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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors

John Agard


Elizabeth Alexander

Miss Crandall’s School for Young Ladies & Little Misses of Color 

Anna Pearl Barrett

Juneteenth: Celebrating Freedom in Texas 

Clarence N. Blake

Quiz Book on Black America

Tonya Bolden

Capital Days: Michael Shiner’s Journal and the Growth of Our Nation’s Capital 

Searching for Sarah Rector

Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty

Up Close: W. E. B. Du Bois 

FDR’s Alphabet Soup: New Deal America, 1932 – 1939

M.L.K.: Journey Of A King

Take-Off: American All-Girl Bands During WWII 

Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl

Tell All the Children Our Story: Memories and Mementos of Being Young and Black in America

Cause: Reconstruction America, 1863 – 1877

Portraits of African American Heroes 

Wake Up Our Souls: A Celebration of Black American Artists

33 Things Every Girl Should Know About Women’s History: From Suffragettes to Skirt Lengths to the E.R.A. 

Rites of Passage: Stories About Growing Up by Black Writers From Around the World

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

Muriel Miller Branch

The Water Brought Us: The Story of the Gullah-Speaking People

Pennies to Dollars: The Story of Maggie Lena Walker

Juneteenth: Freedom Day

Fine Art and Crafts (African American Arts)

James Michael Brodie & Barbara K. Curry

Sweet Words So Brave: The Story of African American Literature

James Michael Brodie

Created Equal: The Lives and Ideas of Black American Innovators

A’Lelia Perry Bundles

Madam C.J. Walker: Entrepreneur

Kephra Burns

Mansa Musa: The Lion of Mali 

Black Stars in Orbit: NASA’s African American Astronauts

Jerry Butler

A Drawing in the Sand: A Story of African American Art

Veronica Chambers

Harlem Renaissance

Charles W. Chesnutt

Frederick Douglass A Biography 

Michel Chikwanine

Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War

Lamont Clark 

DJs: A Children’s Guide to the Origins of Hip Hop (The Five Elements of Hip Hop) (Volume 1) 

B-Boys: A Children’s Guide to the Origins of Hip Hop (The Five Elements of Hip Hop) (Volume 2) 

Graffiti: A Children’s Guide to the Origins of Hip Hop (Volume 3) 

MCs: A Children’s Guide to the Origins of Hip Hop (The Five Elements of Hip Hop) (Volume 4)

Knowledge: The Fifth Element of Hip Hop: A Children’s Guide to the Origins of Hip Hop (The Five Elements of Hip Hop) (Volume 5) 

Constance Claytor

African Americans Who Were First

Clinton Cox

Fiery Vision: The Life and Death of John Brown 

African American Healers

Undying Glory: The Story of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment

The Forgotten Heroes: The Story of the Buffalo Soldiers

Come All You Brave Soldiers: Blacks in the Revolutionary War

African American Teachers

Edwidge Danticat

Anacaona: Golden Flower, Haiti, 1490

Alexis De Veaux

Don’t Explain: A Story of Billie Holiday

Sylviane Anna Diouf

Kings and Queens of Central Africa

Growing Up in Slavery

Kings and Queens of West Africa

Kings and Queens of East Africa

Kings and Queens of Southern Africa

Gabrielle Douglas


Grace, Gold, and Glory My Leap of Faith

Shirley Graham Dubois

Julius K. Nyerere: Teacher of Africa

DuBois: A Pictorial Biography 

Gamal Abdel Nasser, Son of the Nile 

His Day Is Marching On: A Memoir of W. E. B. DuBois

Booker T. Washington: Educator of Hand, Head, and Heart

The Story of Pocahontas 

Jean Baptiste Pointe de Sable: Founder of Chicago 

Your Most Humble Servant: The Amazing Story of Benjamin Banneker

The Story of Phillis Wheatley: Poetess of the Revolution 

There Once Was a Slave: The Heroic Story of Frederick Douglas 

Paul Robeson, Citizen of the World 

Dr. George Washington Carver: Scientist  

Anne Elizabeth Eskridge

Slave Uprisings and Runaways: Fighting for Freedom and the Underground Railroad 

Tom Feelings

The Middle Passage: White Ships/ Black Cargo

Joel Christian Gill

Strange Fruit, Volume I: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History

Bass Reeves: Tales of the Talented Tenth, Volume 1

Lorenz B. Graham

John Brown’s Raid: A Picture History of the Attack on Harper’s Ferry, Virginia

The Story of Jesus

Michelle Y. Green

A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie “Peanut” Johnson

Eloise Greenfield

Rosa Parks

How They Got Over: African Americans and the Call of the Sea

Childtimes: A Three Generation Memoir

Nikki Grimes

Malcolm X 

Virginia Hamilton

Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave

E. B. Du Bois: A Biography 

Paul Robeson: The Life and Times of a Free Black Man

Joyce Hansen

Freedom Roads: Searching for the Underground Railroad

Breaking Ground, Breaking Silence: The Story of New York’s African Burial Ground 

Bury Me Not in a Land of Slaves

Between Two Fires: Black Soldiers in the Civil War

Stephen & Sheila Jackson Hardy 

Extraordinary People of the Harlem Renaissance

Extraordinary People Of The Civil Rights Movement

Ayanna Hart

Africans in America

Philip Shaw Hart

Bessie Coleman 

Up in the Air: The Story of Bessie Coleman

Flying Free: America’s First Black Aviators

James Haskins

One Love, One Heart: A History of Reggae

Rosa Parks: My Story

I Am Rosa Parks

African Beginnings

Black Stars of the Harlem Renaissance

Conjure Times: The History of Black Magicians in America

Diary of a Harlem School Teacher

African Heroes

Black Eagles: African Americans in Aviation

Building a New Land: African Americans in Colonial America

The Day Fort Sumter Was Fired on: A Photo History of the Civil War

Black Stars of Civil War Times

Bound for America: The Forced Migration of Africans to the New World

Get On Board

Space Challenger: The Story of Guion Bluford: An Authorized Biography

Geography of Hope: Black Exodus

Black Dance in America: A History Through Its People

Black, Blue & Gray: African Americans in the Civil War

Scott Joplin: The Man Who Made Ragtime

The Story of Stevie Wonder

Separate But Not Equal: The Dream and the Struggle

Street Gangs: Yesterday and Today

Out of the Darkness: The Story of Blacks Moving North 1890-1940

Black Stars of the Civil Rights Movement

The Harlem Renaissance

Lena Horne

Sugar Ray Leonard

Corazon Aquino: Leader of the Philippines 

Katherine Dunham

Black Music in America: A History Through Its People

James Van Derzee: The Picture Takin’ Man

From Lew Alcindor to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

African American Religious Leaders

Fighting Shirley Chisholm 

The Life and Death of Martin Luther King, Jr.

One Love, One Heart: A History of Reggae

African American Entrepreneurs 

African American Military Heroes 

Carter G. Woodson: The Man Who Put “Black” in American History 

Jesse Jackson: Civil Rights Activist

Power to the People: The Rise and Fall of the Black Panther Party 

Outward Dreams: Black Inventors and Their Inventions

Black Stars: African American Women Scientists and Inventors

Black Stars of Colonial and Revolutionary Times

Colin Powell: A Biography

Doctor J.: A Biography of Julius Erving

Profiles in Black Power

Against All Opposition: Black Explorers in America

The Psychology of Black Language 

The First Black Governor: Pinkney Benton Stewart Pinchback

Amazing Grace

The March on Washington

Africa: A Look Back

Toni Morrison: Magic Of Words 

The Creoles of Color of New Orleans

Thurgood Marshall: A Life for Justice

The Rise of Jim Crow 

Freedom Rides: Journey for Justice

Nat King Cole 

From Afar to Zulu: A Dictionary of African Cultures

One Nation Under a Groove: Rap Music and Its Roots 

Winnie Mandela

One More River to Cross: The Story of Twelve Black Americans

Barbara Jordan

Black Theater in America

Break Dancing

Following Freedom’s Star: The Story of the Underground Railroad

Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam

Andrew Young, Man With a Mission

Bill Cosby: America’s Most Famous Father

Bob McAdoo 

Double Dutch

George McGinnis: Basketball Superstar

Rebecca O. Hayes

Private Cathay’s Secret 

KaaVonia Hinton

Desegregating America’s Schools

Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, 1954

Martin Luther King Jr.

The Story of the Underground Railroad 

Wade Hudson

Book of Black Heroes from A to Z: An Introduction to Important Black Achievers for Young Readers

Five Bold Freedom Fighters (Great Black Heroes)

Five Brave Explorers (Great Black Heroes)

Five Notable Inventors (Great Black Heroes)

Book of Black Heroes: Scientists, Healers, and Inventors (Volume 3)

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

Jackie Robinson: Major League Hero 

Garnet Nelson Jackson

Thurgood Marshall: Supreme Court Justice

Selma Burke: Artist

Maggie Walker: Business Leader

Rosa Parks: Hero of Our Time 

Phillis Wheatley: Poet

Benjamin Banneker: Scientist

Martin Luther King Jr.: A Man of Peace 

Dolores Johnson

The Harlem Renaissance

Hannibal B. Johnson

Acres of Aspiration: The All-Black Towns in Oklahoma

Black Wall Street: From Riot to Renaissance in Tulsa’s Historic Greenwood District

Lynda Jones

Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker: The Unlikely Friendship of Elizabeth Keckley and Mary Todd Lincoln

Five Brilliant Scientists (Great Black Heroes)

Abe Lincoln 

Maurice K. Jones

Spike Lee and the African American Filmmakers: A Choice of Colors

Say It Loud/Story of Rap Music

Denise M. Jordan

Susie King Taylor: Destined to Be Free 

Harlem Renaissance Artists

Julian Bond: Civil Rights Activist and Chairman of the NAACP

Julius Lester

To Be A Slave

Search for the New Land 

On Writing for Children & Other People

Cookie Lommel

Robert Church

African American in Film and Television

Mary Church Terrell: Speaking Out for Civil Rights

History of Rap Music

Black Filmmakers

James Oglethorpe

Madam C.J. Walker: Entrepreneur

Kekla Magoon (Nonfiction, Middle, Fiction, Teen/YA)

Cesar Chavez: Crusader for Labor Rights  

The Zebulon Pike Expedition 

Abraham Lincoln

The Salem Witch Trials 

Nelson Mandela: A Leader for Freedom

Patricia C. & Fredrick L. McKissack

The Royal Kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhay: Life in Medieval Africa

Black Hands, White Sails

Black Hoops: The History of African-Americans in Basketball

Black Diamond: The Story of the Negro Baseball Leagues

Red-Tail Angels: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II

A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter

Rebels Against Slavery: American Slave Revolts

Hard Labor: The First African Americans, 1619

Days of Jubilee

Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I a Woman? 

Patricia C. McKissack 

Amistad: The Story of a Slave Ship

Joseph D. McNair

Leontyne Price (Journey to Freedom: The African American Library)

Barbara Jordan: African American Politician (Journey to Freedom: The African American Library)

Ralph Bunche (Journey to Freedom: The African American Library)

Angela Shelf Medearis

Dare to Dream: Coretta Scott King and the Civil Rights Movement

Tony Medina

The President Looks Like Me & Other Poems 

Louise Meriwether

The Freedom Ship of Robert Smalls

The Heart Man: Dr. Daniel Hale Williams 

Don’t Ride the Bus on Monday: The Rosa Parks Story 

Dharathula H. Millender

Martin Luther King, Jr.: Young Man with a Dream

Crispus Attucks: Black Leader of Colonial Patriots (Childhood of Famous Americans)

Louis Armstrong: Young Music Maker (Childhood of Famous Americans) 

Robert H. Miller

Reflections of a Black Cowboy: Cowboys

Reflections of a Black Cowboy: Buffalo Soldiers 

Reflections of a Black Cowboy: Mountain Men

Reflections of a Black Cowboy: Pioneers

Morgan Monceaux

Jazz: My Music, My People

My Heroes, My People: African Americans and Native Americans in the West

Toni Morrison 

Remember: The Journey to School Integration

Walter Dean Myers

Greatest: Muhammad Ali 

Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary


Amistad: A Long Road to Freedom

At Her Majesty’s Request: An African Princess in Victorian England

The Harlem Hellfighters: When Pride Met Courage

Now Is Your Time! The African-American Struggle for Freedom

One More River to Cross: An African American Photograph Album

Kadir Nelson

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans

Marilyn Nelson

Sweethearts of Rhythm

Miss Crandall’s School for Young Ladies & Little Misses of Color

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

No Crystal Stair

Winifred Latimer Norman

Lewis Latimer

Vivian W. Owens

The Mount Dorans: African American History Notes of a Florida Town

Diane Patrick

Martin Luther King Jr

Lillie Patterson

Frederick Douglass

Martin Luther King, Jr.: Man of Peace

Sure Hands – Strong Heart

Booker T. Washington Leader of His People

Sequoyah: The Cherokee Who Captured Words

Coretta Scott King

Francis Scott Key: Poet and Patriot

A Philip Randolph: Messenger for the Masses

M LaVora Perry

A History of the Civil Rights Movement

Margaret W. Peters

Ebony Book of Black Achievement 

Dayton’s African American Heritage: A Pictorial History

Ann Petry

Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad

Andrea Davis Pinkney

Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound 

Peace Warriors

Let it Shine! Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters

Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America

A.P. Porter

Jump at de Sun: The Story of Zora Neale Hurston

Dorothy Marie Rice

The Seventeenth Child

Sharon Robinson

Jackie Robinson: American Hero

Belinda Rochelle

Witnesses to Freedom: Young People Who Fought for Civil Rights

Charlemae Hill Rollins

They Showed the Way: Forty American Negro Leaders

Famous American Negro Poets

Famous Negro Entertainers of Stage, Screen, and TV

Charles R. Smith

Stars in the Shadows: The Negro League All-Star Game of 1934 

Glenn L. Starks

Thurgood Marshall: A Biography

Michael R. Strickland

A-to-Z of African American History

Bettye Stroud

The Reconstruction Era

Otha Richard Sullivan

African American Millionaires

Black Stars: African American Women Scientists and Inventors

African American Inventors

Linda Tarrant-Reid

Discovering Black America: From the Age of Exploration to the Twenty-First Century

Eleanora E. Tate

African American Musicians

Wanda Taylor

Birchtown and the Black Loyalists

Christine Taylor-Butler

The Constitution of the United States 

Explorers of North America

The Bill of Rights: American History 

The Presidency

The Congress of the United States

The Supreme Court

Booker T. Washington (Rookie Biography Series)  

Thurgood Marshall

Garen Thomas

Yes We Can: A Biography of President Barack Obama

Joyce Carol Thomas

Linda Brown, You Are Not Alone: The Brown V. Board of Education Decision

Velma Maia Thomas

We Shall Not Be Moved 

Freedom’s Children: The Passage from Emancipation to the Great Migration

Lest We Forget: The Passage from Africa to Slavery and Emancipation

Leon Walter Tillage

Leon’s Story

Linda Trice

Charles Drew: Pioneer of Blood Plasma

Morrie Turner

Super Sistahs: Featuring The Accomplishments of African-American Women Past and Present

All God’s Chillun Got Soul

Glennette Tilley Turner

The Underground Railroad in Illinois

Lewis Howard Latimer (Pioneers in Change)

Take a Walk in Their Shoes: Biographies of 14 Outstanding African Americans

Darwin McBeth Walton 

Overcoming Challenges: The Life of Charles F. Bolden, Jr. 

Carole Boston Weatherford

Remember the Bridge: Poems of a People

Great African-American Lawyers: Raising the Bar of Freedom

The African-American Struggle for Legal Equality in American History

Sink or Swim:  African-American Lifesavers of the Outer Banks

Sarah E. Wright

Philip Randolph: Integration in the Workplace