Freedom on the Menu by Carole Boston Weatherford

Freedom on the Menu is the story of the Greensboro Four told through the eyes of a young girl named Connie. Connie wants to sit at the Woolworth counter like the girl she sees twirling on the stool, but the law does not allow African Americans to sit at the lunch counter. Through protests and sit-ins sparked by a sermon by Dr. Marin Luther King, the law is changed and Connie gets to eat her first banna spilt sitting at a Woolworth counter. Carole Weatherford tells the story of this historic event in language that even a young child can understand.

Chestnut by Constance W. McGeorge

Mr. Decker has important deliveries to make. It is the Mayor's daughter Jenny's birthday. The flour has to go the baker and the ribbon has to go to the dressmaker. He loads the wagon and then takes a nap. Mr. Decker's horse, Chestnut tries to wake Mr. Decker but to no avail. He then sets out on his own to make the deliveries. After facing several obstacles Chestnut makes all the deliveries on time much to the surprise and gratitude of Mr. Decker. Chestnut takes the reader back to a simpler time. Horse lovers will love the warmth of this endearing story.

The School is Not White! A True Story of the Civil Rights Movement by Doreen Rappaport

"The School is not White it's brown brick" is a statement spoken by Mae Bertha Carter to her children after their first day at an all white school. The eight Carter children suffered humiliation, prejudice and intimidation for five years in their attempt to integrate a Mississipi school. A good choice for teaching young children about civil rights and the courage of those who fought for equality.

Ziggy's Blue Ribbon Day by Claudia Mills

On track and field day Ziggy knows he won't win a blue ribbon for running or jumping. He wishes there was a ribbon for what he loves most, drawing. Ziggy finds that doing what you love is the key to success. Claudia Mills writes this simple book with a winning message for young children. The brightly colored illustrations capture the innocence of childhood.

Papa Do You Love Me? by Barbara Joosse

A Maasai father tells his son how much he loves him in a style similar to the classic tale The Runaway Bunny. Babara Joosse, author of the bestselling book Mama Do You Love Me?, sets this tender tale in Africa.

This Little Light of MIne

The award winning illustrator, E.B. Lewis brings this old negro spiritual to life with illustrations of a boy who spreads his own light by helping others.

Blackberry Stew by Isabell Monk

Hope's Grandpa Jack has passed away. She does not want to go to the funeral for fear that she will never see him again. Aunt Poogee reminds Hope that the people we love are always with us as long as there a memories to share. Blackberry Stew is a soothing read for a child dealing with the loss of a loved one.

Girls Hold Up This World by Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith's poem Girls Hold Up This World comes alive with photographs of women and girls from all walks of life. The tender poem highlights the balance of feminine strength and compassion.


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Just Like Josh Gibson by Angela Johnson

Grandma's father taught her how to play baseball. She dreamed of hitting a ball just like the great Negro League ball player Josh Gibson. Girls didn't play baseball in the forties and negroes didn't play for the majors. Nevertheless, both Grandma and Josh Gibson make their mark on the world in the sport they loved most. Angela Johnson hits a home run in this tribute to a great ball player and a reminder that girls can do anything.

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