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Chapter Books

Cover of As Brave As You
by Jason Reynolds
9781481415903
2016

When Genie and his older brother spend their summer in the country with their grandparents, he learns a secret about his grandfather and what it means to be brave.

Cover of Brendan Buckley's Universe
by Sundee Tucker Frazier
9780385734394
2007

Brendan Buckley, a biracial ten-year-old, applies his scientific problem-solving ability and newfound interest in rocks and minerals to connect with his white grandfather, the president of Puyallup Rock Club, and to learn why he and Brendan's mother are estranged.

Cover of Brown Girl Dreaming
by Jacqueline Woodson
9780399252518
2014

Jacqueline Woodson, one of today's finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.

Cover of The Buried Bones Mystery
by Sharon M. Draper
9781442427105
2006

After the neighborhood basketball court is vandalized, Ziggy and his friends decide to form a club called the Black Dinosaurs and build their clubhouse in Ziggy's backyard. The first in a fun series of mysteries especially for early chapter book readers.

Cover of Chains
by Laurie Halse Anderson
9781416905851
2008

After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War. First in a series.

 

Cover of Cleo Edison Oliver, Playgr
by Sundee Tucker Frazier
9780545822350
2016

Fifth-grader Cleo Edison Oliver is full of money-making ideas, and her fifth-grade Passion Project is no different--but things get more complicated when she has to keep her business running, be a good listener when her best friend needs her, and deal with the bully teasing her about being adopted at the same time.

Cover of A Different Mirror for You
by Rebecca Stefoff and Ronald T. Takaki
1609804848
2012

A Different Mirror for Young People brings ethnic history alive through primary sources, the words of people, including teenagers, who recorded their experiences in letters, diaries, and poems.

Cover of Fort Mose : and the story
by Glennette Tilley Turner
9780810940567
2010

Years before the Underground Railroad helped formerly enslaved men, women and children of African descent escape north to Canada, the path to freedom actually led south to Florida! Learn the untold story of Fort Mose, the first Free Black settlement in Colonial America in this beautifully researched and presented chapter of history that deserves to be shared with kids all over the United States.  Recommended for grade 4 and up.

Cover of Fred Korematsu Speaks Up
by Laura Atkins & Stan Yogi
9781597143684
2016

Fred Korematsu liked listening to music on the radio, playing tennis, and hanging around with his friends--just like lots of other Americans. But everything changed when the United States went to war with Japan in 1941 and the government forced all people of Japanese ancestry to leave their homes on the West Coast and move to distant prison camps. This included Fred, whose parents had immigrated to the United States from Japan many years before. But Fred refused to go. He knew that what the government was doing was unfair. And when he got put in jail for resisting, he knew he couldn't give up. Inspired by the award-winning book for adults Wherever There's a Fight, the Fighting for Justice series introduces young readers to real-life heroes and heroines of social progress. The story of Fred Korematsu's fight against discrimination explores the life of one courageous person who made the United States a fairer place for all Americans, and it encourages all of us to speak up for justice.

Cover of Freedom Riders: John Lewis
by Ann Bausum
0792241738

Freedom Riders compares and contrasts the childhoods of John Lewis and James Zwerg in a way that helps young readers understand the segregated experience of our nation's past. It shows how a common interest in justice created the convergent path that enabled these young men to meet as Freedom Riders on a bus journey south. Recommended for late elementary and middle grade readers.

Cover of Full Cicada Moon
by Marilyn Hilton
9780525428756
2015

In 1969 twelve-year-old Mimi and her family move to an all-white town in Vermont, where Mimi's mixed-race background and interest in "boyish" topics like astronomy make her feel like an outsider.

 

Cover of Ghetto Cowboy
by Greg Neri
9780763649227
2011

Twelve-year-old Cole's behavior causes his mother to drive him from Detroit to Philadelphia to live with a father he has never known, but who soon has Cole involved with a group of African-American "cowboys" who rescue horses and use them to steer youths away from drugs and gangs. Inspired by real black urban horsemanship programs in Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Queens, this novel will grab you from page 1.

Cover of In the Footsteps of Crazy
by Joseph Marshall III, illustrated by Jim Yellowhawk
9781419707858
2015

Teased for his fair coloring, eleven-year-old Jimmy McClean travels with his maternal grandfather, Nyles High Eagle, to learn about his Lakota heritage while visiting places significant in the life of Crazy Horse, the nineteenth-century Lakota leader and warrior, in a tale that weaves the past with the present. Winner of the 2016 American Indian Library Association Award in the middle school category.

Cover of Indian Nations of Wisconsi
by Patty Loew
9780870205033
2013

From origin stories to contemporary struggles over treaty rights and sovereignty issues, Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal explores Wisconsin’s rich Native tradition. Each chapter is a compact tribal history of one of the state’s Indian nations—Ojibwe, Potawatomi, Oneida, Menominee, Mohican and Brothertown, and Ho-Chunk—and the book relies on the historical perspectives of Native people.

Cover of Look Both Ways in the Barr
by Judith Rose Robbins
9780763672355
2015

When Jacinta Juarez is paired with a rich, famous mentor, she is swept away from the diapers and dishes of her own daily life into a world of new experiences. But crossing the line into Miss's world is scary. Half of Jacinta aches for the comfort of Mama and the familiar safety of the barrio, while the other half longs to embrace a future that offers more than cleaning stuff for white people. When her family is torn apart, Jacinta needs to bring the two halves of herself together to win back everything she's lost. Can she channel the power she's gained from her mentor and the strength she's inherited from Mama to save her shattered home life?

Cover of Make Way for Dyamonde Dani
by Nikki Grimes
9780399251757
2009

Spunky third-grader Dyamonde Daniel misses her old neighborhood, but when she befriends a boy named Free, another new student at school, she finally starts to feel at home.

Cover of Miami Sees It Through
by Pat McKissack
0307265137
2002

Nobody calls Miami by his full name, Michael Andrew. Nobody except his brand-new teacher, Ms. Amerita Spraggins. Miami can't stand her. Can he stick it out, or is it time for him to be moving on to a brand-new class?

Cover of Midnight Without a Moon
Linda Williams Jackson
9780544785106
2017

Rose Lee Carter, a thirteen-year-old African-American girl, dreams of life beyond the Mississippi cotton fields during the summer of 1955, but when Emmett Till is murdered and his killers are unjustly acquitted, Rose is torn between seeking her destiny outside of Mississippi or staying and being a part of an important movement.

Cover of One Crazy Summer
by Rita Williams-Garcia
9780060760908
2010

In the summer of 1968, after traveling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.

Cover of Stella by Starlight
by Sharon M. Draper
9781442494978
2015

When a burning cross set by the Klan causes panic and fear in 1932 Bumblebee, North Carolina, fifth-grader Stella must face prejudice and find the strength to demand change in her segregated town.

Cover of We Shall Overcome: A Song
by Stuart Stotts, illustrated by Terrance Cummings
0547182104
2010

In clear, accessible language Stuart Stotts explores the roots of the tune and the lyrics in traditional African music and Christian hymns. He demonstrates the key role “We Shall Overcome” played in the civil rights, labor, and anti-war movements in America. And he traces the song’s transformation into an international anthem