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New Titles for Black History Month

    Hey Black Child

    Hey Black Child - Useni Eugene Perkins; illustrated by Bryan Collier

    A lyrical, empowering poem that celebrates black children and seeks to inspire all young ones to dream big and achieve their goals.

    PICTURE BOOK Perkins, U.    
    The Journey of Little Charlie

    The Journey of Little Charlie - Christopher Paul Curtis

    When his poor sharecropper father is killed in an accident and leaves the family in debt, twelve-year-old Little Charlie agrees to accompany fearsome plantation overseer Cap'n Buck north in pursuit of people who have stolen from him; Cap'n Buck tells Little Charlie that his father's debt will be cleared when the fugitives are captured, which seems like a good deal until Little Charlie comes face-to-face with the people he is chasing.

    CHILDREN FICTION Curtis, C.
    Mae Among the Stars

    Mae Among the Stars - Roda Ahmed; illustrations by Stasia Burrington

    When young Mae Jemison is asked by her teacher what she wants to be when she grows up, African American Mae tells her mostly white classmates that she wants to be an astronaut, a dream that her parents wholeheartedly support.

    PICTURE BOOK Ahmed, R.
    Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

    Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut - Derrick Barnes; illustrated by Gordon C. James

    Celebrates the magnificent feeling that comes from walking out of a barber shop with newly-cut hair.

    PICTURE BOOK Barnes, D.
    Locked Up For Freedom

    Locked Up For Freedom - Heather E. Schwartz

    In 1963, more than 30 African American girls, ages 11-14, were arrested for taking part in Civil Rights protests in Americus, Georgia. Then came a greater ordeal: confinement in a Civil-War-era stockade.

    CHILDREN 323.1196 S399 2018    
    The Parker Inheritance

    The Parker Inheritance - Varian Johnson

    Twelve-year-old Candice Miller is spending the summer in Lambert, South Carolina, in the old house that belonged to her grandmother, who died after being dismissed as city manager for having the city tennis courts dug up looking for buried treasure--but when she finds the letter that sent her grandmother on the treasure hunt, she finds herself caught up in the mystery and, with the help of her new friend and fellow book-worm, Brandon, she sets out to find the inheritance, exonerate her grandmother, and expose an injustice once committed against an African American family in Lambert.

    CHILDREN FICTION Johnson, V.
    A Sky Full of Stars

    A Sky Full of Stars - Linda Williams Jackson

    In Stillwater, Missippi, in 1955, thirteen-year-old African American Rose Lee Carter looks to her family and friends to understand her place in the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement.

    CHILDREN FICTION Jackson, L.
    Betty Before X

    Betty Before X - Ilyasah Shabazz; with Renée Watson

    Raised by her aunt until she is six, Betty, who will later marry Malcolm X, joins her mother and stepfamily in 1940s Detroit, where she learns about the civil rights movement.

    CHILDREN FICTION Shabazz, I.
    Let the Children March

    Let the Children March - Monica Clark-Robinson; illustrated by Frank Morrison

    Under the leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, children and teenagers march against segregation in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963.

    PICTURE BOOK Clark-Robinson, M.
    The Harlem Charade

    The Harlem Charade - Natasha Tarpley

    Seventh-graders Jin, Alexandra, and Elvin come from very different backgrounds and circumstances, but they all live in Harlem, and when Elvin's grandfather is attacked they band together to find out who is responsible--and the search leads them to an enigmatic artist whose missing masterpieces are worth a fortune, and into conflict with an ambitious politician who wants to turn Harlem into an historic amusement park.

    CHILDREN FICTION Tarpley, N.
    Clayton Byrd Goes Underground

    Clayton Byrd Goes Underground - Rita Williams-Garcia; illustrations by Frank Morrison

    Feeling most alive when he's playing the blues with his grandfather, Clayton is devastated when his grandfather dies and his mother forbids him from playing music, losses that compel him to run away and join bluesmen on the road.

    CHILDREN FICTION Williams-Garcia, R.
    March Forward, Girl

    March Forward, Girl - Melba Pattillo Beals; illustrated by Frank Morrison

    From the legendary civil rights activist and author of the million-copy selling Warriors Dont Cry comes a powerful, timely new memoir about growing up in the segregated South. Civil rights heroine Melba Patillo Beals puts readers right in her saddle oxfords as she struggles to understandand fight back againstthe laws that told her she was less just because of the color of her skin.

    CHILDREN 323.092 B366 2018
    Streetcar to Justice

    Streetcar to Justice - Amy Hill Hearth

    CHILDREN 323.092 J544zh 2018
    Be a King

    Be a King - Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by James E. Ransome

    You can be a King. Stamp out hatred. Put your foot down and walk tall. You can be a King. Beat the drum for justice. March to your own conscience. Featuring a dual narrative of the key moments of Dr. King's life alongside a modern class as the students learn about him, Carole Weatherfor's poetic text encapsulates the moments that readers today can reenact in their own lives. See a class of young students as they begin a school project inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and learn to follow his example, as he dealt with adversity and never lost hope that a future of equality and justice would soon be a reality. As times change, Dr. King's example remains, encouraging a new generation of children to take charge and change the world . . . to be a King.

    CHILDREN 323.092 W362 2018
    Between the Lines

    Between the Lines - Sandra Neil Wallace; illustrated by Bryan Collier

    Looks at the life and career of Ernie Barnes, a football star who became an influential painter.

    OVERSIZE CHILDREN 796.332 B261zw 2018
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