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Picture Books
ALL ABOARD THE SCHOOLTRAIN: A LITTLE STORY FROM THE GREAT MIGRATION
Author:Glenda Armand
Illustrator:Keisha Morris
Editor:Tracy Mack
Book Description:Thelma loves watching trains pass by her little town country town of Vacherie, LA. She dreams of riding a train. And, one day she will, thanks to mean Mr. Jim Crow.
Publication Date:2023
Publisher:Scholastic Press
Website:http://glenda-armand.com/
ALL THE PLACES WE CALL HOME
Author - OwnVoices:Patrice Gopo
Illustrator - OwnVoices:Jenin Mohammed
Book Description:Fall in love with this lyrically written and lushly illustrated exploration of identity and home that celebrates all the places and people who make us who we are.
Publication Date:2022
Publisher:Hachette Book Group
Website:https://www.patricegopo.com/
BLACK GIRL RISING
Author:Brynne Barnes
Illustrator:Tatyana Fazlalizadeh
Editor:Melissa Manlove
Book Description:This enduring anthem for Black girls celebrates their power, potential, and brilliance—for themselves and for the world.
Publication Date:2022
Publisher:Chronicle Books
Website:http://www.brynnebarnes.com/
THE BUFFALO SOLDIER
Author:Sherry Garland
Illustrator:Ronald Himler
Book Description:A former slave becomes a "Buffalo Soldier" in an all-black cavalry regiment. From Texas to the Dakotas to Cuba during the Spanish American War, he tells his his life story.
Publication Date:2006
Publisher:Pelican Publishing Company
Website:http://www.sherrygarland.com/
THE ELECTRIC SLIDE AND KAI
Author:Kelly Baptist
Illustrator:Darnell Johnson
Book Description:Kai is the only member of his family who just can't get the dance steps to the Electric Slide. But he's determined to learn...and get a dance nickname from his grandfather!
Publication Date:2021
Publisher:Lee & Low Books
Website:http://www.kellyiswrite.com/
FANCY PARTY GOWNS: THE STORY OF FASHION DESIGNER ANN COLE LOWE
Author:Deborah Blumenthal
Illustrator:Laura Freeman
Editor:Sonali Fry
Book Description:The story of fashion designer Ann Cole Lowe, the first Black couture designer, best known for designing the wedding gown of Jacqueline Kennedy.
Publication Date:2017
Publisher:little bee books
Website:http://www.deborahblumenthal.com/
GRANNY’S KITCHEN
Author:Sade Smith
Illustrator:Ken Daley
Book Description:A little girl learns Jamaican recipes and self-confidence from her Granny in this warm, sweet picture book debut.
Publication Date:2022
Publisher:Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan Publishers)
Website:http://www.sadetsmith.com/
THE GREATEST THING: A STORY ABOUT BUCK O’NEIL
Author:Kristy Nerstheimer, Kristy Nerstheimer
Illustrator:Christian Paniagua
Book Description:Meet John Jordan "Buck" O'Neil Jr., baseball player extraordinaire, eternal optimist, and first Black coach in the major leagues. Follow him on his remarkable journey!
Publication Date:2021
Publisher:The Little Fig
Website:https://www.kristynerstheimer.com/
HAPPY & HEALTHY
Author:Divinity Roxx
Illustrator - OwnVoices:NaShantá Fletcher
Book Description:Joyful children move and groove to their own beautiful beat in this catchy, hip-hop celebration of life and health by Grammy-nominated musician and songwriter, Divinity Roxx.
Publication Date:2021
Publisher:Scholastic Press
Website:http://nashanta.com/
I AM NEFERTITI
Author - OwnVoices:Annemarie Anang
Illustrator:Natelle Quek
Editor:Natascha Biebow
Book Description:Nefertiti’s drumming brings the band together – but when her new music teacher can’t pronounce her name, she starts to shrink! A empowering tale of identity and belonging.
Publication Date:2022
Publisher:Five Quills
Website:http://www.annemarieanang.com/
ICE CREAM MAN: HOW AUGUSTUS JACKSON MADE A SWEET TREAT BETTER
Author - OwnVoices:, GLENDA ARMAND
Author:KIMBERLY FREEMAN
Illustrator - OwnVoices:KEITH MALLETT
Book Description:This picture book biography recounts the extraordinary life of Augustus Jackson, an African-American entrepreneur who is known as the "Father of Ice Cream."
Publication Date:2023
Publisher:Crown (Penguin Random House)
Website:http://glenda-armand.com and kimfreeman.us/
JUMP IN!
Author:Shadra Strickland
Book Description:This bright, joyful picture book celebrates a community at play! It's a sunny spring day, and the tic tac tic tac sound of jump ropes hitting the ground floats through the wi
Publication Date:2023
Publisher:Bloomsbury Children's Books
Website:http://www.jumpin.shadrastrickland.com/
THE JUNETEENTH STORY: CELEBRATING THE END OF SLAVERY IN THE UNITED STATES
Author:Alliah Agostini
Illustrator:Sawyer Cloud
Book Description:This introductory history of Juneteenth for kids details the evolution of the holiday commemorating the date the enslaved people of Texas first learned of their freedom​.
Publication Date:2022
Publisher:Quarto Children’s Books Ltd.
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JUSTICE RISING – 12 AMAZING BLACK WOMEN IN THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
Author:Katheryn Russell-Brown
Illustrator:Kim Holt
Book Description:A celebration of twelve Black women who were pivotal to the civil rights movement and the fight for justice and equal rights in America.
Publication Date:2023
Publisher:Viking Children's Books (Penguin Random House)
Website:https://kimscollectionofstuff.com/
KEYANA LOVES HER FAMILY
Author:Natasha Tarpley
Book Description:Keyana’s always full of big ideas. Her latest plan is to host a perfect family movie night. But when things don’t go as planned, she has to rely on family for little help.
Publication Date:2022
Publisher:Hachette Book Group
Website:http://www.natashatarpleywrites.com/
KIMMY’S MARVELOUS WIND CATCHING WONDER
Author:Linda Glaser, ,
Book Description:Kimmy makes her own kite. Friends say it won't fly, but it does. And when her friends want to try, Kimmy teaches them to make their own.
Publication Date:2017
Publisher:Red Leaf Press
Website:http://www.LindaGlaserAuthor.com/
LION LIGHTS
Author:Shelly Pollock,
Book Description:The amazing true story of Richard Turere, a young Maasai living in Kenya, and his invention no one had thought of that is now being used around the world to save lions.
Publication Date:2022
Publisher:Tilbury House
Website:http://ShellyPollock.com/
MIDNIGHT TEACHER: LILLY ANN GRANDERSON AND HER SECRET SCHOOL
Author:Janet Halfmann
Illustrator - OwnVoices:London Ladd
Editor:Jessica Echeverria
Book Description:The true story of Lilly Ann Granderson, an enslaved woman in Mississippi who held a secret school from midnight until two in the morning in the mid-1800s.
Publication Date:2018
Publisher:Lee & Low Books
Website:https://www.janethalfmannauthor.com/
NAMING CEREMONY
Author - OwnVoices:Seina Wedlick
Author:Seina Wedlick is an African American author who enjoys writing books for children.
Illustrator:Jenin Mohammed
Book Description:Today’s the day! It’s Baby Sister’s naming ceremony, and big sister Amira could not be more excited. She has the perfect name picked out.
Publication Date:2023
Publisher:Abrams Books for Young Readers
Website:https://www.amazon.com/stores/Seina-Wedlick/author/B0BN2JQ49X?ref=ap_rdr&store_ref=ap_rdr&isDramIntegrated=true&shoppingPortalEnabled=true
NELL PLANTS A TREE
Author:Anne Wynter
Book Description:This gorgeous picture book shows how one little girl’s careful tending of a pecan tree creates the living center of a loving, intergenerational Black family.
Publication Date:2023
Publisher:Balzer + Bray
Website:http://www.annewynter.com/
OUR BEAUTIFUL COLORS
Author:Nikki Shannon Smith
Illustrator:Bea Jackson
Book Description:This Little Golden Book features beautiful illustrations and rhyming text about colors, plus a social justice theme that encourages Black children to celebrate themselves.
Publication Date:2022
Publisher:Random House Children's Books
Website:http://www.nikkishannonsmith.com/
THE SUN, THE MOON, AND THE STARS
Author - OwnVoices:Rachel Minor
Illustrator - OwnVoices:Annie Won
Editor:Emily Easton
Book Description:This book's universal message celebrates diverse children, their power to inspire those around them, and the invisible bonds of family and humanity that can never be broken.
Publication Date:2021
Publisher:Random House Children's Books
Website:http://www.rachelmontezminor.com/
TOGETHER WE RIDE
Author:Valerie Bolling
Book Description:With a little courage and an guiding hand from her dad, , one brave girl quickly learns the freedom that comes from an afternoon spent outside on a bike.
Publication Date:2022
Publisher:Chronicle Books
Website:https://valeriebolling.com/index.html