Black Misery by Langston Hughes; Arouni (illustrator)Black Misery was the last book Langston Hughes wrote. He died in May 1967, and the book was published posthumously in 1969. Looking at Arouni's black-and-white illustrations and reading the terse, emotion-packed captions, one cannot help commiserating with the predicament of a black child adjusting to the new world of integration of the 1960s. We feel the hope and dismay, the prejudice and indifference that characterized the decade. Langston Hughes writes in a gentle, funny, and sometimes melancholy style that still brings a nod of recognition.
The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry PinkneyIn this wordless retelling of an Aesop fable set in the African Serengeti, an adventuresome mouse proves that even small creatures are capable of great deeds when she rescues the King of the Jungle.
Last Stop on Market Street by Christian Robinson (Illustrator); Matt De la PeñaEvery Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty—and fun—in their routine and the world around them. This energetic ride through a bustling city highlights the wonderful perspective and comes to life through Matt de la Pena’s vibrant text and Christian Robinson’s radiant illustrations.
White Socks Only by Evelyn Coleman; Tyrone Geter (Illustrator)An elderly African American tells her granddaughter about her childhood in the segregated South. There was a "White's Only" sign on a nearby fountain, but that didn't bother this child--after all, she was wearing her clean white socks. Evelyn Coleman combines memories of her Southern childhood with magical realism to create a story that resonates with power.
Words with Wings by Nikki GrimesGabby daydreams to tune out her parents' arguments, but when her parents divorce and she begins a new school, daydreaming gets her into trouble. Her mother scolds her for it, her teacher keeps telling her to pay attention, and the other kids tease her...until she finds a friend who also daydreams and her teacher decides to work a daydreaming-writing session into every school day.
The Coretta Scott King Awards, 1970-2009 by Henrietta M. SmithCoinciding with the fortieth anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Award, this one-of-a-kind volume gathers together the best of the best in African American children's literature with: comprehensive coverage of the award winning books; biographical profiles that introduce the creative artists and illustrators; color plates that give a vital sense of the story and art; and, a new subject index ideal for curriculum planning.
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2009-01-01
Chapter Books & Young Adult Books
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia; Frank Morrison (Illustrator)Clayton feels most alive when he's with his grandfather, Cool Papa Byrd, and the band of Bluesmen -- he can't wait to join them, just as soon as he has a blues song of his own. But then the unthinkable happens. Cool Papa Byrd dies, and Clayton's mother forbids Clayton from playing the blues. And Clayton knows that's no way to live. He runs away from home in search of the Bluesmen, hoping he can join them on the road. But on the journey that takes him through the New York City subways and to Washington Square Park, Clayton learns some things that surprise him.
Call Number: PZ7.W5555 C5398 2017
Publication Date: 2017-05-09
Feathers by Jacqueline WoodsonWhen a new, white student nicknamed "The Jesus Boy" joins her sixth grade class in the winter of 1971, Frannie's growing friendship with him makes her start to see some things in a new light.
Call Number: PZ7.W868 F4 2007
Publication Date: 2007-03-01
The Hate U Give by Angie ThomasSixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline.
Call Number: PZ7.T466 H38 2017
Publication Date: 2017-02-28
Forged by Fire by Sharon M. DraperTeenage 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.
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul CurtisTen-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.
Call Number: PZ7.C94137 B82 1999
Publication Date: 1999-09-07
If You Come Softly by Jacqueline WoodsonAfter meeting at their private school in New York, fifteen-year-old Jeremiah, who is black and whose parents are separated, and Ellie, who is white and whose mother has twice abandoned her, fall in love and then try to cope with people's reactions
Another Way to Dance by Martha SouthgateFourteen-year-old Vicki Harris's dream has come true. She has been accepted into the summer program at New York City's prestigious School of American Ballet. It will be hard work and highly competitive. But Vicki feels ready. She is totally committed to dancing. Vicki isn't prepared to be one of only two African American students in the program. Nor is she expecting the racism she finds within the school. And Michael, from Harlem, takes Vicki completely by surprise.
Call Number: PZ7.S7277 An 1998
Toning the Sweep by Angela JohnsonOn a visit to her grandmother Ola, who is dying of cancer in her house in the desert, fourteen-year-old Emmie hears many stories about the past and her family history and comes to a better understanding of relatives both dead and living.
Call Number: PZ7.J629 T6 1994
Publication Date: 1994-08-01
The Road to Memphis by Mildred D. TaylorIn 1941 a black youth, sadistically teased by two white boys in rural Mississippi, severely injures one of them with a tire iron and enlists Cassie's help in trying to flee the state.
Let the Circle Be Unbroken by Mildred D. TaylorFour black children growing up in rural Mississippi during the Depression experience racial antagonisms and hard times, but learn from their parents the pride and self-respect they need to survive.
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola YoonTwo teens--Daniel, the son of Korean shopkeepers, and Natasha, whose family is here illegally from Jamaica--cross paths in New York City on an eventful day in their lives--Daniel is on his way to an interview with a Yale alum, Natasha is meeting with a lawyer to try and prevent her family's deportation to Jamaica--and fall in love.
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline WoodsonRaised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.
Call Number: PZ7.W6637 B769 2016
Publication Date: 2016-10-11
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-GarciaIn this Newbery Honor novel, New York Times bestselling author Rita Williams-Garcia tells the story of three sisters who travel to Oakland, California, in 1968 to meet the mother who abandoned them.
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylorhe story of one African American family fighting to stay together and strong in the face of brutal racist attacks, illness, poverty, and betrayal in the Deep South of the 1930s. In Mississippi, during the Great Depression of the 1930's the Logans are one of the few Black families who own their own land. Nine-year-old Cassie Logan doesn't understand why her parents attach so much importance to this, any more than she understands the Night Riders, white men who terrorize her people.