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Rosa Parks: My Story
Rosa Parks and Jim Haskins (Grades 2–6)

Written in her own straightforward and moving words, Rosa Parks' compelling life story reveals her deliberate choices that led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott. ALA Notable Children's Book, ALA Best Book for Young Adults.

Also available in Guided Reading Set: 6 Books

Rosa Parks: From the Back of the Bus to the Front of a Movement
Cammie Wilson (Grades K–3)

Most young readers know Rosa Parks refused to sit at the back of the bus one fateful day in Montgomery, Alabama. Yet the incident that propelled her to the front of the civil rights movement was just one moment in an extraordinary life. This book takes a close look at Parks's early life, and also follows her political career after the bus boycott.


The Story of Ruby Bridges
Robert Coles (Grades PreK–2)

As the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school, this work of historical fiction shows us all how brave and forgiving a six-year-old child can be. A Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Coretta Scott King Award-winning illustrator present the extraordinary true story of the first African-American child to integrate a New Orleans school.



African Tales Collection
(Grades K–3)
Contains: Anansi Does the Impossible, Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain, Handa's Surprise, Sam and the Tigers, Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears


African-American Collection
(Grades K–3)
Contains: The Adventures of Spider, Anansi Does the Impossible, The Bat Boy and His Violin, Bigmama's, The Book of Black Heroes From A to Z, Boundless Grace, Donavan's Word Jar, Duke Ellington, Fair Ball!, Follow the Drinking Gourd, The Ghost of Sifty Sifty Sam, Great Black Heroes: Five Great Inventors, Little Bill: Hooray for the Dandelion Warriors, My First Kwanzaa Book, Peter's Chair, Sam and the Tigers, Teammates, Tell Me a Story, Mama, These Hands, Through My Eyes


Famous Americans: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Maria Fleming (Grades 1–3 )
Convey the importance of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights struggle with this thorough resource. Richly illustrated and written to explain the role King played in shaping our country's history, this book includes reproducibles, activities, and literacy links.


A Picture Book of Frederick Douglass
David A. Adler (Grades K–3 )
Great Americans are brought to life in this critically acclaimed series. This book introduces young readers to Frederick Douglass in a sensitive, accurate, and assessable portrayal. Following the narrative is an author's note with further information, as well as a chronology of important dates in Douglass' life.


Great Black Heroes: Five Brave Explorers Guided Reading Set
Wade Hudson (Grades 2–3)
Combining biographical information with vivid illustrations and photographs, an introduction to five noted explorers tells the stories of Mae Jemison, Esteban, James Beckwourth, Jean Baptiste Pointe duSable, and Matthew Henson.

This collection contains 6 paperback copies of the same book.


Through My Eyes
Ruby Bridges (Grades 2–6)
In November 1960, all if America watched as a tiny six-year-old black girl, surrounded by federal marshals, walked through a mob of screaming segregationists and into her school. An icon of the civil rights movement, Ruby Bridges chronicles each dramatic step of this pivotal event in history.


Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince & His Orchestra Guided Reading Set
Andrea Davis Pinkney (Grades 1–2 )
"Hailed as the "King of Keys," most people called his music jazz, but Duke Ellington said it was "the music of my people."

A most fitting tribute to a great man who proudly celebrated the history of African-Americans, from slavery to civil rights struggles.

This collection contains 6 paperback copies of the same book.


If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad
Ellen Levine (Grades 1–4)
The vast and complex network known as the Underground Railroad helped thousands of slaves reach freedom. Told in a vivid question-and-answer format, the text provides true stories of slaves who faced an enormous number of dangers.


Let's Read About... Martin Luther King, Jr.
Courtney Baker (Grades K–3 )
Martin Luther King Jr. grew up in the South and it was there that he learned about racism. He became a leader and taught the world about equality. Young readers will learn his story and why we still celebrate this man and his dream today.


A Picture Book of Sojourner Truth
David A. Adler (Grades K–3)
Great Americans are brought to life in this critically acclaimed series. This book introduces young readers to Sojourner Truth in a sensitive, accurate, and assessable portrayal. Following each narrative is an author's note with further information, as well as a chronology of important dates in Truth's life.

by Walter Dean Myers (Grades 2–5)
Father and son celebrate a rich and vibrant neighborhood that has been a historic center of African-American culture in New York City. Caldecott Honor Book, Coretta Scott King Honor Book, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, ALA Notable Children's Books.

African-American Collection
(Grades 4–6)

  • At Her Majesty's Request
  • Black Diamond
  • Circle of Gold
  • Cousins
  • Freedom Crossing
  • Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman
  • Get on Board: The Story of the Underground Railroad
  • The House of Dies Drear
  • In The Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
  • Journey to Jo'Burg
  • Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World
  • Koya Delaney and the Good Girl Blues
  • Nelson Mandela: "No Easy Walk to Freedom"
  • Oh, Brother
  • Philip Hall Likes Me
  • Samuel's Choice
  • Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman?
  • Sounder
  • Stealing Home: The Story of Jackie Robinson
  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963



The Watsons Go to Birmingham — 1963
Christopher Paul Curtis (Grades 4–6)
Enter the hilarious world of the ten-year-old Kenny and his family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. When Momma and Dad decide its time for a visit to Grandma, Dad comes home with the amazing Ultra-Glide, and the Watsons head South to Birmingham, Alabama, toward one of the darkest moments in America's history.


The African-American Cowboy Fiction/Nonfiction Set
(Grades 4–6)
Pairing fiction and nonfiction titles with similar themes is a great way to build on students' interests and comprehension skills. They can see how similar themes and concepts are presented in different types of books — and expand both their imagination and their knowledge.

This set, for older students, illlustrate models of narrative and expository writing and also helps build the critical reading skills necessary for standardized testing.

African-Americans made important contributions to the history and the legacy of the cowboys. Readers can discover the facts that challenge many assumptions, and enjoy an exciting story that brings the past to life.


Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King Take-Home Book Pack
Jean Marzollo (Grades 3–6)
Take-Home Book Packs offer great opportunities for children to listen to literature and actively participate with literature in a home environment. Each book pack contains of:
A read-aloud book
An audiocassette
A card for home
An activity sheet for hands-on activities.


Multicultural Collection
(Grades 7–9)

  • Dakota Dream
  • Escape From Warsaw
  • The Final Journey
  • Girls Speak Out: Finding Your True Self
  • Jesse
  • Second Cousins
  • Separate but Not Equal
  • To Be a Slave
  • Torn Thread
  • Undying Glory


The Journal of Biddy Owens
Walter Dean Myers (Grades 4–8)
This story will bring you back to the days of segregated baseball through the eyes of a batboy thrilled to travel with his Negro League team, yet disheartened by the racism he faces on the road. An inspiring story where Biddy's realization that even if he doesn't have the talent for Major League Baseball, he can help fight for the rights of African Americans who do.


The Journal of Joshua Loper
Walter Dean Myers (Grades 4–8)
Joshua's journal gives an intimate look at cowboy life just after the Civil War through the eyes of a 16-year-old African American. Joshua has always dreamed of herding cattle, but the sleepless nights, threats of stampedes and rustlers, and rampant racism are more than he bargained for. An award-winning author explores this little-known part of American history.


Freedom's Wings Guided Reading Set
Sharon dennis Wyeth (Grades 4–8)
Corey records his daily life on the farm with incredible insight, and later describes his difficult journey along the Underground Railroad to the North to be reunited with his father. With the help of many kind strangers, Corey, his mother, and his new baby sister arrive safely in Canada.

This collection contains 6 paperback copies of the same book.


Black Eagles Guided Reading Set
James Haskins (Grades 3–6)
Documenting the neglected history of black pioneers in American aviation, a Coretta Scott King Award winner looks at African Americans in aviation, from early aces forced to earn their wings in Europe to the first female African-American astronaut.

This collection contains 6 paperback copies of the same book.



Inventors and Inventions
Lorraine Hopping Egan (Grades 4–8)

Think like an inventor! With help from this rich resource, students explore the history of inventors and inventions and develop the problem-solving skills that inventors use. Examine the impact of inventions on history, create Inventor Trading Cards, work cooperatively to tackle an invention challenge, and more!

Includes an invention timeline poster game.


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