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Black History Month 2021

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Lester, Julius.
J 305.8009 LES
The author introduces the concept of race as only one component in an individual's or nation's "story."

Harris, Kamala, 1964- author.
J SP BIO HARRIS
"From Senator Kamala Harris comes a picture book memoir with an empowering message: Superheroes are all around us--and if we try, we can all be heroes too. Also available in Spanish! Before Kamala Harris became a district attorney and a United States senator, she was a little girl who loved superheroes. And when she looked around, she was amazed to find them everywhere! In her family, among her friends, even down the street--there were superheroes wherever she looked. And those superheroes showed her that all you need to do to be a superhero is to be the best that you can be. In this empowering and joyful picture-book memoir that speaks directly to kids, Kamala Harris takes readers through her life and shows them that the power to make the world a better place is inside all of us. And with fun and engaging art by Mechal Renee Roe, as well as a guide to being a superhero at the end, this book is sure to have kids taking up the superhero mantle (cape and mask optional)"-- Provided by publisher.

Harris, Kamala D, author.
J BIO HARRIS
The United States senator recounts how she looked for superheroes in her everyday life as a child, finding them in her parents, her teachers, and her friends.

Lyons, Kelly Starling, author.
JEASY LYO
Illustrations and easy-to-read text follow a family through five generations as each is inspired by the song written in 1900 to honor Abraham Lincoln. Includes author's note on the history of the song and its meaning in her family.

Alexander, Kwame, author.
J 811.6 ALE
"The Newbery Award-winning author of The Crossover pens an ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree. Originally performed for ESPN's The Undefeated, this poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest heroes. The text is also peppered with references to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others, offering deeper insights into the accomplishments of the past, while bringing stark attention to the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present. Robust back matter at the end provides valuable historical context and additional detail for those wishing to learn more."-- Provided by publisher.

Brantley-Newton, Vanessa, author.
J 811.6 BRA
There are all kinds of girls! Girls who feel happy, sad, scared, powerful; girls who love their bodies and girls who don't; country girls, city girls; girls who love their mom and girls who wish they had a daddy. With bright portraits in vibrant colors and unique patterns and fabrics, this book invites you to find yourself within its pages.--inside front cover.

King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968.
J 323.092 KIN
An illustrated edition of Martin Luther King's famous "I have a dream" speech.

Kesselring, Susan.
J BIO OBAMA

Byers, Grace, 1984- author.
JEASY BYE
Shares a story of loving who you are, respecting others and being kind to one another.

Browne, Mahogany L., author.
J 303.484 BRO
A collection of poems by women that reflects the joy and passion in the fight for social justice, tackling topics from discrimination to empathy, and acceptance to speaking out.

Giovanni, Nikki.
J BIO PARKS
Provides the story of the black woman whose refusal to give up her seat on a bus in Alabama set in motion all the events of the civil rights movements that resulted in the end of the segregated South.

Duncan, Alice Faye, author.
J BIO BROOKS
A collection of poems profiles the Chicago author who gave voice to the urban African American experience in the twentieth century.

Duling, Kaitlyn, author.
J BIO OBAMA
In Michelle Obama, early readers will learn about the life, accomplishments, and contributions of former first lady and public figure Michelle Obama. Vibrant, full-color photos, and carefully leveled text will engage emergent readers as they learn about her life.

Joy, Angela, 1975- author.
JEASY JOY
"A child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on"-- Provided by publisher. Includes historical and cultural notes, song list, and two poems.

J DVD 791.43 DUKE
Celebrate African American history with this historic collection of stories. Collection include: Duke Ellington; Ellington was not a street; Ella Fitzgerald: the tale of a vocal virtuosa; and John Henry read-along and discussion questions.

Grimes, Nikki, author.
J 811.54 GRI
"In this collection of poetry, Nikki Grimes looks afresh at the poets of the Harlem Renaissance -- including voices like Langston Hughes, Georgia Douglas Johnson, and many more writers of importance and resonance from this era -- by combining their work with her own original poetry. Using "The Golden Shovel" poetic method, Grimes has written a collection of poetry that is as gorgeous as it is thought-provoking. This special book also includes original artwork in full-color from some of today's most exciting African American illustrators, who have created pieces of art based on Nikki's original poems. Featuring art by: Cozbi Cabrera, R. Gregory Christie, Pat Cummings, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Nikki Grimes, E. B. Lewis, Frank Morrison, Brian Pinkney, Sean Qualls, James Ransome, Javaka Steptoe, Shadra Strickland, and Elizabeth Zunon. A foreword, an introduction to the history of the Harlem Renaissance, author's note, poet biographies, and index makes this not only a book to cherish, but a wonderful resource and reference as well"-- Provided by publisher.

Hegedus, Bethany, author.
J BIO ANGELOU
"A biography of African American writer, performer, and activist Maya Angelou, who turned a childhood of trauma and emotional pain to become one of the most inspiring voices of our lifetime. Includes afterword, author's note, and sources"-- Provided by publisher.

de la Peña, Matt.
J BIO LOUIS
Biography of boxer Joe Louis.

Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967.
J 811.52 HUG
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.

Labrecque, Ellen, author.
J BIO BRYANT
Kobe Bryant dominated the world of basketball as an 18-time NBA All-Star, a five-time NBA champion, and a two-time Olympic gold medalist. This biography details his life and legacy.

Harrison, Vashti, author, illustrator.
JEASY HAR
Featuring 18 trailblazing black women in American history, Dream Big, Little One is the board book adaptation of the author's Little leaders: bold women in Black history.

Johnson, Angela, 1961-
JEASY JOH
There's a sweet, sweet smell in the air as two young girls sneak out of their house, down the street, and across town to where men and women are gathered, ready to march for freedom and justice. A stirring yet jubilant glimpse of the youth involvement that played an invaluable role in the Civil Rights movement.

Shetterly, Margot Lee, author.
J 510.92 SHE
Explores the previously uncelebrated but pivotal contributions of NASA's African American women mathematicians to America's space program, describing how Jim Crow laws segregated them despite their groundbreaking successes.

Warren, Sarah E, author.
J BIO BEYONCE
Follow the story of Beyoncé as she finds her voice through trials and triumphs, and understand that you too can shine your light like Beyoncé.

Levinson, Cynthia, author.
J BIO HENDRICKS
Meet the youngest known child to be arrested for a civil rights protest in Birmingham, Alabama, 1963, in this picture book that proves you're never too little to make a difference. Nine-year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks intended to go places and do things like anybody else. So when she heard grown-ups talk about wiping out Birmingham's segregation laws, she spoke up. As she listened to the preacher's words, smooth as glass, she sat up tall. And when she heard the plan -- picket those white stores! March to protest those unfair laws! Fill the jails! -- she stepped right up and said, I'll do it! She was going to j-a-a-il!

Lyons, Kelly Starling, author.
JEASY LYO
Alan looks forward to the annual family reunion at the farm where Daddy grew up, but everyone is supposed to share something special and Alan worries about arriving with empty hands.

Medina, Tony, author.
J 811.6 MED
A fresh perspective of young men of color depicting thirteen views of everyday life: young boys dressed in their Sunday best, running to catch a bus, and growing up to be teachers, and much more. Each of Tony Medina's tanka is matched with a different artist including recent Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Award recipients.

Johnson, Angela, 1961- author.
J 811.54 JOH

Nelson, Kadir.
J 796.3576 NEL
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.

Nyong'o, Lupita, author.
JEASY NYO
When five-year-old Sulwe's classmates make fun of her dark skin, she tries lightening herself to no avail, but her encounter with a shooting star helps her understand there is beauty in every shade.

Bridges, Ruby, author.
J BIO BRIDGES
Civil rights activist Ruby Bridges--who, at the age of six, was the first African American to integrate an all-white elementary school in New Orleans--shares her story through text and historical photographs, offering a powerful call to action.

Pinkney, Andrea Davis.
J 323.1196 PIN
"This picture book is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the momentous Woolworth's lunch counter sit-in, when four college students staged a peaceful protest that became a defining moment in the struggle for racial equality and the growing civil rights movement."--Amazon.com.

Fishman, Jon M.
J 796.323092 FIS

Steptoe, Javaka, 1971-
J BIO BASQUIAT
Presents the life of the artist, who was inspired as a child by a book of anatomy given to him by his mother after being injured in a car crash and who went on to become a celebrity in the art world before his early death at twenty-eight.

Tate, Don, author.
J BIO HORTON
"In the nineteenth century, North Carolina slave George Moses Horton taught himself to read and earned money to purchase his time though not his freedom. Horton became the first African American to be published in the South, protesting slavery in the form of verse"--Publisher.

J 303.4 WE
What do we tell our children when the world seems bleak, and prejudice and racism run rampant? With 96 lavishly designed pages of original art, poetry, and prose, fifty diverse creators lend voice and comfort to young activists.

Duling, Kaitlyn, author.
J BIO CURRY

Taylor, Mildred D., author.
J FICTION TAY
Four black children growing up in rural Mississippi during the Depression experience racial antagonisms and hard times, but learn from their parents the pride and self-respect they need to survive.

Watson, Stephanie, 1969- author.
J BIO KAEPERNICK
Colin Kaepernick is a famous football star. He protested police treatment of black people in the United States by kneeling during the national anthem. Read about how he started a movement!

Weatherford, Carole Boston, 1956-
J BIO TUBMAN
Describes Tubman's spiritual journey as she hears the voice of God guiding her north to freedom on that very first trip to escape the brutal practice of forced servitude. Tubman would make nineteen subsequent trips back south, never being caught, but none as profound as this first one.

Duling, Kaitlyn, author.
J BIO WINFREY
"In Oprah Winfrey, early readers will learn about the life, accomplishments, and contributions of celebrity Oprah Winfrey. Vibrant, full-color photos, and carefully leveled text will engage emergent readers as they learn about her life"-- Provided by publisher.

Taylor, Mildred D, author.
J FICTION TAY
A black family living in Mississippi during the Depression of the 1930s is faced with prejudice and discrimination which its children do not understand.

Weatherford, Carole Boston, 1956- author.
J 002.075 WEA
Where is our historian to give us our side? Arturo asked. Amid the scholars, poets, authors, and artists of the Harlem Renaissance stood an Afro-Puerto Rican named Arturo Schomburg. This law clerk's life's passion was to collect books, letters, music, and art from Africa and the African diaspora and bring to light the achievements of people of African descent through the ages. When Schomburg's collection became so big it began to overflow his house (and his wife threatened to mutiny), he turned to the New York Public Library, where he created and curated a collection that was the cornerstone of a new Negro Division. A century later, his groundbreaking collection, known as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, has become a beacon to scholars all over the world.

Wilson, Jamia, 1980- author.
J 920.02 WIL
"Join us on a journey across borders, through time and even through space to meet 52 icons of color from the past and present in a celebration of achievement. Meet figureheads, leaders, and pioneers such as Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and Rosa Parks, as well as cultural trailblazers and sporting heroes, including Stevie Wonder, Oprah Winfrey, and Serena Williams. Discover how their childhood dreams and experiences influenced their adult achievements. This book will help the next generation to chase their own dream ... whatever it may be"--Publisher.

Woodson, Jacqueline.
J PIC+ WOO
The making of "Show ways," or quilts which once served as secret maps for freedom-seeking slaves, is a tradition passed from mother to daughter in the author's family.

Fishman, Jon M., author.
J BIO BILES
Simone Biles joined the US women's gymnastics team to compete at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2016. Along with her teammates, she sailed through her events to claim the gold medal in the team competition for the United States. She also took home three golds and a bronze in the individual events in which she competed. Though Biles follows an intense training routine, her schedule doesn't stop her from having fun. Learn all about her rise to the top in gymnastics, how she stays fit, what she does to relax, and much more.

Barton, Chris, author.
J BIO JOHNSON
Chronicles the life and achievements of the NASA engineer and inventor, from his childhood to his accidental invention of the Super Soaker water gun.

Duling, Kaitlyn, author.
J BIO JAMES

Barretta, Gene, author.
J BIO CARVER
The inspirational story of George Washington Carver and his childhood secret garden is brought to life in this picture book biography by the author-illustrator team behind Muhammad Ali: A Champion Is Born. When George Washington Carver was just a young child, he had a secret: a garden of his own. Here, he rolled dirt between his fingers to check if plants needed more rain or sun. He protected roots through harsh winters, so plants could be reborn in the spring. He trimmed flowers, spread soil, studied life cycles. And it was in this very place that George's love of nature sprouted into something so much more--his future. Gene Barretta's moving words and Frank Morrison's beautiful paintings tell the inspiring life and history of George Washington Carver, from a baby born into slavery to celebrated botanist, scientist, and inventor. His passion and determination are the seeds to this lasting story about triumph over hardship--a tale that begins in a secret garden.

J 920.0092 AFR
Meet civil rights leaders who were inspiring individuals as well as leaders in their fields: inventor, activist, orator, scientist. Learn about their childhoods, achievements, and contributions that made the world a better place. Biographies feature fascinating facts and archival photography that vividly illustrate the amazing lives of each hero.

Rappaport, Doreen, author.
J BIO DOUGLASS
Traces Frederick Douglass's journey from slavery to international renown as writer and lecturer.