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Book cover I Get So Hungry
Bebe Moore Campbell (2008) , under 40 pages
Illustrated by Amy Bates
Audience: Primary (k-3rd grade), Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: African-American, Realistic Fiction
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


Meet Nikki. Nikki loves school and her friends but Nikki has a problem. She gets picked on at school because of her weight. But, Nikki finds that when she is sad she eats. She can't resist eating in class even though she's not supposed to and once she starts eating, it is hard for her to stop. Her doctor tells her "no more junk food", but all the while she craves a donut. By realizing that she has a problem, Nikki wants to go on a diet. When she does, someone motivates her to do her best to be healthy. Who can that someone be? Bebe Moore Campbell tells a compassionate story of a little girl's battle and how she works hard to make a change for the better. Wonderful illustrations!

Reviewed by: Annie / West Boulevard Library
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Book cover Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up
Melissa Thomson (2008) , 80-120 pages
Illustrated by Frank Morrison
Audience: Primary (k-3rd grade), Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: African-American, Beg. Chapter Books, Humor, Read Aloud, Realistic Fiction
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


Second-grader, Keena, is determined to start the year off right by staying out of trouble. The first day is great! But, trouble comes on the second day when she accidentally writes her birthday as 9/2 on her paper birthday cake instead of 2/9. When her teacher announces Keena's birthday is the very next day, September 2, and that she will get to wear a brithday crown and have chocolate cake, all she can say is, "...I LOVE chocolate cake." Things just happen to her! Keena doesn't mean to get in trouble... or does she? Told in journal entries, with expressive illustrations, Keena's hilarious story has twists and turns that will keep you turning pages and cheering for her in the end.

Reviewed by: Susan / South County Regional Library
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Zoe, age 9 from North Carolina
I think that the book `Keena Ford and the Second-Grade Mix-Up` is a great book that captures the readers atention!

Alisa, age 7 from North Carolina
I think Keena Ford is a funny book, because she gets her birthday date wrong. She tells the class it is not her bi


Book cover Riding to Washington
Gwenyth Swain (2008) , under 40 pages
Illustrated by David Geister
Audience: Primary (k-3rd grade), Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: African-American, Historical, Multicultural, Non-Fiction
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


A young girl travels with her father from Indianapolis to Washington, D.C. to hear Dr. Martin Luther King speak about his dream. They travel by bus with a variety of people of all ages and races. There are few places that they can stop along the way and so they pass the time by singing inspirational songs. Will this journey help a young girl realize that seemingly small experiences have the ability to impact not only her world but those around her? Beautifully painted illustrations by David Geister make the reader feel like she is in the middle of the story. Included at the end of this book is an author's note about the events of August 28, 1963.

Reviewed by: Emily / South County Regional Library
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Larisa, age 85 from NC
What a great narrative the author has created based on the true events of the I Have a Dream speech!


Book cover The Moon Over Star
Dianna Hutts Aston (2008) , under 40 pages
Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
Audience: Primary (k-3rd grade), Intermediate (4th-6th grade), Adult/Parent
Category: African-American, Historical, Multicultural
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


In 1969, an African-American girl named Mae is in awe that astronauts are traveling to the moon. She and her cousins even build their own spaceship from scraps of wood and pretend they are astronauts. But not everyone in her family is excited about the U.S. space program. Mae’s Gramps asks “Why spend all that money to go to the moon when there’s so many folks in need right here on Earth?” On a summer’s night, Mae’s family watches TV as the first astronauts walk on the moon. What will this moment in history inspire Mae to dream and will Gramps be a part of it? Aston’s intergenerational story is full of promise and the text is written in a poetry-like format. Pinkney’s celebrated artwork compliments this unforgettable story.

Reviewed by: Jeanenne / Steele Creek Library
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Book cover Birmingham, 1963
Carole Boston Weatherford (2007) , 40-80 pages
Illustrated by
Audience: Primary (k-3rd grade), Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: African-American, Historical, NCCBA, Novello, Poetry, Read Aloud
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


1963. The year she turned ten. A little girl from Birmingham remembers the events of this year that will be in her memory forever. It was a year of fire hoses, dogs and songs. It was a year of dreams, mass meetings, starched white dresses and Sunday Schools. It was the year that four young girls lost their lives doing what came natural to them...going to church. With photographs that reflect a time of trouble and dreams, Weatherford tells the story of a little girl who witnesses history at its 'best and at its' worst.

Reviewed by: Annie / West Boulevard Library
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Comments from Readers

Serena, age 12 from Loiusiana
It is one of the most tragic days not well known to America.

kiah, age 10 from North Carolina
I love Brimingham,1963 is nice calming soothing. Addie Mae is strong and nice. And its Non-fiction I LOVE!!!!! history books I love this book I LOVE! history!

Kaylynn, age 10 from North Carolina
Sad, unfair, and harsh, but I still liked it.

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