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Book cover Cherish Today: A Celebration of Life's Moments
Kristina Evans (2007) , under 40 pages
Illustrated by Bryan Collier
Audience: Primary (k-3rd grade), Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: African-American, Non-Fiction, Read Aloud
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


Today is terrific! Today is tremendous! So why not cherish it? This story encourages you to celebrate you and the things you have done. It encourages you to feel good about where you are now and where you are going. The story and the illustrations will remind you that it's not only about getting to your destination but it's also about the journey that gets you there!

Reviewed by: Annie / West Boulevard Library

Comments from Readers

melissa, age 12 from Georgia
It's a very true, realistic story that makes very real and interesting reading.


Book cover Elijah of Buxton
Christopher Paul Curtis (2007) , 200+ pages
Audience: Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: African-American, Historical, Multicultural, Realistic Fiction


Elijah was the first child born on the Buxton Settlement, founded as a haven for slaves in Canada. He could never imagine leaving his home, family and best friend Cooter. Then, a former slave steals the money of a close friend who has been saving to buy his family out of slavery. Elijah decides he will do whatever it takes to get the money back. He leaves on a dangerous journey that not only will test his smarts, but also his compassion and bravery. Funny and yet serious, this book is a wonderful example of a story destined to become a classic.

Reviewed by: Courtney / South County Regional Library

Comments from Readers

Mya, age 11 from North Carolina
The book had so much to do with my own life. It was so inspiring. Christophere paul curtis did very good in taking his time in writting this very very good book. Thank you.

Katie, age 12 from North Carolina
Eligah Of Buxton was a very good book! I really liked it!!!!!!

Ethan, age 10 from Hawaii
I think Christopher Paul Curtis did a really good job writing this book. I really wish that there was a sequel! I am very glad that my mom and sister introduced me to this book.


Book cover Feathers
Jacqueline Woodson (2007) , 80-120 pages
Audience: Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: African-American, Historical
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


When Frannie reads, "Hope is the thing with feathers," she isn't sure what to make of the poem, but it gets her thinking. Thinking about the white student, nicknamed Jesus Boy, who joins her all black sixth-grade classroom. Thinking about her best friend who believes the boy possibly is Jesus. Thinking about the changes she sees in her deaf brother as he faces a hearing world. The more she thinks about things, the more she opens her heart to hope. Set in 1971, this is a heart- warming story of growing strength and understanding in a changing world.

Reviewed by: Mary Jane / South County Regional Library

Book cover Henry's Freedom Box
Ellen Levine (2007) , under 40 pages
Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Audience: Primary (k-3rd grade), Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: African-American, Historical, Multicultural, NCCBA, Realistic Fiction
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


It's hard for us to imagine what it would be like to actually be owned by another person. We're very fortunate -- many people who made great contributions to our country in the past have no problem imagining. They really lived the life of slaves to other people. Many, like Henry "Box" Brown, took incredible risks and made inventive plans to be free. Find out the daring plans and risks Henry took to escape slavery. This book, with its extraordinary illustrations, is based on a true story.

Reviewed by: Teresa / ImaginOn
If you liked this book, you may also like: Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom
Parental Notes

Comments from Readers

Lauren , age 11 from NC
GREAT BOOK


Book cover Jazz Baby
Lisa Wheeler (2007) , under 40 pages
Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
Audience: Babies, Toddlers, Preschool
Category: African-American, Concept, Read Aloud
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


Jazz baby is having a jazzy good time with a family that is wild about music. There's snapping, clapping and some mean toe-tapping! Granny sings and Grandpa toots while Mama sings high and Daddy sings low (the words high and low are featured throughout the book). What's a baby to do but to have fun, fun, fun?!? You'll have fun reading this appealing book and before you know it, you will have some jazzy fun of your own!

Reviewed by: Annie / West Boulevard Library
If you liked this book, you may also like: My Family Plays Music

Comments from Readers

David, age 8 from North Carolina
It is a really funny book.

Andrea, age 36 from Colorado
My 20 month old LOVED this book! We sang it to him while he clapped and danced along. He would cheer "oh yeah" at the end and want us to read it over and over. I enjoyed it too!



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