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1 - Piecing Me Together

Rene Watson · Bloomsbury
Pages: 272
Format: Print book

A timely and powerful story about a teen girl striving for success in a world that too often feels like it wants to break her. Jade believes she must get out of her poor neighborhood if she's ever going to succeed. Her mother tells her to take advantage of every opportunity that comes her way....
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2 - The Stars Beneath Our Feet

DAVID BARCLAY MOORE · Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 294
Format: Hardcover

A boy tries to steer a safe path through the projects in Harlem in the wake of his brother's death in this outstanding debut novel that's been described as a "fast and furious read in which we meet some amazing people, people that stay with us" by Newbery Honor and National Book...
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3 - Mama Africa!: How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song

Kathryn Erskine · Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages: 48
Format: Hardcover

Miriam Makeba, a Grammy Award-winning South African singer, rose to fame in the hearts of her people at the pinnacle of apartheid -- a brutal system of segregation similar to American Jim Crow laws. Mama Africa, as they called her, raised her voice to help combat these injustices at jazz...
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4 - Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets

Kwame Alexander · Candlewick
Pages: 56
Format: Hardcover

The instant New York Times bestseller!A Newbery Medalist and a Caldecott Honoree offer a glorious, lyrical ode to poets who have sparked a sense of wonder.Out of gratitude for the poet's art form, Newbery Award-winning author and poet Kwame Alexander, along with Chris Colderley and Marjory...
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5 - The Sun Is Also a Star

Nicola Yoon · Delacorte Press
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover

The dazzling new novel from Nicola Yoon, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything (in theaters now!) , will have you falling in love with Natasha and Daniel as they fall in love with each other!Natasha: I'm a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate....
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6 - Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

Javaka Steptoe · Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

Winner of the Randolph Caldecott Medal and the Coretta Scott King Illustrator AwardJean-Michel Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocketed to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art world had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere:...
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7 - March: Book Three

Nate Powell · Top Shelf Productions
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback

2016 National Book Award Winner for Young People's Literature
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8 - Gone Crazy in Alabama

Rita Williams-Garcia · Amistad
Pages: 293
Format: Print book

"Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are off to Alabama to visit their grandmother, Big Ma, and her mother, Ma Charles. Across the way lives Ma Charles's half sister, Miss Trotter. The two half sisters haven't spoken in years. As Delphine hears about her family history, she uncovers the surprising...
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9 - Trombone Shorty

Troy Andrews · Abrams Books for Young Readers
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

A 2016 Caldecott Honor Book and Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Award Winner Hailing from the Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews got his nickname by wielding a trombone twice as long as he was high. A prodigy, he was leading his own band by age six,...
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10 - Brown Girl Dreaming

Jacqueline Woodson · Nancy Paulsen Books
Pages: 336
Format: Book

A New York Times Bestseller and National Book Award Winner Jacqueline Woodson, the acclaimed author of Another Brooklyn, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse. Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems,...
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11 - Firebird

Misty Copeland · G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

In her debut picture book, Misty Copeland tells the story of a young girl--an every girl--whose confidence is fragile and who is questioning her own ability to reach the heights that Misty has reached. Misty encourages this young girl's faith in herself and shows her exactly how, through...
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12 - P.S. Be Eleven

Rita Williams-Garcia · HarperCollins Publishers
Pages: 274
Format: Hardcover

In this Coretta Scott King Award-winning novel and sequel to the New York Times bestseller and Newbery Honor Book One Crazy Summer, the Gaither sisters return to Brooklyn and find that changes large and small have come to their home. This extraordinary novel earned five starred reviews,...
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13 - Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me

Daniel Beaty · Little
Format: Print book

"A boy wakes up one morning to find his father gone. At first, he feels lost. But his father has left him a letter filled with advice to guide him through the times he cannot be there"--
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14 - I, Too, Am America

Langston Hughes · Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover

Winner of the Coretta Scott King illustrator award, I, Too, Am America blends the poetic wisdom of Langston Hughes with visionary illustrations from Bryan Collier in this inspirational picture book that carries the promise of equality.I, too, sing America.I am the darker brother.They send...
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15 - Hand in hand : ten Black men who changed America

Andrea Pinkney · Disney-Hyperion; First Edition edition
Format: Print book

Presents the stories of ten African-American men from different eras in American history, organized chronologically to provide a scope from slavery to the modern day.
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16 - Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans

Kadir Nelson · Balzer + Bray
Format: Hardcover

Kadir Nelsons Heart and Soul is the winner of numerous awards, including the 2012 Coretta Scott King Author Award and Illustrator Honor, and the recipient of five starred reviews.The story of America and African Americans is a story of hope and inspiration and unwavering courage. This is the story...
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17 - Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom

Shane W. Evans · Roaring Brook Press; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

One of School Library Journals Best Nonfiction Books of 2011A family silently crawls along the ground. They run barefoot through unlit woods, sleep beneath bushes, take shelter in a kind strangers home. Where are they heading? They are heading for Freedom by way of the Underground Railroad.,
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18 - One Crazy Summer

Rita Williams-Garcia · Amistad; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

In this Newbery Honor novel, New York Times bestselling author Rita Williams-Garcia tells the story of three sisters who travel to Oakland, California, in 1968 to meet the mother who abandoned them.Eleven-year-old Delphine is like a mother to her two younger sisters, Vonetta and Fern. She's...
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19 - Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave

Laban Carrick Hill · Little
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover

To us it is just dirt,the ground we walk on...But to Daveit was clay,the plain and basic stuffupon which he formed a lifeas a slave nearly 200 years ago.Dave was an extraordinary artist, poet, and potter living in South Carolina in the 1800s. He combined his superb artistry with deeply...
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20 - The Rock and the River

Kekla Magoon · Aladdin; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

The Time: 1968 The Place: Chicago For thirteen-year-old Sam it's not easy being the son of known civil rights activist Roland Childs. Especially when his older (and best friend) , Stick, begins to drift away from him for no apparent reason. And then it happens: Sam finds something...
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21 - My People

Langston Hughes · Atheneum Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

Langston Hughes's spare yet eloquent tribue to his people has been cherished for generations. Now, acclaimed photographer Charles R. Smith Jr. interprets this beloved poem in vivid sepia photographs that capture the glory, the beauty, and the soul of being a black American today.
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22 - We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

Kadir Nelson · Jump At The Sun; 1 edition
Format: Hardcover

We are the ship all else the sea.-Rube Foster, founder of the Negro National League The story of Negro League baseball is the story of gifted athletes and determined owners of racial discrimination and international sportsmanship of fortunes won and lost of triumphs and defeats on and off the field....
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23 - The Blacker the Berry

Joyce Carol Thomas · Amistad; First Edition edition
Format: Hardcover

We are color struck The way an artist strikesHis canvas with his brush of many huesLook closely at these mirrorsthese palettes of skinEach color is richin its own rightBlack is dazzling and distinctive, like toasted wheat berry bread; snowberries in the fall; rich, red cranberries; and the bronzed...
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24 - Bird

Zetta Elliot · Lee & Low Books; First Edition edition
Format: Print book

Young Mekhai, better known as Bird, loves to draw. With drawings, he can erase the things that dont turn out right. In real life, problems arenxt so easily fixed.As Bird struggles to understand the death of his beloved grandfather and his older brotherxs drug addiction, he escapes into...
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