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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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Hair Love : a Celebration of Daddies and Daughters Everywhere
Author: Matthew A. Cherry

Child picture book, e-book, and e-audiobook. A little girl's daddy steps in to help her arrange her curly, coiling, wild hair into styles that allow her to be her natural, beautiful self. Age: 3-8.

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Before She Was Harriet : The Story of Harriet Tubman
Author: Lesa Cline-Ransome

Child nonfiction book, e-book, print with audio book, audiobook on cd, e-audiobook, and e-video. A lush and lyrical biography of Harriet Tubman, written in verse. An evocative poem and opulent watercolors come together to honor a woman of humble origins whose courage and compassion make her larger than life. Age: 4-8.

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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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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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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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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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The Journey of Little Charlie
Author: Christopher Paul Curtis
Child fiction book, e-book, and e-audiobook. When his poor sharecropper father is killed in an accident and leaves the family in debt, twelve-year-old Little Charlie agrees to accompany fearsome plantation overseer Cap'n Buck north in pursuit of people who have stolen from him; Cap'n Buck tells Little Charlie that his father's debt will be cleared when the fugitives are captured, which seems like a good deal until Little Charlie comes face-to-face with the people he is chasing. Age: 9-12.
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The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963
Author: Christopher Paul Curtis

Child fiction book, e-book, audiobook on cd, and e-audiobook. The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963. Age: 10-13.

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Mixed Me!
Author: Taye Diggs
Child picture book, and e-audiobook. Told in rhyming text, Mike is a mixed-race boy, completely comfortable with his identity and his parents--and his wild, curly hair. Age: 4-8.
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Blended
Author: Sharon M. Draper
Child fiction book, e-book, and e-audiobook. Piano-prodigy Isabella, eleven, whose black father and white mother struggle to share custody, never feels whole, especially as racial tensions affect her school, her parents both become engaged, and she and her stepbrother are stopped by police. Age: 9-12.
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Stella by Starlight
Author: Sharon M. Draper
Child fiction book, e-book, audiobook on cd, and e-audiobook. When a burning cross set by the Klan causes panic and fear in 1932 Bumblebee, North Carolina, fifth-grader Stella must face prejudice and find the strength to demand change in her segregated town. Age: 9-12.
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Dragons in a Bag
Author: Zetta Elliott

Child picture book, e-book, and e-audiobook. First book in the Dragons in a Bag series. In Brooklyn, nine-year-old Jax joins Ma, a curmudgeonly witch who lives in his building, on a quest to deliver three baby dragons to a magical world, and along the way discovers his true calling. Age: 7-10.

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The Skin I’m In
Author: Sharon Flake

Child fiction e-audiobook. Thirteen-year-old Maleeka, uncomfortable because her skin is extremely dark, meets a new teacher with a birthmark on her face and makes some discoveries about how to love who she is and what she looks like. Age: 10-13.

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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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The Parker Inheritance
Author: Varian Johnson
Child fiction book, e-book, and e-audiobook. Twelve-year-old Candice Miller is spending the summer in Lambert, South Carolina, in the old house that belonged to her grandmother, who died after being dismissed as city manager for having the city tennis courts dug up looking for buried treasure--but when she finds the letter that sent her grandmother on the treasure hunt, she finds herself caught up in the mystery and, with the help of her new friend and fellow book-worm, Brandon, she sets out to find the inheritance, exonerate her grandmother, and expose an injustice once committed against an African American family in Lambert. Age: 8-12.
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Hidden Figures : The Untold True Story of Four African-American Women Who Helped Launch Our Nation into Space
Author: Margot Lee Shetterly

Child nonfiction book, e-book, audiobook on cd, e-audiobook. Young readers' edition. Hidden Figures recalls America's greatest adventure and NASA's groundbreaking successes through the experiences of five spunky, courageous, intelligent, determined, and patriotic women: Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, Christine Darden, and Gloria Champine. Moving from World War II through NASA's golden age, touching on the civil rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the women's rights movement, Hidden Figures interweaves a history of scientific achievement and technological innovation with the intimate stories of five women whose work forever changed the world -- and whose lives show how out of one of America's most painful histories came one of its proudest moments. Age: 8-12.

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To Be a Slave
Author: Julius Lester
Child nonfiction book, and e-audiobook. A compilation, selected from various sources and arranged chronologically, of the reminiscences of slaves and ex-slaves about their experiences from the leaving of Africa through the Civil War and into the early twentieth century. Age: 10+
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Henry’s Freedom Box
Author: Ellen Levine
Child picture book, and print with audio. A fictionalized account of how in 1849 a Virginia slave, Henry "Box" Brown, escapes to freedom by shipping himself in a wooden crate from Richmond to Philadelphia. Age: 4-8.
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Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March
Author: Linda Blackmon Lowery

Child nonfiction book, e-book, and e-audiobook. A 50th-anniversary tribute shares the story of the youngest person to complete the momentous Selma to Montgomery March, describing her frequent imprisonments for her participation in nonviolent demonstrations and how she felt about her involvement in historic Civil Rights events. Age: 12-17.

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Going Down Home with Daddy
Author: Kelly Starling Lyons
Child picture book, e-audiobook, and e-video. Alan looks forward to the annual family reunion at the farm where Daddy grew up, but everyone is supposed to share something special and Alan worries about arriving with empty hands. Age: 5-8.
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The Season of Styx Malone
Author: Kekla Magoon

Child fiction book, e-book, and e-audiobook. Caleb Franklin and his younger brother, Bobby Gene, spend an extraordinary summer with their new, older neighbor, Styx Malone, a foster boy from the city. Age: 9-12.

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Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky
Author: Kwame Mbalia
Child fiction book, e-book, and e-audiobook. Seventh-grader Tristan Strong feels anything but strong ever since he failed to save his best friend when they were in a bus accident together. All he has left of Eddie is the journal his friend wrote stories in. Tristan is dreading the month he's going to spend on his grandparents' farm. But on his first night there, a sticky creature shows up and steals Eddie's notebook. Tristan chases after it, and a tug-of-war ensues between them underneath a Bottle Tree. In a last attempt to get it away from the creature, Tristan punches the tree, accidentally ripping open a chasm into the MidPass, a volatile place with a burning sea, haunted bone ships, and iron monsters. Tristan finds himself in the middle of a battle that has left black American folk heroes John Henry and Brer Rabbit exhausted. In order to get back home, Tristan and these new allies will need to entice the god Anansi, the Weaver, to come out of hiding. Can Tristan save this world before he loses more of the things he loves? Age: 8-12.
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Bad Boy : A Memoir
Author: Walter Dean Myers
E-book, and e-audiobook. A memoir of the African American who grew up listening to stories and who carries on the storytelling tradition in his numerous and award-winning books. Age: 12+
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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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Heart and Soul : The Story of America and African Americans
Author: Kadir Nelson
Child nonfiction book, and e-audiobook. A simple introduction to African-American history, from Revolutionary-era slavery up to the election of President Obama. Includes a timeline. Age: 9-12.
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Ghetto Cowboy
Author: Greg Neri
Child fiction e-book, and audiobook on CD. Twelve-year-old Cole's behavior causes his mother to drive him from Detroit to Philadelphia to live with a father he has never known, but who soon has Cole involved with a group of African-American "cowboys" who rescue horses and use them to steer youths away from drugs and gangs. Age: 10+
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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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The Red Pencil
Author: Andrea Davis Pinkney
Child fiction book, and e-audiobook. “After her tribal village is attacked by militants, Amira, a young Sudanese girl, must flee to safety at a refugee camp, where she finds hope and the chance to pursue an education in the form of a single red pencil and the friendship and encouragement of a wise elder."-- Provided by publisher. Age: 10-13.
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A Good Kind of Trouble
Author: Lisa Ramée

Child fiction book, e-book, and e-audiobook. After attending a powerful protest, Shayla starts wearing an armband to school to support the Black Lives Matter movement, but when the school gives her an ultimatum, she is forced to choose between her education and her identity. Age: 8-12.

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Ghost
Author: Jason Reynolds
Child fiction book, e-book, and e-audiobook. First book in the Track series. “Ghost, a naturally talented runner and troublemaker, is recruited for an elite middle school track team. He must stay on track, literally and figuratively, to reach his full potential."-- Provided by publisher. Age: 10-13.
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Look Both Ways : A Tale Told in Ten Blocks
Author: Jason Reynolds
Child fiction book, e-book, and e-audiobook. “A collection of ten short stories that all take place in the same day about kids walking home from school."-- Provided by publisher. Age: 10-14.
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Ghost Boys
Author: Jewell Parker Rhodes

Child fiction book, e-book, and e-audiobook. “After seventh-grader Jerome is shot by a white police officer, he observes the aftermath of his death and meets the ghosts of other fallen black boys including historical figure Emmett Till."-- Provided by publisher. Age: 10+

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The Hero Two Doors Down : Based on the True Story of Friendship between a Boy and a Baseball Legend
Author: Sharon Robinson
Child fiction book, and e-audiobook. Eight-year-old Steve Satlow is thrilled when Jackie Robinson moves into his Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn in 1948, although many of his neighbors are not, and when Steve actually meets his hero he is even more excited--and worried that a misunderstanding over a Christmas tree could damage his new friendship. Age: 8-10.
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Betty before X
Author: Ilyasah Shabazz

Child fiction book, and e-audiobook. Raised by her aunt until she is six, Betty, who will later marry Malcolm X, joins her mother and stepfamily in 1940s Detroit, where she learns about the civil rights movement. Age: 10-14.

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Black Panther : The Young Prince
Author: Ronald L. Smith

Child fiction book, e-book, and e-audiobook. “He felt the mesh of the Vibranium under his fingertips, smooth yet hard at the same time. It almost seemed like it pulsed. Like it wanted to be worn. ‘This is the suit of the Black Panther,’ T'Challa whispered. ‘The suit of my father and his father before him’. He let the fabric fall from his hands and unfurl toward the floor. ‘I have to do this,’ he said. ‘I have no choice.’” Age: 8-12.

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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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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Author: Mildred Taylor
Child fiction book, e-book, audiobook on cd, and e-audiobook. Part of the Logan Family Saga. A black family living in Mississippi during the Depression of the 1930s is faced with prejudice and discrimination which its children do not understand. Age: 10-13.
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Schomburg : The Man Who Built a Library
Author: Carole Boston Weatherford

Child nonfiction, e-audiobook, and video on DVD. Traces legal clerk Arturo Schomburg's efforts to curate a collection of African books, letters, music, and art. Age: 9-12.

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Genesis Begins Again
Author: Alicia Williams
Child fiction book, e-book, and e-audiobook. Thirteen-year-old Genesis tries again and again to lighten her black skin, thinking it is the root of her family's troubles, before discovering reasons to love herself as is. Age: 9-13.
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