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Research shows that children need to have access to books that reflect their own ethnicities to develop healthy self-esteem, and children also need to have access to books with characters of other ethnicities in order to develop a respect for society's rich diversity. The titles below are excellent examples of books that reflect African and African-American characters in positive, authentic ways. Enjoy enhancing your home and classroom libraries with these titles.




Second Grade Titles
Author Title Pub. Date
Aardema, Verna Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain 1992
Aardema, Verna Anansi Does the Impossible!: An Ashanti Tale 2000
Adler, David A Picture Book of Rosa Parks 1995
Adoff, Arnold Black is Brown is Tan 2004
Adoff, Arnold Malcolm X 2000
Barnes, Derrick D. Stop, Drop and Chill 2004
Black, Sonia W. Jumping the Broom 2004
Boyd, Dee Only the Stars 2004
Cameron, Ann Gloria Rising 2004
Coles, Robert The Story of Ruby Bridges 1992
Cunnane, Kelly For You Are a Kenyan Child 2006
DeGross, Monalisa and Hanna, Cheryl Donavan's Word Jar 1998
Ferris, Jeri What Are You Figuring Now?: A Story About Benjamin Banneker 1990
Ford, Juwanda Shop Talk 2004
Giovanni, Nikki Spin a Soft Black Song 1987
Greenfield, Eloise Africa Dream 1992
Greenfield, Eloise Night on a Neighborhood Street 1996
Grimes, Nikki and Cooper, Floyd Danitra Brown Leaves Town 2005
Havill, Juanita Jamaica Tag-Along 1989
Hoffman, Mary Starring Grace 2001
Hopkinson, Deborah A Band of Angels 2002
Hudson, Cheryl Willis What Do You Know? Snow! 2004
Johnson, Angela The Leaving Morning 1995
Kimmel, Eric A. Anansi Goes Fishing 1993
Kroll, Virginia L. Africa Brothers and Sisters 1993
Lester, Julius Let's Talk About Race 2005
Lester, Julius Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit 2006
Levine, Ellen If You Lived at the Time of Martin Luther King 1994
Marzollo, Jean Happy Birthday Martin Luther King 2005
McDermott, Gerald Anansi the Spider 1987
McDonough, Yona Zeldis Who Was Louis Armstrong? 2004
McGovern, Ann Wanted Dead or Alive: The Story of Harriet Tubman 1991
McKissack, Patricia C. Mirandy and Brother Wind 1997
Medearis, Angela Shelf Singing for Dr. King 2004
Mendez, Phil Black Snowman 2005
Mitchell, Margaree King Uncle Jed's Barbershop 1998
Monjo, F. N. The Drinking Gourd: A Story of the Underground Railroad 1993
Nelson, Vaundra Micheaux Almost to Freedom 2003
Nolen, Jerdine In My Momma's Kitchen 2001
Nolen, Jerdine Hewitt Anderson's Great Big Lie 2005
Orgill, Roxanne If I Only Had a Horn: Young Louis Armstrong 2002
Pinkney, Andrea Davis Alvin Alley, Vol. 1 1995
Raschka, Chris Charlie Parker Played Be Bop 2004
Ringgold, Faith Cassie's Word Quilt 2004
Ringgold, Faith Tar Beach 1996
San Soucie, Robert D. Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella 2002
Shore, Diane, et al This is the Dream 2005
Steptoe, John Creativity 2003
Steptoe, John Stevie
Stroud, Bettye The Patchwork Path: A Quilt Map to Freedom 2007
Udry, Janice May What Mary Jo Shared
Unobagha, Uzo Off to the Sweet Shores of Africa 2005
Williams, Vera B. A Chair for My Mother 1984
Winter, Jeanette Follow the Drinking Gourd 1992
Woodson, Jaqueline Coming On Home Soon 2004
Young, Richard Dockrey African-American Folktales for Young Readers
Third Grade Titles
Author Title Pub. Date
Aardema, Verna Who's in Rabbit's House? A Masai Tale ` 1992
Adler, David A. A Picture Book of Thurgood Marshall 1999
Arkhurst, Joyce Cooper Adventures of Spider, The West African Folktales 1992
Bausum, Ann Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zerg on the Front Lines... 2005
Cameron, Ann Julian, Dream Doctor 1993
Cameron, Ann Julian's Glorious Summer 1987
Christie, R. Gregory Only Passing Through: THe Story of Sojourner Truth 2002
Clifton, Lucille Everett Anderson's Goodbye 1988
Collier, Bryan Uptown 2003
Curtis, Gavin The Bat Boy and His Violin 2001
Dillion, Leo and Diane Rap a Tap Tap: Here's Bojangles - Think of That! 2002
Farris, Christine King My Brother Martin 2005
Ford, Juwanda G. Sunday Best
Garland, Sherry The Buffalo Soldier 2006
Giovanni, Nikki Rosa 2005
Greenfield, Eloise Sister 2005
Greenfield, Eloise Talk About a Family 1992
Hamilton, Virginia Drylongso
Hooks, Gwendolyn Three's A Crowd
Hopkinson, Deborah From Slave to Soldier: Based on a True Civil War Story 2007
Hopkinson, Deborah Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt 1995
Hudson, Wade The Two Tyrones
Hurston, Zora Neale and Thomas, Joyce Carol Six Fools 2005
Isadora, Rachel Ben's Trumpet 1991
Johnson, Angela A Sweet Smell of Roses 2005
Keats, Ezra Jack The Snowy Day
Kroll, Virginia L. Faraway Drums 1998
Lasky, Kathryn A Voice of Her Own: The Story of Phillis Wheatley 2005
Latifah, Queen Queen of the Scene 2006
Lester, Julius John Henry 1999
Levine, Ellen Henry's Freedom Box 2007
Levine, Ellen If You Travelled on the Underground Railroad
Mathis, Sharon Bell The Hundred Penny Box 2006
McKissack, Patricia C. Porch Lies: Tales of Slicksters, Tricksters, and Other Wiley Characters 2006
McKissack, Patricia C. Amistad: The Story of a Slave Ship 2005
McKissack, Patricia C. and McKissack, Frederick Days of Jubilee: The End of Slavery in the United States 2003
Miller, William Frederick Douglass: The Last Day of Slavery 1996
Musgrove, Margaret The Spider Weaver
Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux and Nelson, Drew Juneteenth 2006
Perdomo, Willie Visiting Langston 2005
Pinkney, Andrea Davis Duke Ellington, The Piano Prince 2007
Pinkney, Andrea Davis Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Virtuoso 2002
Pinkney, Andrea Davis Dear Benjamin Banneker 1998
Pinkney, Andrea Jean Back Home 1999
Polacco, Patricia Mr. Lincoln's Way 2001
Ringgold, Faith My Dream of Martin Luther King 1998
Rochelle, Belinda When Jo Louis Won the Title 1996
San Souci, Robert D. The Talking Eggs
Sanders, Nancy I. D is For Drinking Gourd 2007
Somervill, Barbara A. Amistad Mutiny: Fighting for Freedom 2005
Steptoe, John Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters 1987
Tarpley, Natasha Joe-Joe's First Flight 2003
Thomas, Joyce Carol I Have Heard of a Land 2000
Wahl, Jan Candy Shop 2005
Walter, Mildred Pitts Justin and the Best Bisquits in the World 1990
Weatherford, Carole Boston Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom 2006
Wiles, Deborah Freedom Summer 2005
Yarbrough, Camile Cornrows 1997




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