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Children - African American History

Biography

York’s Adventures With Lewis and Clark
York’s Adventures With Lewis and Clark (2004)
(2)
Rhoda  Blumberg
The famous explorer William Clark had a slave named York that traveled with him and Meriwether Lewis during their expedition through unknown lands. Find out about York’s experiences and many contributions.
For ages nine to twelve.
Call Number: jF592 .7 .Y67 B57 2004
 
Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan (2007)
(2)
John Walters
Ever heard of San Antonio Spur’s Tim Duncan? He led the basketball team to three NBA championships in 1999, 2003, and 2005. Read how he was introduced to the sport by accident!
For ages six to eight.
Call Number: jGV884 .D86 W35 2006
 

History

Bound For the North Star
Bound For the North Star (2000)
(1)
Dennis Brindell Fradin
Here are twelve true stories of slaves who tried to escape and start a new life. You'll read about Henry "Box" Brown, Ellen and William Craft, John Anderson, Harriet Tubman and others. Read how these slaves overcame great difficulties to become free.
For ages nine to twelve.
Call Number: jE450.F77 2000
 
United No More! Stories of the Civil War
United No More! Stories of the Civil War (2006)
Doreen  Rappaport, John Verniero
In this book, you can read seven stories about real people whose important acts in the Civil War made them a part of history. Inluded are the brave African Americans who made up the Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry that tried to capture the port city of Charleston, South Carolina.
For ages nine to twelve.
Call Number: jE655.R27 2006
 

Music

Take-Off
Take-Off (2007)
Tonya Bolden
Discover the great all-girl bands like "Ada Leonard's All-American Girl Orchestra" that become popular during World War II when it was considered improper for women to play jazz. This book comes with a music CD.
For ages nine to twelve.
Call Number: jML3929.B65 2007
 
Wynton Marsalis
Wynton Marsalis (2008)
Stephen Feinstein
Wynton Marsalis is a great musician who has won many important awards for writing and performing music. Read about this inspirational trumpet player and make some music of your own!
For ages six to eight.
Call Number: jML3930.M327 F45 2008
 

Poetry

I Saw Your Face
I Saw Your Face (2005)
Tom Feelings, Kwame Dawes
Tom Feelings drew portraits of young people from around the world. Read the poem by Kwame Dawes and let the pictures show you the connections between people whose relatives came from Africa living throughout the world.
For ages six to eight.
Call Number: jPR9265.9.D39I15 2005
 
Words With Wings
Words With Wings (2001)
Belinda Rochelle
Twenty poems by great African American poets are displayed with twenty works of art by famous African American artists. Read about racism, slavery, work, school and other themes as you look at the beautiful pictures selected especially for each poem.
For ages nine to twelve.
Call Number: jPS591.N4W67 2001
 
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