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Historical Experience

Cover of 28 Days: Moments in Black
by Charles R Smith JR, illustrated by Shane W. Evans
9781596438200
2015

A picture book look at many of the men and women who revolutionized life for African Americans throughout history.

Cover of All Different Now: Junetee
by Angela Johnson, illustrated by Earl B. Lewis
068987376X
2014

In 1865, members of a family start their day as slaves, working in a Texas cotton field, and end it celebrating their freedom on what came to be known as Juneteenth.

Cover of The Amazing Age of John Ro
by Chris Barton
080285379X
2015

A picture book biography of John Roy Lynch, one of the first African-Americans elected into the United States Congress.

Cover of As Good As Anybody
by Richard Michelson, illustrated by Raul Colon
9780375833359
2008

Here is the story of two icons for social justice, how they formed a remarkable friendship and turned their personal experiences of discrimination into a message of love and equality for all.

Cover of Bad News for Outlaws: the
by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by Gregory Christie
9780822567646
2009

Elementary age kids will love the colorful language of the Old West, and the bold and dynamically rendered scenes of the heroic Reeves capturing the bad guys. And, they'll learn how the lawman--who was both greatly respected and feared--used his wits and intelligence, courage and characterand yes, incredible marksmanship--to bring more than 3,000 criminals to justice with fewer than 14 deaths in the line of duty.

Cover of Baseball Saved Us
by Ken Mochizuki
1880000016
1993

A Japanese American boy learns to play baseball when he and his family are forced to live in an internment camp during World War II, and his ability to play helps him after the war is over.

Cover of The Book Itch
by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
9780761339434
2015

Relates the story of the National Memorial African Bookstore, founded in Harlem by Louis Michaux in 1939, as seen from the perspective of Louis Michaux Jr., who met famous men like Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X while helping there.

Cover of Brick by Brick
by Charles R. Smith, illustrated by Floyd Cooper
9780061920820
2013

The White House was created by many hands, several of them slaves', who will be remembered throughout history for their extrodinary feat.

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 Chains
by Laurie Halse Anderson
9781416905851
2008

As the Revolutionary War begins, thirteen-year-old Isabel wages her own fight...for freedom. Promised freedom upon the death of their owner, she and her sister, Ruth, in a cruel twist of fate become the property of a malicious New York City couple, the Locktons, who have no sympathy for the American Revolution and even less for Ruth and Isabel. When Isabel meets Curzon, a slave with ties to the Patriots, he encourages her to spy on her owners, who know details of British plans for invasion. She is reluctant at first, but when the unthinkable happens to Ruth, Isabel realizes her loyalty is available to the bidder who can provide her with freedom.

Cover of Delivering Justice: W.W. L
by James Haskins, illustrated by Benny Andrews
0763625922
2005

"Grow up and be somebody," Westley Wallace Law's grandmother encouraged him as a young boy living in poverty in segregated Savannah, Georgia. Determined to make a difference in his community, W.W. Law assisted blacks in registering to vote, joined the NAACP and trained protestors in the use of nonviolent civil disobedience, and, in 1961, led the Great Savannah Boycott. In that famous protest, blacks refused to shop in downtown Savannah. When city leaders finally agreed to declare all of its citizens equal, Savannah became the first city in the south to end racial discrimination.

Cover of Dia's Story Cloth
by Dia Cha
1880000342
1996

The story cloth made for her by her aunt and uncle chronicles the life of the author and her family in their native Laos and their eventual emigration to the United States.

Cover of Ellington Was Not a Street
by Ntozake Shange, illustrated by Kadir Nelson
0689828845
2002

In a reflective tribute to the African-American community of old, noted poet Ntozake Shange recalls her childhood home and the close-knit group of innovators that often gathered there.

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 in Congo Square
by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
9781499801033
2016

Six days a week, slaves labor from sunup to sundown and beyond, but on Sunday afternoons, they gather with free blacks at Congo Square outside New Orleans, free from oppression. Includes foreword about Congo Square by Freddi Williams Evans, glossary, and historical notes.

Cover of Granddaddy's Turn: A Journ
by Michael Bandy, Eric Stein, ill. by James Ransome
9780763665937
2015

"Life on the farm with Granddaddy is full of hard work, but despite all the chores, Granddaddy always makes time for play, especially fishing trips. Even when there isn't a bite to catch, he reminds young Michael that it takes patience to get what's coming to you. One morning, when Granddaddy heads into town in his fancy suit, Michael knows that something very special must be happening--and sure enough, everyone is lined up at town hall. For the very first time, Granddaddy is allowed to vote, and he couldn't be more proud. But can Michael be patient when justice just can't come soon enough?"

Cover of Heart and Soul:  The Story
by Kadir Nelson
9780061730740

Told through the unique point of view and intimate voice of a one-hundred-year-old African-American female narrator, this inspiring book demonstrates that in gaining their freedom and equal rights, African Americans helped our country achieve its promise of liberty and justice--the true heart and soul of our nation.

Cover of Henry and the Kite Dragon
by Bruce Edward Hall
0399237275
2004

In New York City in the 1920s, the children from Chinatown go after the children from Little Italy for throwing rocks at the beautiful kites Grandfather Chin makes, not realizing that they have a reason for doing so.

Cover of Henry's Freedom Box
by Ellen Levine and Kadir Nelson
043977733X
2007

A fictionalized account of how in 1849 a Virginia slave, Henry "Box" Brown, escapes to freedom by shipping himself in a wooden crate from Richmond to Philadelphia.

Cover of Lillian's Right to Vote: a
by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Shane Evans
9780385390286
2015

As an elderly woman, Lillian recalls that her great-great-grandparents were sold as slaves in front of a courthouse where only rich white men were allowed to vote, then the long fight that led to her right--and determination--to cast her ballot since the Voting Rights Act gave every American the right to vote.

Cover of My People
by Langston Hughes, photographs by Charles R. Smith Jr.
9781416935407
2009

Hughes's spare yet eloquent tribute to his people has been cherished for generations. Now, acclaimed photographer Smith interprets this beloved poem in vivid sepia photographs that capture the glory, the beauty, and the soul of being a black American today.

Cover of New Shoes
by Susan Meyer, illustrated by Eric Velasquez
9780823425280
2015

In this historical fiction picture book, Ella Mae and her cousin Charlotte, both African American, start their own shoe store when they learn that they cannot try on shoes at the shoe store. Winner of the 2016 Jane Addams Children's Book Award for younger readers.

Cover of The Other Side
by Jacqueline Woodson and Earl B. Lewis
0399231161
2001

Clover's mom says it isn't safe to cross the fence that segregates their African-American side of town from the white side where Anna lives. But the two girls strike up a friendship, and get around the grown-ups' rules by sitting on top of the fence together.

Cover of Ruth and the Green Book
by Calvin A. Ramsey, illustrated by Floyd Cooper
9780761352556
2010

When Ruth and her parents take a motor trip from Chicago to Alabama to visit her grandma, they rely on a pamphlet called "The Negro Motorist Green Book" to find places that will serve them. Includes facts about "The Green Book."

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