Picture Books

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Picture Books
Hands Up!
Author: Breanna J. McDaniel
Child picture book, and e-book. “A young girl lifts her hands up in a series of everyday moments before finally raising her hands in resistance at a protest march."-- Provided by publisher. Age: 3-8.
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Picture Books
Goin’ Someplace Special
Author: Pat McKissack
Child picture book. In segregated 1950s Nashville, a young African American girl braves a series of indignities and obstacles to get to one of the few integrated places in town: the public library. Age: 5-8.
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Picture Books
What Is Given from the Heart
Author: Pat McKissack
Child picture book, and e-book. Despite their own poverty since Daddy died, Mama tells nine-year-old James Otis they need to help Sarah, whose family lost everything in a fire. Age: 5-8.
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Picture Books
Don’t Touch My Hair
Author: Sharee Miller
Child picture book. Aria loves her soft and bouncy hair, but must go to extremes to avoid people who touch it without permission until, finally, she speaks up. Age: 3-8.
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Picture Books
Saturday
Author: Oge Mora
Child picture book. When all of their special Saturday plans go awry, Ava and her mother still find a way to appreciate one another and their time together. Age: 3-8.
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Picture Books
Thank You, Omu!
Author: Oge Mora

Child picture book, print with audio book, e-book, e-audio book, e-video. Book in English or Spanish. Alternate title: Gracias, Omu! When the aroma of Omu's homemade stew fills the air, her neighbors arrive, one by one, for a taste until all is gone except for her generous spirit. Age: 3-7.

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The Proudest Blue : A Story of Hijab and Family
Author: Ibtihaj Muhammad
Child picture book, and e-book. Faizah relates how she feels on the first day her sister, sixth-grader Asiya, wears a hijab to school. Age: 4-8.
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Picture Books
City Shapes
Author: Diana Murray
Child picture book. “A young girl walks through the bustling city, while a pigeon flies above, both spotting hidden shapes at every turn."-- Provided by publisher. Age: 3-7.
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Picture Books
Looking Like Me
Author: Walter Dean Myers

Child picture book, and audiobook on cd with print book. Jeremy sets out to discover all of the different "people" that make him who he is, including brother, son, writer, and runner. Age: 5-9.

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Picture Books
Bein' With You This Way
Author: W. Nikola-Lisa

Child picture book. Audiobook on cd narrated in Spanish. A playground rap that introduces young readers to how people are different yet the same. Age: 5-8.

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Picture Books
Sulwe
Author: Lupira Nyong’o
Child picture book, and e-book. Sulwe has skin the color of midnight. She is darker than everyone in her family. She is darker than anyone in her school. Sulwe just wants to be beautiful and bright, like her mother and sister. Then a magical journey in the night sky opens her eyes and changes everything. Age: 3-8.
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Picture Books
This Is It
Author: Daria Peoples-Riley

Child picture book. “A young dancer finds confidence in herself in this picture book about dance, individuality, and self expression."-- Provided by publisher. Age: 4-8.

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Picture Books
Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Children
Author: Sandra L. Pinkney
Child picture book. Photographs and poetic text celebrate the beauty and diversity of African American children. Age: 3-11.
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Picture Books
The Old Truck
Author: Jarrett Pumphrey
Child picture book. “On a small family farm, an old truck falls into disrepair and lies nearly forgotten, except by the family's daughter. The truck is part of her daydreams as she grows up and develops strength and independence. As an industrious young woman, she pulls the rusted and overgrown vehicle from its almost-grave and restores it.” —Provided by publisher. Age: 3-5.
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Picture Books
The Bell Rang
Author: James Ransome
Child picture book, and e-book. Every single morning, the overseer of the plantation rings the bell. Daddy gathers wood. Mama cooks. Ben and the other slaves go out to work. Each day is the same. Full of grueling work and sweltering heat. Every day, except one, when the bell rings and Ben is nowhere to be found. Because Ben ran. Yet, despite their fear and sadness, his family remains hopeful that maybe, just maybe, he made it North. That he is free. An ode to hope and a powerful tribute to the courage of those who ran for freedom, The Bell Rang is a stunning reminder that our past can never be forgotten. Age: 4-8.
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Night Boat to Freedom
Author: Margot Theis Raven
Child picture book. At the request of his fellow slave Granny Judith, Christmas John risks his life to take runaways across a river from Kentucky to Ohio. Based on slave narratives recorded in the 1930s. Age: 6-9.
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Picture Books
Harlem Renaissance Party
Author: Faith Ringgold
Child picture book. Come one, come all to a party today in Harlem! Celebrate the great men and women of the Harlem Renaissance. Lonnie and his Uncle Bates go on an unforgettable journey back in time to the Harlem Renaissance. Along the way, they meet the famous writers, musicians, artists, and athletes who created this incredible period. Age: 4-8.
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Tar Beach
Author: Faith Ringgold

Child picture book, and big book. A young girl dreams of flying above her Harlem home, claiming all she sees for herself and her family. Based on the author's quilt painting of the same name. Age: 5-8.

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Little Melba and Her Big Trombone
Author: Katheryn Russell-Brown
Child picture book. “A biography of African American musician Melba Doretta Liston, a virtuoso musician who played the trombone and composed and arranged music for many of the great jazz musicians of the twentieth century. Includes afterword, discography, and sources."-- Provided by publisher. Age: 6-8.
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Boonoonoonous Hair!
Author: Olive Senior

Child picture book. “In this picture book, a young black girl learns to love her difficult-to-manage hair."--Provided by publisher. Age: 3-6.

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Picture Books
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters : An African Tale
Author: John Steptoe
Child picture book, and e-audiobook. Mufaro's two beautiful daughters, one bad-tempered, one kind and sweet, go before the king, who is choosing a wife. Age: 3-8.
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Picture Books
Freedom in Congo Square
Author: Carole Boston Weatherford
Child picture book, e-book, video on DVD, and e-video. As slaves relentlessly toiled in an unjust system in 19th century Louisiana, they all counted down the days until Sunday, when at least for half a day they were briefly able to congregate in Congo Square in New Orleans. This story chronicles slaves' duties each day, from chopping logs on Mondays to baking bread on Wednesdays to plucking hens on Saturday, and builds to the freedom of Sundays and the special experience of an afternoon spent in Congo Square. Age: 4-8.
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Picture Books
Each Kindness
Author: Jacqueline Woodson
Child picture book, and e-video. When Ms. Albert teaches a lesson on kindness, Chloe realizes that she and her friends have been wrong in making fun of new student Maya's shabby clothes and refusing to play with her. Age: 5-8.
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Grandpa Cacao : A Tale of Chocolate, from Farm to Family
Author: Elizabeth Zunon
Child picture book. As a little girl and her father work together to make her birthday cake, he tells the story of her Grandpa Cacao, a farmer from the Ivory Coast. Includes author's note and a cake recipe. Age: 3-6.
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Early Readers

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Early Readers
Cloudy Day/Sunny Day
Author: Donald Crews

Child early reader book. Whether the day is cloudy or sunny, it provides lots of opportunities for fun and entertainment. Age: 4-6.

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Early Chapter Books

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Early Chapter Books
Rock Star
Author: Kelly Starling Lyons

Child early chapter book. First book in the Jada Jones series. Fourth-grader Jada's best friend moved away, but a class project on rocks and minerals, her favorite topic, could mean new friends, if only one of her teammates would stop being mean. Age: 6-8.

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Early Chapter Books
Sadiq and the Pet Problem
Author: Siman Nuurali
Sadiq's third grade class decides that they want a classroom pet, and their teacher, Ms. Battersby, is okay with the idea, so the students form a club to decide what kind of pet to get, and to research how to take care of it.
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Graphic Novel

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Graphic Novel
The Crossover
Author: Kwame Alexander

Child fiction book, e-book, e-audiobook, and graphic novel. Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health. Age: 10-15.

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Graphic Novel
New Kid
Author: Jerry Craft

Child graphic novel, e-book, and e-audiobook. Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds--and not really fitting into either one. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighborhood friends and staying true to himself? Age: 9-13.

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Large Print

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Large Print
Elijah of Buxton
Author: Christopher Paul Curtis
Child fiction book, e-book, audiobook on CD, e-audiobook, and large print. In 1859, eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman, the first free-born child in Buxton, Canada, which is a haven for slaves fleeing the American south, uses his wits and skills to try to bring to justice the lying preacher who has stolen money that was to be used to buy a family's freedom. Age: 9-13.
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Large Print
House of Dies Drear
Author: Virginia Hamilton
Child fiction large print, and e-audiobook. A black family tries to unravel the secrets of their new home which was once a stop on the Underground Railroad. Age: 10-13.
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Large Print
Time’s Memory
Author: Julius Lester
Child fiction book, and large print. Ekundayo, a Dogon spirit brought to America from Africa, inhabits the body of a young African American slave on a Virginia plantation, where he experiences loss, sorrow, and reconciliation in the months preceding the Civil War. Age: 12-16.
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Fiction

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Fiction
Booked
Author: Kwame Alexander
Child fiction book, e-book, audiobook on cd, and e-audiobook. Twelve-year-old Nick loves soccer and hates books, but soon learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams. Age: 10-15.
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Fiction
The Crossover
Author: Kwame Alexander

Child fiction book, e-book, e-audiobook, and graphic novel. Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health. Age: 10-15.

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Fiction
Hurricane Child
Author: Kheryn Callender

Child fiction book, e-book, and e-audiobook. Born on Water Island in the Virgin Islands during a hurricane, which is considered bad luck, twelve-year-old Caroline falls in love with another girl--and together they set out in a hurricane to find Caroline's missing mother. Age: 8-12.

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Fiction
Like Vanessa
Author: Tami Charles
Child fiction book, e-book, and e-audiobook. It is 1983 and Vanessa Martin, a thirteen-year-old African American girl in Newark's public housing, dreams of following in the footsteps of the first black Miss America, Vanessa Williams; but the odds are against her until a new teacher at school organizes a beauty pageant and encourages Vanessa to enter. Age: 10+
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Fiction
So Done
Author: Paula Chase
Child fiction book. “When best friends Metai and Jamila are reunited after a summer apart, their friendship threatens to combust from the pressure of secrets, middle school, and looming auditions for a potentially life-changing new talented-and-gifted program."-- Provided by publisher. Age: 10-13.
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Fiction
Finding Langston
Author: Lesa Cline-Ransome
Child fiction book, e-book and audiobook. Discovering a book of Langston Hughes' poetry in the library helps Langston cope with the loss of his mother, relocating from Alabama to Chicago as part of the Great Migration, and being bullied. Age: 8-11.
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Fiction
My Name is Phillis Wheatley: A Story of Slavery and Freedom
Author: Afua Cooper

Child fiction book. A novelization of the life and hardships faced by Phillis Wheatley, whose home on the edge of the African desert was destroyed by slave traders. After she is sold to Susanna Wheatley, Phillis is taught to read and write poetry. Age: 10-13.

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Fiction
Bud, not Buddy
Author: Christopher Paul Curtis
Child fiction book, e-book, audiobook on cd, and e-audiobook. Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids. Age: 10 - 13.
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