Multcolib Kids Picks: African American Experience-- Non Fiction

The Port Chicago 50
The Port Chicago 50 Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights By Sheinkin, Steve Book - 2014 j 940.54 S543p 2014 Available in some locations

Annotation:2015 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults. The accidental explosion at Port Chicago, a Navy base where African American servicemen were forced to work in unsafe conditions killed more than 300 soldiers and injured nearly 400. It also helped end segregation in the military.

Brown Girl Dreaming
Brown Girl Dreaming By Woodson, Jacqueline Book - 2014 j B-Wo8685b 2014 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 16 on 34 copies

Annotation:2014 National Book Award Winner. Author Jacqueline Woodson delivers yet another stunning piece of work. This time, it's autobiographical--she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s through verse.

Josephine The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker By Powell, Patricia Hruby Book - 2014 j 792.8092 B167p 2014 Available in some locations

Annotation:2015 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Honor; Robert F. Sibert Informational Award Honor. Performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker's life story is told through verse and lively paintings.

The Girl From the Tar Paper School
The Girl From the Tar Paper School Barbara Rose Johns and the Advent of the Civil Rights Movement By Kanefield, Teri Book - 2014 j 323.092 P8823k 2014 Available in some locations

Annotation:Barbara Johns was a high school student in Farmville, Virginia. In the 1950s she led a student strike for a better-built school.

Little Melba and Her Big Trombone
Little Melba and Her Big Trombone By Russell-Brown, Katheryn Book - 2014 j 788.93 L7739r 2014 Available in some locations

Annotation:2015 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Honor. Biography of Melba Doretta Liston, a virtuoso musician who fell in love with the trombone at age seven. As an adult she played, composed, and arranged music for many of the great jazz musicians of the twentieth century.

Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson American Hero By Robinson, Sharon Book - 2013 j 796.357092 R66ro 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Biography of Jackie Robinson, African American baseball player who broke the color lines, by his daughter.

Martin and Mahalia
Martin and Mahalia His Words, Her Song By Pinkney, Andrea Davis Book - 2013 j 323.092 K53pi 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Chronicles the friendship of preacher Martin Luther King Jr. and singer Mahalia Jackson. Both used their voices to motivate people to action at a pivotal time in the Civil Rights movement.

Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table
Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table By Martin, Jacqueline Briggs Book - 2013 j 630.92 A432m 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:This picture book follows Will Allen, who left professional basketball to become an urban farmer in Milwaukee. Allen now oversees an operation that aims to educate and encourage people around the world to grow their own food.

Double Victory
Double Victory How African American Women Broke Race and Gender Barriers to Help Win World War II By Mullenbach, Cheryl Book - 2013 j 940.530820973 M9582d 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:An account of the lesser-known contributions of African-American women during World War II reveals how they helped lay the foundations for the Civil Rights Movement by challenging racial and gender barriers at home and abroad.

Hand in Hand
Hand in Hand Ten Black Men Who Changed America By Pinkney, Andrea Davis Book - 2012 j 973.0496073 P6557h 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Profiles of 10 African American men who shaped America. The subjects here include Benjamin Banneker, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, A. Philip Randolph, Thurgood Marshall, Jackie Robinson, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Barack Obama,

I Lay My Stitches Down
I Lay My Stitches Down Poems of American Slavery By Grady, Cynthia Book - 2012 j 811.6 G733i 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Using both poetry and the tradition of quilting as storytelling, author Cynthia Grady covers the vast range of slave experiences.

Spirit Seeker
Spirit Seeker John Coltrane's Musical Journey By Golio, Gary Book - 2012 j 788.7165092 C725g 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Legendary jazz musician John Coltrane grew up in a very religious family. As a young man he wondered about spirit, and the meaning of life. Through music he found the key to unlocking those mysteries for himself.

Molly, by Golly!
Molly, by Golly! The Legend of Molly Williams, America's First Female Firefighter By Ochiltree, Dianne Book - 2012 j 363.37092 W7256o 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Not many people know the story of Molly Williams. An African American woman who, in the early 1800s, went from cooking for New York City's volunteer firefighters to battling fires alongside them as the first female firefighter.

Discovering Black America
Discovering Black America From the Age of Exploration to the Twenty-first Century By Tarrant-Reid, Linda Book - 2012 j 973.0496073 T192d 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Traces over four centuries of African American history, drawing on personal journals, interviews, and archival materials to document times ranging from the Colonial period and slavery through the Civil War and the Civil Rights era.

Marching to the Mountaintop
Marching to the Mountaintop How Poverty, Labor Fights, and Civil Rights Set the Stage for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Final Hours By Bausum, Ann Book - 2012 j 323.092 K53ba 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Ann Bausum returns to the subject of Civil Rights with more exhaustive research, more compelling narrative, and more new and fascinating analysis than any other non-fiction author for children today. This new angle on the historically significant and fascinating life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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A selection of non fiction books for 3rd-6th grade readers with an African American focus. List only includes books published in the last three years. (3/15)

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