Pratt Picks


History/Biography - High Achievers: Biographies of African Americans for Teenagers

Venus & Serena Williams
Venus & Serena Williams (2001)
Virginia Aronson
Although the sisters have risen to tennis superstardom, their family, their religion, and their education continue to be the biggest priorities in their lives.
Call Number: GV994 .A1A76 2001
Foolish/unfoolish: Reflections on Love
Foolish/unfoolish: Reflections on Love (2002)
R & B diva Ashanti presents her poems about love, along with stories about what (or who) moved her to write them.
Call Number: PS3501 .S53F66 2002
Back in the Day: my life and times with Tupac
Back in the Day: my life and times with Tupac (2002)
Darren Kieth Bastfield
Tupac Shakur’s high school classmate at Baltimore’s School for the Arts remembers what Shakur was really like as a teenager.
Call Number: ML420 .S529B37 2002
Soul Survivors: The Official Autobiography of Destiny’s Child
Soul Survivors: The Official Autobiography of Destiny’s Child  (2002)
Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams share it all!
Call Number: ML421 .D47B49 2002
Condi: the Condoleezza Rice story
Condi: the Condoleezza Rice story (2002)
Antonia Felix
As President Bush’s national security advisor Condoleezza Rice has become one of the most influential women in the history of the United States government.
Call Number: UA23.5 .F45 2002
Lauryn Hill
Lauryn Hill (2000)
Meg Greene
As a child, Lauryn Hill never dreamed that by age twenty-three she would be an award-winning singer, songwriter, actress, and producer.
Call Number: ML3930 .H55G74 2000
Hangin' with Lil Bow Wow
Hangin' with Lil Bow Wow (2002)
Michael-Anne Johns
Rapper and actor Bow Wow believes in “being himself and not following anyone else.”
Call Number: ML3930 .L55J64 2002
Kobe Bryant: Star Guard
Kobe Bryant: Star Guard (2002)
Nick Kennedy
As the son of a former NBA player, Bryant was born with the game in his blood.
Call Number: GV884 .B794K46 2002b
Growing up King: An Intimate Memoir
Growing up King: An Intimate Memoir (2003)
Dexter Scott King
The son of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King tells of his struggles growing up in the shadow of fame.
Call Number: E185.97 .K5K52 2003
Kweisi Mfume: Congressman and NAACP Leader
Kweisi Mfume: Congressman and NAACP Leader (2001)
M. Elizabeth Paterra
Baltimore native Kweisi Mfume, who never forgot where he came from, traces his rise to positions of national influence.
Call Number: E840.8 .M5P37 2001
Toni Morrison: Great American Writer
Toni Morrison: Great American Writer (2001)
Lisa Renee Rhodes
The first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, Toni Morrison has never lost sight of her first love, which is her love of writing.
Call Number: PS3563 .O8749Z829 2001
Queen Latifah
Queen Latifah (2001)
Amy Ruth
Queen Latifah rose from humble beginnings in New Jersey to become a popular rap singer and actress, but she has stayed focused, genuine, and true to herself.
Call Number: ML3930 .L178R98 2001