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Kids' Books for Black History Month 2020

Come visit our Children's Department to shop our displays of kids' books for Black History Month!  Scroll down to shop some of our titles.

 

Child of the Dream (A Memoir of 1963) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781338282801
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Scholastic Press - September 3rd, 2019

An incredible memoir from Sharon Robinson about one of the most important years of the civil rights movement.


Finding Langston (The Finding Langston Trilogy) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780823439607
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Holiday House - August 14th, 2018

A Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
Winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction

When eleven-year-old Langston's father moves them from their home in Alabama to Chicago's Bronzeville district, it feels like he's giving up everything he loves.


This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781681198521
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - January 8th, 2019

Recipient of a Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor
Winner of the 2019 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Nonfiction
A NYPL Top Ten of 2019
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year


Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534440838
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - July 2nd, 2019

A Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade Book of 2019

“This rich volume is a national treasure.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Captivating, informative, and inspiring…Easy to follow and hard to put down.” —School Library Journal (starred review)

The inspiring autobiography of NASA mathematici


Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780062662378
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: HarperCollins - November 29th, 2016

The uplifting, amazing true story—a New York Times bestseller!

This edition of Margot Lee Shetterly’s acclaimed book is perfect for young readers. It's the powerful story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program. 


Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring: A Spy on History Book Cover Image
By Enigma Alberti, Tony Cliff (Illustrator)
$9.95
ISBN: 9781523507719
Availability: Available from warehouse in 1-5 business days
Published: Workman Publishing Company - April 2nd, 2019

Your Mission: Find Mary’s secret diary using spycraft stools to uncover hidden codes!

It’s a true story of bravery:
Mary Bowser was an African American spy for the Union who worked as a maid in the mansion of Confederate Jefferson Davis.


DK Life Stories: Martin Luther King Jr. Cover Image
By Laurie Calkhoven, Charlotte Ager (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781465474353
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: DK Children - January 8th, 2019

In this kids' biography, discover the amazing story of Martin Luther King Jr., whose powerful words and dreams for the future inspired the world.


DK Life Stories: Harriet Tubman Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9781465485427
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: DK Children - October 1st, 2019

In this kids' biography, discover the inspiring story of Harriet Tubman, a fearless activist and abolitionist who helped free many slaves.


DK Life Stories: Katherine Johnson Cover Image
By Ebony Joy Wilkins, Charlotte Ager (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781465479129
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: DK Children - January 8th, 2019

In this kids' biography, discover the inspiring story of Katherine Johnson, famed NASA mathematician and one of the subjects of the best-selling book and movie Hidden Figures.


Standing Up Against Hate: How Black Women in the Army Helped Change the Course of WWII Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419731600
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Harry N. Abrams - January 8th, 2019

A Child's Introduction to African American History: The Experiences, People, and Events That Shaped Our Country (A Child's Introduction Series) Cover Image
By Jabari Asim, Lynn Gaines (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316436427
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - January 2nd, 2018

A comprehensive, entertaining look at heroes, heroines, and critical moments from African American history -- from the slave trade to the Black Lives Matter movement --by award-winning author Jabari Asim.


Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America: How Jackie Robinson Changed America Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780439425926
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - February 1st, 2004

A warm, intimate portrait of Jackie Robinson, America's sports icon, told from the unique perspective of a unique insider: his only daughter.

Sharon Robinson shares memories of her famous father in this warm loving biography of the man who broke the color barrier in baseball. Jackie Robinson was an outstanding athlete, a devoted family man and a dedicated civil rights activist.


Grandpa Stops a War: A Paul Robeson story Cover Image
By Susan Robeson, Rod Brown (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781609808822
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Published: Triangle Square - January 22nd, 2019

"It takes a man of peace to stop a war."


Birth of the Cool: How Jazz Great Miles Davis Found His Sound Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781624146909
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Published: Page Street Kids - April 16th, 2019

Miles can’t sleep.
Taps his toes,
snaps his fingers,
can’t stop thinking of ways
to make music his own.


Counting the Stars: The Story of Katherine Johnson, NASA Mathematician Cover Image
By Lesa Cline-Ransome, Raúl Colón (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534404755
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - October 8th, 2019

“A detail-rich picture book.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Straightforward and inviting.” —School Library Journal

From award-winning author Lesa Cline-Ransome and acclaimed illustrator Raúl Colón comes the sensitive, informative, and inspiring picture book biography of the remarkable mathematician Katherine Johnson, one o


So Tall Within: Sojourner Truth's Long Walk Toward Freedom Cover Image
By Gary D. Schmidt, Daniel Minter (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781626728721
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 25th, 2018

From celebrated author Gary D. Schmidt comes a picture book biography of a giant in the struggle for civil rights, perfectly pitched for readers today.


What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?: The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan Cover Image
By Chris Barton, Ekua Holmes (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781481465618
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Beach Lane Books - September 25th, 2018

“When Barbara Jordan talked, we listened.” —Former President of the United States, Bill Clinton

Congresswoman Barbara Jordan had a big, bold, confident voice—and she knew how to use it!


The President Sang Amazing Grace: A Book About Finding Grace After Unspeakable Tragedy Cover Image
By Zoe Mulford, Joan Baez (Other primary creator), Jeff Scher (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781944903848
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Cameron - September 24th, 2019

Feed Your Mind: A Story of August Wilson Cover Image
By Jen Bryant, Cannaday Chapman (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419736537
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Harry N. Abrams - November 12th, 2019

Lizzie Demands a Seat!: Elizabeth Jennings Fights for Streetcar Rights Cover Image
By Beth Anderson, E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781629799391
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Published: Calkins Creek - January 7th, 2020

In 1854, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Jennings, an African American schoolteacher, fought back when she was unjustly denied entry to a New York City streetcar, sparking the beginnings of the long struggle to gain equal rights on public transportation.


The Power of Her Pen: The Story of Groundbreaking Journalist Ethel L. Payne Cover Image
By Lesa Cline-Ransome, John Parra (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481462891
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - January 14th, 2020

“A powerful story.” —The Horn Book
“A worthy addition to children’s biography collections.” —Booklist
“A solid treatment of an important but little-known figure, and it may prompt kids to think about the role and composition of a free press.” —BCCB
“Cline-Ransome tells [Ethel


Nina: Jazz Legend and Civil-Rights Activist Nina Simone Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781580898270
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Charlesbridge - November 28th, 2017

A stunning picture-book biography of the High Priestess of Soul and one of the greatest voices of the 20th century.