Black History Month (Kids)

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Check out these excellent reads for Black History Month!! 


Mary Hoffman, Caroline Binch
Description: 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.
Call Number: E Hof
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 1, 2022
Derrick. Barnes, Gordon C. James
Description: Celebrates the magnificent feeling that comes from walking out of a barber shop with newly-cut hair.
Call Number: E Bar
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 1, 2022
Misty Copeland
Description: American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland encourages a young ballet student, with brown skin like her own, by telling her that she, too, had to learn basic steps and how to be graceful when she was starting out, and that some day, with practice and dedication, the little girl will become a firebird, too.
Call Number: E Cop
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 1, 2022
Grace Byers, Keturah A. Bobo
Description: Shares a story of loving who you are, respecting others and being kind to one another.
Call Number: E Bye
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 1, 2022
Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James
Description: Illustrations and easy-to-read text pay homage to the strength, character, and worth of a child.
Call Number: E Bar
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 1, 2022
Floyd Cooper
Description: Little Mazie wants the freedom to stay up late, but her father explains what freedom really means in the story of Juneteenth, and how her ancestors celebrated their true freedom.
Call Number: E Coo
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 1, 2022
Matt de la Peña, Christian Robinson
Description: A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.
Call Number: E De L
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 1, 2022
Vashti Harrison
Description: Based on her popular Instagram posts, debut author/illustrator Vashti Harrison shares the stories of 40 bold African American women who shaped history.
Call Number: J 920 Har
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 1, 2022
Samara Cole Doyon, Kaylani Juanita
Description: Joyful young narrators celebrate feeling at home in one's own skin.
Call Number: E Doy
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 1, 2022
Parker Curry, Jessica Curry, Bea Jackson
Description: "This book is based on the viral photograph of African American toddler Parker Curry, who, during a visit to the National Portrait Gallery, became mesmerized by Amy Sherald's portrait of Michelle Obama, who she thought was a queen. One rainy afternoon, Parker's mother (co-author Jessica Curry) makes the suggestion that they visit the museum, little sister Ava in tow. At the museum, they see Parker's friend Gia and her mother. The three girls dance through the halls of the museum noticing horses, flowers, and feathers in the famous works of art. Just before they leave, Parker notices the portrait of Michelle Obama, stops in her tracks, and that viral photographic moment is born. Parker's thoughts about what she sees when she looks at Michelle Obama are assumed by her expressive gaze, well captured by illustrator Jackson. "--Kirkus
Call Number: E Cur
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 1, 2022
Carole Boston Weatherford
Description: Traces legal clerk Arturo Schomburg's efforts to curate a collection of African books, letters, music, and art.
Call Number: JB Sch
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 1, 2022
Ella Schwartz, Gaby D'Alessandro
Description: "Over the centuries, women, people from underrepresented communities, and immigrants overcame prejudices and social obstacles to make remarkable discoveries in science--but they weren't the ones to receive credit in history books. People with more power, money, and prestige were remembered as the inventor of the telephone, the scientists who decoded the structure of DNA, and the doctor who discovered the cause of yellow fever. This book aims to set the record straight and celebrate the nearly forgotten inventors and scientists who shaped our world today. " -- Publisher.
Call Number: YA 509.22 Sch
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 1, 2022
Rio Cortez, Lauren Semmer
Description: "And for a Book that takes a Bold journey through the alphabet of Black history and culture. Letter by letter, The ABCs of Black History celebrates a story that spans continents and centuries, triumph and heartbreak, creativity and joy. It's a story of big ideas--P is for Power, S is for Science and Soul. Of significant moments--G is for Great Migration. Of iconic figures--H is for Zora Neale Hurston, X is for Malcom X. It's an ABC book like no other, and a story of hope and love."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Cor
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 1, 2022
Natasha Tarpley, Regis Bethencourt, Kahran Bethencourt
Description: "The possibilities are endless in this uplifting ode to the power of potential. Each page of The Me I Choose To Be is an immersive call for self-love that highlights the inherent beauty of all Black and brown children. "-- Amazon.
Call Number: E Tar
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 1, 2022
Ibi Aanu Zoboi, Loveis Wise
Description: "The People Remember tells the journey of African descendants in America by connecting their history to the seven principles of Kwanzaa. It begins in Africa, where people were taken from their homes and families. They spoke different languages and had different customs. Yet they were bound and chained together and forced onto ships sailing into an unknown future. Ultimately, all these people had to learn one common language and create a culture that combined their memories of home with new traditions that enabled them to thrive in this new land. Sumptuously illustrated, this is an important book to read as a family--a story young readers can visit over and over again to deepen their understanding of African American history in relation to their own lives and current social justice movements. By turns powerful and revealing, this is a lyrical narrative that tells the story of survival, as well as the many moments of joy, celebration, and innovation of Black people in America."-- Amazon.
Call Number: J 811 Zob
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 1, 2022
Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson
Description: "Originally performed for ESPN's The Undefeated, this poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest heroes. The text is also peppered with references to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others, offering deeper insights into the accomplishments of the past, while bringing stark attention to the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present. Robust back matter at the end provides valuable historical context and additional detail for those wishing to learn more."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Ale
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 1, 2022
Kadir Nelson
Description: Using an "Everyman" player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through the decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947. Illustrations from oil paintings by artist Kadir Nelson.
Call Number: J 796.357 Nel
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 1, 2022
Kathleen Krull, Tim Tomkinson
Description: Describes the 1963 March on Washington, helmed by Martin Luther King, Jr., where over two hundred thousand people gathered to demand equal rights for all races, and explains why this event is still important in American history today.
Call Number: J 323.1 Kru
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 1, 2022
Mary Kay Carson
Description: Presents information about the Underground Railroad in question and answer format.
Call Number: J 973.71 Car
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 1, 2022
Sarah Fabiny, Ted Hammond
Description: "Born into slavery in 1862, Ida Bell Wells was freed as a result of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1865. Yet she could see just how unjust the world she was living in was. This drove her to become a journalist and activist. Throughout her life, she fought against prejudice and for equality for African Americans. Ida B. Wells would go on to co-own a newspaper, write several books, help cofound the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and fight for women's right to vote."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: JB Wel
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 1, 2022
Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, Luisa Uribe
Description: Saddened by her classmates' and teacher's mispronunciations of her name, a girl is empowered by her discovery that names are like songs when she and her mom celebrate the musicality of African, Asian, Black-American, Latinx, and Middle Eastern names.
Call Number: E Tho
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 1, 2022
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Amazing Grace
Mary Hoffman, Caroline Binch
E Hof
Stolen Science : Thirteen Untold Stories Of Scientists And Inventors Almost Written Out Of History
Ella Schwartz, Gaby D'Alessandro
YA 509.22 Sch
Crown : An Ode To The Fresh Cut
Derrick. Barnes, Gordon C. James
E Bar
The Abcs Of Black History
Rio Cortez, Lauren Semmer
E Cor
Firebird
Misty Copeland
E Cop
The Me I Choose To Be
Natasha Tarpley, Regis Bethencourt, Kahran Bethencourt
E Tar
I Am Enough
Grace Byers, Keturah A. Bobo
E Bye
The People Remember
Ibi Aanu Zoboi, Loveis Wise
J 811 Zob
I Am Every Good Thing
Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James
E Bar
The Undefeated
Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson
E Ale
Juneteenth For Mazie
Floyd Cooper
E Coo
We Are The Ship : The Story Of Negro League Baseball
Kadir Nelson
J 796.357 Nel
Last Stop On Market Street
Matt de la Peña, Christian Robinson
E De L
What Was The March On Washington?
Kathleen Krull, Tim Tomkinson
J 323.1 Kru
Little Leaders : Bold Women In Black History
Vashti Harrison
J 920 Har
Which Way To Freedom? And Other Questions About... The Underground Railroad
Mary Kay Carson
J 973.71 Car
Magnificent Homespun Brown : A Celebration
Samara Cole Doyon, Kaylani Juanita
E Doy
Who Was Ida B. Wells?
Sarah Fabiny, Ted Hammond
JB Wel
Parker Looks Up : An Extraordinary Moment
Parker Curry, Jessica Curry, Bea Jackson
E Cur
Your Name Is A Song
Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, Luisa Uribe
E Tho
Schomburg : The Man Who Built A Library
Carole Boston Weatherford
JB Sch