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A Place Inside of Me

by Zetta Elliott & Noa Denmon Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (July 20, 2020)

In this powerful, affirming poem by award-winning author Zetta Elliott, a Black child explores his shifting emotions throughout the year.

There is a place inside of me

a space deep down inside of me

where all...


Ghost Boys

by Jewell Parker Rhodes & Miles Harvey Hachette Book Group (April 17, 2018)

A heartbreaking and powerful story about a black boy killed by a police officer, drawing connections through history, from award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes.

Only the living can make the world better....


Black Is a Rainbow Color

by Angela Joy & Ekua Holmes Roaring Brook Press (January 13, 2020)

A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this moving and powerful anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on.

Red is a rainbow color.

Green sits next to blue.

Yellow, orange,...


Chocolate Me!

by Taye Diggs & Shane W. Evans Feiwel & Friends (September 26, 2011)

A timely book about how it feels to be teased and taunted, and how each of us is sweet and lovely and delicious on the inside, no matter how we look.

The boy is teased for looking different than the other kids....


Tallulah the Tooth Fairy CEO

by Tamara Pizzoli & Federico Fabiani Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) (July 29, 2019)

Hilarious and smart, Tallulah the Tooth Fairy CEO is a modern take on the classic tooth fairy story by Tamara Pizzoli with illustrations by Federico Fabiani that is perfect for powerful little leaders ready...


Great Escapes #2: Journey to Freedom, 1838

by Sherri Winston & Joniece Abbott-Pratt HarperCollins (April 28, 2020)

Are you ready for some of the most exciting, death-defying escape stories ever told? Perfect for fans of the I Survived series, the second installment in a brand-new, edge-of-your-seat series based on real events!...


The People Could Fly

by Virginia Hamilton & Andrew L. Barnes Blackstone Publishing (December 01, 2011)

Virginia Hamilton (1936-2002), a giant in the world of children's literature, was the first African-American woman to win a Newbery Medal and the first children's book author to be awarded a MacArthur Genius...


Uncle Tom's Cabin

by Harriet Beecher Stowe & Bobbie Frohman Alcazar AudioWorks (February 20, 2014)

Based on the classic 1852 novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe re-tells the story to allow young readers a glimpse into the darker side of American history.

Uncle Tom's Cabin was the bestselling novel...


War Comes to Willy Freeman

by James Lincoln Collier, Christopher Collier & Sean Crisden Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2013)

Willy Freeman's life changes forever when she witnesses her father's death at the hands of the Redcoats and returns home to find that the British have taken her mother as a prisoner to New York City. Willy,...


Stealing Freedom

by Elisa Carbone & Robin Miles Blackstone Publishing (February 01, 2012)

Inspired bya true story, this is the riveting novel of a young slave girl's harrowingescape to freedom on the Underground Railroad.

The momentAnn Maria Weems was born, her freedom was stolen from her. Like her...


Jump Ship to Freedom

How High the Moon

by Karyn Parsons & Sisi Aisha Johnson Little, Brown Young Readers (March 05, 2019)

To Kill a Mockingbird meets One Crazy Summer in this powerful, bittersweet debut about one girl's journey to reconnect with her mother and learn the truth about her father in the tumultuous times of the Jim...


Hey Black Child

by Useni Eugene Perkins, Bryan Collier & Pe'Tehn Raighn-Kem Jackson Little, Brown Young Readers (November 14, 2017)

Six-time Coretta Scott King Award winner and four-time Caldecott Honor recipient Bryan Collier brings this classic, inspirational poem to life, written by poet Useni Eugene Perkins.

Hey black child,

Do you know...


The 5 O'Clock Band

by Troy Andrews & Bryan Collier Abrams Books for Young Readers (June 18, 2018)

In this companion to the Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award-winning Trombone Shorty, join a scrappy young musician named Shorty on a tour of his beloved New Orleans. After letting his band down by...