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Book cover Freedom`s School
Lesa Cline-Ransome (2015) , under 40 pages
Illustrated by James E. Ransome
Audience: Primary (k-3rd grade), Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: African-American, Multicultural, Realistic Fiction
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


Slavery has just ended. Lizzie and her younger brother, Paul, finally have the opportunity to go to school. Lizzie and Paul won’t be available to help their parents with the farm as much, but their parents are more concerned about their children getting a good education. After her first visit to the new school, Lizzie is very excited about going inside the small-framed building with the new fresh-cut wood, and meeting her teacher, Mizz Howard. At school she recognizes other children from her community. It saddens her that other students must stop going to school for periods of time to help out their families with the crops. When an unfortunate event causes great disappointment to Lizzie and her community is all hope lost?


Book cover Last Stop on Market Street
Matt de la Pena (2015) , under 40 pages
Illustrated by Christian Robinson
Audience: Preschool, Primary (k-3rd grade)
Category: African-American, Multicultural, NCCBA, Read Aloud
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


"How come we gotta wait for the bus in all this wet?" CJ asks his Nana one rainy day after church. CJ is a little grumpy and full of questions on that long ride down Market Street. Nana is full of answers to his questions. Her gentle wisdom turns the bus ride into a wonderful, magical experience for CJ and the other riders. Colorful acrylic, collage, and digital illustrations bring the magic of the ride to life with vivid vibrancy. By Market Street’s last stop, Nana has shown CJ beauty in the world. Can she show you that beauty too?

Reviewed by: Larisa / Morrison Regional Library

Book cover My Name Is Truth
Ann Turner (2015) , under 40 pages
Illustrated by James Ransome
Audience: Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: African-American, Biographies, Multicultural, Non-Fiction
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


Sojourner Truth, born Isabella Baumfree, was a courageous woman that spoke out against slavery and helped with the women’s rights movement. Unfortunately, she was born into a life of slavery, but that didn’t stop her from wanting a better life for herself and her family. As a free woman she went back to the South to rescue her son who was unlawfully sold into slavery. Her bravery and fierceness was admired by many. Her words spoke truth and she stood for justice and equality. Be inspired as you read this book about a woman’s journey of hope and freedom.


Book cover New Shoes
Susan Lynn Meyer (2015) , under 40 pages
Illustrated by Eric Velasquez
Audience: Primary (k-3rd grade)
Category: African-American, Historical
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


Today you can go to the store and try on shoes if you need a new pair. There was a time when people of color could not try on shoes at the store. When this happens to Ella Mae she decides she is going to do something about it. Ella Mae and her cousin Charlotte take all the hand-me-down shoes and polish and clean them up. What do you think they are going to do with the shoes? Come see what they decide to do for their friends and neighbors. Enjoy the beautiful illustrations that help tell the story of Ella Mae and her new shoes.

Reviewed by: Stacy / West Boulevard Library

Book cover Brown Girl Dreaming
Jacqueline Woodson (2014) , 200+ pages
Audience: Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: African-American, Award Books, Biographies, NCCBA


Written in verse, this award winning author tells her story about growing up in South Carolina and New York during the Civil Rights movement. Baby Jacqueline is born in 1963 in Ohio, but is soon moved to Greenville, SC, and eventually to New York City. Although she struggles to learn to read, Jacqueline loves to write and makes sense out of her life by telling stories. The poems will make you feel like you are right there with Jacqueline as she comes to find her place in the world. She moves through loss and separation, but also through joy, love, and belonging. Jacqueline Woodson won the National Book Award, the Coretta Scott King Book Award, and a Newbery Honor for this poetic memoir.

Reviewed by: Amanda / Matthews Library

Comments from Readers

Veda, age 9 from NC
This is a a WONDERFUL book!



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