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Historical Experience

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

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

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 A Different Mirror for You
by Rebecca Stefoff and Ronald T. Takaki

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 Fred Korematsu Speaks Up
by Laura Atkins & Stan Yogi

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. 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. 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 Indian Nations of Wisconsi
by Patty Loew

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 It All Comes Down To This
by Karen English

In the summer of 1965, Sophie's family becomes the first African Americans to move into their upper middle-class neighborhood in Los Angeles. When riots erupt in nearby Watts, she learns that life and her own place in it are a lot more complicated than they had seemed.

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

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 Year in the Middle
by Lila Quintero


In a racially polarized classroom in 1970 Alabama, Lu’s talent for running track makes her a new best  friend — and tests her mettle as she navigates the school’s social cliques.

Cover of Not My Idea: A Book About
by Anastasia Higginbotham


A white child sees a TV news report of a white police officer shooting and killing a black man. "In our family, we don't see color," his mother says, but he sees the colors plain enough. An afternoon in the library's history stacks uncover the truth of white supremacy in America. Racism was not his idea and he refuses to defend it.

Cover of Queen of Physics: How Wu C
by Teresa Robeson, illustrated by Rebecca Huang

This engaging biography follows Wu Chien Shiung as she battles sexism and racism to become what Newsweek magazine called the "Queen of Physics" for her work on beta decay.

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

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."

Cover of Schomburg: The Man Who Bui
by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Eric Velasquez

In luminous paintings and arresting poems, two of children's literature's top African-American scholars track Arturo Schomburg's quest to correct history, leading to the creation of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in the New York Public Library. 

Cover of Separate Is Never Equal:
by Duncan Tonatiuh

Almost 10 years before Brown vs. Board of Education , Sylvia Mendez and her parents helped end school segregation in California. 

Cover of Stonewall: A Building. An
by Rob Sanders

Describes the Stonewall Riots in New York City in 1969, which sparked the gay liberation movement in the United States, and details the history of LGBTQ rights since the riots.

Cover of Strange Fruit
by Gary Golio, illustrated by Charlotte Riley-Webb

This tells the story of how Billie Holiday and songwriter Abel Meeropol combined their talents to create "Strange Fruit," the iconic protest song that brought attention to lynching and racism in America.

Cover of Streetcar to justice: how
by Amy Hill Hearth

Amy Hill Hearth uncovers the story of a little-known figure in U.S. history in this fascinating biography. In 1854, a young African American woman named Elizabeth Jennings won a major victory against a New York City streetcar company, a first step in the process of desegregating public transportation in Manhattan. This illuminating and important piece of the history of the fight for equal rights, illustrated with photographs and archival material from the period, will engage fans of Phillip Hoose's Claudette Colvin and Steve Sheinkin's Most Dangerous. One hundred years before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, Elizabeth Jennings's refusal to leave a segregated streetcar in the Five Points neighborhood of Manhattan set into motion a major court case in New York City.

Cover of The Unsung Hero of Birdson
by Brenda Woods

Gabriel, twelve, gains a new perspective when he becomes friends with Meriwether, a  Black World War II hero who has recently returned to the unwelcoming Jim Crow South.

Cover of We Came to America
by Faith Ringgold

A celebration of immigration to the United States and the country's diverse immigrant heritage. Simple, poetic text and vibrant illustrations noteably acknowledge the Native peoples "here before the others came" and Africans, brought in chains and deprived of "freedom and our names" left out in many books about immigration.

Cover of We March
by Shane Evans

Radiant illustrations and beautiful, brief text portray the events of the 1963 march in Washington, D.C., where the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a historic speech.

Cover of When Stars Are Scattered
by Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed, colorist Iman Geddy

Heartbreak, hope, and gentle humor exist together in this graphic novel about a childhood spent waiting, and a young man who is able to create a sense of family and home in the most difficult of settings. It’s an intimate, important, unforgettable look at the day-to-day life of a refugee, as told to New York Times Bestselling author/artist Victoria Jamieson by Omar Mohamed, the Somali man who lived the story.

Cover of When We Were Alone
by David A. Robertson, illustrated by Julie Flett

When a young girl helps tend to her grandmother's garden, she begins to notice things that make her curious. Why does her grandmother have long, braided hair and beautifully colored clothing? Why does she speak another language and spend so much time with her family? As she asks her grandmother about these things, she is told about life in a residential school a long time ago, where all of these things were taken away. When We Were Alone is a story about a difficult time in history, and, ultimately, one of empowerment and strength.