Multcolib Books 2 U Picks: African American Main Characters (Grades 3-5)
Annotation: A wonderful depiction of life in Nigeria, Anna Hibiscus tells the story of a multi-generational, middle-class household in modern day Nigeria. The book is simple, yet profound, exploring concepts of hair, poverty, and multi-racial households with depth and wisdom.
Annotation:More than anything in the world Jackson wants a basketball for his birthday. Instead he receives gardening supplies -- the worst gift ever. Perfect for boys who do not love sports... and for those who do.
Annotation:Ruby is very smart, but so are her three brothers. They are smart and they are older than she. What hope does Ruby have of winning the trivia contest?
Annotation:There is a war going on at Ellray's school. The teachers don’t have a clue. Jared’s supreme goal is to make Ellray cry in front of the class and Ellray’s supreme goal is to make sure that never happens. One thing Ellray knows for sure is that he can’t tell anyone – not the other kids, not the adults, not even his own mom and dad --about the secret war.
Annotation:A smart kid growing up on a game reserve in Eastern Africa discovers a plot to poach elephants. By Alexander McCall Smith, author of the No. # 1 Ladies Detective Agency, The Akimbo series is like a third-fourth grade version of that extremely popular detective series. Love the artwork!
Annotation:This book is about a multi-racial girl. At first, I thought the book might demonize people of one racial category, but it does correct this problem in the end. I like the art work and the fact that the entire cast of characters is multi-racial.
Annotation:The Elsewhere Chronicles is a science fiction graphic novel with a Black girl main character. Alternate worlds, evil lurking behind every corner, and long quests -- the stuff of every science fiction fan.
Annotation:Suzanne Collins, of Hunger Games fame, creates a Wiz-like alternate world where the main-character's appearance fulfills a long-held prophecy. Sci Fi with a Black main character!
Annotation:Historical fiction about a zany Black family that takes a trip to the South in 1963. Christopher Paul Curtis is hilarious. See Mr. Chickee's Funny Money if you like the Watsons.
Annotation:If you like Junie B. Jones, you'll love Keena Ford. Practicing out of school freedom, Keena accidentally snips off one of her braids and goes on a school field trip wearing an American flag head scarf.
Annotation:This book has a White main character and an African-American girl best friend. Even though it is about basketball, it is just full of subtle, but complex issues.
Annotation: Julian's father decides to make the lightest, fluffiest, most delicious lemon pudding ever. Then he tells his sons not to touch the pudding and makes the mistake of taking a short nap.
Annotation:Queen is very smart and very pretty, but she treats everyone else as if they are her servants. Even her teacher is frustrated. Then Queen's class gets a new boy and he turns everything Queen knows upside down.