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Juvenile Picture Books

JPB    Adoff 

Adoff, Arnold.  BLACK IS BROWN IS TAN

Describes in verse a family with a brown-skinned mother, white-skinned father, two children and their various relatives. c2002.

 

JPB    Angelou

Angelou, Maya.  MY PAINTED HOUSE, MY FRIENDLY CHICKEN, AND ME.  

A South African girl describes her pet chicken, painting special designs on her house, dressing up for school, and her mischievous brother.c1994.

 

JPB    Axtell

Axtell, David.  WE'RE GOING ON A LION HUNT.  Two girl set out bravely in search of a lion, going through long grass, a swamp and a cave before they find what they're looking for. c2000.

 

JPB     Clifton

Clifton, Lucille.  ONE OF THE PROBLEMS OF EVERETT ANDERSON.

Everett Anderson wonders how can help his friend Greg, who appears to be a victom of child abuse. c2001.

 

JPB    Coles

Coles, Robert.  THE STORY OF RUBY BRIDGES.  

For months six-year-old Ruby Bridges must confront the hostility of white parents when she becomes the first African American girl to integrate Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans in 1960.c1995.

 

JPB    Collier

Collier, Bryan.  UPTOWN.  

A tour of the sights of Harlem, including the Metro-North Train, brownstones, shopping on 125th Street, a barber shop, summer basketball, the Boy's Choir, and sunset over the Harlem River. c2000.

 

JPB    Crews

Crews, Donald.  BIGMAMA'S.  

Visiting Bigmama's. house in the country, young Donald Crews finds his relatives full of news and the old place and its surroundings just the same as the year before.c1991.

 

JPB    Daly

Daly, Niki.  JAMELA'S DRESS.  

Jamela gets in trouble when she takes the expensive material intended for a new dress for Mama, parades it in the street, and allows it to become dirty and torn. c1999.

 

JPB    DeVeaux

De Veaux, Alexis.  AN ENCHANTED HAIR TALE.  

Sudan suffers from the general ridicule of his strange-looking hair, until he comes to accept and enjoy its enchantment.c1987.

 

JPB    English

English, Karen.  NEENY COMING, NEENY GOING. 

Essie eagerly awaits the visit of her cousin but feels disheartened after her arrival because Neeny is no longer interested in life on the island from which she moved.c1996.

 

JPB    Flournoy

Flournoy, Valerie.  TANYA'S REUNION.  

When she and her grandmother go to help with preparations for a big family reunion, Tanya learns about the history of the farm in Virginia where Grandma grew up. c1995.

 

JPB    Greenfield

Greenfield, Eloise.  ME & NESSIE.

Janell's best friend is her invisible playmate Nessie, but things begin to change when Janell starts school. [2005]

 

JPB    Havill

Havill, Juanita.  JAMAICA AND BRIANNA.  

Jamaica hates wearing hand-me-down boots when her friend Brianna has pink fuzzy ones.c1993.

 

JPB   Havill

Havill, Juanita.  JAMAICA'S BLUE MARKER

Jamaica thinks her classmate Russell is a pest who is always getting into trouble, but then she discovers he is moving away.c1995.

 

JPB    Havill

Havill, Juanita.  JAMAICA'S FIND.  

A little girl finds a stuffed dog in the park and decides to take it home.c1986.

 

JPB    Hesse

Hesse, Karen.  COME ON, RAIN.  

A young girl eagerly awaits a coming rainstorm to bring relief from the oppressive summer heat. c1999.

 

JPB   Hoffman

Hoffman, Mary.  AMAZING GRACE.  

Although a classmate says that she cannot play Peter Pan in the school play because she is black, Grace discovers that she can do anything she sets her mind to do.c1991.

 

JPB    Hoffman

Hoffman, Mary.  BOUNDLESS GRACE.  

Grace is invited for a visit with her father and his new family in Africa.c1995.

 

JPB    Hooks

Hooks, Bell.  SKIN AGAIN. Offers new ways to talk about race and identity.  Like layers of skin, readers will peel away the pages of this visionary work to reveal all that is needed for us is to be loving and accepting of one another. c2204.

 

JPB    Hort

Hort, Lenny.  HOW MANY STARS IN THE SKY.   

One night when Mama is away, Daddy and child seek a good place to count the stars in the night sky.c1991.

 

JPB    Hru

Hru, Dakari. JOSHUA'S MASAI MASK. 

Fearing that his classmates will ridicule his playing the kalimba in the school talent show, Joshua uses a magical Masai mask to transform himself into different people he thinks are more interesting, before realizing that his own identity is one of value.c1993.

 

JPB     Johnson

Johnson, Dinah.  QUEENIE BLUE.

Hattie wonders about the activities of her grandmother, Quinnie Blue, when she was little. c2000.

 

JPB    Joose

Joose, Barbara M.. HOT CITY.

Mimi and her little brother Joe escape from home and the city's summer heat to read and dream about princesses and dinosaurs in the cool, quiet library. c2004.

 

JPB    Keats

Keats, Ezra Jack.  THE SNOWY DAY.  

The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day. Caldecott Medal, 1963.

 

JPB    Kurtz

Kurtz, Jane.  FARAWAY HOME.

Desta's father, who needs to return briefly to his Ethiopian homeland, describes what it was like for him to grow up there. c2000.

 

JPB    Johnson,

Johnson, Angela.  I DREAM OF TRAINS.   The son of a sharecropper dreams of leaving Mississippi on a train with the legendary engineer Casey Jones. c2003.

 

JPB    Lamperti

Lamperti, Noelle.  BROWN LIKE ME.  

A little girl named Noelle tells how she likes to go looking for things that are brown like her. c1999.

 

JPB    Mayer

Mayer, Mercer.  LIZA LOU AND THE YELLER BELLY SWAMP.  

With her quick thinking Liza Lou manages to outwit all the haunts, gobblygooks, witches, and devils in the Yeller Belly Swamp.c1976.

 

JPB    Mendez

Mendez, Phil. THE BLACK SNOWMAN  

Through the powers of a magical kente, a black snowman comes to life and helps young Jacob discover the beauty of his black heritage as well as his own self-worth.c1989.

 

JPB    Mitchell

Mitchell, Margaree King.  GRANDDADDY'S GIFT. 

When her grandfather registers to vote while living in segregated Mississippi, an Afro-American girl begins to understand why he insists that she attend school. c1997.

 

JPB    Monjo

Monjo, F. N.  THE DRINKING GOURD.   

Sent home alone for misbehaving in church, Tommy discovers that his house is a station on the underground railroad.c1970

 

JPB   Myers

Myers, Walter Dean.  HARLEM: A POEM.  

A poem celebrating the people, sights, and sounds of Harlem.c1997.

 

JPB    Nolen

Nolen, Jerdine.  THUNDER ROSE.  Unusual from the day she is born, Thunder Rose performs all sorts of amazing feats, including building fences, taming a stampeding herd of steers, capturing a gang of rustlers, and turning asisde a tornado. c2004.

 

JPB    Pinkney

Pinkney, J. Brian.  MAX FOUND TWO STICKS.  

Although he doesn't feel like talking, a young boy responds to questions by drumming on various objects, including a bucket, hat boxes, and garbage cans, echoing the city sounds around him.c1994.

 

JPB    Poydar

Poydar, Nancy.  BUSY BEA.  

Bea is too busy to keep track of her own belongings but she always knows just where things are for her grandmother.c1994.

 

JPB    Ringgold

Ringgold, Faith.  AUNT HARRIET'S UNDERGROUND RAILROAD IN THE SKY.  

With Harriet Tubman as her guide, Cassie retraces the steps escaping slaves took on the Underground Railroad in order to reunite with her younger brother.c1992.

 

JPB    Ringgold

Ringgold, Faith.  CASSIE'S WORD QUILT.  Names the people and objects that make a girl's New York City apartment, school and neighborhood special. c2003.

 

JPB    Ringgold

Ringgold, Faith.  TAR BEACH.  

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.c1991.

 

JPB     Roberts

Roberts, Brenda C.  JAZZY MIZ MOZETTA.

On a beautiful evening, Miz Mozetta puts on her red dress and blue shoes and dances the jitterbug just like she did many years before. c2004.

 

JPB    Schroeder

 Schroeder, Alan.  RAGTIME TUMPIE. 

Tumpie, a young black girl who will later become famous as the dancer Josephine Baker, longs to find the opportunity to dance amid the poverty and vivacious street life of St. Louis in the early 1900s.c1989.

 

JPB    Souhami

Souhami, Jessica.  THE LEOPARD'S DRUM: An Asante tale from West Africa. 

Osebo the leopard the animal who will bring him the drum.c1995.

 

JPB    Steptoe

Steptoe, John.  BIRTHDAY.  

A child celebrates his eighth birthday with all the people of a fantasied African community.c1972.

 

JPB    Steptoe

Steptoe, John.  CREATIVITY.  

Charles helps Hector, a student who has just moved from Puerto Rico, adjust to his new life.c1997.

 

JPB    Steptoe

Steptoe, John.  MUFARO'S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS: An African tale. 

Mufaro's two beautiful daughters, one bad-tempered, one kind and sweet, go before the king, who is choosing a wife.c1987.c1969.

   

JPB    Stuve-Bodeen

Stuve-Bodeen, Stephanie.  ELIZABETI'S DOLL.  

When a young Tanzanian girl gets a new baby brother, she finds a rock, which she names Eva, and makes it her baby doll.c1998.

 

JPB    Thomas

Thomas, Joyce Carol.  BROWN HONEY IN BROOMWHEAT TEA.  

A collection of poems exploring the theme of African-American identity.c1993.

   

JPB    Walker

Walker, Alice.  TO HELL WITH DYING.  

The author relates how old Mr. Sweet, though often on the verge of dying, could always be revived by the loving attention that she and her brother gave him.c1987.

 

JPB    Weatherford

Weatherford, Carole Boston. JUNETEENTH JAMBOREE

Cassandra and her family have moved to her parents' hometown in experiences Juneteenth, a Texas tradition celebrating the end of slavery.c1995.

 

JPB    Williams-Garcia 

Williams-Garcia, Rita.  CATCHING THE WILD WAIYUUZEE.  

As she tries to escape her mother's efforts to "plait-a-plait" and "string-a-bead" her hair, a young girl imagines herself escaping into a jungle. c2000.

 

JPB    Woodson

Woodson, Jacqueline.  WE HAD A PICNIC THIS SUNDAY PAST. 

A young girl describes her various relatives and the foods they bring to the annual family picnic.c1997.

 

JPB    Zemach

Zemach, Margot.  JAKE AND HONEYBUNCH GO TO HEAVEN.  T

he exuberance of a man and his mule newly arrived in heaven causes so much furor that God gives them one last chance before He throws them out.c1982.

 

 


Juvenile & Young People Fiction

 

J    B218eg

Banks, Jacqueline Turner.  EGG-DROP BLUES.  

Twelve-year-old Judge Jenkins has a low science grade because of his dyslexia, so he convinces his twin brother Jury to work with him in a science competition in order to earn extra credit.c1995.

 

J    B251l

Bargar, Gary.  LIFE. IS. NOT FAIR.  

Louis and his aunt are startled and upset when a Black family moves next door to their Kansas City home in 1958, but Louis soon recognizes that his new neighbor is a more reliable friend than the group of junior high "cools" with whom he had hoped to be friends.c1984.

 

J       B368li

Bearden, Romare.  LI'L DAN, THE DRUMMER BOY: A CIVIL WAR STORY

When a company of black Union soldiers tells Li'l Dan that he is no longer a slave, he follows them, and uses his beloved drum to save them from attack. c2003.

 

YP    B433za

Bell, William.  ZACK.  

The son of a Jewish father and black mother, high school seniorZack has never been allowed to meet his mother's family, but after doing a research project on a former slave, he travels from his home in Canada to Natchez, Mississippi to find his grandfather. c1999.

 

J     B967ma

Burns, Khephra. MANSA MUSA: THE LION OF MALI.

A fictional account of the nomadic wanderings of the boy who grew up to become Mali's great fourteenth-century leader, Mansa Musa. c2001.

 

YP    C775bu

Cooney, Caroline B.  BURNING UP: A NOVEL.  

When a girl she had met at an inner-city church is murdered, fifteen-year-old Macey channels her grief into a school project that leads her to uncover prejudice she had not imagined in her grandparents and their wealthy Connecticut community. c1999.

 

YP     C978b

Curtis, Christopher Paul.  BUCKING THE SARGE

Luther T. Farrel has got to get out of Flint, MI.  As his best friend Sparky says, "Flint's nothing but the Titanic."  And his mother, a.k.a. the Sarge, says, "Take my advice and stay off the sucker path."  The Sarge milked the system to build an empire of slum housing and group homes.  Luther's just one of the many people trapped in the Sarge's Evil Empire--but he is about to bust out.  If Luther wins the science fair this year, he will be on track for college. c2004.

 

YP    C978bu

Curtis, Christopher Paul. BUD, NOT BUDDY.  

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. c1999.

 

YP    C978wa

Curtis, Christopher Paul.  THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM—1963

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.

 

YP    D766fo

Draper, Sharon M.  FORGED BY FIRE.  

Teenage Gerald, who has spent years protecting his fragile half-sister from their abusive father, faces the prospect of one final confrontation before the problem can be solved.c1997.

 

YP    E58fr

English, Karen.  FRANCIE.  

When the sixteen-year-old boy whom she tutors in reading is accused of attempting to murder a white man, Francie gets herself in serious trouble for her efforts at friendship. c1999.

 

J    E92bu

Evans, Freddi Williams.  A BUS OF OUR OWN.

Although she really wants to go to school, walking the five miles is very difficult for Mabel Jean and the other black children, so she tries to find a way to get a bus for them the same as the white children.  Based on real events in Mississippi. c2001.

 

YP    F33y

Fenner, Carol.  YOLONDA'S GENIUS. 

After moving from Chicago to Grand River, Michigan, fifth  grader Yolonda, big and strong for her age, determines to prove that her younger brother is not a slow learner but a true musical genius.c1995.

 

YP    F576sk

Flake, Sharon.  THE SKIN I'M IN. 

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. c1998.

 

YP    F576

Flake, Sharon.  WHO AM I WITHOUT HIM?: SHORT STORIES ABOUT GIRLS AND THE BOYS IN THEIR LIVES.

So I ain't no good girl -- The ugly one -- Wanted: a thug -- I know a stupid boy when I see one -- Mookie in love -- Don't be disrespecting me -- I like white boys -- Jacob's rules -- Hunting for boys -- A letter to my daughter. c2004.

 

YP    G849vi

Grifalconi, Ann.  THE VILLAGE THAT VANISHED.

In southeastern Africa, a young Yao girl and her mother find a way for their fellow villages to escape approaching salve traders. c2002.

 

J    H221m

Hamilton, Virginia.  M. C. HIGGINS, THE GREAT.  

As a slag heap, the result of strip mining, creeps closer to his house in the Ohio hills, fifteen-year-old M. C. is torn between trying to get his family away and fighting for the home they love.c1974.

 

J    H221we

Hamilton, Virginia.  WEE WINNIE WITCH'S SKINNY: AN ORIGINAL AFRICAN AMERICAN SCARE TALE.

James Lee and Uncle Big Anthony become victims of Wee Winnie Witch, who takes them on a ride up into the sky, but Mama Granny saves them. c2004.

 

J    H223be

Hamilton, Virginia.  THE BELLS OF CHRISTMAS.  

Twelve-year-old Jason describes the wonderful Christmas of 1890 that he and his family celebrate in their home in Springfield, Ohio, c1989.

 

J    H363mi

Hathaway, Barbara.  MISSY VIOLET & ME.

During the early 1900s, eleven-year-old Viney spends her summer working for the local midwife and learns firsthand about birth, death, and "catchin" babies." 2004.

 

J    H364sk

Hathorn, Elizabeth.  SKY SASH SO BLUE.  

The special sky blue sash that a young slave girl offers to give her older sister for her wedding dress becomes a tie that binds the family together when the sister moves away. c1998.

 

YP     H571da

Herschler, Mildren Barger.  THE DARKEST CORNER.

Her loving relationship with the black woman who works for her family and her friendship with two black neighbors in the small Mississippi town where she grows up in the 1950s and 1960s brings Teddy into conflict with her racist father, a member of the local Ku Klux Klan. c2000.

 

J     H797un

Hopkinson, Deborah.  UNDER THE QUILT OF NIGHT.

A young girl flees from the farm where she has been worked as a slave and uses the Underground Railroad to escape to freedom in the north. c2001.

 

J     H848vi

Howard, Elizabeth Fitzgerald.  VERGIE FOES TO SCHOOL WITH US BOYS.

In the post-Civil War South, a young African American girl is determined to prove that she can go to school just like her older brothers. c1999.

 

YP    J66he

Johnson, Angela. HEAVEN.  

Fourteen-year-old Marley's seemingly perfect life in the small town of Heaven is disrupted when she discovers that her father and mother are not her real parents. c1998.

 

YP    J66lo

Johnson, Angela.  LOOKING FOR RED.  A thirteen-year-old girl struggles to cope with the loss of her beloved older brother, who disappeared four months earlier off the coast of Cape Cod. c2002.

 

YP    L642da

Lester, Julius.  DAY OF TEARS: A NOVEL IN DIALOGUE.

Emma has taken care of the butler children since Sarah and Frances's mother, Fanny, left.  Emma wants to raise the girls to have good hearts, as a rift over slavery has ripped the Butler household apart. c2005.

 

YP    L666dt

Levitin, Sonia.  DREAM FREEDOM.

Marcus and his classmates learn about the terrible problem of slavery in present-day Sudan and raise money to help buy the freedom of some of the slaves.  Alternate chapters tell the stories of the slaves. c2000.

 

YP  L767br

Lipsyte, Robert.  THE BRAVE.  

Having left the Indian reservation for the streets of New York, seventeen-year-old boxer Sonny Bear tries to harness his inner rage by training with Alfred Brooks, who has left the sport to become a policeman.c1991.

 

YP     L991le

Lyons, Mary E.  LETTERS FROM A SLAVE GIRLS: THE STORY OF HARRIET JACOBS. A fictionalized version of the life of Harriet Jacobs, told in the form of letters that she might have written during her slavery in North Carolina and as she prepared for escape to the North in 1842. c1992.

  

YP     M135sp

McDonald, Janet.  SPELLBOUND.

Raven, a teenage mother and high school dropout living in a housing project, decides, with the help and sometime interference of her best friend Aisha, to study for a spelling bee which could lead to a college preparatory program and four-year scholarship. c2001.

 

J    M339da

Marino, Jan.  THE DAY THAT ELVIS CAME TO TOWN.  

Wanda feels betrayed when her parents' glamorous boarder doesn't introduce her to Elvis Presley, and it takes a near-tragedy to reunite them and to help her face the truth about her family and herself.c1991.

 

YP    M996fa

Myers, Walter Dean.  FALLEN ANGELS.  

Seventeen-year-old Richie Perry, just out of his Harlem high school, enlists in the Army in the summer of 1967 and spends a devastating year on active duty in Vietnam.c1988.

 

J     M995fl

Myers, Christopher A. FLY!  On the roof of his building, lonely Jawanza meets a homeless man who teacher him how to make friends with the sparrows and pigeons up there. c2001.

 

J    M996jo

Myers, Walter Dean.  THE JOURNAL OF JOSHUA LOPER: A BLACK COWBOY.  

"Joshua Loper is a fictional character created by the author.   In 1871 Joshua Loper, a sixteen-year-old black cowboy, records in his journal his experiences while making his first cattle drive under an unsympathetic trail boss. c1999.

 

J    M996mo

Myers, Walter Dean,  THE MOUSE RAP.  

During an eventful summer in Harlem, fourteen-year-old Mouse and his friends fall in and out of love and search for a hidden treasure from the days of Al Capone.c1990.

 

YP    M996o

Myers, Walter Dean.  THE OUTSIDE SHOT.  

Recruited by a small mid-western college to play basketball, a Harlem boy has many new experiences, including working with a child who needs physical therapy and dealing with corruption in college sports.c1984.

 

J    M996sc

Myers, Walter Dean, 1937.  SCORPIONS.  

After reluctantly taking on the leadership of the Harlem gang, the Scorpions, Jamal finds that his enemies treat him with respect when he acquires a gun--until a tragedy occurs.c1988.

 

YP    M996sl

Myers, Walter Dean.  SLAM!  

Sixteen-year-old "Slam" Harris is counting on his noteworthy basketball talents to get him out of the inner city and give him a chance to succeed in life, but his coach sees things differently.c1996.

   

YP     N155ot

Naidoo, Beverley.  THE OTHER SIDE OF TRUTH.

Summuggled out of Nigeria after their mother's murder, Sade and her younger brother are abandoned in London when their uncle fails to meet them at the airport and they are fearful of their new surroundings and of what may have happened to their journalist father back in Nigeria. c2001.

 

J     N431al

Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux.  ALMOST TO FREEDOM

Tells the story of a young girl's dramatic escape from slavery via the Underground Railroad, from the perspective of her beloved rag doll. c2003.

 

YP    N992wi

Nwapa, Flora.  WIVES AT WAR, AND OTHER STORIES. 

Common to all stories is the involvement of women in all kinds of wars.  c1992.

 

YP    N992wo

Nwapa, Flora.  Women are different.  

African women writers series. This is a bout a group of  Nigerian women, from their school days together through the trials and tribulations of their adult lives. c1992.

 

YP    P296ji

Paterson, Katherine.  JIP : HIS STORY.  

While living on a Vermont poor farm during 1855 and 1856, Jip learns his identity and that of his mother and comes to understand how he arrived at this place.c1996.

 

YP    P332ni

Paulsen, Gary.  NIGHTJOHN.  

Twelve-year-old Sarny's brutal life as a slave becomes even more dangerous when a newly arrived slave offers to teach her how to read.  c1993.

 

YP    P473am

Pesci, David.  AMISTAD. 

A novel on an African-American hero.  In 1839, Joseph Cinque, also knows as Singbe, leads a rising of African slaves on a Spanish slave ship.  They kill most of the crew and order the navigator to steer for Africa, but he steers in the opposite direction.  The ship is captured by the Americans.  Abolitionists take up their cause, the Supreme Court rules that they are free men, and Cinque returns home covered in glory. c1997.

 

J    R323ac

Reeder, Carolyn.  ACROSS THE LINES.  

Edward, the son of a white plantation owner, and his black house servant and friend Simon witness the siege of Petersburg during the Civil War. c1997.

 

YP    R328li

Rees, Douglas.  LIGHTNING TIME.  

Fourteen-year-old Theodore Worth struggles with the decision to leave his home in Boston and join the controversial abolitionist John Brown in the fight against slavery.c1997.

 

J    R578ed

Rinaldi, Ann.  THE EDUCATION OF MARY : A LITTLE MISS OF COLOR, 1832.  

In 1832, Prudence Crandall begins admitting black girls to her exclusive Connecticut school, scandalizing white society and eventually causing her arrest and the closing of her school. c2000.

 

YP    R813wi

Rosenburg, John M.  WILLIAM PARKER: REBEL WITHOUT RIGHTS.  

William Parker, an escaped slave, defies the United States government in the Christiana Riot of 1851, an event which triggers the biggest treason trial in American history.c1996.

 

YP    S215cl

Sanders, Dori.  CLOVER : A NOVEL.  

After her father dies within hours of being married to a white woman, a ten-year-old black girl learns with her new mother to overcome grief and to adjust to a new place in their rural black South Carolina community.c1990.

 

J    S571in

Siegelson, Kim L.  IN THE TIME OF THE DRUMS.  

Mentu, an American-born slave boy, watches his beloved grandmother, Twi, lead the insurrection at Teakettle Creek of Ibo people arriving from Africa on a slave ship. c1999.

 

J    S925pa

Stroud, Bettye.  THE PATCHWORK PATH: A QUILT MAP TO FREEDOM.

While her father leads her toward Canada and away from the plantation where they have been slaves, a young girl thinks of the quilt her mother used to teach her a code that will help guide them to freedom. c2005.

 

J    T244fr

Taylor, Mildred D.  THE FRIENDSHIP.   

Four children witness a confrontation between an elderly black man and a white storekeeper in rural Mississippi in the 1930's.c1987.

 

YP     T244la

Taylor, Mildred D.  THE LAND.

After the Civil War, Paul, the son of a white father and a black mother, finds himself caught between the two worlds of colored folks and white folds as he pursues his dream of owning land of his own. c2001.

 

J    T244r

Taylor, Mildred D.  ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY.  

A black family living in the South during the 1930's are faced with prejudice and discrimination which their children don't understand.c1997.

 

J    T244r TE

Griffin, Gail.  ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY: A STUDY GUIDE.  

This teaching guide includes focusing on the background of the novel, elements of the novel, vocabulary from the novel, plot synopsis and literary focus, reading guide questions, testing

on the novel with answer key.c1989.

 

YP    T244ro

Taylor, Mildred D.  THE ROAD TO MEMPHIS.  

Sadistically teased by two white boys in 1940's rural Mississippi, a black youth severely injures one of the boys with a tire iron and enlists Cassie's help in trying to flee the state.c1990.

 

J    W233ju

Walter, Mildred Pitts.  JUSTIN AND THE BEST BISCUITS IN THE WORLD.  

Suffering in a family full of females, ten-year-old Justin feels that cleaning and keeping house are women's work until he spends time on his beloved grandfather's ranch.c1986.

 

YP    W233se

Walter, Mildred Pitts.  SECOND DAUGHTER: THE STORY OF A SLAVE GIRL.   

In late eighteenth-century Massachusetts, Aissa, the fictional younger sister of Elizabeth Freeman, relates how her sister gains freedom for herself and her family by bringing a suit against their owner in court.c1996.

 

J     W676fr

Wiles, Debbie.  FREEDOM SUMMER.

In 1964, Joe is pleased that a new law will allow his best friend John Henry, who is colored, to share the town pool and other public places with him, but he is dismayed to find that prejudice still exists. c2001.

 

YP    W726fa

Williams-Garcia, Rita.  FAST TALK ON A SLOW TRACK.  

Black honors student Denzel Watson spends his last summer before college selling candy door-to-door in New York, competing on many levels with the charismatic Mello, and discovering how to motivate and apply himself.c1991.

 

YP  W726li

Williams-Garcia, Rita.  LIKE SISTERS ON THE HOMEFRONT.  

Troubled fourteen-year-old Gayle is sent down South to live with her uncle and aunt, where her life begins to change as she experiences the healing power of the family.c1995.

   


Media

CD-ROM     W629

WHY MOSQUITOES BUZZ IN PEOPLE'S EARS. [electronic resource] New York: Scholastic, c2000. 2 CDs + 1 teachr's/user's guide.  This retelling of a West African tale follows the chain of events from a mosquito's boasting.  Students can take audiovisual side trips from the video lessons.  They can also read and hear the lessons in narrated text from.  Specially highlighted words in the text lead to rhyming definitions and thesaurus words.  Each lesson is accompanied by a game that reinforces reading skills.

 

TAPE     H847

Robbis, Sandra.  HOW THE TURTLE GOT ITS SHELL: AN AFRICAN TALE. [sound recording] c1991.

 

VCR    F668

FOLLOW THE DRINKING GOURD.  [videorecording]  (30 min)  Rabbit Ear Productions; c1992. 

Based on the traditional American folksong are the compelling adventures of one family's escape from slavery via the Underground Railroad.

 

VCR    J65

JOHN HENRY. [videorecording]  (30 min.)  Rabbit Ears Productions;c1992.  

Tells the legend of John Henry, the mightiest, doggone greatest nation builder the country's ever seen, who single-handedly defeats the steam drill in a steel-driving competition.

 

VCR    L849

THE LONG WALK HOME.  [videorecording]  (98 min.)Miramax Films; c1991.

Academy Award winner Whoopi Goldberg is Odessa Cotter, a quietly dignified woman, who works as a housekeeper for Miriam Thompson  (Academy Award winner Sissy Spacek). When Odessa honors the 1955 Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott by walking an exhausting nine miles to and from work, Miriam offers her a ride. Defying both Miriam's racist husband (Dwight Schultz) and the powerful White Citizen's Council, Miriam and Odessa put their lives in danger for civil rights. Their shared experiences draw them closer as a deep respect and lasting friendship forms. Together, in a difficult world of black versus white, they manage to discover a common ground.

 

VCR    M949

MUFARO'S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS.  [videorecording]  (14 min.)  Weston, Conn. : Weston Woods Studios, c1988. 

Mufaro's two beautiful daughters, one bad-tempered, the other kind and sweet, go before the king, who is choosing a wife.

 

VCR    R897

RUBY BRIDGES.   [videorecording] (90 min)   Vista Home Entertainment, c1998. 

Based on the true story of six-year-old Ruby, one of the first Black students to integrate public elementary school in New Orleans.

 

VCR    Y54

YO! YES?  [videorecording]  (5  min.)  Weston Woods Studios: Scholastic distributors. c2000. 

Two lonely characters, one black and one white, meet on the street and become friends.

 

 


 REFERENCE

 

REF     016.973  R186bl

Rand, DonnaBLACK BOOKS GALORE!: GUIDE TO GREAT AFRICAN AMERICAN CHILDREN'S BOOKS. c1998.

 

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