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The African-American Experience


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Picture Books

Grandmama's Pride

Grandmama's Pride by Becky Birtha
Six-year-old Sarah Marie experiences segregation for the first time while on a trip in 1956 to visit her grandmother in the South.



The Patchwork Quilt

The Patchwork Quilt
by Valerie Flournoy
Using scraps cut from the family's old clothing, Tanya helps her grandmother and mother make a beautiful quilt that tells the story of her family's life.


Mr. George Baker

Mr. George Baker
by Amy Hest
Harry sits on the porch with Mr. George Baker, an African American who is one hundred years old but can still dance and play the drums, waiting for the school bus that will take them both to the class where they are learning to read.



Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace
by Mary Hoffman
Although a classmate says that she cannot play Peter Pan in the school play because she is black, Grace discovers that she can do anything she sets her mind to do.


Under the Quilt of Night

Under the Quilt of Night
by Deborah Hopkinson
A young girl flees from the farm where she has been worked as a slave and uses the Underground Railroad to escape to freedom in the north.



Homemade Love

Homemade Love
by Bell Hooks
A girl who is Girlpie to her mama and Honey Bun Chocolate Dewdrop to her daddy savors the warmth and love of her family.


Black All Around!

Black All Around!
by Patricia Hubbell
An African American girl contemplates the many wonderful black things around her, from the inside of a pocket, where surprises hide, to the cozy night where there is no light.


Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream

Salt in His Shoes : Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream
by Roslyn Jordan
Young Michael Jordan, who is smaller than the other players, learns that determination and hard work are more important than size when playing the game of basketball.



Henry's Freedom Box

Henry's Freedom Box
by Ellen Levine
A fictionalized account of how in 1849 a Virginia slave, Henry "Box" Brown, escapes to freedom by shipping himself in a wooden crate from Richmond to Philadelphia.


Happy Feet: the Savoy Ballroom Lindy Hoppers and Me

Happy Feet : the Savoy Ballroom Lindy Hoppers and Me
by Richard Michelson
A young boy who loves to dance listens as his father retells the story of the night he was born, which coincided with the opening of the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem.


Big Jabe

Big Jabe
by Jerdine Nolen
Momma Mary tells stories about a special young man who does wondrous things, especially for the slaves on the Plenty Plantation.


Sienna's Scrapbook: our African American Heritage Trip

Sienna's Scrapbook : our African American Heritage Trip
by Toni Trent Parker
A young girl's parents take her and her brother on a summer trip to visit the sites of African American history.


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