Nonfiction > Chapter/Middle > Aspiration/Motivation

Anita Alexander 

Gingersnaps: Daily Affirmations for African American Children and Families 

Tracey Baptiste

Being a Leader and Making Decisions 

Overcoming Prejudice 

Tonya Bolden 

33 Things Every Girl Should Know: Stories, Songs, Poems, and Smart Talk by 33 Extraordinary Women 

The Book of African American Women: 150 Crusaders, Creators, and Uplifters

Alton Carter

The Boy Who Carried Bricks — A True Story of Survival

Michaela DePrince

Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina

Hope in a Ballet Shoe: Orphaned by War, Saved by Ballet: An Extraordinary True Story

Gabrielle Douglas 


Grace, Gold, and Glory My Leap of Faith

Madu Eneli 

Am I Ready For Middle School?: My Education…future…life!

Nikki Grimes

A Dime a Dozen

James Haskins

Outward Dreams: Black Inventors and Their Inventions 

Jim Haskins

African American Entrepreneurs

Cheryl Willis Hudson

In Praise of Our Fathers and Our Mothers 

Wade Hudson

Powerful Words: More Than 200 Years of Extraordinary Writings by African American 

Hannibal B. Johnson 

Acres of Aspiration: The All-Black Towns in Oklahoma

Deloris Jordan

Family First: Winning the Parenting Game

Gabrielle Jordan

The Making of A Young Entrepreneur: A Kid’s Guide to Developing the Mind-Set for Success 

Julius Lester

On Writing for Children & Other People 

Walter Dean Myers

Just Write: Here’s How! 

Rosa Parks

Dear Mrs. Parks: A Dialogue with Today’s Youth

Margaret W. Peters

Ebony Book of Black Achievement

Dayton’s African American Heritage: A Pictorial History

Andrea Davis Pinkney

Peace Warriors

Gregory Reed 

Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons – A Dialogue with America’s Young Leaders

Dear Mrs. Parks: A Dialogue with Today’s Youth

Jewell Parker Rhodes

Porch Stories: A Grandmother’s Guide to Happiness 

Sharon Robinson 

Jackie’s Nine: Jackie Robinson’s Values to Live By: Becoming Your Best Self

Allison Samuels

What Would Michelle Do?: A Modern-Day Guide to Living with Substance and Style 

Charles R. Smith

Winning Words: Sports Stories and Photographs

Otha Richard Sullivan 

African American Millionaires 

Black Stars: African American Women Scientists and Inventors 

Garen Thomas

Yes We Can: A Biography of President Barack Obama

Glennette Tilley Turner 

Follow in Their Footsteps