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African American History Picture Books
   

For Readers in Kindergarten - 4th Grade

Biographies

 

History, Stories & Poems

Phillis's Big Test
by Catherine Clinton
Youth Biograhy WHEATLEY

1700s

Amistad Rising:
A Story of Freedom

by Veronica Chambers
Youth Fiction CHAMBERS

Phyllis Wheatley: Slave and Poet
by Robin S. Doak
Youth Biography WHEATLEY

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The Black Regiment of the
American Revoloution

by Linda Crotta Brennan
Youth Nonfiction J973.3 B

York's Adventures with
Lewis and Clark

by Rhoda Blumberg
Youth Biography YORK

1800s

I am Sacajawea, I am York:
Our Journey West with
Lewis and Clark

by Claire Rudolf Murphy
Youth Nonfiction J978.02 M

Harriet Tubman: Hero of the Underground Railroad
by Lori Mortensen

Harriet Tubman:
A Woman of Courage

by Renee Skelton
Youth Biography TUBMAN

Harriet Tubman

An Apple for Harriet Tubman
by Glenette Tilley Turner
Picture Books TUR

When Harriet Met Sojourner
(The lives of Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth up to when they met in Boston, 1864)
by Catherine Clinton
Youth Nonfiction J973.7115 C

Hold the Flag High
(Civil War battle of Morris Island)
Catherine Clinton
Youth Nonfiction J 973.7 C
 
Barefoot: Escape on the Underground Railroad
by Pamela Duncan Edwards
Picture Books EDW
Frederick Douglass: Writer, Speaker, Opponent of Slavery
by Suzanne Slade
Youth Biography DOUGLASS
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Rosetta, Rosetta, Sit By Me!
(Frederick Douglass's daughter was the first African-American child at her school.)
by Linda Walvoord
Youth Biograhpy DOUGLASS

Seven Miles to Freedom:
The Robert Small Story

by Janet Halfmann
(Sailor, Civil War Hero, and Legislator)
Youth Biography SMALLS

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More than Anything Else
(a story about Booker T. Washington)
By Marie Bradby
Picture Books BRA

A Man for All Seasons: the Life of George Washington Carver
by Stephen Krensky
Youth Biography CARVER
George Washington Carver
Ain't Nothin' But a Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry
by Scott Reynolds Nelson
Youth Nonfiction J398.22 Joh
Demanding Justice: A Story about Mary Ann Shad Cary
(Educator, newspaper editor & lawyer.)
by Jeri Ferris
Youth Biography CARY
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Priscilla and the Hollyhocks
by Ann Broyles
Picture Books BRO

Major Taylor - Champion Cyclist
by Lisa Glin-Ronson
Youth Biography TAYLOR

1900s

Madam C.J. Walker &
the New Cosmetics

by Katherine Krohn
Youth Graphic Novels INV
The Last Black King
of the Kentucky Derby

by Crystal Hubbard
Youth Biography WINKFIELD
Madam CJ Walker
Harlem Renaissance
by Dana Meachen Rau
Youth Nonfiction J973.04 R
The Bat Boy and His Violin
by Gavin Curtis
Picture Books CUR
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Satchel Paige
by Lisa Cline-Ransome
Youth Biography PAIGE

Joe Louis: America's Fighter
by David Adler
Youth Biography LOUIS

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Wind Flyers
by Angela Johnson
Picture Books JOH

Dizzy
by Jonah Winter
Youth Biography GILLESPIE

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Jazz on a Saturday Night
by Leo Dillon
Youth Nonfiction J781.65 D

Stealing Home: Jackie Robinson
by Robert Burleigh
Youth Biography ROBINSON

1940s

Freedom Train
by Evelyn Coleman
Youth Fiction COLEMAN
Rosa
biography of Rosa Parks)
by Nikki Giovanni
Youth Biography PARKS
Martin Luther King Jr
March on!: the day my brother Martin changed the world
by Christine King Farris
Youth Nonfiction J323.092 F

Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman
By Kathleen Krull
Youth Biography RUDOLPH
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Grades 2-5

 

Through My Eyes
By Ruby Bridges
Youth Non-Fiction J 379.2 B
Grades 4-8
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A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr.
by David Adler
Youth Biography KING

1960s

Malcolm X
by Theresa Crushshon
Youth Biography X

This is the dream
This is the dream
by Diane Z. Shore
Picture Books SHO

Muhammad Ali: Champion of the World
by Jonah Winter
Youth Biography ALI

1970s

Bronzeville Boys and Girls
by Gwendolyn Brooks
Youth Nonfiction J811 B

Me and Momma and Big John
by Mara Rockliff
Picture Books ROC
  Ralph Bunche:
Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

by Anne Schraff
Youth Biography BUNCHE
 
Young Pele: Soccer's First Star
by Lesa Ransome
Youth Biography PELE  

1980s

The Chicken Chasing Queen
of Lamar County

by Janice Harrington
Picture Books HAR
Mae Jemison: Space Pioneer
by Robert Kraske
Youth Biography JEMISON

1990s

Let It Shine
(Ten women who fought for freedom)
by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Youth Nonfiction J323.092P

Mama Miti
by Donna Jo Napoli and Kadir Nelson
New Picture Books NAP
  Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Children
by Sandra Pinkney Picture Books PIN 290513
Barack Obama:
Working to Make a Difference

by Marlene Targ Brill
Youth Biography OBAMA

2000s

Talking to Faith Ringgold
by Faith Ringgold
Youth Nonfiction J759.13 R

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