Recommended Books for Children
"All The Colors We Are - The Story of How We Get Our Skin Color" "Todos los Colores de Nuestra Piel - La historia de por que tenemos differentes colores de piel" by Katie Kissinger. Suitable for children from ages 5-8.
"Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt" by Deborah Hopkinson. Clara, a young African American slave, uses her sewing skills and scraps of cloth to create a freedom quilt. This book is suitable for children in Grades K-5.
"Tell All the Children Our Story" by Tonya Bolden. Memories and Mementos of Being Young and Black in America. Appropriate for any age.
"To Be a Kid" by Maya Ajmera and John B. Ivanho. Excerpt from the book's jacket cover: "Brilliant Photographs contributed by Peace Corps volunteers and award-winning photographers illustrate a spirited look at childhood in 40 countries around the world." Appropriate for any age.
"Grandpa, Is Everything Black Bad?" by Sandy Lynne Holman. Excerpt from the back cover: "All parents should read this story to their children...The story reminds us that we need the Old Ones to teach the young about what makes them special and that the Old Ones need the young to remind them of their real purpose."
"Zora Hurston and the Chinaberry Tree" by William Miller. Appropriate for ages 8 - 10 years.
"It's Our World Too" by Phillip Hoose. The book has compiled stories of Young People who are making a difference. Appropriate reading for young people ages 12 - 18 years.
"The Underground Railroad" by Raymond Bial. The author captures examples of "stations" along the Underground Railroad route to freedom. Juvenile literature.