America I Am: A Booklist

Slavery and Abolition

  • Abby Takes a Stand by Pat McKissack. Viking, 2005.  Juv Fiction
  • Amistad Rising:  A Story of Freedom by Veronica Chambers, illustrated by Paul Lee.  Harcourt, Brace, 1998. Juv Picture Book
  • Barefoot:  Escape on the Underground Railroad by Pamela Duncan Edwards, illustrated by Henry Cole. Harper Collins, 1997.  Juv Picture Book
  • Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill, illustrated by Bryan Collier. Little, Brown, 2010. Juv 92 Dave
  • Dear Austin: Letters from the Underground Railroad by Elvira Woodruff.  Knopf, 1998.  Juv Fiction
  • Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis. Scholastsic, 2007.  Juv Fiction
  • The Glory Field by Walter Dean Myers.  Scholstic, 1994. Juv Fiction
  • Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine, illustrated by Kadir Nelson.  Scholastic Press, 2007. Juv Picture Book
  • The House of Dies Drear by Virginia Hamilton.  Macmillan, 1968.  Juv Fiction
  • In the Time of the Drums by Kim L. Siegelson, illustrated by Brian Pinkney.  Jump at the Sun, 1999.  Juv Picture Book
  • January’s Sparrow by Patricia Polacco.  Philomel Books, 2009.  Juv Picture Book
  • John Brown:  His Fight for Freedom by John Hendrix.  Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2009. Juv 92 Brown
  • Letters from a Slave Girl:  The Story of Harriet Jacobs by Mary Lyons. Scribner, 1992.  Juv Fiction
  • Lincoln and Douglass: An American Friendship by Nikki Giovanni, illustrated by Bryan Collier.  Henry Holt, 2008.  Juv 92 Lincoln
  • Night Boat to Freedom by Margaret Theis Raven, illustrated by E. B. Lewis.  Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006.  Juv Picture Book
  • Nightjohn by Gary Paulsen.  Delacorte Press, 1993.  Juv Fiction
  • Phillis’s Big Test by Catherine Clinton, illustrated by Sean Qualls.  Houghton, Mifflin, 2008  Juv 92 Wheatley
  • Rosetta, Rosetta, Sit by Me! by Linda Walvoord.  Marshall Cavendish, 2004. Juv Fiction
  • Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson. Putnam, 2005. Juv Picture Book
  • The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox.  Bradbury Press, 1973. Juv Fiction
  • Stealing Freedom by Elisa Lynn Carbone.  Knopf, 1998. Juv Fiction
  • True North: A Novel of the Underground Railroad by Kathryn Lasky.  Blue Sky Press, 1996. Juv Fiction

Post-Civil War

  • The Buffalo Soldiers and the American West by Jason Glaser. Capstone Press, 2006. Juv 978
  • Days of Jubilee: The End of Slavery in the United States by Pat McKissack.  Scholastic, 2004. Juv 973.7
  • Garrett Morgan: Inventor of the Traffic Light and Gas Mask by Patricia J. Murphy. Enslow Publishers, 2004.  Juv 92 Morgan
  • A Long Hard Journey:  The Story of the Pullman Porter by Pat McKissack.  Walker, 1989.  Juv 331.88
  • Madam C. J. Walker: Pioneer Businesswoman by Katherine E. Krohn.  Capstone Press, 2006. Juv 92 Walker

Civil Rights Era

  • Birmingham Sunday by Larry Dane Brimner.  Calkins Creek, 2010.  Juv 323.11
  • Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton.  Schwartz & Ward Books, 2010.  Juv 92 Shelton
  • A Dream of Freedom: The Civil Rights Movement from 1954 to 1968 by Diane McWhorter.  Scholastic, 2004.  Juv 323.1
  • Freedom Riders: John Lewis and Jim Zwerg on the Front Lines of the Civil Rights Movement by Ann Bausam.  National Georgaphic, 2006.  Juv 92 Lewis and Book on Disc
  • Just Like Martin by Ossie Davis. Simon & Schuster, 1992.  Juv Fiction
  • Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters by Andrea David Pinkney, illustrated by Stephen Alcorn.  Harcourt, 2000.  Juv 920 Pinkney
  • Lift Every Voice and Sing by James Weldon Johnson, illustrated by Bryan Collier.  Amistad, 2008.  Juv 782.42
  • The Montgomery Bus Boycott by Dennis B. Fradin.  Marshall Cavendish Benchmark, 2009. Juv 323.11
  • My Uncle Martin’s Big Heart by Angela Farris Watkins.  Abrams Books, 2010. Juv 92 King
  • Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America by Sharon Robinson.  Scholastic, 2004.  Juv. 92 Robinson
  • The Red Rose Box by Brenda Woods.  Putnam, 2002.  Juv Fiction
  • Remember Little Rock: The Time, the People, the Stories.  National Geographic, 2009. Juv 379.26
  • Rosa by Nikki Giovanni, illustrated by Bryan Collier.  Henry Holt & Company, 2005.  Juv 92 Parks
  • Sit-in: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney.  Little, Brown, 2010.  Juv 323.11
  • Speaking Out: The Civil Rights Movement, 1950-1964 by Kevin Supples.  National Geographic, 2006.  Juv 323.11
  • Students on Strike: Jim Crow, Civil Rights, Brown and Me: A Memoir by John A. Stokes.  National Geographic, 2008.  Juv 371.82
  • A Sweet Smell of Roses by Angela Johnson.  Simon & Schuster, 2005.  Juv Fiction
  • A Tugging String: A Novel about Growing Up During the Civil Rights Era by David Greenberg. Dutton, 2008. Juv Fiction
  • The Voice that Changed a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights by Russell Freedman.  Clarion Books, 2004.  Juv 92 Anderson
  • Walking to the Bus-Rider’s Blues by Harriette Robinet.  Atheneum Books, 2000.  Juv Fiction
  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963:  A Novel by Christopher Paul Curtis. Delacorte, 1995. Juv Fiction and Book on Disc
  • We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson.  Jump at the Sun, 2008.  Juv 796.35 and Book on Disc

Contemporary

  • Michael Jordan by Lisa Wade McCormick.  Children’s Press, 2007.  Juv 92 Jordan
  • Muhammad Ali: The People’s Champion by Walter Dean Myers.  Collins Amistad, 2010.  Juv 92 Ali
  • One Crazy Summer by Rita Garcia-Williams.  Ammistad, 2010.  Juv Fiction
  • One Million Men and Me by Kelly Starling Lyons.  Just Us Books, 2007.  Juv Picture Book
  • Venus and Serena Williams by Madeline Donaldson.  Lerner, 2008.  Juv 92 Williams
  • They Called Themselves the KKK: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group by Susan Campbell Bartoletti.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010. YA 322.42

The Arts -- Then and Now

  • Alex Haley: Author by David Shirley.  Chelsea House, 2005.  Juv 92 Haley
  • Dave at Night by Gail Carson Levine.  Harper Collins, 1999.  Juv Fiction
  • Ellington Was Not a Street by Ntozake Shange, illustrated by Kadir Nelson.  Simon & Schuster, 2004.  Juv 811
  • Freedom Like Sunlight: Praisesongs for Black Americans by J. Patrick Lewis.  Creative Editions, 2000.  Juv 811
  • Harlem Renaissance:  An Explosion of African-American Culture by Richard Worth.  Enslow Publishers, 2009.  Juv 700.89
  • Harlem Stomp!  A Cultural History of the Harlem Renaissance by Laban Carrick Hill.  Little, Brown Books, 2009.  Juv. 810.9
  • Hip Hop Speaks to Children:  A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat.  Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2008. Juv 811
  • Jazz by Walter Dean Myers, illustrated by Christopher Myers. Holiday House, 2006.  Juv Picture Book
  • Katherine Dunham: Black Dancer by Carol Greene.  Children’s Press, 1992.  Juv. 92 Dunham
  • Langston Hughes: American Poet by Alice Walker, illustrated by Catherine Deeter.  Harper Collins, 2002.  Juv 92 Hughes
  • Master Weaver from Ghana by Gilbert Bobbo Ahiagble.  Open Hand Publishing, 1998. Juv 331.76
  • The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales by Virginia Hamilton. Knopf, 1985.  Juv 398.2
  • Powerful Words: More Than 200 Years of Extraordinary Writing by African Americans by Wade Hudson.  Scholastic Nonfiction, 2004.  Juv 810.8
  • Rhythm and Folklore: The Story of Zora Neale Hurston.  Morgan Reynolds, 2009.  Juv 92 Hurston
  • Tupac by Hal Marcovitz.  Mason Crest Publishers, 2007.  Juv Shakur
  • When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson: The Voice of a Century by Pam Munoz Ryan, illustrated by Brian Zelznick. Scholastic Press, 2002.  Juv 92 Anderson
  • Satchmo’s Blues by Alan Schroeder, illustrated by Floyd Cooper.  Doubleday, 1996.  Juv Picture Book