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One Crazy Summer
Author: Rita Williams-Garcia
Child fiction book, e-book, and e-audiobook. In the summer of 1968, after traveling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp. Age: 8-12.
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Brown Girl Dreaming
Author: Jacqueline Woodson
Child nonfiction book, e-book, audiobook on cd, and e-audiobook. In vivid poems that reflect the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, an award-winning author shares what it was like to grow up in the 1960s and 1970s in both the North and the South. Age: 10+
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Harbor Me
Author: Jacqueline Woodson

Child fiction book, e-book, and e-audiobook. When six students are chosen to participate in a weekly talk with no adults allowed, they discover that when they're together, it's safe to share the hopes and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world."-- Provided by publisher. Age: 10-13.

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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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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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The Undefeated
Author: Kwame Alexander
Child nonfiction book, and e-book. “The Newbery Award-winning author of The Crossover pens an ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree"-- Provided by publisher. Age: 8-11.
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The King of Kindergarten
Author: Derrick D. Barnes
Child picture book, and e-book. Instilled with confidence by his parents, a young boy has a great first day of kindergarten. Age: 3-7.
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This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality
Author: Jo Ann Allen Boyce

Child nonfiction book, and e-book. “In 1956, one year before federal troops escorted the Little Rock 9 into Central High School, fourteen year old Jo Ann Allen was one of twelve African-American students who broke the color barrier and integrated Clinton High School in Tennessee. This is the heartbreaking and relatable story of her four months thrust into the national spotlight and as a trailblazer in history. Based on original research and interviews and featuring backmatter with archival materials and notes from the authors on the co-writing process."-- Provided by publisher. Age: 10-12.

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Imani's Moon
Author: JaNay Brown-Wood
Child picture book, and e-book. Little Imani of the Maasai people longs to do something great, like touching the moon, but the other children just laugh at her. Age: 5-8.
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Freedom over Me : Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life
Author: Ashley Bryan
Child nonfiction book, e-book, and DVD. "Using original slave auction and plantation estate documents, contrasts the monetary value of a slave with the priceless value of life experiences and dreams that a slave owner could never take away."-- Provided by publisher. Age: 9+
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Infinite Hope : A Black Artist’s Journey from World War II to Peace
Author: Ashley Bryan
Child nonfiction book, e-book, and e-audiobook. Artist Ashley Bryan's experience as a Black soldier in the segregated army of WWII.” —Provided by publisher. Age: 9-11.
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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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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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Let the Children March
Author: Monica Clark-Robinson
Child picture book, e-book, and e-video. Under the leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, children and teenagers march against segregation in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963. Age: 8-10.
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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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Firebird : Ballerina Misty Copeland Shows a Young Girl How to Dance Like the Firebird
Author: Misty Copeland

Child picture book, and e-book. American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland encourages a young ballet student, with brown skin like her own, by telling her that she, too, had to learn basic steps and how to be graceful when she was starting out, and that some day, with practice and dedication, the little girl will become a firebird, too. Includes author's note about dancers who led her to find her voice. Age: 5-10.

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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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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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Not Quite Snow White
Author: Ashley Franklin
Tameika is excited to audition for the school's Snow White musical, but when she overhears her classmates say she is too tall, chubby, and brown to play Snow White, she questions whether she is right for the part.
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The People Could Fly : The Picture Book
Author: Virginia Hamilton
Child nonfiction picturebook, and e-book. In this retelling of a folktale, a group of slaves, unable to bear their sadness and starvation any longer, calls upon the African magic that allows them to fly away. Age: 8-12.
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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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The Youngest Marcher : The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist
Author: Cynthia Levinson
Child nonfiction, and e-book. Presents the life of nine-year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks who became the youngest known child to be arrested for picketing against Birmingham segregation practices in 1963. Age: 5-10.
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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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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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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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Miami Jackson Gets It Straight
Author: Pat McKissack
Child e-book. With only five more days of school remaining before summer vacation, nine-year-old Miami still faces several hurdles, such as how to get along with Destinee Tate, his nemesis. Age: 6-9.
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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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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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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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