African American children's literature

The Mighty Miss Malone

By Christopher Paul Curtis

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With love and determination befitting "the world's greatest family," Deza Malone, her older brother Jimmie, and their parents endure tough times in Gary, Indiana, and later Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression.

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Finding Family

By Tonya Bolden

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Raised in Charleston, West Virginia, at the turn of the twentieth century by her grandfather and aunt on off-putting tales of family members she has never met, twelve-year-old Delana is shocked when, after Aunt Tilley dies, she learns the truth about her parents and some of her other relatives.
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Make way for Dyamonde Daniel

By Nikki Grimes

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Spunky Dyamonde Daniel misses her old neighborhood, but when she befriends a boy named Free, another new student at school, she finally starts to feel at home.
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My People

By Langston Hughes

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Acclaimed photographer Charles R. Smith Jr. interprets Hughes’ 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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Away West

By Patricia C. McKissack

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In 1879, thirteen-year-old Everett Turner leaves a life of struggle on his family's farm and runs away to St. Louis, where he works in a livery stable before heading to the all-Black town of Nicodemus, Kansas.
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The Journal of Joshua Loper: A Black Cowboy

By Walter Dean Myers

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Two-time Newbery Honor-winning author Myers writes about an African-American boy's struggles with his first cattle drive in 1871 and the racial prejudices of the day.

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Black Books Galore! Guide to Great African American Children's Books About Boys

By Donna Rand, Toni Trent Parker

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Find summaries and an index for over 350 books, organized by age level, of African and African American heroes and positive role models. Look for the companion volume for girls!
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