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What a Wonderful World

Thanks to changing times and eloquent authors, the contributions and experiences of African-Americans throughout history are more accessible than ever before. Whether told as a story or reported in a factual style, the books below offer a glimpse into the lives of many strong, brave, committed individuals and encourage us all to work together to make it a wonderful world indeed.

Zora and Me

Zora and Me

A fictionalized account of Zora Neale Hurston's childhood with her best friend Carrie, in Eatonville, Florida, as they learn about life, death, and the differences between truth, lies, and pretending. Includes an annotated bibliography of the works of Zora Neale Hurston, a short biography of the author, and information about Eatonville, Florida.

The Other Half of my Heart

The Other Half of my Heart

Twin daughters of interracial parents, eleven-year-olds Keira and Minna have very different skin tones and personalities, but it is not until their African American grandmother enters them in the Miss Black Pearl Pre-Teen competition in North Carolina that red-haired and pale-skinned Minna realizes what life in their small town in the Pacific Northwest has been like for her more outgoing, darker-skinned sister.

The People Could Fly: The Picture Book

The People Could Fly: The Picture 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.

I See the Rhythm of Gospel

I See the Rhythm of Gospel

Poetry, art, and music come together to tell the history of gospel music.

The Little Piano Girl

The Little Piano Girl

A child prodigy at the piano sprinkles her music with a little jazz. Based on the life of the twentieth-century jazz musician, Mary Lou Williams.

A Sweet Smell of Roses

A Sweet Smell of Roses

A stirring yet jubilant glimpse of the youth involvement that played an invaluable role in the Civil Rights movement.

The Home-Run King

The Home-Run King

During the Depression in Nashville, Tennessee, two baseball-loving brothers host Josh Gibson, a star of the Negro Leagues, in their home, and are motivated to get their own team started as well.

Never Forgotten

Never Forgotten

In eighteenth-century West Africa, a boy raised by his blacksmith father and the Mother Elements--Wind, Fire, Water, and Earth--is captured and taken to America as a slave.

The Cruisers

The Cruisers

Friends Zander, Kambui, LaShonda, and Bobbi, caught in the middle of a mock Civil War at DaVinci Academy, learn the true cost of freedom of speech when they use their alternative newspaper, The Cruiser, to try to make peace.

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans

An simple introduction to African-American history, from Revolutionary-era slavery up to the election of President Obama.

D is for Drinking Gourd: An African American Alphabet

D is for Drinking Gourd: An African American Alphabet

Using the alphabet to introduce its contents, this book includes topic such as abolitionists, cowboys, Harlem Renaissance, and Kwanzaa.

My Uncle Martin's Big Heart

My Uncle Martin's Big Heart

A young girl introduces readers to her uncle, Martin Luther King Jr., describing what he does and family moments they have shared.

The Other Side

The Other Side

Two girls, one white and one black, gradually get to know each other as they sit on the fence that divides their town.

Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal

Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal

This biography profiles the life of Bass Reeves, a former slave who was recruited as a deputy United States Marshal in the area that was to become Oklahoma.