African American 

Adams, J. (1994). Going For Oysters. Morton Grove, Illinois: Albert Whitman & Company. Primary/MS.

Angelou, M. (1987). Now Sheba Sings The Song. New York: E.P. Dutton. MS/Adult.

Barnes, J.A. (1997). Promise Me The Moon. New York: Dial. EL/MS. A book filled with love and hope - some might find it too hopeful, too pat in its ending; but I think we can be so enmeshed with stories that completely focus on what is and isn't possible that life becomes grim and futile. I highly recommend this book.

Belton, S. (1993). From Miss Ida's Porch. New York: Four Winds Press. EL/MS.

Blue, R. & Naden, C. (1992). Barbara Jordan. New York: Chelsea House Publications. EL/MS from a series of books, Black Americans of Achievement.

Caines, J. (1982). Just Us Women. New York: Harper and Row. Primary.

Chocolate, D. (1995). On The day I Was Born. New York: Cartwheel Books. Primary.

Clifton, L. (1977). Everett Anderson's 1 2 3. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston. Primary.

Clifton, L. (1978). Everett Anderson's Nine Month Long. New York: Holt, Rinehart Winston. Primary.

Clifton, L. (1983). Everett Anderson's Good-bye. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston. Primary.

Coleman, E. (1996). White Socks Only. Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman & Company. Primary. (A superb story of courage and community solidarity)

Cooper, J. C. (1991). Family. New York: Doubleday. HS/Adult.

Cosby, B. (1997). The Little Bill Books for Beginning Readers. New York: Scholastic Books. Cosby has written a series of books for readers who have mastered a sight vocabulary, so the title of the series is a bit misleading. However, the collection is well worth adding to the classroom library. Each slim book is a chapter book and each teaches a lesson about ethnical behavior. Highly recommended.

Curry, B. & Brodie, J. (1996). Sweet Words So Brave, The Story of African American Literature. Madison, WI: Zino Press Children's Books. BUY THIS BOOK, HAVE THIS BOOK IN YOUR CLASSROOM REGARDLESS OF THE GRADE LEVEL YOU TEACH. Primary Adult.

Curtis, C.P. (1995). The Watsons Go To Birmingham, 1963. New York: Delacorte Press. EL/MS. An excellent book. Highly recommended.

Curtis, G. (1998). The Bat Boy & His Violin. New York: Simon and Schuster. Primary/EL. High recommended.

DeFelice, C. (1997). Willy's Silly Grandmother. New York: Orchard Books. Primary.

Feelings, T. & Greenfield, E. (1981). Daydreamers. New York: Dial Books. Primary.

Feelings, T. (1993). Soul Looks Back In Wonder. New York: Dial Books. Primary-Adult.

Feelings, T. (1991). Tommy Traveler In The World of Black History. New York: Black Butterfly Children's Books. EL/MS. Highly appealing to this group of students.

Flournoy, V. (1985). The Patchwork Quilt. New York: E.P. Dutton Books. Primary.

Giovanni, N. (Ed.). (1994). Grandmothers, Poems, Reminiscences, and Short Stories about the Keepers of our Traditions. New York: Henry Holt and Company. All Ages.

Greenfield, E. (1988). Grandpa's Face. New York: Philomel Books. Primary.

Greenfield, E. (1988). Nathaniel Talking. New York: Black Butterfly Child Books. Primary.

Greenfield, E. (1993). William and the Good Old Days. New York: Harper Collins Publishing. Primary.

Grimes, N. (1997). Wild, Wild Hair. New York: Scholastic Books. (One of a series of high interest, easy reading books. Primary/EL)

Hamilton, V. (1983). The Magical Adventures of Pretty Pearl. New York: Harper & Row. EL/HS.

Hamilton, V. (1991). The All Jahdu Story Book. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. EL.

Hamilton, V. (1985). The People Could Fly. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. All ages. Students love this book and return to it repeatedly.

Hansen, J. (1986). Yellow Bird and Me. New York: Bantam. MS.

Hansen, J. (1986). Which Way Freedom. New York: Walker and Company. MS/HS.

Haskins, J. (1975). Fighting Shirley Chisholm. New York: Dial Press. MS/HS.

Hughes, L. (1994). Black Misery. New York: Oxford University Press. All Ages.

Hull, M. (1997). Struggle and Love, 1972-1997. Philadelphia, PA: Chelsea House. MS/HS.

Igus, T. & Wood, M. (1998). I See the Rhythm. San Francisco, CA: Children's Book Press. Primary/Adult. An extraordinary visual and textual history of African American music from Africa to hip hop.

Igus, T. (Ed.). (1991). Book of Black Heroes: Great Women in the Struggle. Just Us Books, Inc. EL/MS/HS.

Johnson, A. (1995). Humming Whispers. New York: Orchard Books. EL/MS.

Johnson, D. (1993). Your Dad Was Just Like You. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company. EL.

Jordan, J. (1981). Kimako's Story. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. EL.

Jordan, J. & Bush, T. (1970). The Voice of the Children. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston. MS/HS. Everyone needs this book of poetry by inner city students. The copyright is old, the experiences and emotions are not.

Lester, J. & Pinkney, J. (1998). Black Cowboy, Wild horses: A True Story. New York: Dial Books. EL. Although this is a storybook, it is not a book that will capture the interest of most primary grade children; however, older students would thoroughly enjoy this story.

Lester, J. (1987). The Tales of Uncle Remus. New York: Dial Books. EL/HS.

Lester, J. (1988). More Tales of Uncle Remus. New York: Dial Books. EL/HS.

Lester, J. (1972). The Knee-high Man and Other Tales. New York: Dial Press.

Lewin, H. (1983). Jafta. Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda Books. Look for the series of Jafta books. Primary.

Mathias, S.B. (1997). Running Girl, The Diary of Ebonee Rose. San Diego, CA: Browndeer Press. EL.

McGovern, A. (1969). Black Is Beautiful. New York: Four Winds Press. Primary.

McKissack, P. (1997). Run Away Home. New York: Scholastic Press. EL/MS. (I highly recommend this superb book. McKissack has based the story on her own multiracial history, which includes Native American ancestors. I suggest this book for thoughtful class discussions of respecting different world views and values.)

McKissack, P. (1989). Jesse Jackson. New York: Scholastic Book. MS/HS.

McKissack, P. (1986). Flossie and the Fox. New York: Dial Books. Primary.

McKissack, P. (1989). Nettie Jo's Friends. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. Primary.

McKissack, P. (1988). Mirandy and Brother Wind. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. Primary.

Mendez, P. & Byard, C. (1989). The Black Snowman. Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda Books, Inc. Primary.

Miller, W. (1997). Richard Wright and the Library Card. New York: Lee & Low Books, Inc. Primary/EL. (A companion piece to his storybook about Zora Hurston.)

Mitchell, M. (1997). Granddaddy's Gift. New York: Bridge Water Books. Mitchell has written yet another outstanding story for young ones. This storybook tells, in an easily accessible fashion, the story of one child's experiences with the Civil Rights Movement.

Myers, W. (1996). Smiffy Blue Ace Crime Detective. New York: Scholastic Inc. High interest level and fairly easy reading. EL/MS.

Myers, W. (1996). Slam. New York: Scholastic Press. MS/HS.

Myers, W. (1991). Now is Your Time! The African American Struggle for Freedom. New York: First Harper Trophy. EL/MS/HS.

Myers, W. (1988). Scorpion. New York: Harper and Row. MS.

Myers, W. (1988). Me, Mop, and the Moondance Kid. New York: Delacorte Press. EL/MS.

Myers, W. (1988). Fallen Angels. New York: Scholastic Books. MS/HS.

Patrick, D.L. (1997). The Adventures of Midnight Son. New York: Henry Holt & Company. (I highly recommend this book's  excellent story set in the 1863. Midnight Son escapes slavery to become a cowboy.) EL/MS.

Pinkney, B. (1995). Jo Jo's Flying Side Kick. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Primary.

Pinkney, A. & Pinkney, B. (1993). Seven Candles for Kwanzaa. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers. Primary.

Pinkney, G. & Pinkney, J. (1994). The Sunday Outing. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers. Primary/EL.

Porter, A.D. & Porter, J.L. (1991). KWANZAA. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, Inc. EL.

Ringgold, F. (1988). Tar Beach. New York: Crown. Primary.

Rupert, R. (1993). Straw Sense. New York: Simon & Schuster. EL/MS.

Tarpley, N.A. (1998). I Love My Hair. Boston, MA: Little Brown and Company. Primary/EL.

Tate, E. (1990). Thank You, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.! New York: Franklin Watts. EL/MS. A good read aloud for all classrooms.

Taylor, M. (1995). The Well. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers. EL/MS. Taylor's father is the focus of her latest book. All of Taylor's stories are powerful, but this one seems even more so.

Taylor, M. (1978). Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. New York: Bantam Books. EL/MS.

Taylor, M. Let the Circle Be Unbroken. New York: Dial Books. EL/MS. Sequel to Roll of Thunder.

Taylor, M. (1990). The Road to Memphis. New York: Dial Books. MS/HS. Sequel to Let the Circle.Cassie is now seventeen years old.

Taylor, M. (1987). The Friendship. New York: Bantam Skylark. EL/MS.

Taylor, M. (1987). The Gold Cadillac. New York: Bantam Skylark. EL/MS.

Wahl, J. (1992). Little Eight John. New York: Lodestar. All ages.

Walker, M.P. (1986). Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World. New York: Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Books. EL/MS.

Wells, T. (1996). The Two Mrs. Gibsons. San Francisco, CA: Children's Book Press. A warm story about a multiracial family, I highly recommend this book. Primary/EL.

Whitelaw, N. (1995). Mr. Civil Rights: The Story of Thurgood Marshall. Greensboro, NC: Morgan Reynolds Incorporated. MS/HS. A book that gets and keeps the reader's attention.

Williams-Garcia, R. (1995). Like Sisters on the Homefront, New York: Lodestar Books. MS.

Williams, S.A. (1992). Working Cotton. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc. Primary. There has been some controversy about the story, some claims of stereotyping.

Woodson, J. (1992). Maizon at Blue Hill. New York: Delacorte Press. EL/MS. This is the second book in the Maizon and Margaret series. The series is outstanding both in its content and in the quality of writing highly recommended.

Woodson, J. (1994). I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This. New York: Delacorte Press. MS/HS.

Yarbrough, C. (1996). The Little Tree Growning in the Shade. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons. EL. (Primary read aloud). An outstanding, high interest level book that uses a family outing to reveal the role of the oral tradition for African American slaves. Well written!