If you like picture books with African Americans...

Faraway Home by Jane Kurtz
Desta's father, who needs to return briefly to his Ethiopian homeland, describes what it was like for him to grow up there.

The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy
Using scraps cut from the family's old clothing, Tanya helps her grandmother and mother make a beautiful quilt that tells the story of her family's life.

Jamaica's Find by Juanita Havill
A little girl finds a stuffed dog in the park and decides to take it home.

Dinner at Aunt Connie's House by Faith Ringgold
Dinner at Aunt Connie's is even more special than usual when Melody meets not only her new adopted cousin but twelve inspiring African-American women, who step out of their portraits and join the family for dinner.

Snow on snow on snow by Cheryl Chapman
The author uses repetitive word play to tell the story of an African American boy who loses and then recovers his dog while sledding in the snow.

Tell me a story Mama by Angela Johnson
A young girl and her mother remember together all the girl's favorite stories about her mother's childhood.

Irene and the big fine nickel by Irene Smalls-Hector
Relates the adventures of a young girl, living in Harlem in the 1950's, on the morning that she finds a nickel in the street.

Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco
To thank Miss Eula for her wonderful Sunday chicken dinners, three children sell decorated eggs to buy her a beautiful Easter hat.

Fireflies for Nathan by Shulamith Levey Oppenheim
With the help of his grandparents, six-year-old Nathan catches fireflies and keeps them in a jar by his bed, just as his father did when he was six.

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