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All Different Now

All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom  is a picture book about the day slaves were set free. It shows the slow progression that word-of-mouth took to tell slaves everywhere about freedom, and then the celebration that ensued. Angela Johnson, … Continue reading

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Walk Together Children

Selected and illustrated by world-renowned artist Ashley Bryan, Walk Together Children:  Black American Spirituals, is complete with music for each song. The linoleum print artwork, stunning in black and white if you can get your hands on a 1974 edition, has … Continue reading

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I Have A Dream

Kadir Nelson illustrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s dream using the words of that well-known speech. Nelson creates a balance between history and a vision for the future:  We see both Dr. King on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial … Continue reading

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Wilma Unlimited

Overcoming multiple obstacles, including crippling polio, Wilma Rudolph persisted and exercised and ran her way to being the first American woman to win three gold medals at one Olympics. In the aftermath of the Summer Olympic Games in London, this … Continue reading

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Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad

All of the angst of a child born into slavery and yearning for freedom is poured into Kadir Nelson‘s artwork of Henry, a real person who mailed himself to freedom in a wooden crate. Ellen Levine‘s story weaves fact and … Continue reading

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The Cruisers

While set in the present day, Walter Dean Myers‘ The Cruisers takes us back to the mindset of the Civil War era through eighth grade students. Zander and his friends, the Cruisers, have to prove their potential at Da Vinci Academy, a … Continue reading

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

A true hero of the Wild West, Bass Reeves captured many outlaws from 1875 to 1907.  Filled with integrity, Bass Reeves’s bravery and ingenuity made for great true stories written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. … Continue reading

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These Hands

Grandpa’s hands can tie shoes, play the piano and throw a curve ball, but they were not allowed to touch the bread dough at the Wonder Bread factory in the 1950s and early ’60s.  As Grandpa lyrically relates to Joseph … Continue reading

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Underground to Canada

Extensive research went into Barbara Smucker’s Underground to Canada, which is about four people escaping slavery by following the underground railroad to freedom. Shockingly realistic, Julilly, Liza, Adam and Lester’s heartrending trip toward freedom in the face of slave catchers … Continue reading

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A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis

There is beauty about a story that brings together perseverance, finding one’s place in the world and fighting a battle for the country.   All this and sports too.  And it’s a true story.  I don’t know what it is … Continue reading

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