Multcolib Kids Picks: African American Experience-- Non Fiction
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.
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.
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.
Annotation:Barbara Johns was a high school student in Farmville, Virginia. In the 1950s she led a student strike for a better-built school.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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)