McKissack, Pat. (1986). Flossie & the fox. New York : Dial
Books for Young Readers. PRIM-FIC M1584fl
A wily fox, notorious for stealing eggs, meets his match when
her encounters a bold little girl in the woods who insists upon proof
that he is a fox before she will be frightened.
Lester, Julius. (1990). Further tales of Uncle Remus : the misadventures
of Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, Brer Wolf, the Doodang, and other creatures. New
York : Dial Books. 398.2 L6425f
A retelling of the classic Afro-American tales relating the
adventures and misadventures of Brer Rabbit and his friends and enemies.
Asimov, Isaac. (1981). In the beginning. New York : Crown Publishers.
Covers the two theories,by science and by Bible of the creation
of the world.
Lester, Julius. (1994). John Henry. New York : Dial Books. PRIM-FIC L642J
Retells the life of the legendary African American hero who
raced against a steam drill to cut through a mountain.
McKissack, Pat. (1988). Mirandy and brother Wind. New York :
To win first prize in the Junior Cakewalk, Mirandy tries to
capture the wind for her partner.
Hamilton, Virginia. (1985). The people could fly : the book of Black
folktales. New York : Knopf. 398.2 H
Retold Afro-American folktales of animals, fantasy, the supernatural,
and desire for freedom, born of the sorrow of the slaves, but passed on
San Souci, Robert D. (1992). Sukey and the mermaid. New York
: Four Winds Press. P 398.21 S
Unhappy with her life at home, Sukey receives kindness and
wealth from Mama Jo the mermaid.
Wahl, Jan. (1991). Tailypo!. New York : Holt. 398.2 W
A strange varmint haunts the woodsman who lopped off its tail.
San Souci, Robert D. (1989). The talking eggs : a folktale from the American
South. New York : Dial Books for Young Readers. 398.2 S2295TA
A Southern folktale in which kind Blanche, following the instructions
of an old witch, gains riches, while her greedy sister makes fun of the
old woman and is duly rewarded.
Hamilton, Virginia. (1996). When birds could talk & bats could
sing : the adventures of Bruh Sparrow, Sis Wren, and their friends. New York
: Blue Sky Press. 398.24 H222W
A collection of stories, featuring sparrows, jays, buzzards,
and bats, based on those African American tales originally written down
by Martha Young on her father's plantation in Alabama after the Civil
Poetry and Song
Myers, Walter Dean. (1998). Angel to angel : a mother's gift of love.
New York : HarperCollins. 811.54 M9966A
An illustrated collection of poems about African American children
and their mothers.
Brooks, Gwendolyn. (1956). Bronzeville boys and girls. New York,
Harper. P 811.54 B Greenfield, Eloise. (1978). Honey, I love,
and other love poems. New York : Crowell. P 811 G
American poetry by African Americans including "I look
pretty," "Fun," "Riding on the train," "Harriet
Tubman," and "By myself."
Johnson, J. Rosamond. (1970). Lift every voice and sing. New
York, Hawthorn Books. M1671 .J64 L5 1970X
An illustrated version of the song that has come to be considered
the African American national anthem.
Greenfield, Eloise. (1991). Night on Neighborhood Street. New
York : Dial Books for Young Readers. P 811.54 G
A collection of poems exploring the sounds, sights, and emotions
enlivening a black neighborhood during the course of one evening.
Feelings, Tom. (1993). Soul looks back in wonder. New York : Dial
Books. 811 S722
Artwork and poems by such writers as Maya Angelou, Langston
Hughes, and Askia Toure portray the creativity, strength, and beauty of
their African American heritage. (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award,
Giovanni, Nikki. (1985). Spin a soft Black song : poems for children.
New York : Hill and Wang. 811.54 G512S
A poetry collection which recounts the feelings of Black children
about their neighborhoods, American society, and themselves.
Greenfield, Eloise. (1993). William and the good old days. New
York, NY : HarperCollins. PRIM-FIC G812W
A little boy remembers his grandmother before she became ill,
and during her long recovery he tries to imagine how things will be when
she comes home from the hospital.
Pinkney, Gloria Jean. (1992). Back home. New York : Dial Books
for Young Readers. PRIM-FIC P6553ba
Eight-year-old Ernestine returns to visit relatives on the
North Carolina farm where she was born.
Belton, Sandra. (1993). From Miss Ida's porch. New York : Four
Winds Press ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell
Macmillan International. INTR-FIC B453F
In the evening the residents of Church Street gather on Miss
Ida's porch to share memories and hear stories about events in the past,
events significant to them as black people.
Mathis, Sharon Bell. (1975). The hundred penny box. New York
: Viking Press. INTR-FIC M431H
Michael's love for his great-great-aunt who lives with them
leads him to intercede with his mother who wants to toss out all her old
Thomas, Joyce Carol. (1998). I have heard of a land. [New York]
: HarperCollins Publishers. PRIM-FIC T4585IA
Describes the joys and hardships experienced by an African-American
pioneer woman who staked a claim for free land in the Oklahoma territory.
Havill, Juanita. (1995). Jamaica's blue marker. Boston : Houghton
Mifflin. PRIM-FIC H388J
Jamaica thinks her classmate Russell is a pest who is always
getting into trouble, but then she discovers he is moving away.
Battle-Lavert, Gwendolyn. (2000). The shaking bag. Morton Grove,
Ill. : A. Whitman. PRIM-FIC B3363SH
An old African-American woman willingly shares all she has
and is repaid with a bag that provides for all her needs.
Hopkinson, Deborah. (1993). Sweet Clara and the freedom quilt.
: New York : Knopf. PRIM-FIC H797S
A young slave stitches a quilt with a map pattern which guides
her to freedom in the North.
Ringgold, Faith. (1991). Tar Beach. New York : Crown Publishers.
A young girl dreams of flying above her Harlem home, claiming
all she sees for herself and her family. Based on the author's quilt painting
of the same name. (Caldecott Honor Book, 1992). (Coretta Scott King Illustrator
Williams, Sherley Anne. (1992). Working cotton. San Diego : Harcourt
Brace Jovanovich. PRIM-FIC W7276WO
A young black girl relates the daily events of her family's
migrant life in the cotton fields of central California.
Curtis, Christopher Paul. (1999). Bud, not Buddy. New York : Delacorte
Press. INTR-FIC C978BU
Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan,
during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in
search of the man he believes to be his father-the renowned bandleader,
H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.
Boyd, Candy Dawson. (1993). Chevrolet Saturdays. New York : Macmillan
; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International.
When he enters fifth grade after his mother's remarriage, Joey
has trouble adjusting to his new teacher and to his new stepfather.
Hamilton, Virginia. (1990). Cousins. New York : Philomel Books.
Concerned that her grandmother may die, Cammy is unprepared
for the accidental death of another relative.
Wilkinson, Brenda. (1993). Definitely cool. New York : Scholastic,
Inc. INTR-FIC W6862DE
Twelve-year-old Roxanne leaves the security of her neighborhood
middle school for a junior high school in a very upscale area.
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.
Lester, Julius. (1972). Long journey home; stories from Black history.
New York, Dial Press. INTR-FIC L6425L
Six stories crafted around the theme of freedom from slavery
-- won or lost or earned.
Hamilton, Virginia. (1974). M. C. Higgins, the great. New York,
Macmillan. INTR-FIC H2218M
As a slag heap, the result of strip mining, creeps closer to
his house in the Ohio hills, fifteen-year-old M. C. is torn between trying
to get his family away and fighting for the home they love.
Taylor, Mildred D. (1990). Mississippi bridge. New York : Dial Books
for Young Readers. INTR-FIC T2445MI
During a heavy rainstorm in 1930s rural Mississippi, a ten-year-old
white boy sees a bus driver order all the black passengers off a crowded
bus to make room for late-arriving white passengers and then set off across
the raging Rosa Lee River.
Robinet, Harriette. (1994). Mississippi chariot. New York : Atheneum
; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International.
In Mississippi in 1936, twelve-year-old Shortning Bread Jackson
tries to help his falsely convicted father while dealing with the troubled
racial climate in his town.
Hamilton, Virginia. (1993). Plain City. New York : Blue Sky Press.
Twelve-year-old Buhlaire, a "mixed" child who feels out of
place in her community, struggles to unearth her past and her family
history as she gradually discovers more and more about her long-missing
Hamilton, Virginia. (1971). The planet of Junior Brown. New York,
Macmillan. INTR-FIC H2218PL
Already a leader in New York's underground world of homeless
children, Buddy Clark takes on the responsibility of protecting the overweight,
emotionally disturbed friend with whom he has been playing hooky from
eighth grade all semester.
West, Dorothy. (1995). The richer, the poorer : stories, sketches, and
reminiscences. New York : Doubleday. PS3545 .E82794 R53 1995
"The stories contained here are as American as jazz, and
as wise and multifaceted as their writer. Dorothy West's metier is the
unique crucible in which America places its black middle class, but her
themes are universal: the daily misunderstandings between young and old,
men and women, rich and poor that can lead to tragedy; and the ways in
which bonds of family and community can bring us together, and tear us
asunder." "Dorothy West's autobiographical essays explore
the poles of her remarkable life - from growing up black and middle-class
in Boston to her near-mythic trip to Moscow in 1933 with Langston Hughes
and other Harlem Renaissance writers to life on her beloved Martha's
Wright, Richard. (1994). Rite of passage. New York : HarperCollins
Publishers. PS3545 .R815 R58 1994
When fifteen-year-old Johnny Gibbs is told that he is really
a foster child, he runs off into the streets of Harlem and meets up with
a gang that wants him to participate in a mugging. Includes criticism
of Wright's fiction.
Taylor, Mildred D. (1976). Roll of thunder, hear my cry. New
York : Dial Press. INTR-FIC T2445RO
A black family living in the South during the 1930's are faced
with prejudice and discrimination which their children don't understand.
Walter, Mildred Pitts. (1996). Second daughter : the story of a slave
girl. New York : Scholastic. INTR-FIC W233S
Aissa, the teen-age fictional sister of Elizabeth Freeman,
struggles against a system which declares that she is property and that
she is to remain silent.
Myers, Walter Dean. (1996). Smiffy Blue : ace crime detective : the case
of the missing ruby and other stories. New York : Scholastic. INTR-FIC M996SM
Famous crime fighter Smiffy Blue blunders his way to solving
the mystery of a missing formula and three other cases.
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 an often painful time of discovery
for them both.
Johnson, Angela. (1993). Toning the sweep. New York : Orchard Books.
On a visit to her grandmother Ola, who is dying of cancer in
her house in the desert, fourteen-year-old Emmie hears many stories about
the past and her family history and comes to a better understanding of
relatives both dead and living.
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.
Fenner, Carol. (1995). Yolonda's genius. New York : Margaret
K. McElderry Books. INTR-FIC F336Y
After moving from Chicago to Grand River, Michigan, fifth grader
Yolonda, big and strong for her age, determines to prove that her younger
brother is not a slow learner but a true musical genius.
Hamilton, Virginia. (1967). Zeely. New York, Macmillan. INTR-FIC H2218Z
Geeder's summer at her uncle's farm is made special because
of her friendship with a very tall, composed woman who raises hogs and
who closely resembles the magazine photograph of a Watutsi queen.
McKissack, Pat. (1994). Christmas in the big house, Christmas in the
quarters. New York : Scholastic. 975 M158C
Describes the customs, recipes, poems, and songs used to celebrate
Christmas in the big plantation houses and in the slave quarters just
before the Civil War.
Pinkney, Andrea Davis. (1998). Duke Ellington : the piano prince and
his orchestra. New York : Hyperion Books for Children. 921 E46P
A brief recounting of the career of this jazz musician and
composer who, along with his orchestra, created music that was beyond
Rappaport, Doreen. (1991). Escape from slavery : five journeys to freedom.
New York, NY : HarperCollins. 973 R221e
Five accounts of black slaves who managed to escape to freedom
during the period preceding the Civil War.
Parks, Rosa. (1992). Rosa Parks : my story. New York : Dial Books.
F334 .M753 P37 1990
Covers the story of Rosa Parks from how it started through
the years since.
Miller, William. (1994). Zora Hurston and the chinaberry tree.
New York : Lee & Low Books. 813 M652Z
Tells the story of the death Zora Hurston's mother and how
Zora came to understand the legacy her mother had left her.
Yep, Laurence. (1997). The Khan's daughter : a Mongolian folktale.
New York : Scholastic. 398.2 Y47K
In this retelling of a Mongolian folktale a simple shepherd
must pass three tests in order to marry the Khan's beautiful daughter.
Young, Ed. (1989). Lon Po Po : a Red-Riding Hood story from China.
New York : Philomel Books. 398.2 Y71L
Three sisters staying home alone are endangered by a hungry
wolf who is disguised as their grandmother.
Yep, Laurence. (1989). The rainbow people. New York : Harper & Row.
A collection of twenty Chinese folk tales that were passed
on by word of mouth for generations, as told by some old timers newly
settled in the United States.
Yee, Paul. (1989). Tales from Gold Mountain : stories of the Chinese
in the New World. New York : Macmillan. INTR-FIC Y42T
A collection of eight stories reflecting the gritty optimism
of the Chinese who overcame prejudice and adversity to build a unique
place for themselves in North America.
Louie, Ai-Ling. (1982). Yeh-Shen : a Cinderella story from China.
New York : Philomel Books. PRIM-FIC L8882ye
This version of the Cinderella story, in which a young girl
overcomes the wickedness of her stepsister and stepmother to become the
bride of a prince, is based on ancient Chinese manuscripts written 1000
years before the earliest European version.
Say, Allen. (1990). El Chino. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co. 791.8 S274C
A biography of Bill Wong, a Chinese American who became a famous
bullfighter in Spain.
Say, Allen. (1993). Grandfather's journey. Boston : Houghton Mifflin.
A Japanese American man recounts his grandfather's journey
to America which he later also undertakes, and the feelings of being torn
by a love for two different countries.
Choi, Sook Nyul. (1993). Halmoni and the picnic. Boston : Houghton
A Korean American girl's third grade class helps her newly
arrived grandmother feel more comfortable with her new life in the United
Nunes, Susan. (1995). The last dragon. New York : Clarion Books.
While spending the summer in Chinatown with his great-aunt,
a young boy finds an old ten-man dragon in a shop and gets a number of
people to help him repair it.
Yep, Laurence. (1993). Dragon's gate. New York, NY : HarperCollins.
When he accidentally kills a Manchu, a fifteen-year-old Chinese
boy is sent to America to join his father, an uncle, and other Chinese
working to build a tunnel for the transcontinental railroad through
the Sierra Nevada mountains in 1867. Sequel to "Mountain light."
Lord, Bette. (1984). In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson.
New York, N.Y. : Harper & Row. INTR-FIC L8663IN
In 1947, a Chinese child comes to Brooklyn where she becomes
Americanized at school, in her apartment building, and by her love for
Uchida, Yoshiko. (1971). Journey to Topaz. New York, Scribner.
After the Pearl Harbor attack an eleven-year-old Japanese-American
girl and her family are forced to go to an aliens camp in Utah.
Yep, Laurence. (1991). The star fisher. New York : Morrow Junior
Books. INTR-FIC Y47ST
Fifteen-year-old Joan Lee and her family find the adjustment
hard when they move from Ohio to West Virginia in the 1920s.
Hoyt-Goldsmith, Diane. (1992). Hoang Anh : a Vietnamese-American boy.
New York : Holiday House. 973 H871H
A Vietnamese American boy describes the daily activities of
his family in San Rafael, California, and the traditional culture and
customs that shape their lives.
Verschuur, Gerrit L. (1974). The invisible universe. London, English
Universities Press; New York, Springer-Verlag. QB475.V47 1974
Poetry and Song
Guthrie, A. B. (1965). The big sky. Boston, Houghton Mifflin.
PS3513.U855 B5 1965X
Dorros, Arthur. (1991). Abuela. New York : Dutton Children's
Books. PRIM-FIC D7165AB
While riding on a bus with her grandmother, a little girl imagines
that they are carried up into the sky and fly over the sights of New York
Nodar, Carmen Santiago. (1992). Abuelita's paradise. Morton Grove,
Ill. : A. Whitman. PRIM-FIC N7613ab
Although her grandmother has died, Marita sits in Abuelita's
rocking chair and remembers the stories Abuelita told of life in Puerto
Soto, Gary. (1998). Big bushy mustache. New York : Knopf : Distributed
by Random House. PRIM-FIC S7184BI
In order to look more like his father, Ricky borrows a mustache
from a school costume, but when he loses it on the way home his father
comes up with a replacement.
Ada, Alma Flor. (1997). Gathering the sun : an alphabet in Spanish and
English. New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books. 861 A191G
A book of poems about working in the fields and nature's bounty,
one for each letter of the Spanish alphabet.
Garza, Carmen Lomas. (1996). In my family. San Francisco, Calif.
: Children's Book Press. 306.85 L839I
The author describes, in bilingual text and illustrations,
her experiences growing up in an Hispanic community in Texas.
Anzaldua, Gloria. (1995). Prietita and the ghost woman. (Pictures
by Cristina Gonzalez). San Francisco, Calif. : Children’s
Book Press. PRIM-FIC A6375P
Prietita , a young Mexican American girl,
becomes lost in her search for an herb to cure her mother and is aided
by the legendary ghost woman.
Lynn. (1998). Tortillas and
lullabies, tortillas y cancioncitas. New York : Greenwillow Books.
A young girl describes activities that her great-grandmother,
grandmother, and mother all did for their daughters, and that she does
for her doll.
Soto, Gary. (1985). Living up the street : narrative recollections.
New York, N.Y. : Dell. 921 SO78
The author describes his experiences growing up as a Mexican
American in Fresno, California.
Soto, Gary. (1993). Local news. San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.
A collection of thirteen short stories about the everyday lives
of Mexican American young people in California's Central Valley.
Beatty, Patricia. (1981). Lupita Maņana. New York : Morrow.
To help her poverty-stricken family, 13-year-old Lupita enters
California as an illegal alien and starts to work while constantly
on the watch for "la migra."
Soto, Gary. (1993). The pool party. New York : Delacorte Press. INTR-FIC
While helping his father and grandfather work as gardeners
in Fresno, California, ten-year-old Rudy sees some differences between
his Mexican-American family and the wealthy families that live nearby.
Goble, Paul. (1978). The girl who loved wild horses. Scarsdale,
N.Y. : Bradbury Press. PRIM-FIC G575G
Though she is fond of her people, a girl prefers to live among
the wild horses where she is truly happy and free.
Dixon, Ann. (1992). How Raven brought light to people. New
York : M.K. McElderry Books ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New
York : Maxwell Macmillan International Pub. Group. 398.2 D6213h
Raven gives the sun, the moon, and the stars to the people
of the world by tricking the great chief who is hoarding them in three
Caduto, Michael J. (1988). Keepers of the earth : Native American stories
and environmental activities for children. Golden, Colo. : Fulcrum.
E98 .F6 C12 1988
A selection of traditional tales from various Indian peoples
each accompanied by instructions for related activities dealing with aspects
of the environment.
Oughton, Jerrie. (1994). The magic weaver of rugs : a tale of the Navajo.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin. 398.2 O93M
When two Navajo women pray for help for their cold and hungry
people, Spider Woman teaches them how to weave.
Martin, Rafe. (1992). The rough-face girl. New York : G.P.
Putnam's Sons. 398.2 M3828r
In this Algonquin Indian version of the Cinderella story, the
Rough-Face Girl and her two beautiful but heartless sisters compete for
the affections of the Invisible Being.
Poetry and Song
Sneve, Virginia Driving Hawk. (1989). Dancing teepees : poems of American
Indian youth. New York : Holiday House. 897 S6714d
An illustrated collection of poems from the oral tradition
of Native Americans.
Bierhorst, John. (1971). In the trail of the wind; American Indian poems
and ritual orations. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 897 B588i
Translated from over forty languages and representing all the
best-known Indian cultures of North and South America, this collection
contains omens, battle songs, orations, love lyrics, prayers, dreams and
mysterious incantations. A few examples of Eskimo poetry are included.
Jones, Hettie. (1971). The tree's stand shining; poetry of the North
American Indians. (Paintings by Robert Andrew Parker). New York
: Dial. 897 J774t
This collection of 32 poems which have been sung by the Indians
for centuries, includes lullabies, prayers and war chants. They have
been taken from a variety of Indian cultures and have been arranged
so that they recount a two-day journey.
Harjo, Joy. (1996). The woman who fell from the sky : poems.
New York : W.W. Norton. PS3558 .A62423 W66 1996
Stroud, Virginia A. (1996). The path of the quiet elk : a Native American
alphabet book. New York : Dial Books for Young Readers. 299.7 S925P
Looks Within, a young child, accompanies an older woman, Wisdom
Keeper, on a walk through a forest. For each letter of the alphabet, the
guide names an object and explains its use in the Native American culture
or a hidden truth which can be found through study and thought.
Andrews, Jan. (1986). Very last first time. New York : Atheneum.
When the tide recedes, a young Eskimo girl living in northern
Canada, journeys alone for the first time under the ice, walking on the
seabed floor to gather mussels.
Baker, Olaf. (1981). Where the buffaloes begin. New York : F. Warne.
After hearing the legend retold by the tribe's oldest member,
Little Wolf hopes to someday witness the beginning of the buffaloes at
the sacred lake.
Hobbs, Will. (1989). Bearstone. New York : Atheneum. INTR-FIC
A troubled Indian boy goes to live with an elderly rancher
whose caring ways help the boy become a man.
Erdrich, Louise. (1999). The birchbark house. New York : Hyperion
Books for Children. INTR-FIC E666BI
Omakayas, a seven-year-old Native American girl of the Ojibwa
tribe, lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an
island in Lake Superior in 1847.
Bruchac, Joseph. (1996). Children of the longhouse. New York
: Dial Books for Young Readers. INTR-FIC B887C
Eleven-year-old Ohkwa'ri and his twin sister must make peace
with a hostile gang of older boys in their Mohawk village during the late
Hobbs, Will. (1996). Far North. New York : Morrow Junior Books.
After the destruction of their floatplane, sixteen-year-old
Gabe and his Dene friend, Raymond, struggle to survive a winter in the
wilderness of the Northwest Territories.
Sneve, Virginia Driving Hawk. (1972). High Elk's treasure.
New York, Holiday House. INTR-FIC S671HI
Trying to locate a valuable filly lost during a storm, thirteen-year-old
Joe High Elk discovers an object of historical importance.
Dorris, Michael. (1992). Morning Girl. New York : Hyperion Books
for Children. INTR-FIC D716mo
Morning Girl, who loves the day, and her younger brother Star
Boy, who loves the night, take turns describing their life on an island
in pre-Columbian America; in Morning Girl's last narrative, she witnesses
the arrival of the first Europeans to her world.
Dorris, Michael. (1997). The window. New York : Hyperion Books
for Children. INTR-FIC D716WI
When ten-year-old Rayona's Native American mother enters a
treatment facility, her estranged father, a Black man, finally introduces
her to his side of the family, who are not at all what she expected.
Celebrating Similarities and Differences
Adoff, Arnold. (1982). All the colors of the race : poems. New
York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books. 811 A2393al
A collection of poems written from the point of view of a child
with a black mother and a white father.
Adoff, Arnold. (1973).
Black is Brown is Tan. New York : Harper and Row. PRIM-FIC A2393bl
Describes in verse the life of brown-skinned momma, white-skinned
daddy, their children, and assorted relatives.