Coretta Scott King Author Honor
Titles Owned by the Kathryn A. Martin Library

The Coretta Scott King Award was established in 1970 and is given to an African American authors and African American illustrators whose books promote an understanding and appreciation of the "American Dream." The award is presented annually by the Coretta Scott King Task Force of the American Library Association's Ethnic Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table ( EMIERT). Authors and illustrators of African descent whose distinguished books promote an understanding and appreciation of the "American Dream." The author award started in 1970 and the first illustrator award was given in 1974. The award information was retrieved from the Coretta Scott King Book Awards - All Recipients, 1970 - presnt. See also the Coretta Scott King Book Award-winning Authors, Illustrators, & Books Curricular Resource Center by talks from African American authors and illustrators, audio records, book readings as well as lesson plans.


Reynolds, Jason, & Kiely, Brendan. (2015). All American boys. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

When sixteen-year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend. Told through Rashad and Quinn's alternating viewpoints.

Reynolds, Jason, & Kiely, Brendan. (2015). The boy in the black suit. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

Soon after his mother's death, Matt takes a job at a funeral home in his tough Brooklyn neighborhood and, while attending and assisting with funerals, begins to accept her death and his responsibilities as a man.

Shabazz, Ilyasah, & Magoon, Kekla. (2015). X : a novel. Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press. On Order

Malcolm Little's parents have always told him that he can achieve anything, but from what he can tell, that's a pack of lies -- after all, his father's been murdered, his mother's been taken away, and his dreams of becoming a lawyer have gotten him laughed out of school. There's no point in trying, he figures, and lured by the nightlife of Boston and New York, he escapes into a world of fancy suits, jazz, girls, and reefer. But Malcolm's efforts to leave the past behind lead him into increasingly dangerous territory. Deep down, he knows that the freedom he's found is only an illusion -- and that he can't run forever. X follows Malcolm from his childhood to his imprisonment for theft at age twenty, when he found the faith that would lead him to forge a new path and command a voice that still resonates today.


Nelson, Marilyn. (2014). How I discovered poetry. (Illustrations by Hadley Hooper). New York, New York : Dial Books. 811 N428ho

The author reflects on her childhood in the 1950s and her development as an artist and young woman through fifty poems that consider such influences as the Civil Rights Movement, the "Red Scare" era, and the feminist movement.

Magoon, Kekla. (2014). How it went down. New York : Henry Holt and Company. INTR-FIC M2126ho

When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson is shot to death, his community is thrown into an uproar because Tariq was black and the shooter, Jack Franklin, is white, and in the aftermath everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events agree.

Alexander, Kwame. (2014). The crossover. Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. INTR-FIC A3777cr

Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.


Myers, Walter Dean. (2013). Darius & Twig. New York, NY : Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers. INTR-FIC M996da

"Two best friends, a writer and a runner, deal with bullies, family issues, social pressures, and their quest for success coming out of Harlem"--

Lewis, John & Aydin, Andrew. (2013). March : Book One. (Art by Nate Powell). Marietta, GA : Top Shelf Productions. 741.5 L6743ma

This graphic novel is a first-hand account of Congressman John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis' personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement. Book one spans Lewis' youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins, building to a stunning climax on the steps of City Hall. HIs commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper's farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington D.C., and from receiving beatings from state troopers, to receiving the Medal of Freedom awarded to him by Baraka Obama, the first African-American president -- From cover flaps.

Grimes, Nikki. (2013). Words with wings. (Jacket illustration by Eva Vazquez). Honesdale, Penn. : WordSong. INTR-FIC G862wo

Gabby daydreams to tune out her parents' arguments, but when her parents divorce and she begins a new school, daydreaming gets her into trouble. Her mother scolds her for it, her teacher keeps telling her to pay attention, and the other kids tease her...until she finds a friend who also daydreams and her teacher decides to work a daydreaming-writing session into every school day. With a notebook "thick with daydreams," Gabby grows more confident about herself and her future. This verse novel poignantly celebrates the power of writing and the inspiration a good teacher can deliver.


Woodson, Jacqueline. (2012). Each kindness. (Illustrated by E. B. Lewis). New York, NY : Nancy Paulsen Books. PRIM-FIC W8985ea

When Ms. Albert teaches a lesson on kindness, Chloe realizes that she and her friends have been wrong in making fun of new student Maya’s shabby clothes and refusing to play with her.

Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux. No crystal stair : A documentary novel of the life and work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem bookseller. (Artwork by R. Gregory Christie). Minneapolis : Carolrhoda Lab. INTR-FIC N4318no

In this work of historical fiction, Nelson tells the story of a man with a passion for knowledge and of a bookstore whose influence has become legendary.


McKissack, Pat. (2011). Never forgotten. (Artwork by Leo & Diane Dillon). New York : Schwartz & Wade Books. PRIM-FIC M1584ne

In eighteenth-century West Africa, a boy raised by his blacksmith father and the Mother Elements--Wind, Fire, Water, and Earth--is captured and taken to America as a slave.

Greenfield, Eloise. (2011). The Great Migration : journey to the North. (Illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist). New York : Amistad. 811.54 G8125g

Describes the period of the 20th century, between 1915 and 1930, when many African Americans left the South to make better lives for themselves in the northern states.


Myers, Walter Dean. (2010). Lockdown. New York : HarperTeen/Amistad. INTR-FIC M996Lo

Teenage Reese, serving time at a juvenile detention facility, gets a lesson in making it through hard times from an unlikely friend with a harrowing past.

Rhodes, Jewell Parker. (2010). Ninth Ward. New York : Little, Brown and Co. INTR-FIC R476ni

In New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, twelve-year-old Lanesha, who can see spirits, and her adopted grandmother have no choice but to stay and weather the storm as Hurricane Katrina bears down upon them.

Neri, Greg. (2010). Yummy : the last days of a Southside Shorty. (Illustrated by  Randy DuBurke). New York : Lee & Low Books. 305.896 N445y

"A graphic novel based on the true story of Robert "Yummy" Sandifer, an eleven-year old African American gang member from Chicago who shot a young girl and was then shot by his own gang members"--Provided by publisher.


Davis, Tanita S. (2009). Mare's war. New York : Alfred A. Knopf. INTR-FIC D2651ma 

Teens Octavia and Tali learn about strength, independence, and courage when they are forced to take a car trip with their grandmother, who tells about growing up Black in 1940s Alabama and serving in Europe during World War II as a member of the Women's Army Corps.


Weatherford, Carole Boston. (2008). Becoming Billie Holiday. (Art by Floyd Cooper). Honesdale, Penn. : Wordsong. INTR-FIC C7248be 

Jazz vocalist Billie Holiday looks back on her early years in this fictional memoir written in verse.

Smith, Hope Anita. (2008). Keeping the night watch. (Illustrations by E.B. Lewis). New York : Henry Holt. INTR-FIC S6493ke 

A thirteen-year-old African American boy chronicles what happens to his family when his father, who temporarily left, returns home and they all must deal with their feelings of anger, hope, abandonment, and fear.

Thomas, Joyce Carol. (2008). The blacker the berry : poems. (Illustrated by Floyd Cooper). New York : HarperCollins/Amistad. 811.54 T4581b 

A collection of poems celebrating all the colors that black (skin) can be. What shade is human? -- The blacker the berry -- Raspberry black -- Golden goodness -- Coffee will make you black -- Cranberry Red -- Sunshine girl -- Biscuit Brown -- Skin deep -- Night shade -- Snowberries -- Toast -- Color struck.


Draper, Sharon M. (2007). November blues. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers. INTR-FIC D7665no

A teenaged boy’s death in a hazing accident has lasting effects on his pregnant girlfriend and his guilt-ridden cousin, who gives up a promising music career to play football during his senior year in high school.

Smith, Charles R. (2007). Twelve rounds to glory : the story of Muhammad Ali. (Illustrated by Bryan Collier). Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press. 921 A3981s 

A brief biography in verse of boxer Muhammad Ali.


Grimes, Nikki. (2006). The road to Paris. New York : Putnam. INTR-FIC G8624ro 

Inconsolable at being separated from her older brother, eight-year-old Paris is apprehensive about her new foster family but just as she learns to trust them, she faces a life-changing decision.


Nelson, Marilyn. (2005). A wreath for Emmett Till. (Illustrated by Philippe Lardy). Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 811.54 N428w

A memorial wreath of poems, created in a series of fifteen interlinked sonnets, challenges readers to "speak what they see." Emmett Louis Till's murder in 1955 was a significant impetus that led to the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

Grimes, Nikki. (2005). Dark sons. New York : Hyperion Books for Children. INTR-FIC G8624da

Alternating poems parallel the conflicted feelings of Ishmael, son of the Biblical patriarch Abraham, and Sam, a teenager in New York City, as they try to come to terms with being abandoned by their fathers and with the love they feel for their younger stepbrothers.

Bolden, Tonya. (2005). Maritcha : a nineteenth-century American girl. New York : Harry N. Abrams. 921 L9915m

Maritcha Lyons grows up in Manhattan much like any other child in the 1850's. When her family is forced to leave the city then resettles in Providence, Rhode Island, Maritcha overcomes prejudice to become the first African American to graduate from Providence High School.


Nelson, Marilyn. (2004). Fortune's bones : the manumission requiem. (Notes and annotations by Pamela Espeland). Asheville, NC : Front Street. 811.54 N428f

Research on the skeleton in the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury CT revealed that Fortune the slave lived in the community, married, had a family, and died at age 60 in 1798. The poem commemorating his life is accompanied by archival notes and photographs.

Moses, Shelia P. (2004). The legend of Buddy Bush. New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books. INTR-FIC M9117Le

In 1947, twelve-year-old Pattie Mae is sustained by her dreams of escaping Rich Square, North Carolina, and moving to Harlem when her Uncle Buddy is arrested for attempted rape of a white woman and her grandfather is diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor.

Flake, Sharon. (2004). Who am I without him? : short stories about girls and the boys in their lives. New York : Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children. INTR-FIC F5765wh

So I ain't no good girl; The ugly one; Wanted: a thug; I know a stupid boy when I see one; Mookie in love; Don't be disrespecting me; I like white boys; Jacob's rules; Hunting for boys; and A letter to my daughter.


McKissack, Pat and Frederick L. (2003). Days of Jubilee : the end of slavery in the United States. New York : Scholastic Press. 973.7 M158d

Uses slave narratives, letters, diaries, military orders, and other documents to chronicle the various stages leading to the emancipation of slaves in the United States.

Woodson, Jacqueline. (2003). Locomotion. New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons. INTR-FIC W8985Lo

In a series of poems, eleven-year-old Lonnie writes about his life, after the death of his parents, separated from his younger sister, living in a foster home, and finding his poetic voice at school.

Draper, Sharon M. (2003). The Battle of Jericho. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers. INTR-FIC D7665ba

A high school junior and his cousin suffer the ramifications of joining what seems to be a "reputable" school club. Traditional initiation into a 50-year-old club turns into hazing, and this year's hazing goes farther than it's ever gone before.


Grimes, Nikki. (2002). Talkin' about Bessie : the story of aviator Elizabeth Coleman. (Illustrated by E.B. Lewis). New York : Orchard Books. 921 C692g

A biography of the woman who became the first licensed Afro-American pilot.

Woods, Brenda. (2002). The red rose box. New York : Putnam. INTR-FIC W8942re

In 1953, Leah dreams of leaving the poverty and segregation of Sulphur, Louisiana. When Aunt Olivia sends train tickets to Los Angeles, Leah and her sister get a first taste of freedom. A hurricane destroys Sulphur, and the girls must learn to make Los Angeles home.


Nelson, Marilyn. (2001). Carver, a life in poems. Asheville, N.C. : Front Street. 811.54 N428c

Arachis Hypogaea -- Baby Carver -- Bedside reading -- Cafeteria food -- Called -- Cercospora -- Charmed life -- Chemistry 101 -- Chicken talk -- Clay -- Coincidence -- Curve-breaker -- Dawn walk -- Dimensions of the Milky Way -- drifter -- Driving Dr. Carver -- Egyptian blue -- Eureka -- Four a.m. in the woods -- Friends in the Klan -- From an Alabama Farmer -- "God's little workshop" -- Goliath -- Green-thumb boy -- House ways and means -- How a dream dies -- Joy of sewing -- Lace-maker -- Last rose of summer -- Last talk with Jim Hardwick -- Letter to Mrs. Hardwick -- Lovingly sons -- Mineralogy -- Moton field -- My beloved friend -- My dear spiritual boy -- My people -- Nervous system of the beetle -- New Rooster -- 1905 -- Odalisque -- Old settlers’ reunion -- Out of "Slave's ransom" -- Out of the fire -- Patriarch’s blessing Penol cures -- Perceiving self -- Poultry husbandry -- Prayer of Miss Budd -- Prayer of the ivory-handled knife -- Professor Carver’s Bible class -- Ruellia Noctiflora -- Ship without a rudder -- Sweet-hearts -- Veil-raisers -- Washboard wizard -- Watkins laundry and apothecary -- Wild garden -- Year of the sky-smear.

Flake, Sharon. (2001). Money hungry. New York : Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books For Children. INTR-FIC F5765MO

All thirteen-year-old Raspberry can think of is making money so that she and her mother never have to worry about living on the streets again.


Pinkney, Andrea Davis. (2000). Let it shine : stories of Black women freedom fighters. (Illustrated by Stephen Alcorn). San Diego : Harcourt. 323 P655L

Tells the stories of ten African-American women freedom fighters. This little light of mine -- Sojourner Truth -- Biddy Mason -- Harriet Tubman -- Ida B. Wells-Barnett -- Mary McLeod Bethune -- Ella Josephine Baker -- Dorothy Irene Height -- Rosa Parks -- Fannie Lou Hamer -- Shirley Chisholm -- For further reading.


McKissack, Patrick and Fredrick. (1999). Black hands, white sails : the story of African-American whalers. New York : Scholastic Press. 639.2 M158b

A history of African-American whalers between 1730 and 1880, describing their contributions to the whaling industry and their role in the abolitionist movement.

English, Karen. (1999). Francie. New York : Farrar Straus Giroux. INTR-FIC E584FR

When the sixteen-year-old boy whom she tutors in reading is accused of attempting to murder a white man, Francie gets herself in serious trouble for her efforts at friendship.

Myers, Walter Dean. (1999). Monster. (Illustrations by Christopher Myers). New York, N.Y. : HarperCollins Publishers. INTR-FIC M996mn

While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.


Hansen, Joyce, and McGowan, Gary. (1998). Breaking ground, breaking silence : the story of New York’s African burial ground. New York : Henry Holt. 305.5 H249b

Describes the discovery and study of the African burial site found in Manhattan in 1991, while excavating for a new building, and what it reveals about the lives of black people in Colonial times.

Grimes, Nikki. (1998). Jazmin's notebook. New York : Dial Books. INTR-FIC G8624ja

Jazmin, an Afro-American teenager who lives with her older sister in a small Harlem apartment in the 1960s, finds strength in writing poetry and keeping a record of the events in her sometimes difficult life.

Johnson, Angela. (1998). The other side : Shorter poems. New York : Orchard Books. 811.54 J663

A collection of poems reminiscent of growing up as an African-American girl in Shorter, Alabama.


Haskins, James. (1997). Bayard Rustin : behind the scenes of the civil rights movement. New York : Hyperion Books for Children.

A biography of Bayard Rustin, a skillful organizer behind the scenes of the American civil rights movement whose ideas strongly influenced Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hansen, Joyce. (2003). I thought my soul would rise and fly : the diary of Patsy, a freed girl. New York : Scholastic. INTR-FIC H249i

Twelve-year-old Patsy keeps a diary of the ripe but confusing time following the end of the Civil War and the granting of freedom to former slaves.


McKissack, Pat and Frederick L. (1996). Rebels against slavery. New York : Scholastic. 970 M158r

Tells the story of individuals who revolt against slavery - personal stories, leaders, Underground Railroad conductors and individuals speaking against slavery.


Woodson, Jacqueline. (1995). From the notebooks of Melanin Sun. New York : Scholastic. INTR-FIC W8985FR

Fourteen-year-old Melanin Sun's comfortable, quiet life is shattered when his mother reveals she has fallen in love with a woman.

Williams-Garcia, Rita. (1995). Like sisters on the homefront. New York : Lodestar Books. INTR-FIC W7287LI

Troubled fourteen-year-old Gayle is sent down South to live with her uncle and aunt, where her life begins to change as she experiences the healing power of the family.

Curtis, Christopher Paul. (1995). The Watsons go to Birmingham--1963. New York : Delacorte Press. INTR-FIC C978W

The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.


McKissack, Patricia C. and McKissack, Fredrick, Jr. (1994). Black diamond : the story of the Negro baseball leagues. New York : Scholastic. 796.357 M158s

Traces the history of baseball in the Negro Leagues and its great heroes, including Monte Irwin, Buck Leonard, and Cool Papa Bell.

Woodson, Jacqueline. (1994). I hadn't meant to tell you this. New York : Delacorte. INTR-FIC W8985I

Marie, the only black girl in the eighth grade willing to befriend her white classmate Lena, discovers that Lena's father is doing horrible things to her in private.

Hansen, Joyce. (1994). The captive. New York : Scholastic. INTR-FIC H249CA

The son of an Ashanti chief is taken from his home in Africa to a New England farm in America and after much hardship, meets the man who influences his future destiny.


Thomas, Joyce Carol. (1993). Brown honey in broomwheat tea : poems. (Illustrated by Floyd Cooper). New York : HarperCollins. 811 T4583br

A collection of poems exploring the theme of African-American identity.

Myers, Walter Dean. (1993). Malcolm X : by any means necessary : a biography. New York : Scholastic. 921 X1m

Tells the story of Malcolm Little, who went from being president of his class, to prison, and finally to spokeman for what being Black means in America.


Walter, Mildred Pitts. (1992). Mississippi challenge. New York : Bradbury Press. 305.8 W233mi

Describes the struggle for civil rights for the blacks in Mississippi, from the time of slavery to the signing of the Voting Rights Act in 1965.

McKissack, Patricia C. and McKissack, Fredrick. (1992). Sojourner Truth : ain't I a woman? New York : Scholastic. 921 T874m

A biography of the former slave who became well-known as an abolitionist and advocate of women's rights.

Myers, Walter Dean. (1992). Somewhere in the darkness. New York : Scholastic. INTR-FIC M996SO

A teenage boy accompanies his father, who has recently escaped from prison, on a trip that turns out to be a time of, often painful, discovery for them both.


Greenfield, Eloise. (1991). Night on Neighborhood Street. (Pictures by Jan Spivey Gilchrist). New York : Dial Books for Young Readers. 811.54 G8125ni

A collection of poems exploring the sounds, sights, and emotions enlivening a black neighborhood during the course of one evening.


Haskins, James. (1990). Black dance in America : a history through its people. New York : T.Y. Crowell. 792.8 H351b

Surveys the history of black dance in America, from its beginnings with the ritual dances of African slaves, through tap and modern dance to break dancing. Includes brief biographies of influential dancers and companies.

Johnson, Angela. (1990). When I am old with you. (Pictures by David Soman). New York : Orchard Books. PRIM-FIC J66WH

A child imagines being old with Grandaddy and joining him in such activities as playing cards all day, visiting the ocean, and eating bacon on the porch.


Patterson, Lillie. (1989). Martin Luther King, Jr., and the freedom movement. New York : Facts on File. 921 K535pa

A biography of the Baptist minister, focusing on his leadership role in the civil rights movement. 1. The Montgomery Bus Boycott, 1955-1956 -- 2. Strong southern roots, 1929-1954 -- 3. SCLC, the prayer pilgrimage, and Little Rock, 1957 -- 4. "Stride toward freedom" and a pilgrimage to India, 1958-1959 -- 5. The sit-ins, 1960 -- 6. The Freedom ride, 1961-1962 -- 7. Albany and Birmingham, 1961-1963 -- 8. The broadening freedom movement and the march on Washington -- 9. St. Augustine, freedom summer, and the Nobel Peace Prize -- 10. The Selma protest and the Voting Rights Act, 1965.

Greenfield, Elosie. (1988). Nathaniel talking. (Illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist). New York : Black Butterfly Children's Books. 811.54 G5634

Poems celebrating life as a boy sees it.

Hamilton, Virginia. (1989). The bells of Christmas. (Illustrated by Lambert Davis). San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. INTR-FIC H2218BE

Twelve-year-old Jason describes the wonderful Christmas of 1890 that he and his family celebrate in their home in Springfield, Ohio.


Berry, James. (1990). A thief in the village and other stories. New York : Puffin Books. INTR-FIC B534th

A collection of nine short stories about life in contemporary Jamaica, covering such subjects as a young boy's desire to buy shoes for the cricket team and a girl's adventures on a coconut plantation.

Hamilton, Virginia. (1988). Anthony Burns : the defeat and triumph of a fugitive slave. New York : A.A. Knopf. 921 B9672h

A biography of the slave who escaped to Boston in 1854, was arrested at the instigation of his owner, and whose trial caused a furor between abolitionists and those determined to enforce the Fugitive Slave Acts.


De Veaux, Alexis. (1987). An enchanted hair tale. (Pictures by Cheryl Hanna). New York : Harper & Row. PRIM-FIC D4892en

Sudan suffers from the general ridicule of his strange-looking hair, until he comes to accept and enjoy its enchantment.

Lester, Julius. (1987). The tales of Uncle Remus : the adventures of Brer Rabbit. (Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney). New York : Dial Books. 398.2 L6425t

A retelling of the Afro-American tales about the adventures and misadventures of Brer Rabbit and his friends and enemies. How the animals came to Earth -- How Brer Fox and Brer Dog became enemies -- "Hold'im down, Brer Fox" -- Brer Rabbit comes to dinner -- Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby -- Brer Rabbit gets even -- Brer Rabbit and Sister Cow -- Brer Turtle, Brer Rabbit, and Brer Fox -- Brer Wolf tries to catch Brer Rabbit -- Brer Rabbit finally gets beaten -- Mr. Jack Sparrow meets his end -- Brer Rabbit gets caught one more time -- The death of Brer Wolf -- Brer Fox and Brer Rabbit go hunting -- Brer Rabbit tricks Brer Fox again -- Brer Rabbit eats the butter -- Brer Rabbit saves his meat -- Brer Rabbit's children -- The death of Brer Fox -- Brer Rabbit and Brer Lion -- Brer Rabbit takes care of Brer Tiger.


Bryan, Ashley. (1986). Lion and the ostrich chicks, and other African folk tales. New York : Atheneum. 398.2 B9153Li

Includes four traditional tales told by the Hausa, Angolan, Masai, and Bushmen people of Africa. Lion and the ostrich chicks -- Son of the wind -- Jackal's favorite game -- The foolish boy.

Hansen, Joyce. (1992, c1986). Which way freedom?. New York : Avon Books. INTR-FIC H249WI

Obi escapes from slavery during the Civil War, joins a black Union regiment, and soon becomes involved in the bloody fighting at Fort Pillow, Tennessee.


Hamilton, Virginia. (1985). Junius over far. New York, N.Y. : Harper & Row. INTR-FIC H2218JT

After his grandfather leaves his family and returns to a dangerous situation on his home island in the Caribbean, fourteen-year-old Junius decides to follow him in search of his lost heritage.

Walter, Mildred Pitts. (1985). Trouble's child. New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books. INTR-FIC W233TR

Martha longs to leave her island home of the Louisiana coast and go to high school where she can learn more than the ways of her midwife grandmother and perhaps someday broaden the lives of the superstitious villagers.


Hamilton, Virginia. (1984). A little love. New York : Philomel Books. INTR-FIC H2218LI

Though she has been raised lovingly by her grandparents, a black teenager goes in search of her father.

Boyd, Candy Dawson. (1984). Circle of gold. New York : Scholastic. INTR-FIC B7898CI

Ten-year-old Mattie copes with the loss of her father and her mixed feelings towards her mother who is under pressure to support the family.


Walter, Mildred Pitts. (1983). Because we are. New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard. INTR-FIC W233be

After a misunderstanding with a white teacher, black honor student Emma is transferred from the integrated high school where she has excelled to a segregated school where she finds a different kind of challenge.

Thomas, Joyce Carol. (1983). Bright shadow. New York, N.Y. : Avon Books. INTR-FIC T4584BR

Abyssinia Jackson must learn to cope with tragedy when peace is shattered in her Oklahoma countryside and her boyfriend Carl Lee disappears.

Haskins, James. (1983). Lena Horne. New York : Coward-McCann. 921 H8154h

From childhood travels with her mother who wanted a place in the entertainment world to the chorus line at the Cotton Club to her roles in the first black musical and modern theater, Horne' s story is one of triumph and personal development. 1. Well-born in Brooklyn -- 2. Life on the road -- 3. Lena goes to work -- 4. Teenage bride -- 5. Back in show business -- 6. On her own -- 7. Lena moves to Hollywood -- 8. Battling Hollywood prejudice -- 9. Lena and Lennie marry -- 10. Lena on Broadway -- 11. Civil rights activist -- 12. Tragedy and renewal -- 13. Lena Horne : legend.

Hamilton, Virginia. (1998?). The magical adventures of Pretty Pearl. New York : Harper Trophy. INTR-FIC H2218MA

Pretty Pearl, a spirited young African god child eager to show off her powers, travels to the New World where, disguised as a human, she lives among a band of free blacks who have created their own separate world deep inside a vast forest.


Lester, Julius. (1982). This strange new feeling. New York : Dial Press. INTR-FIC L6425s

A story about being a slave and about the first taste of freedom for those deprived of it all their lives. This strange, new feeling -- Where the sun lives -- A Christmas love story.


Hunter, Kristin. (1981). Lou in the limelight. New York : Scribner. INTR-FIC H9458Lo

Lou and the Soul Brothers leave home hoping for quick success in show business, but encounter, and fall into, most of the traps that await inexperienced performers.

Mebane, Mary E. (1981). Mary. New York : Viking Press. 921 M485m

Mary Mebane was born to a poor farmer but refused to fill the expectations of her family and society. Instead, she chose to find her way out and earned a college degree.

Childress, Alice. (1981). Rainbow Jordan. New York, N.Y. : Avon. INTR-FIC C5368ra

Her mother, her foster guardian, and 14-year-old Rainbow comment on the state of things as she prepares to return to a foster home for yet another stay.


De Veaux, Alexis. (1980). Don't explain : a song of Billie Holiday. New York : Harper & Row. 921 H732d

Presents a prose poem recounting the life of the American jazz singer affectionately known as Lady Day.


Haskins, James. (1979). Andrew Young, man with a mission. New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Co. 921 Y68h

An account of the life of Andrew Young, including his activities as a clergyman, civil rights worker, legislator, and United States Ambassador to the United Nations.

Greenfield, Eloise and Little, Lessie Jones. (1979). Childtimes: a three-generation memoir. (Drawings by Jerry Pinkney and photos. from the authors’ family albums). New York : Crowell. 920 G8124ch

Greenfield, Eloise and Little, Lessie Jones. (1993, c1979). Childtimes: a three-generation memoir. (Drawings by Jerry Pinkney and photos. from the authors’ family albums). New York : HarperTrophy. 920 G8124c

Childhood memoirs of three black women--grandmother, mother, and daughter--who grew up between the 1880's and the 1950's.

Haskins, James. (1991). James Van DerZee : the picture-takin' man. Trenton, N.J. : Africa World Press. 921 V2428h

The story of one of America's foremost photographers, chronicling Harlem in the 1920s and 1930s.

Southerland, Ellease. (2004). Let the lion eat straw. New York : Amistad. INTR-FIC S7274LE

Abeba Williams is a young girl abandoned by her mother and left to live under the care of the poor, yet loving Mamma Habblesham.

Gordy, Berry. (1979). Movin’ up : Pop Gordy tells his story. New York : Harper & Row. 921 G6659g

The autobiography of Berry Gordy, Sr., son of a slave and father of the founder of Motown Records.


Patterson, Lillie. (1978). Benjamin Banneker, genius of early America. (Illustrated by David Scott Brown). Nashville : Abingdon. 921 B219p

A biography of the distinguished eighteenth-century black astronomer, farmer, mathematician, and surveyor whose accomplishments include having published a popular almanac and constructed the first completely American-made clock.

Peterson, Jeanne Whitehouse. (1977). I have a sister--my sister is deaf. (Pictures by Deborah Ray). New York : Harper & Row. 362.42 P485i

A young girl describes how her deaf sister experiences everyday things.

Hamilton, Virginia. (1978). Justice and her brothers. New York : Greenwillow Books. INTR-FIC H2218JU

An 11-year-old and her older twin brothers struggle to understand their supersensory powers.

Fenner, Carol. (1978). The skates of Uncle Richard. (Illustrated by Ati Forberg). New York : Random House. INTR-FIC F3364sk

With her Uncle's encouragement a nine-year-old takes the first step toward realizing her dream of becoming a figure skater.


Haskins, James. (1977). Barbara Jordan. New York : Dial Press. 921 J82h

A biography of the Congresswoman from Texas, the first black woman ever to be elected to that office from the South. 1. Early years -- 2. College and law school -- 3. Big hopes -- 4. Realized -- 5. Freshman in the Texas Senate -- 6. Triumphs and tragedies -- 7. Rising political fortunes -- 8. Barbara Jordan for Congress -- 9. Governor for a day, and congresswoman-elect -- 10. First year in Congress -- 11. The impeachment hearings -- 12. A freshman no more -- 13. The future for Barbara Jordan.

Patterson, Lillie. (1977). Coretta Scott King. Champaign, Ill. : Garrard Pub. Co. 921 K525p

A biography of the wife of the slain civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr.

Glass, Frankcina. (1977). Marvin & Tige. New York : St. Martin's Press. INTR-FIC G5494ma

The story of the relationship that develops between a homeless child and an adult drop-out.

Greenfield, Elosie. (1977). Mary McLeod Bethune. (Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney). New York : Crowell. 921 B5634g

Biography of Mary Jane McLeod Bethune who made numerous contributions to education for Afro-Americans.

Stewart, Ruth Ann. (1977). Portia : the life of Portia Washington Pittman, the daughter of Booker T. Washington. Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday. 921 P6896s

Tells the story of an independent, committed and courageous woman who refused to bow to pressures of society to conform.

Faulkner, William J. (1993). The days when the animals talked : Black American folktales and how they came to be. (Illustrations by Troy Howell). Trenton, NJ : Africa World Press. 398.2 F263d

Presents more than 20 Afro-American folktales featuring the escapades of Brer Rabbit and more than 10 tales describing the lives of Afro-American slaves.


Clifton, Lucille. (1976). Everett Anderson's friend. (Illustrated by Ann Grifalconi). New York : Holt, Rinehart and Winston.

Having eagerly anticipated the new neighbors, a boy is disappointed to get a whole family of girls..

Blake, Clarance N., & Martin, Donald F. (1976). Quiz book on Black America. (Decorations by Rosalyn Hawthorne). Boston : Houghton Mifflin.

More than seventy quizzes challenge and increase the reader's knowledge of the roles played by blacks in American life.

Taylor, Mildred D. (1976). Roll of thunder, hear my cry. New York : Dial Press. INTR-FIC T2445RO
Taylor, Mildred D. (1991, c1976). Roll of thunder, hear my cry. New York, New York : Trumpet Club. INTR-FIC T2445ROL

A black family living in the South during the 1930s is faced with prejudice and discrimination which its children do not understand.


Myers, Walter Dean. (1975). Fast Sam, Cool Clyde, and Stuff. New York : Viking Press.

New to 116th street, 12-year-old Francis (soon known as Stuff), meets new friends who share his year. It was a year when science landed them in jail, when Cool Clyde and Fast Sam won a dance contest, and when Carnation Charley died.

Du Bois, Shirley Graham. (1975). Julius K. Nyerere : teacher of Africa. New York : Julian Messner.

A biography of the African nationalist who led Tanganyika to independence, united that country with Zanzibar, and became the first president of Tanzania.

Greenfield, Eloise. (1975). Paul Robeson. (Illustrated by George Ford). New York : Thomas Y. Crowell.

A biography of the black man who became a famous singer, actor, and spokesman for equal rights for his people.

Taylor, Mildred D. (1975). Song of the trees. (Pictures by Jerry Pinkney). New York : Dial Press. INTR-FIC T2445SO

During the Depression, a rural black family deeply attached to the forest on their land tries to save it from being cut down by an unscrupulous white man.


No Author Honor


Childress, Alice. (1973). A hero ain’t nothin’ but a sandwich. New York : Coward, McCann & Geoghegan. INTR-FIC C5368he

The life of a thirteen-year-old Harlem black boy on his way to becoming a confirmed heroin addict is seen from his viewpoint and from that of several people around him.

Clifton, Lucille. (1973). Don't you remember? (Illustrated by Evaline Ness). New York : Dutton.

Until her birthday a young girl is convinced everyone makes promises to her that only she remembers.

Lattany, Kristin Hunter. (1973). Guests in the promised land : stories. New York : Scribner.  INTR-FIC H9458gu

Eleven short stories explore the experience of being black in a white world.

Crane, Louise. (1973). Ms. Africa: profiles of modern African women. Philadelphia : Lippincott.

Brief biographies of thirteen prominent African women emphasizing their achievements in their chosen careers. Included are Angie Brooks, Margaret Kenyatta, and Miriam Makeba.

Nagenda, John. (1973). Mukasa. (Illustrated by Charles Lilly). New York : Macmillan Co.

Although his ancestors have always been goat herders, a young Ugandan boy’s mother is determined to send him to school.


No Author Honor


No Author Honor


Grossman, Barney, & Groom, Gladys. (1970). Black means --. (Illustrated by Charles Bible). New York : Hill & Wang.

Records the feelings of the pupils of P.S. 150, a New York elementary school children toward the word "black."

Graham, Lorenz B. (1970). Every man heart lay down. (Pictures by Colleen Browning). New York : Thomas Y. Crowell. 232.92 G7394

The story of the Nativity told in the speech patterns and images of West African story-telling tradition.

Evans, Mari. (1970). I am a Black woman. New York : Morrow.


Angelou, Maya. (1971, c1969). I know why the caged bird sings. New York : Bantam Books. PS3551.N464 Z466 1970

Author's memoir of growing up black in the 1930's and 1940's. .

Udry, Janice May. (1970). Mary Jo's grandmother. (Illustrated by Eleanor Mill). Chicago : A. Whitman.

When her grandmother is hurt in a fall, Mary Jo must get help to the remote farm where they live.

Peters, Margaret W. (1970). The Ebony book of Black achievement. (Illustrated by Cecil L. Ferguson). Chicago : Johnson Pub. Co.

Brief biographies of twenty-one lesser known black men and women who made significant contributions to history and the black heritage from the fourteenth to the twentieth centuries.

Jordan, June, & Bush, Terri (Eds.). (1970). The voice of the children. New York : Holt, Rinehart and Winston. 811 J82v

Twenty black and Puerto Rican children write their poetic impressions of growing up in the ghettos of America.

Chisholm, Shirley. (1970). Unbought and unbossed. Boston : Houghton Mifflin.

This is Mrs. Chisolm’s own story of how she became the first black women to be elected to the Congress of the United States and how she assesses her role as a black woman in politics.


No Author Honor



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