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Book cover Marching For Freedom: Walk Together Children and Don't You Grow Wear
Elizabeth Partridge (2009) , 40-80 pages
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Audience: Intermediate (4th-6th grade), Adult/Parent
Category: Adventure, African-American, Historical, Multicultural, Non-Fiction
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


This is an amazing book about an amazing time in history. It is 1963 and the blacks in Alabama are not allowed to register to vote. However, this situation is about to change because they want to be a part of the election process. As United Stated citizens, it is their right, but with change comes heartache and sacrifice. This book chronicles the events that lead to the historic Selma to Montgomery March in 1965 which was led by Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Through classic photographs and compelling stories, we learn even more about how the march was planned and the stories behind the courageous participants-- children, high school students and adults of all races. It was a march that changed our lives and changed our nation forever and for the better.

Reviewed by: Annie / West Boulevard Library
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Bree, age 10 from New York
this book is great I think everyone should,by the way I am the person who gives book reviews


Book cover Peace, Locomotion
Jacqueline Woodson (2009) , 120-160 pages
Illustrated by
Audience: Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: African-American, Read Aloud, Realistic Fiction


Lonnie and his sister Lili are living in separate foster homes following the death of their parents. Both children are surrounded by love from their foster families and an extended support group, but that doesn't take away the pain of missing their own parents. So Lonnie starts writing regular letters to his sister that he will give her one day when they are grown up. Set against the backdrop of the Iraq War, we watch Lonnie and Lili learn to become a part of their new families, to accept the new love given to them and slowly make peace with the world. As Lonnie says, "Peace is the good stuff that happens to all of us sometimes."

Reviewed by: Jo / Morrison Regional Library
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Comments from Readers

Luis, age 11 from North Carolina
It was a good book.

Markayla, age 11 from North Carolina
I loved this book. It was very inspiring!!!

Carsulan, age 11 from North Carolina
The book was really good. I liked it.


Book cover Ron's Big Mission
Rose Blue and Corianne J. Naden (2009) , under 40 pages
Illustrated by Don Tate
Audience: Primary (k-3rd grade), Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: African-American, Historical, Multicultural, Read Aloud
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


This fictional story is based on a true event. Ron McNair is a 9 years old African-American boy who wants to become a pilot. On a summer day in 1959, he rushes out of the house on a mission. He doesn’t have time for his breakfast, a doughnut, or a basketball game. The library is his destination. After he finds books about airplanes, his stops at the checkout desk where he says,” I’d like to check these out, please.” He is ignored, so he tries something else. He stands on the top of the desk and says the same request!! But he is told he can’t because only “white people can check out books from the library”. Discover what happens as Ron takes a stand. Tate’s bright and expressive illustrations are a major plus in this tale about a boy who would one day become a famous astronaut.

Reviewed by: Jeanenne / Steele Creek Library
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Book cover The Listeners
Gloria Whelan (2009) , under 40 pages
Illustrated by Mike Benny
Audience: Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: African-American, Historical
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


We are not too little; we are big and mighty in what we can do. From dark in the morning till the sun falls, we little children work hard—in the fields, in the pastures, in the cabins— but our most important job of all is when we listen up at the Big House for the news. In “The Listeners,” meet slave children who hide in the shadows, to bring word back to their families of what their fates might be. While the children face their everyday fears and pains, they dream of freedom’s bright words being spoken. Which will they hear?

Reviewed by: Amanda / University City Regional Library

Book cover Hip Hop Speaks To Children: a Celebration of Poetry with a Beat
Editor Nikki Giovanni (2008) , 40-80 pages
Illustrated by Kristen Balouch, Michelle Noiset, Jeremy Tugeau, Alicia Vergel de Dios and Damian Ward
Audience: Primary (k-3rd grade), Intermediate (4th-6th grade)
Category: African-American, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Read Aloud
(This book has outstanding illustrations)


This book is a rapper's delight and a poet's passion. Editor and poet, Nikki Giovanni highlights the best of rap and the best of poetry. There is a cool mix of classic poetry with the best of hip hop. Where else can you find Langston Hughes and the Sugarhill Gang together and entertaining? The illustrations and the CD, along with the great poetry, creates a work of art that is bursting with bold words and beautiful illustrations. Add this to your personal library. It will be like eye candy on your shelf!

Reviewed by: Annie / West Boulevard Library
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