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1 - Standing in the need of prayer : a modern retelling of the classic spiritual

Carole Boston Weatherford - ‎Crown Books for Young Readers

From an award-winning author and critically acclaimed artist comes a stunning and deeply moving picture book based on the popular spiritual "Standing in the Need of Prayer." The classic lyrics have been reworked to chronicle the milestones, struggles, tragedies, and triumphs...
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2 - Freewater

Amina Luqman-Dawson - Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Debut author Amina Luqman-Dawson pens a lyrical, accessible historical middle-grade novel about two enslaved children's escape from a plantation and themany ways they find freedom.Under the cover of night, twelve-year-old Homer flees Southerland Plantation with his little sister Ada,...
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3 - Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre

Carole Boston Weatherford

Celebrated author Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrator Floyd Cooper provide a powerful look at the Tulsa Race Massacre, one of the worst incidents of racial violence in our nation's history. The book traces the history of African Americans in Tulsa's Greenwood district and chronicles...
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4 - Me

Amber McBride - Feiwel & Friends

Moth has lost her family in an accident. Though she lives with her aunt, she feels alone and uprooted.Until she meets Sani, a boy who is also searching for his roots. If he knows more about where he comes from, maybe he'll be able to understand his ongoing depression. And if Moth can help...
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5 - The Me I Choose To Be

Natasha Anastasia Tarpley - Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

What will you choose to be? A free spirit? A weaver of words? A star dancing across the night sky? A limitless galaxy? The possibilities are endless in this uplifting ode to the power of potential. With lyrical text by bestselling author Natasha Anastasia Tarpley and images by Regis and Kahran...
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6 - Before the Ever After

Jacqueline Woodson - Nancy Paulsen Books

For as long as ZJ can remember, his dad has been everyone's hero. As a charming, talented pro football star, he's as beloved to the neighborhood kids he plays with as he is to his millions of adoring sports fans. But lately life at ZJ's house is anything but charming. His dad is having...
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7 - RESPECT: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul

Carole Boston Weatherford - Atheneum Books for Young Readers

From a creative team with multiple Caldecott Honors comes this vibrant portrait of Aretha Franklin that pays her the R-E-S-P-E-C-T this Queen of Soul deserves.Aretha Franklin was born to sing. The daughter of a pastor and a gospel singer, her musical talent was clear from her earliest days...
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8 - Legendborn

Tracy Deonn - Simon Pulse

Filled with mystery and an intriguingly rich magic system, Tracy Deonn's YA contemporary fantasy Legendborn offers the dark allure of City of Bones with a modern-day twist on a classic legend and a lot of Southern Black Girl Magic.After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old...
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9 - The Undefeated

Kwame Alexander - Versify

The Newbery Award-winning author of THE CROSSOVER pens an ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree. Originally performed for ESPN's The Undefeated, this poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable...
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10 - New Kid

Jerry Craft - HarperCollins

Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier and Gene Luen Yang, New Kid is a timely, honest graphic novel about starting over at a new school where diversity is low and the struggle to fit in is real, from award-winning author-illustrator Jerry Craft.Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more...
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10 - A Teacher's Guide to Reading Conferences: The Classroom Essentials Series

Jennifer Serravallo - HarperCollins

Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier and Gene Luen Yang, New Kid is a timely, honest graphic novel about starting over at a new school where diversity is low and the struggle to fit in is real, from award-winning author-illustrator Jerry Craft.Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more...
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11 - Few Red Drops, A: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919

Claire Hartfield - Clarion Books

On a hot day in July 1919, five black youths went swimming in Lake Michigan, unintentionally floating close to the "white" beach. An angry white man began throwing stones at the boys, striking and killing one. Racial conflict on the beach erupted into days of urban violence that...
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12 - Monday's Not Coming

TIFFANY D JACKSON - Katherine Tegen Books

From the critically acclaimed author of Allegedly, Tiffany D. Jackson, comes a gripping new novel perfect for fans of E. Lockhart and Gillian Flynn about the mystery of one teenage girl's disappearance and the traumatic effects of the truth.Monday Charles is missing, and only Claudia seems...
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13 - Thank You, Omu!

Oge Mora - Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

In this remarkable author-illustrator debut that's perfect for fans of Last Stop on Market Street and Extra Yarn as well as for the Thanksgiving season, a generous woman is rewarded by her community.Everyone in the neighborhood dreams of a taste of Omu's delicious stew! One by one,...
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14 - The Stuff of Stars

MARION BAUER - Candlewick

In an astonishing unfurling of our universe, Newbery Honor winner Marion Dane Bauer and Caldecott Honor winner Ekua Holmes celebrate the birth of every child.Before the universe was formed, before time and space existed, there was . . . nothing. But then . . . BANG! Stars caught fire and burned...
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15 - Piecing Me Together

Rene Watson - Bloomsbury

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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16 - The Stars Beneath Our Feet

DAVID BARCLAY MOORE - Knopf Books for Young Readers

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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17 - Mama Africa!: How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song

Kathryn Erskine - Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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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18 - Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets

Kwame Alexander - Candlewick

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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19 - The Sun Is Also a Star

Nicola Yoon - Delacorte Press

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton! The #1 New York Times bestseller and National Book Award Finalist from the bestselling author of Everything, Everything will have you falling in love with Natasha and Daniel as they fall in love with...
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20 - Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

Javaka Steptoe - Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

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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21 - March: Book Three

Nate Powell - Top Shelf Productions

2016 National Book Award Winner for Young People's Literature2017 Printz Award Winner2017 Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner2017 Sibert Medal Winner2017 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Winner2017 Walter Award Winner"One of the Best Books of 2016" - Publishers WeeklyWelcome...
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22 - Gone Crazy in Alabama

Rita Williams-Garcia - Amistad

"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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23 - Trombone Shorty

Troy Andrews - Abrams Books for Young Readers

A 2016 Caldecott Honor Book and Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Award Winner Hailing from the Trem 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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24 - Brown Girl Dreaming

Jacqueline Woodson - Nancy Paulsen Books

Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People's LiteratureA 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...
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25 - Firebird

Misty Copeland - G.P. Putnams Sons Books for Young Readers

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 girls faith in herself and shows her exactly how, through...
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26 - P.S. Be Eleven

Rita Williams-Garcia - HarperCollins Publishers

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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27 - Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me

Daniel Beaty - Little

"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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28 - I, Too, Am America

Langston Hughes - Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

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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29 - Hand in hand : ten Black men who changed America

Andrea Pinkney - Disney-Hyperion; First Edition edition

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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30 - Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans

Kadir Nelson - Balzer + Bray

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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31 - Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom

Shane W. Evans - Roaring Brook Press; 1 edition

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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32 - One Crazy Summer

Rita Williams-Garcia - Amistad

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. "This vibrant and moving award-winning novel has heart to spare."*Eleven-year-old...
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33 - Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave

Laban Carrick Hill - Little

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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34 - The Rock and the River

Kekla Magoon - Aladdin; 1 edition

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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35 - My People

Langston Hughes - Atheneum Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition

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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36 - We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

Kadir Nelson - Jump At The Sun; 1 edition

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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37 - The Blacker the Berry

Joyce Carol Thomas - Amistad; First Edition edition

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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38 - Bird

Zetta Elliot - Lee & Low Books; First Edition edition

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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