Making Our Way Home: The Great Migration and the Black American Dream

Written by: Blair Imani, Foreword by Patrisse Cullors (BLM Co-Founder) Illustrated by: Rachelle Baker For ages: YA Middle Grades, 12 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Black Culture & Identity, American History, Enslavement, Reconstruction, Historical Figures, Family, Politics, Love. Summary:  This book is meticulously researched and fascinating!  Author Blair Imani takes readers on a journey through the American history that…

Patina

Written by: Jason Reynolds Cover Art by: Vanessa Brantley-Newton For ages: YA Middle Grades Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Family, Grief, Death, Social-Emotional Growth, Sports, Women in Sports, Growing Up, Coping, Friendship, Black Culture & Identity. Summary: Patina is just trying to do her best at a new school and on a new elite track team that she is now a part…

Going Down Home With Daddy

Written by: Kelly Starling Lyons Illustrated by: Daniel Minter For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, AAVE, Black Culture & Identity, Family, Recitation, Reunion, Love, Humor, Enslavement. Summary: This book is genuinely amazing, it was one of our favorite from the entire year!  This book is beautiful because of both the storyline and the artistry that Daniel Minter…

The Legendary Miss Lena Horne

Written by:¬†Carole Boston Weatherford Illustrated by:¬†Elizabeth Zunon For ages:¬†Elementary students and older Language:¬†English Topics Covered:¬†POC-Centric Narratives, Racism, Jim Crow, Segregation, Entertainment Industry, Historical Figures, Civil Rights, Modern Black Freedom Struggle. Summary:¬†This book spans the life of Lena Horne, legendary vocalist and performer. ¬†Lena was born to parents that constantly hustled and were nomadic at times….

Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans

Written by: Phil Bildner Illustrated by: John Parra For Ages: 5-10 years Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Hurricane Katrina, American Folktales, Community Involvement, Activism, Social-Emotional Growth. Summary:¬†This book is in American Folktale style, making Cornelius larger than life! ¬†Marvelous Cornelius is based on an actual man who lived in New Orleans and was a…

Tea Cakes for Tosh

Written by:¬†Kelly Starling Lyons Illustrated by:¬†E.B. Lewis For ages:¬†6-10 years Language:¬†English Topics Covered:¬†POC-Centric Narratives, Family, Dementia, Slavery, Love, Cooking, History, African-American Culture &¬†Traditions.¬† Summary:¬†This book is about the relationship between a grandmother and her grandson, Tosh. His favorite thing to do is make tea cakes with his grandmother and listen to her stories. Tosh’s grandma…