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Recommended books, reading lists, and bibliographies of children's books about Africa or African Americans can be found here.

Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor is the story of the Logan family, an African American family living in the rural South during the Great Depression.

I Have A Dream
I Have A Dream is a children's picture book, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, and published in honor of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's historic speech.

Heart and Soul
Kadir Nelson is the author and illustrator of Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans. In about 100 pages, Nelson provides an overview from the Revolutionary War to the election of Barack Obama.

Children's Book Review - Portraits of African-American Heroes
Nonfiction Children's Books - "Portraits of African-American Heroes" by Tonya Boldon, with full-page portraits by Ansel Pitcairn, contains three-page biographies and a portrait of 20 remarkable African American men and women, from abolitionist and author Frederick Douglass in the nineteenth century and artist Jacob Lawrence in the twentieth...

Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins
Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins is the story of the impact on the Civil Rights Movement that the sit-ins in Greenboro, North Carolina, that began February 1, 1960, had.

Martin's Big Words
Martin's Big Words, a picture book by Doreen Rappaport, with dramatic illustrations by Bryan Collier, is about the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

2011 Coretta Scott King Book Awards - 2011 Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners
Learn about the winners of the 2011 Coretta Scott King Book Awards, whose award winners are African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults.

2011 Coretta Scott King Book Awards - 2011 Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners
Learn about the winners of the 2011 Coretta Scott King Book Awards, whose award winners are African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults.

Guide Article: Spotlight on Artist Jerry Pinkney
Over the years, Jerry Pinkney has gained a reputation as both a fine artist and as an award-winning illustrator of children's books. Pinkney's body of work has tended to focus on multicultural and African American themes.

Guide Book Review: "Faraway Home"
Faraway Home by Jane Kurtz, with watercolors by E.B. Lewis is an exceptional picture book about the immigrant experience.

Guide Book Review: "John Henry"
Julius Lester's picture book, "John Henry," is based on the African American folk ballad "John Henry." In 1990, the book, which was illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, was recognized as a Caldecott Honor Book for the excellence of its illustrations.

Guide Book Review: "Let It Shine"
Andrea Davis Pinkney's "Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters" is geared to upper elementary and middle school age children. It covers the lives of ten women, the injustices they fought against, and their accomplishments.

Guide Picks: African American Freedom Fighters
Books about African American freedom fighters that every Amercian should know about, including Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King, Jr., Ruby Bridges, and Ida B. Wells.

Guide Picks: Kwanzaa Books
Five Kwanzaa books, from a contemporary folktale to an excellent introduction to how African-American families celebrate Kwanzaa.

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose is a nonfiction book about a little-known person important to Civil Rights history.

In Celebration of African-American Authors and Illustrators of Children's Books
This booklist of children's books for elementary and middle school students by African-American authors and illustrators comes from the Harford County Public Library in Maryland. It includes cover art.

Africa Access
Use the online database to find children's books, CDs, and other resources that give an accurate view of Africa.

African American Culture and Tradition
An annotated list from the Seattle Public Library's that includes cover art summaries of children's books of fiction and nonfiction about African Americans and Africa.

2011 Coretta Scott King Book Awards - 2011 Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners
Learn about the winners of the 2011 Coretta Scott King Book Awards, which honor African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults.

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are important annual children's book awards that honor African American authors and African American illustrators. Here is information about the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, the current winners, and the Coretta Scott King Book Award winners and Honor Books for previous years.

African American Books
An excellent, annotated recommended reading list of picture books, fiction, poetry, and nonfiction from The Horn Book Web site.

Goin' Someplace Special
Goin' Someplace Special, a picture book by Patricia McKissack, with illustrations by Jerry Pinkney provides a look at the experiences of one African American girl during the Jim Crow ers.

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