

Chocolate Me!
Illustrated by Shane W. Evans

Relates the experiences of a dark-skinned, curly-haired child who wishes he could look more like the lighter-skinned children in his community until his mother helps him realize how wonderful he is inside and out.

 

Nikki & Deja : Election Madness
Illustrated by Laura Freeman

When Carver Elementary holds school-wide elections for the first time, third-grader Deja puts all her efforts into running for school president, ignoring her best friend Nikki's problems.

 

Underground

A family silently crawls along the ground. They run barefoot through unlit woods, sleep beneath bushes and take shelter in a kind stranger's home. Where are they heading? They are heading for freedom by way of the Underground Railroad.

 

The Great Migration: Journey to the North
Illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist

This collection of poems highlights the period of the 20th century when many African Americans left the South to make better lives for themselves in the northern states.

 

One Love
Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

In this illustrated version of Bob Marley's song, a young girl enlists her friends, family, and community to transform their neighborhood for the better.

 

When Grandmama sings
Illustrated by James E. Ransome

An eight-year-old girl accompanies her grandmother on a singing tour of the segregated South, both of them knowing that Grandmama's songs have the power to bring people together.

 

Aesop's Fables
Illustrated by Piet Grobler

Sixteen of Aesop's wise, witty and timeless fables, portrayed for the first time in an African setting. This is an exciting new interpretation of one of the world's great classics.

 

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans

An introduction to African American history, from Revolutionary-era slavery up to the election of President Obama.

 

Tales From a Not-So-Talented Pop Star (Dork Diaries)

When scholarship student Nikki Maxwell, whose father is the school exterminator, decides to enter the talent show at her expensive private school, her nemesis MacKenzie threatens to reveal Nikki's status to the rest of the school.