African American Children’s Books
Children’s Books For Black History Month
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, basketball legend and the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, champions a lineup of little-known African-American inventors in this lively, kid-friendly book.
Did you know that James West invented the microphone in your cell phone? That Fred Jones invented the refrigerated truck that makes supermarkets possible? Or that Dr. Percy Julian synthesized cortisone from soy, easing untold people’s pain? These are just some of the black inventors and innovators scoring big points in this dynamic look at several unsung heroes who shared a desire to improve people’s lives. Offering profiles with fast facts on flaps and framed by a funny contemporary story featuring two feisty twins, here is a nod to the minds behind the gamma electric cell and the ice-cream scoop, improvements to traffic lights, open-heart surgery, and more – inventors whose ingenuity and perseverance against great odds made our world safer, better, and brighter.
Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Children
The best-selling picture book is now available as a board book.
I am Black / I am Unique / I am the the milky smooth brown in a chocolate bar…
Using simple poetic language and stunning photographs, Sandra and Myles Pinkney have created a remarkable book of affirmation for African-American children. Photographic portraits and striking descriptions of varied skin tones, hair texture, and eye color convey a strong sense of pride in a unique heritage. A joyous celebration of the rich diversity among African-Americans.
Toeshoe Trouble (Sugar Plum Ballerinas,
A ballet slipper-ey slope
Brenda Black prides herself on her logical and orderly mind. She studies anatomy books to get a twelve-year head start on medical school, and she idolizes Leonardo da Vinci. But things go haywire when her spoiled cousin Tiffany comes to visit. At first Brenda tries to ignore Tiffany’s constant bragging. But when Tiffany implies that Brenda is not cultured enough to know who Miss Camilla Freeman is–Miss Camilla Freeman, the very famous prima ballerina–Brenda snaps. She tells Tiffany that not only does she know who Camilla Freeman is, but she happens to own an autographed pair of her toeshoes. So of course, Tiffany wants to see the shoes.
The only problem? The shoes actually belong to Ms. Debb , the headmistress of the Nutcracker School! Brenda’s anatomy books might get her into medical school, but they can’t get her out of this mess–for that, she’ll need the help of her Sugar Plum Sisters!
The Hip-Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African-American Culture
By Bakari Kitwana
The Hip Hop Generation is an eloquent testament for black youth culture at the turn of the century. The only in-depth study of the first generation to grow up in post-segregation America, it combines culture and politics into a pivotal work in American studies. Bakari Kitwana, one of black America’s sharpest young critics, offers a sobering look at this generation’s disproportionate social and political troubles, and celebrates the activism and politics that may herald the beginning of a new phase of African-American empowerment.
Julian, Secret Agent (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))
By Ann Cameron
Secret agents Julian, Huey, and Gloria are already heroes. They have rescued a dog and saved a toddler from drowning. But what they really want is to nab a real-live bank robber. Just when it looks like they might catch the crook, the police chief steps in. The supersleuths find that they’re the ones who are in trouble—with a capital T!
History for Kids: Nelson Mandela – The Incredible Story of How Nelson Mandela Fought Injustice and Changed History Forever
Nelson Mandela is one of the most important people in world history.
Kids ages 8 to 10 will enjoy discovering the amazing life of Nelson Mandela.
* Why is Nelson Mandela so important?
* What was Nelson like as a young man?
* How did Mandela help to end apartheid in South Africa?
* How did Nelson fight all his life for the rights of black people in South Africa?
* Why is Nelson Mandela respected and admired all over the world?
Including FAMOUS QUOTES from Nelson Mandela – and what each quote means!
So go ahead and discover why Nelson Mandela is such an important part of American history
African American Inventors (Black Stars)
For more than three centuries, African American inventors have been coming up with ingenious ideas. In fact, it is impossible to really know American history without also learning about the contributions of black discoverers. This collection brings their stories to life.
In every era, black inventors have made people’s lives safer, more comfortable, more convenient, and more profitable. This inspiring, comprehensive collection shines history’s spotlight on these courageous inventors and discoverers. One by one, they persevered, despite prejudice and obstacles to education and training. These stories show you how:
The Barber brothers know their way around a football field—but can they succeed on the basketball court? Find out in this slam dunk from NFL superstars and bestselling authors Tiki and Ronde Barber.
As Tiki and Ronde count the days until the start of football season, the basketball coach approaches them looking for new recruits, and Tiki and Ronde accept.
While Hidden Valley Junior High has always been a powerhouse in football, the school has never done as well in basketball. Ronde is a good passer, but he needs Tiki to get free to sink his shots. Tiki doesn’t feel the inner confidence he felt on the football field: it’s one thing to play in the driveway, but it’s another to sink one on the court, when so much is on the line. The brothers need a winning attitude—and they need to bring everyone together to win. That is their only way to victory. Can they do it?
Do I Look Like an ATM?: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Financially Responsible African American Children
With step-by-step advice and exercises for African American parents and their children, this guide to fiscal responsibility sets out to establish new financial behavior so young people will avoid the personal economic problems that have plagued the culture. This book guides parents through a self-examination of their financial habits, and by performing the exercises included in this book and having candid discussions with their children, parents can become engaged citizens in the world of money. With new financial traditions and a better understanding of money and its meaning, the next generation will realize the true power of wealth and use their money wisely.
Born Beautiful: The African American Teenager’s Complete Beauty Guide
Born Beautiful will help you to understand and appreciate who you are -a beautiful African American teen.
Born Beautiful was written specifically for you-the African American teenager. Never before have your specific grooming needs been addressed. You are a unique individual. Fornay’s straightforwardness gives you up-to-date information about:
* Daily Routines for Great Skin
* Gorgeous Makeup from Day to Date
* Chic Hairstyles & Care for Your Hair
* Ten Steps to Fabulous Nails
* Choosing the Right Colors for Your Best Look
* Good Food for Fitness & Fortitude
* Making Sense of Your Fragrance Choices
* The “411” on Tattoos, Body Piercing & Other Fads
* Beauty Tips from Your Favorite Celebs, Including Destiny’s Child, Brandy, and Ananda Lewis
Freedom’s Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Stories
The names of those whose voices are heard in these pages are not recorded in textbooks, yet their childhoods in Alabama, Mississippi or Arkansas were marked by acts of extraordinary courage that collectively altered the course of American history. They were among the participants, and in some cases the leaders, of numerous civil rights demonstrations in the 1960s, many of which had violent, tragic outcomes. These individuals, whom Levine doggedly tracked down, were some of the first black young people to attend formerly all-white schools; to participate in sit-ins at segregated lunch counters in stores; to become Freedom Riders, protesting illegal segregation on interstate buses; and to wage the arduous, bloody fight to secure voting rights for blacks. Chronicling all of these campaigns–as well as shocking incidents of senseless beatings, unjust jailings and murders–these first-person accounts are articulate and affecting. Representative are the words of Gladis Williams, repeatedly arrested for taking part in protests during her high school years in Montgomery: “So far as having fear, we didn’t even know what fear was. We just had our minds set on freedom, and that was it.” Ages 11-up.
Brown Like Me
This groundbreaking book speaks in simple straight-forward language to any child who is growing up in an environment where she/he feels different. Filled with wonderful pictures, this book will speak to any child trying to find herself reflected in the people and things around her. Brown Like Me affirms a strong and positive self-image.
Affordable and Historical Art highlights African-American literature. This list provides an excellent source of suggested books for children of all ages.
Teach African American Children that Reading Is A Priority