Stories & Poems

Donavan’s Double Trouble

By Monalisa DeGros

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Fourth-grader Donavan is sensitive about the problems he has understanding math, and then when his favorite uncle, a former high school basketball star, returns from National Guard duty an amputee, Donavan's problems get even worse as he struggles to accept this "new" Uncle Vic.

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Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat

By Nikki Giovanni

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More than 50 poems and an accompanying CD introduce poetry with a beat.
 

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Jazz

By Walter Dean Myers

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Illustrations and poems celebrate the roots of Jazz music.

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Keena Ford and the Second Grade Mix-up

By Melissa Thomson

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Keena Ford chronicles her many mishaps as she begins second grade.

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My People

By Langston Hughes

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Hughes's spare yet eloquent tribute to his people has been cherished for generations. Now, acclaimed photographer Smith 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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The Negro Speaks of Rivers

By Langston Hughes

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A beautifully illustrated rendition of the famous poem.

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Ninth Ward

By Jewell Parker Rhodes

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In New Orleans' Ninth Ward, twelve-year-old Lanesha, who can see spirits, and her adopted grandmother have no choice but to stay and weather the storm as Hurricane Katrina bears down upon them.

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One Crazy Summer

By Rita Williams-Garcia

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In the summer of 1968, after traveling from Brooklyn to California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.

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