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Book cover The Cart That Carried Martin
Eve Bunting (2013) , under 40 pages
Illustrated by Don Tate
Audience: Primary (k-3rd grade), Intermediate (4th-6th grade), Adult/Parent
Category: African-American, Multicultural, NCCBA, Non-Fiction, Read Aloud
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


Sometimes a single object can be so meaningful that it deserves a place in a museum to be recognized for bearing witness to an important historical event. With poetic language and soft watercolor illustrations, this unique biography tells the story of a humble wooden cart, borrowed from an antiques store and pulled through the streets of Atlanta by a pair of farm mules. It was an ordinary cart used for the funeral of an extraordinary man. By focusing on one detail such as the cart, author Eve Bunting provides a clear and somber snapshot of an intense and emotional day, but also reveals a lot about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s philosophy and teachings.

Reviewed by: Rene / ImaginOn

Book cover Ellen`s Broom
Kelly Starling Lyons (2012) , under 40 pages
Illustrated by Daniel Minter
Audience: Primary (k-3rd grade), Intermediate (4th-6th grade), Adult/Parent
Category: African-American, NCCBA, Realistic Fiction
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


In this charming picture book, Ellen learns about broom weddings during the time when slaves could not be legally married. According to her father, he and Ellen’s mother, ". . . put this here broom on the ground, held hands and leaped into life together." The broom continues to hold an important place in the family for many years, even after her parents become legally married. In the back of the book, the author provides historical information about slave marriages. This tale is accompanied by beautiful artwork created by Daniel Minter in linoleum block prints which brings this story to life.

Reviewed by: Emily / South County Regional Library

Book cover The Lions of Little Rock
Kristin Levine (2012) , 200+ pages
Audience: Intermediate (4th-6th grade), Adult/Parent
Category: African-American, Historical, Realistic Fiction


Growing up is never easy. For Marlee, each day is a challenge. She doesn’t like to talk and doesn’t have any real friends…until she meets Liz, a new girl at her school. Liz is determined to help Marlee find her voice and Marlee is determined to help Liz control her anger. Neither girl knows how hard these will be. Set in Little Rock, Arkansas during the integration of the public schools in the late 1950’s, this book follows two friends faced with the trials of a community that is divided by racism. This amazing piece of historical fiction traces the power of friendship set against a harsh backdrop of racism and misunderstandings. Will Marlee find her voice and roar, just like the lions in the Little Rock zoo? Is change really possible if you believe?

Reviewed by: Tree / South County Regional Library
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Book cover Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans
Kadir Nelson (2011) , 80-120 pages
Audience: Intermediate (4th-6th grade), Adult/Parent
Category: African-American, Award Books, Multicultural, Non-Fiction
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


This large volume is a history of African-Americans in The United States of America from the Revolution War times until the 1960’s. Each of the twelve chapters begins with a large picture on the right and a quote under the title. The style of the text is sometimes conversational and is full of facts, dates, and information in an easy to read format. The illustrations are enormous and lush with Nelson’s well-known talent for details and expression in his work. The illustrations complement each chapter and some of them are captivating two- page spreads. This 2012 Coretta Scott King Author award-winning book is sure to become a modern day classic of history for children.

Reviewed by: Jeanenne / Steele Creek Library
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Book cover Ben and the Emancipation Proclamation
Pat Sherman (2010) , under 40 pages
Illustrated by Floyd Cooper
Audience: Intermediate (4th-6th grade), Adult/Parent
Category: African-American, Historical, Realistic Fiction
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


This is a great story based on the life of Benjamin Holmes. Benjamin was a slave whose master allowed him to help Mr. Bleeker, one of Charleston's finest tailors. But Ben has a little secret...He can read!! Mr. Bleeker brags to customers about Ben because he knows so much! But the Civil War breaks out and the Bleekers leave Charleston and Ben has to go to a slave prison until he is sold. What will happen to Ben now? Will he read his way to freedom and a new life? This is a great story with beautiful illustrations about a young boy who is destined for greatness.

Reviewed by: Annie / West Boulevard Library
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