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Blue Balliett (2013) , 200+ pages
Audience: Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: African-American, Mystery, NCCBA, Realistic Fiction


Dash Pearl is a devoted husband and father who works at the Chicago Public Library, surrounded by books, something he loves almost as much as his family. So when he disappears and the family’s apartment is ransacked, his wife and children are left with no place to go and a mystery to solve. Eleven-year old Early Pearl, her mother, and younger brother, find themselves staying at a homeless shelter in the middle of a harsh Chicago winter. Will the family be reunited? This gripping mystery is a whirlwind page-turner from the start, but also sheds light on the serious issue of homelessness in the United States.

Reviewed by: Rene / ImaginOn

Comments from Readers

Paige, age 10 from North Carolina
it looks like an interesting book it looks like you are going to have a fun time reading it

Ariel , age 9 from North Carolina
I think that this is an interesting book


Book cover I Am the World
Charles R. Smith Jr. (2013) , under 40 pages
Audience: Primary (k-3rd grade)
Category: African-American, Multicultural


Photographs of children from different cultures around the world are honored in this book, which celebrates heritage and diversity. The book has bold statements such as, “I am the world,” and “I am the soul of kings.” Children will be empowered and inspired to take pride in being themselves after reading this book. Readers can learn meanings of new words from different cultures by using the glossary at the end of the book. Celebrate the spirit of life and humanity through the strength of children as you enjoy this book.


Book cover I`m A Pretty Little Black Girl!
Betty K. Bynum (2013) , under 40 pages
Illustrated by Claire Armstrong Parod
Audience: Preschool, Primary (k-3rd grade)
Category: African-American, Multicultural, Read Aloud
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


Mia is a lovable, vibrant, young, brown-skinned girl who loves being playful, dancing, and admiring her reflection. When her hair spirals all over her head, she just twirls and yells out, “I’m a Pretty Little Black Girl!” Mia meets with her friends, other young black girls with rich complexions ranging from sweet dark chocolate cream to buttercup daisy. Each girl is illustrated with beautiful, unique features that perfectly fit their written description. Mia values her friendships and feels their friendship is unbreakable as their individual talents shine bright. Mia affirms that one day they will show the world brilliance it has never seen. This book confirms that beauty and talent come in a multitude of colors. Hooray for “I’m A Pretty Little Black Girl!”


Book cover Nelson Mandela
Kadir Nelson (2013) , 40-80 pages
Audience: Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: African-American, Biographies, Historical, Multicultural, Read Aloud
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


Did you know that Nelson Mandela’s first name was actually Rolihlahla which means troublemaker? His teachers called him Nelson instead. He worked very hard to fight against apartheid, which was a system that limited the rights and freedom of darker skinned people. He held protests and rallies, and often he would have to go into hiding. Unfortunately he ended up serving a lot of time in a prison in South Africa, but he later became president of his country. Read this book to learn more about the extraordinary life of Nelson Mandela and his contributions to the world.


Book cover Old Mikamba Had A Farm
Rachel Isadora (2013) , under 40 pages
Audience: Preschool, Primary (k-3rd grade)
Category: African-American, Multicultural, Read Aloud
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


Old Mikamba’s farm adds a unique twist to the classic children’s song. Don’t expect to find pigs oinking or cows mooing, these animals are far more exotic. Children will enjoy reciting the sounds of the graceful zebra or the fast leaping springbok. The artwork makes the animals appear lively and energetic and helps to capture the beautiful African terrain on which the animals play. The native people in the story wear lovely pieces of Kente cloth that have symbolic meanings and the patterns can be found on the drawings of the giraffes. Fun descriptions of each animal can be found in in the back of the book. Old Mikamba’s farm is definitely a delight to read that is filled with wonderful surprises.



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