Picture book biography of Carter G. Woodson, who was born to parents who had both been enslaved and who read the newspaper to his illiterate father every day and grew up to study history at Harvard University and become the “Father of Black History.”
Through stories that illustrate African American history, biography and culture, children in grades K-5 can learn about people and events in an exciting way. Titles like these can offer entertaining and clever stories while fostering positive messages. Caregivers and educators can use these books to begin or continue conversations about African American history through the unique craft of storytelling.
In the 1960s Charlie Sifford became the first African American to break the color barrier in golf and despite discrimation went on to win the PGA tournament. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.
You’ve likely heard of the historic Apollo 13 [mission]. But do you know about the mathematical genius who made sure that Apollo 13 returned safely home?
A biography of African-American designer Ann Cole Lowe, who learned to sew at a young age, took over her late mother’s business, and went on to design gowns that included dresses for Jacqueline Bouvier and John F. Kennedy’s wedding.
Explores the life of Frederick Douglass, a self-educated slave in the South who grew up to become a leader of the abolitionist movement, a celebrated writer, an esteemed speaker, and a social reformer.
Shares the story of sisters Venus and Serena Williams, including their special relationship as sisters and best friends, their constant training as children, and their incredible success in professional tennis. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby.
Juvenile biography of York, William Clark’s enslaved manservant and the only non-white, non-volunteer member of the group of men who set out with Lewis and Clark on their journey of exploration.
This historical fiction picture book presents the story of nine-year-old Lorraine Jackson, who in 1968 witnessed the Memphis sanitation strike–Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s final stand for justice before his assassination–when her father, a sanitation worker, participated in the protest.
Jean-Michel Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocked to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art work had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby or as eAudio on Overdrive/Libby.
More than a year before the Greensboro sit-ins, a teacher named Clara Luper led a group of young people to protest the segregated Katz drugstore by sitting at its lunch counter. With simple, elegant art, Someday Is Now tells the inspirational story of this unsung hero of the Civil Rights movement.
A picture book looks at many of the men and women who revolutionized life for African Americans throughout history. You can also check out this title as eAudio on Overdrive/Libby.
What do we tell our children when the world seems bleak, and prejudice and racism run rampant? With 96 lavishly designed pages of original art, poetry, and prose, fifty diverse creators lend voice and comfort to young activists.
This book brings together 52 iconic talents from countries around the world from the past and present and celebrates their inspirational achievements.