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Keyword: African Americans

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

Steptoe, Javaka (Author/Illustrator)
Little, Brown 2016. 40 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: African Americans, art, artists, Black history, city life, creativity, family life, individuality, Jean-Michel Basquiat, mental health, New York City, painting, street life
 
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A Dance Like Starlight: One Ballerina’s Dream

Dempsey, Kristy (Author)
Cooper, Floyd (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2014. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: 1950s, African Americans, ballerinas, ballet, dance, determination, inspiration, Janet Collins, overcoming adversity, perseverance, racism
 
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My Story, My Dance: Robert Battle’s Journey to Alvin Ailey

Cline-Ransome, Lesa (Author)
Ransome, James (Illustrator)
Simon & Schuster 2015. 44 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: African Americans, community, creativity, dance, determination, inspiration, leaders, overcoming adversity, Robert Battle
 
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A Picture Book of Harriet Tubman

Adler, David A. (Author)
Byrd, Samuel (Illustrator)
Holiday House 1992. 32 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: African Americans, American history, Black history, courage, Harriet Tubman, overcoming adversity, resilience, slavery, Underground Railroad
 
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The Hate U Give

Thomas, Angie (Author)
HarperCollins 2017. 458 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: African Americans, city life, empowerment, family life, first-person narration, friendship, gangs, healing, police, racial profiling, racism, riots, romantic relationships, social justice, tragedy
 
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A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin

Bryant, Jen (Author)
Sweet, Melissa (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2013. 36 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: African Americans, American history, artists, Horace Pippin, narrative non-fiction, painting, World War I
 
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Firebird: Ballerina Misty Copeland Shows a Young Girl How to Dance Like the Firebird

Copeland, Misty (Author)
Myers, Christopher (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2014. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: African Americans, ballerinas, ballet, dancing, dreams, illustrations (collage), perseverance, second-person narration, stories in verse
 
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Keep On!: The Story of Matthew Henson, Co-Discoverer of the North Pole

Hopkinson, Deborah (Author)
Alcorn, Stephen (Illustrator)
Peachtree Publishers 2015. 36 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: African Americans, exploration, Matthew Henson, narrative non-fiction, North Pole, perseverance
 
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First Man: Reimagining Matthew Henson

Schwartz, Simon (Author/Illustrator)
Lerner 2015. 160 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: African Americans, Arctic, artefacts, exploration, illustrations (monochrome), Indigenous peoples, Matthew Henson, natural history, nature
 
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March: Book Three

Lewis, John (Author)
Aydin, Andrew (Author)
Powell, Nate (Illustrator)
Top Shelf Productions 2016. 256 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: 1960s, African Americans, American history, civil rights, illustrations (black and white), John Lewis, memoir, peaceful protests, segregation, voting rights
 
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March: Book Two

Lewis, John (Author)
Aydin, Andrew (Author)
Powell, Nate (Illustrator)
Top Shelf Productions 2015. 192 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: African Americans, American history, civil rights, illustrations (black and white), John Lewis, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., memoir, peaceful protests, racism, segregation, sequels
 
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Henry’s Freedom Box

Levine, Ellen (Author)
Nelson, Kadir (Illustrator)
Scholastic 2007. 40 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: African Americans, freedom, journeys, overcoming adversity, resilience, slavery, Underground Railroad
 
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Going North

Harrington, Janice N. (Author)
Lagarrigue, Jerome (Illustrator)
Macmillan 2004. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: African Americans, first-person narration, migration, moving (household), poetic language, segregation, United States
 
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Monster: A Graphic Novel

Myers, Walter Dean (Author)
Sims, Guy A. (Author)
Anyabwile, Dawud (Illustrator)
HarperCollins 2015. 154 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: African Americans, criminal justice, criminals, discrimination, diversity, film, gangs, identity, illustrations (monochrome), profiling, socio-economic disparity
 
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Brown Girl Dreaming

Woodson, Jacqueline (Author)
Penguin Random House 2014. 338 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: African Americans, childhood, city and country life, family life, first-person narration, friendship, identity, Jacqueline Woodson, memoir, novels in verse, prejudice, United States
 
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Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions

Barton, Chris (Author)
Tate, Don (Illustrator)
Charlesbridge 2016. 32 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: African Americans, engineering, inventions, inventors, Lonnie Johnson, overcoming adversity, perseverance, toys
 
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Juba!

Myers, Walter Dean (Author)
HarperCollins 2015. 202 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: African Americans, dance, diversity, economic disparity, England, historical fiction, historical figures, New York City, poverty, primary documents, slavery
 
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The Silence of Our Friends: The Civil Rights Struggle Was Never Black and White

Long, Mark (Author)
Demonakos, Jim (Author)
Powell, Nate (Illustrator)
Macmillan 2012. 202 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: African Americans, American history, brothers and sisters, civil rights, friendship, illustrations (monochrome), Mark Long, memoir, racism, segregation, social justice
 
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Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song

Pinkney, Andrea Davis (Author)
Pinkney, Brian (Illustrator)
Little, Brown 2013. 40 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: African Americans, Black history, civil rights, justice, Mahalia Jackson, Martin Luther King Jr., segregation
 
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March: Book One

Lewis, John (Author)
Aydin, Andrew (Author)
Powell, Nate (Illustrator)
Top Shelf Productions 2013. 128 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: African Americans, American history, civil rights, illustrations (monochrome), John Lewis, memoir, peaceful protests, racism, segregation
 
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Brick by Brick

Smith, Charles R. (Author)
Cooper, Floyd (Illustrator)
HarperCollins 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: African Americans, American history, construction, narrative non-fiction, slavery, stories in rhyme, United States
 
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Love Will See You Through: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Six Guiding Beliefs (As Told by His Niece)

Watkins, Angela Farris (Author)
Comport, Sally Wern (Illustrator)
Simon & Schuster 2014. 32 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Activism, African Americans, civil rights, inspiration, Martin Luther King Jr., social change
 
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Tar Beach

Ringgold, Faith (Author/Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 1996. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: African Americans, civil rights, fantasy, flight, imagination, New York City, poverty, quilting
 
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Hey, Charleston!: The True Story of the Jenkins Orphanage Band

Rockwell, Anne (Author)
Bootman, Colin (Illustrator)
Lerner 2013. 36 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: African Americans, Black history, jazz, music, musicians, orphans, World War I
 
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What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors

Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem (Author)
Obstfeld, Raymond (Author)
Ford, A.G. (Illustrator)
Boos, Ben (Illustrator)
Candlewick Press 2012. 36 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: African Americans, Black history, inventions, inventors, lift-the-flap books, narrative non-fiction
 
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A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis

de la Peña, Matt (Author)
Nelson, Kadir (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2013. 40 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: African Americans, boxing, heroes, Joe Louis, overcoming adversity, racism, sports, World War II
 
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Barack Obama

Doak, Robin (Author)
Scholastic 2013. 48 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: African Americans, American presidents, Barack Obama, illustrations (photographs), leaders, United States
 
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Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Jeffrey, Gary (Author)
Gareth Stevens 2013. 24 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: African Americans, Black history, civil rights, determination, freedom, graphic novels, peaceful protests, Rosa Parks, social justice
 
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Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Rappaport, Doreen (Author)
Collier, Bryan (Illustrator)
Disney/Hyperion Books 2007. 40 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: African Americans, Black history, civil rights, freedom, Martin Luther King Jr., Nobel Prize
 
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Pink and Say

Polacco, Patricia (Author/Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 1994. 48 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: African Americans, American Civil War, friendship, memoir, oral history, slavery, soldiers
 
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Night Boat to Freedom

Raven, Margot Theis (Author)
Lewis, E.B. (Illustrator)
Macmillan 2006. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: African Americans, Black history, courage, families, freedom, hope, slavery
 
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Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington

Asim, Jabari (Author)
Collier, Bryan (Illustrator)
Little, Brown 2012. 44 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: African Americans, Booker T. Washington, dreams, hope, learning to read, overcoming adversity, schools, slavery
 
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This Is the Rope: A Story From the Great Migration

Woodson, Jacqueline (Author)
Ransome, James (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: African Americans, cumulative stories, diversity, family history, heirlooms, intergenerational relationships, migration, recurrent patterns, social mobility
 
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In the Land of Milk and Honey

Thomas, Joyce Carol (Author)
Cooper, Floyd (Illustrator)
HarperCollins 2012. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: African Americans, families, hope, moving (household), poetry, trains, travel
 
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