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Keyword: Black history

Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race

Shetterly, Margot Lee (Author)
Freeman, Laura (Illustrator)
HarperCollins 2018. 40 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Biography, Black history, careers, civil rights, mathematics, NASA, overcoming adversity, perseverance, resilience, science, space travel, women’s rights
 
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It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood

Noah, Trevor (Author)
Penguin Random House 2019. 296 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Apartheid, Black history, coming of age, entertainers, humour, identity, memoir, mothers and sons, oppression, overcoming adversity, racism, segregation, South Africa
 
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Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library

Weatherford, Carole Boston (Author)
Velasquez, Eric (Illustrator)
Candlewick Press 2017. 44 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: African Americans, Alexandre Dumas, Arturo Schomburg, biography, Black history, books, Frederick Douglass, historical figures, James Audubon, libraries, Ludwig van Beethoven, Phillis Wheatley, research, time lines
 
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Maya Angelou

Kaiser, Lisbeth (Author)
Salaberria, Leire (Illustrator)
Quarto 2016. 32 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Abuse, African Americans, biography, Black history, childhood, Maya Angelou, racism, trauma, writers
 
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Draw What You See: The Life and Art of Benny Andrews

Benson, Kathleen (Author)
Andrews, Benny (Illustrator)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2015. 32 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Activism, African Americans, art, artists, Benny Andrews, biography, Black history, civil rights, Hurricane Katrina, painting
 
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Stella by Starlight

Draper, Sharon M. (Author)
Simon & Schuster 2016. 328 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: 1930s, African Americans, American history, Black history, civil rights, depressions (economic), family life, perseverance, prejudice, segregation, voting rights, writing
 
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Underground to Canada

Smucker, Barbara (Author)
Penguin Random House Canada 2013. 200 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: American history, Black history, Canadian history, courage, escape, freedom, heroes, historical fiction, racism, slavery, survival, Underground Railroad
 
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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 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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I Have a Dream

King, Martin Luther, Jr. (Author)
Nelson, Kadir (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2012. 36 pages + 1 CD
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Black history, civil rights, equality, human rights, Martin Luther King Jr., speeches
 
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Africa Is My Home: A Child of the Amistad

Edinger, Monica (Author)
Byrd, Robert (Illustrator)
Candlewick Press 2013. 60 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Africa, Black history, human rights, justice, resilience, slavery
 
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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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Coretta Scott

Shange, Ntozake (Author)
Nelson, Kadir (Illustrator)
HarperCollins 2011. 32 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Black history, civil rights, Coretta Scott King, illustrations (oil paint), poetic language, women
 
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The Story of Ruby Bridges

Coles, Robert (Author)
Ford, George (Illustrator)
Scholastic 2010. 32 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Black history, children’s rights, civil rights, forgiveness, racism, Ruby Bridges, school life
 
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Up Home

Grant, Shauntay (Author)
Tooke, Susan (Illustrator)
Nimbus 2011. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Black history, Canadian culture, Canadian history, community, free verse, memories, Nova Scotia
 
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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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Unspoken: A Story From the Underground Railroad

Cole, Henry (Author/Illustrator)
Scholastic 2012. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: American Civil War, Black history, courage, illustrations (monochrome), slavery, Underground Railroad, wordless book
 
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The Girl From the Tar Paper School: Barbara Rose Johns and the Advent of the Civil Rights Movement

Kanefield, Teri (Author)
Abrams 2014. 56 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Barbara Rose Johns, Black history, children’s rights, civil rights, peaceful protests, school life, segregation
 
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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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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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