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Mim's Christmas Jam

Mim's Christmas Jam
by Andrea Davis Pinkney
When Pap goes away to build the New York City subway in 1915, his family sends him Mother's special jam which works magic in returning him home to celebrate Christmas.



Chicken Sunday

Chicken Sunday
by Patricia Polacco
To thank Miss Eula for her wonderful Sunday chicken dinners, three children sell decorated eggs to buy her a beautiful, Easter hat.



Circle Unbroken: the Story of a Basket and its People

Circle Unbroken : the Story of a Basket and its People
by Margot Theis Raven
A grandmother tells the tale of Gullahs and their beautiful sweetgrass baskets that keep their African heritage alive.


Dinner at Aunt Connie's House

Dinner at Aunt Connie's House
by Faith Ringgold
Dinner at Aunt Connie's is even more special than usual when Melody meets not only her new adopted cousin but twelve inspiring African-American women, who step out of their portraits and join the family for dinner.



When Joe Louis Won the Title

When Joe Louis Won the Title
by Belinda Rochelle
Jo's grandfather helps her feel better about herself when he tells her the story about why she is named for the heavyweight boxing champion, Joe Louis.


Little Cliff and the Porch People

Little Cliff and the Porch People
by Clifton L. Taulbert
Little Cliff is delayed by all his neighbors when they want to contribute their own ingredients to Mama Pearl's candied sweet potatoes.



Alec's Primer

Alec's Primer
by Mildred Pitts Walter
A young slave's journey to freedom begins when a plantation owner's granddaughter teaches him how to read. Based on the childhood of a freed slave who later became a landowner in Vermont.


Dear Mr. Rosenwald

Dear Mr. Rosenwald
by Boston Carole Weatherford
Young Ovella’s community comes together to raise money and build a much-needed school in the 1920s, with help from the president of Sears, Roebuck, and Company and support from Professor James of the Normal School.

Catching the Wild Waiyuuzee

Catching the Wild Waiyuuzee
by Rita Williams-Garcia
As she tries to escape her mother's efforts to "plait-a-plait" and "string-a-bead" her hair, a young girl imagines herself running away into a jungle.



Follow the Drinking Gourd

Follow the Drinking Gourd
by Jeanette Winter
Runaway slaves journey north along the Underground Railroad to freedom in Canada by following the directions in a song, "The Drinking Gourd."



Show Way

Show Way
by Jacqueline Woodson
The making of "Show ways," or quilts which once served as secret maps for freedom-seeking slaves, is a tradition passed from mother to daughter in the author's family.

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