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November: Civil Rights

 

 

Coming Soon......

December: Embracing Our Past

I, Too am America

By Langston Hughes

Synopsis
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Winner of the Coretta Scott King illustrator award, I, Too, Am America blends the poetic wisdom of Langston Hughes with visionary illustrations from Bryan Collier in this inspirational picture book that carries the promise of equality

January: Cultural

Bright Eyes Brown Skin

By Cheryl Willis Hudson

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ynopsis:

A poem extolling the beauty of African-American children forms the basis for celebration of a positive self-image. Four attractive children engage in typical kindergarten pastimes as the rhyming text rhapsodizes about their dimpled chins, "teeth that glisten," and "very special hair and clothes." Whereas building self-esteem and acknowledging children's charms are commendable goals, they are not enough to build a book upon. Yes, these boys and girls are appealing, but they are so unusually cooperative and cheerful, smiling nonstop throughout the pages of this slim volume, that real live children, with all of the emotions and moods that are a part of being human, may have difficulty relating to them.

February: Enriching Our Present

Aesop’s Fables

Complied by Beverly Naidoo

Synopsis: Here are 16 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. This unique story collection is vividly illustrated by Beverley Naidoo's fellow South African Piet Grobler, an internationally acclaimed illustrator.

March: Family

Yesterday, I had the Blues

By Jeron Ashford Frame

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A young boy ponders a variety of emotions and expresses how different members of his family experience them, from his own blues to his father grays and his grandmother yellows.

April: Empowering Our Future

Knock, Knock My Dad’s Dream for Me

By Daniel Beaty

Synopsis:

This powerful and inspiring book shows the love that an absent parent can leave behind, and the strength that children find in themselves as they grow up and follow their dreams.

May: Loving the Skin I'm In

I Like Myself

By Karen Beaumont

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A confident curly haired little girl shouts out to the world all the many ways and reasons that she likes herself. No matter what others think of her, because as she says, Im me. This book has it all, Including a confident person with a great imagination and high self esteem that encourages kids to appreciate everything about themselves.

Bonus Books

No Matter What

(A personal favorite … not by an African America author, but a truly beautiful book

to reenforce the love a parent feels for her child)

Debi Gliori

Synopsis:

Small, a little fox, seeks reassurance that Large will always provide love, no matter what.


Henry’s Freedom Box

By Ellen Levine

Synopsis:

Henry Brown doesn't know how old he is. Nobody keeps records of slaves' birthdays. All the time he dreams about freedom, but that dream seems farther away than ever when he is torn from his family and put to work in a warehouse. Henry grows up and marries, but he is again devastated when his family is sold at the slave market. Then one day, as he lifts a crate at the warehouse, he knows exactly what he must do: He will mail himself to the North. After an arduous journey in the crate, Henry finally has a birthday, his first day of freedom.

 

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