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Jamaica and the Substitute TeacherJamaica and the Substitute Teacher
Juanita Havill
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Jamaica likes the substitute teacher, Mrs. Duval, right away. So when there's a spelling contest, of course Jamaica wants to please her by spelling all the words right. But this time something goes wrong and Jamaica has to make an important decision....What will Mrs. Duval think of her now?

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Jamaica and Brianna
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Jamaica Tag-Along
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Jamaica's Find
Jamaica's Find

I See the Rhythm of GospelI See the Rhythm of Gospel
Toyomi Igus
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I See the Rhythm of Gospel beautifully relates the history of gospel music as reflected through the journey of African Americans from their arrival as slaves in America to the election of the United States' first black president, Barack Obama. Readers of all ages will be captivated by this informative and inspirational blend of poetry, art, and music. Bonus CD included with book.
     

 
Celebration of WomenCelebration of Women
Tamara E. Lewis
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Daughters of Imani: Celebration of Women by Rev. Tamara Lewis recounts the lives and contributions of eighteen historical and contemporary African-American women. Written for young African American girls ages 8-18 to be used in conjunction with a mentoring program that ran for nine years at an African AMerican Church, the booklet can also be used alone. These heroes of of the faith are excellent role models for growing young girls.


     

 
Ida B. Wells: Let The Truth Be ToldIda B. Wells: Let The Truth Be Told
Walter Dean Myers
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An amazing woman, Ida B. Wells worked hard to better the lives of African-Americans long before boycotts, sit-ins, and freedom rides. Especially vocal against lynching, she used determination and the power of the pen to educate everyone about the unfair treatment given to African-Americans in America. This is an amazing story of an activist, educator, writer, journalist, suffragette, and pioneering voice. Watercolor illustrations are by Bonnie Christensen. Ages 5-9. 37 pages, softcover.
     

 
When Marian SangWhen Marian Sang
Pam Munoz Ryan
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Celebrate Black History Month---and the rich history of gospel music---with this enthralling true story of a courageous African American girl with a very special gift! Lavishly illustrated by Caldecott Honor medalist Brian Selznick, this tale begins with 6-year-old Marian Anderson singing "Let Us Break Bread Together" in her parents' cozy kitchen, and ends with her triumphant 1939 concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. 40 pages, hardcover from Scholastic.
     

 
Sweet MagnoliaSweet Magnolia
Virginia Kroll
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This story offers an affectionate grandmother-granddaughter relationship, an excellent ecological message, and a good look at the bayous, wildlife and the Cajun culture of Louisiana. . . . A quiet, lovely, and educational book about a fascinating part of the country that should have wide appeal. The beautiful illustrations are done by Laura Jacques. This book is for ages 4 - 8.
     

 
Let Freedom SingLet Freedom Sing
Vanessa Newton
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This Little Light of Mine was an anthem for Civil Rights in the 1960's and it graces the pages of this beautifully illustrated book that depicts important figures from that era. See Rosa Parks, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., President Barack Obama, and more as they stand up and let their light shine for all to see. An unforgettable and vivid tribute to those heroes who prevailed so that freedom could sing for all.
     

 
The Missing Cupcake Mystery, HardcoverThe Missing Cupcake Mystery, Hardcover
Tony Dungy, Lauren Dungy
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The Dungy family is food shopping when the kids spot cupcakes. Mom agrees to buy them, but only if they have them after dinner. When dinner is over, the family discovers that one of the cupcakes is missing . . . who ate the cupcake? This beginning reader is perfect for emergent readers with longer sentences, simple chapters, and high-interest vocabulary words.
     

 
Just as Good: How Larry Doby Changed America's GameJust as Good: How Larry Doby Changed America's Game
Chris Crowe
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Jackie Robinson was the first African American baseball player in the American league, but everyone thought that he was just a fluke-until Larry Doby came into the game. This heartwarming story is told through the eyes of a little boy in Chicago on a day that changed history, the day that Larry Doby hit the first home run in the 1948 World Series. Wonderfully illustrated and historically accurate.
     

 
Jordan's HairJordan's Hair
Ed Spruill, Sonya Spruill
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Little Jordan has a problem. He loves to be with his friends at school, but his skin color and hair texture is different from theirs. Jordan thinks God doesn't love him because he looks different. He soon prays for a change in his appearance so he can look just like his friends. With the help of his parents and teacher, Jordan comes to understand that he has been beautifully and wonderfully made by God's hands. He discovers that sometimes his friends may even want to look like him. Jordan learns that he is loved because of the kindness on the inside and not his appearance on the outside. Recommended for ages 4 to 8.
     
Just Call Me Joe Joe
Just Call Me Joe Joe

I Have a Dream, Too!
I Have a Dream, Too!

I'll Fly My Own Plane
I'll Fly My Own Plane

My Rows and Piles of Coins
My Rows and Piles of Coins

Probity Jones and the Fear Not AngelProbity Jones and the Fear Not Angel
Walter Wangerin Jr.
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It was Christmas Eve. Probity's family was going to church for the Christmas pageant. Probity herself was to be the Fear Not Angel, the best part she ever had in her life. But Probity Jones was sick. Knock! Knock! Someone was knocking on their third-floor window. Probity caught her breath. Outside was a beautiful person dressed all in white, bright as the moon, and as tall as the night. She opened the window on the tips of her fingers: Come, Probity Jones. It's time to go.

 

So begins the breathtaking flight up to the pathways of the moon, acress a sea as deep as dreaming - and down, down to a Christmas pageant beyond imagining. And Probity is there, hovering above strangely familiar shepherds, joining the Fear Not Angel's great glad tidings. This is a story that will enchant the entire family and bring warmth, joy, and new meaning to every Christmas season. Recommended for ages 8 to 12.


     

 
Gifts of Our PeopleGifts of Our People
Portia George
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Who was the first African-American astronaut? Which African-American woman was a presidential advisor? Finding the answers will be fun for your whole family with this delightful 3-in-1 game! It includes a booklet featuring brief entries about prominent African-Americans with Scripture passages linked to each entry, plus flash cards to test and improve your knowledge. From Judson Press.
     

 
Let My People GoLet My People Go
Patricia C. McKissack, James E. Ransome, Frederick McKissack
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In this extraordinary collection, Charlotte Jefferies and her father Price, a former slave, introduce us to twelve best loved Bible tales, from Genesis to Daniel, and reveal their significance in the lives of African Americans - and indeed of all oppressed peoples. With exquisite clarity, Patricia and Frederick McKissack and James Ransome - a Newberry Honor winner and all Coretta Scott King Award winners - brilliantly illuminate the parallels between the stories of the Jews and African American history. Let My People Go is a triumphant celebration of both the human spirit and the enduring power of story as a source of strength. Recommended for all ages.
     

 
Amazing GraceAmazing Grace
Mary Hoffman
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Grace loves stories, whether they're from books, movies, or the kind her grandmother tells. So when she gets a chance to play a part in Peter Pan, she knows exactly who she wants to be. Remarkable watercolor illustrations give full expression to Grace's high-flying imagination.
     

 
Come SundayCome Sunday
Nikki Grimes
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Sunday is LaTasha's favorite day of the week. She loves the sound of the church organ, the sweet harmonies of the choir, and the rich voice of the preacher. In this delightful story about LaTasha's day at church, award-winning author Nikki Grimes' vibrant poetry and Michael Bryant's vivid illustrations teach children to love Jesus and joyfully celebrate his day! The 14 poems in this book celebrate a day of worship as seen through the eyes of a child. Recommended for ages 5 to 8.
     

 
Daddy Calls Me ManDaddy Calls Me Man
Angela Johnson
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Topic: African/African-American Culture, Brothers and Sisters, Family Life, Poetry and Verse "This story from Johnson consists of four short verses about the happy home life of a young African-American boy. Family love and the shared stories and symbols that connect the generations are pervasive themes. Mitchell embodies these themes in vivid oil illustrations."
     

 
This Is the DreamThis Is the Dream
Diane Z. Shore, Jessica Alexander
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