Multcolib Kids Picks: African American Experience--K-2nd Grade Beginning Facts

Gordon Parks
Gordon Parks How the Photographer Captured Black and White America By Weatherford, Carole Boston Book - 2015 j 770.89 P2522w 2015 Beginning Facts Available in some locations

Annotation:A beautiful picture book biography of photographer, poet, novelist, and composer Gordon Parks. An author's note provides additional information and includes reproductions of four of Parks's photographs, including his most famous "American Gothic."

Ballerina Dreams
Ballerina Dreams From Orphan to Dancer By DePrince, Michaela Book - 2014 j 792.8028 D424b 2014 Beginning Facts Available in some locations

Annotation:The story of Michaela DePrince, an orphan from Sierra Leone, who was adopted by an American family and achieves her dream to become a ballerina. It includes both photographs and illustrations. A must for new readers with dreams!

Brick by Brick
Brick by Brick By Smith, Charles R. Book - 2013 j 975.302 S6445b 2013 Beginning Facts Available in some locations

Annotation:When America was a new country and the president was in need of a residence, there were not enough workers. So the government sought slaves. Brick by Brick is the story of those slaves building the White House.

Something to Prove
Something to Prove The Great Satchel Paige Vs. Rookie Joe DiMaggio By Skead, Robert Book - 2013 j 796.3570922 P1429s 2013 Beginning Facts Available in some locations

Annotation:In 1936, the New York Yankees wanted to see if a new prospect named Joe DiMaggio was ready for the big leagues. They called the best pitcher around, Satchel Paige. For the game, Paige and a group of amateur African American players, faced off against DiMaggio and a team of white major leaguers.

When the Beat Was Born
When the Beat Was Born DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop By Hill, Laban Carrick Book - 2013 j 782.421649 K828h 2013 Beginning Facts Available in some locations

Annotation:2014 Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award for New Talent. A picture book biography introduces readers to DJ Kool Herc (Clive Campbell). Born in Jamaica in 1955, he moved to New York and started hip hop at his legendary basement parties.

A Splash of Red
A Splash of Red The Life and Art of Horace Pippin By Bryant, Jennifer Book - 2013 j 759.13 P6659b 2013 Beginning Facts Available in some locations

Annotation:2014 Schneider Family Book Award. Picture book biography of self-taught African American artist Horace Pippin. Quotations from Pippin are hand-drawn into the illustrations throughout the book showing readers what Pippin felt about art, his war experience, and how he viewed the world.

We Shall Overcome
We Shall Overcome The Story of A Song By Levy, Debbie Book - 2013 j 782.42162 L6683w 2013 Beginning Facts Available in some locations

Annotation:Traces the evolution of this powerful protest song. Beginning during slavery, this "story of a song" moves through the Civil Rights Movement up to present day.

Touch the Sky
Touch the Sky Alice Coachman, Olympic High Jumper By Malaspina, Ann Book - 2012 j 796.42092 C6522m 2012 Beginning Facts Available in some locations

Annotation:A biography of Alice Coachman, the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal. Includes bibliographical references and black and white photos of Alice Coachman and her medal.

I, Too, Am America
I, Too, Am America By Hughes, Langston Book - 2012 j 811.52 H8939i 2012 Beginning Facts Available in some locations

Annotation:Artist Bryan Collier interprets Langston Hughes' poem as an ode to Pullman porters.

Words Set Me Free
Words Set Me Free The Story of Young Frederick Douglass By Cline-Ransome, Lesa Book - 2012 j B-D738cL 2012 Beginning Facts Available in some locations

Annotation:First-person narrative of Frederick Douglass's early life. Born and raised on plantations, reading was his way to freedom.

Harlem's Little Blackbird
Harlem's Little Blackbird By Watson, Renee Book - 2012 j 782.42165092 M657w 2012 Beginning Facts Available in some locations

Annotation:While she is not well know because she was never recorded or filmed, Florence Mills had an amazing voice and a generous spirit. This picture book biography follows her journey from the daughter of former slaves to stardom as a singer and performer.

Jazz Age Josephine
Jazz Age Josephine By Winter, Jonah Book - 2012 j 792.8092 B167w 2012 Beginning Facts Available in some locations

Annotation:Author Jonah Winter uses the music structure of rhythm and blues and jazz to tell the story of Josephine Baker. Starting with her impoverished life in St. Louis, racism in New York, and finally freedom in France, readers learn about the legendary singer and her unique performances.

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