African Americans

Bronx Masquerade

Nikki Grimes

While studying the Harlem Renaissance, students at a Bronx high school read aloud poems they've written, revealing their innermost thoughts and fears to their formerly clueless classmates.

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Middle School

Please, baby, please

By Spike Lee & Tonya Lewis Lee ; illustrated by Kadir Nelson

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A toddler's antics keep her mother busy as she tries to feed her, watch her on the playground, give her a bath, and put her to bed.
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Henry's freedom box

By Ellen Levine ; illustrated by Kadir Nelson

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A fictionalized account of how in 1849 a Virginia slave, Henry "Box" Brown, escapes to freedom by shipping himself in a wooden crate from Richmond to Philadelphia.
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We are the ship : the story of Negro League baseball

By words and paintings by Kadir Nelson ; forward by Hank Aaron.

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Using an "Everyman" player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through the decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947. Illustrations from oil paintings by artist Kadir Nelson.
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Testing the ice : a true story about Jackie Robinson

By Sharon Robinson ; illustrated by Kadir Nelson

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As a testament to his courage, Jackie Robinson's daughter shares memories of him, from his baseball career to the day he tests the ice for her, her brothers, and their friends.
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Coretta Scott / poetry

By Ntozake Shange ; paintings by Kadir Nelson

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This extraordinary union of poetry and monumental artwork captures the movement for civil rights in the United States, and honors it most elegant inspiration, Coretta Scott.
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In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall : African Americans Celebrating Fathers

By Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe

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In this collection of poetry by new and established African-American writers, fatherhood is celebrated with honor, humor and grace. J 811 In
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Addy's Cookbook: A Peek at Dining in the Past with Meals You Can Cook Today

By Rebecca Sample Bernstein

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Young cooks can learn about cooking in the Civil War era. Through words and pictures, with recipes and instructions, they will learn to make chicken shortcake, collard greens, cornbread, potato salad, lemonade, peach cobbler, pound cake, buttermilk biscuits with gravy, fried apples, and more.

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5,000 Miles to Freedom: Ellen and William Craft's Flight from Slavery

By Judith Bloom Fradin and Dennis Brindell Fradin

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Ellen and William Craft were two of the few slaves to ever escape from the Deep South. Their first escape took them to Philadelphia, then on to Boston pursued by slave hunters, and finally 5000 miles across the ocean to England, where they were able to settle peacefully.
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January's Sparrow

By Patricia Polacco

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After a fellow slave is beaten to death, Sadie and her family flee the plantation for freedom through the Underground Railroad.

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