Multcolib Kids Picks: African American Experience--K-2nd Grade Beginning Facts
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."
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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A selection of beginning non fiction for kids with an African American focus. List only includes books published in the last three years. (3/15)