Best new African American history nonfiction

If you will need books for your classes in February, plan ahead!  We will be closed February 7 through March 6 for the big move.  This time period covers Valentine’s Day, Presidents’ Day, Casimir Pulaski’s birthday, and most of Black History Month.  If you check out the books January 16 or later, they will not be due until the new library opens.

You will be able to check out books from other PrairieCat libraries with a Fountaindale library card while we are closed.  If you have a special “teacher card,” though, it can only be used at Fountaindale Public Library.

To help you plan your “shopping,” here are some of the best children’s nonfiction books about African American history published in the past year:

Child of the Civil Rights Movement
Child of the Civil Rights Movement
by Paula Young Shelton
Paula Young Shelton shares her memories of the civil rights movement and her involvement in the historic march from Selma to Montgomery.

Climbing Lincoln's Steps
Climbing Lincoln’s Steps: The African American Journey
by Suzanne Slade
A study of events in African American history highlights important events that have taken place on the Lincoln Memorial steps in Washington, D.C.

Dave the Potter
Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave
by Laban Carrick Hill
Bryan Collier just earned a Caldecott Honor and a Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award for illustrating this book, a short biography of an artist who left brief poems on his handmade pots and jars.

Fort Mose
Fort Mosé: And the Story of the Man Who Built the First Free Black Settlement in Colonial America
by Glennette Tilly Turner
Tells the story of Fort Mose, the first free African settlement to legally exist in what is now the United States, established in St. Augustine, Florida, in 1738.

I see the rhythm of Gospel
I See the Rhythm of Gospel
by Toyomi Igus
This  sequel to the Coretta Scott King Award-winner title, I See the Rhythm, relates the history of gospel music as it relates to African American history.  A CD of music is included.

Liberty or Death
Liberty or Death: The Surprising Story of Runaway Slaves Who Sided With the British During the American Revolution
by Margaret Whitman Blair
A little-known aspect of the American Revolution is told from the perspectives of slaves who fought on the side of the British Royal Army in exchange for a promise of freedom.

Sit-in: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down
by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney
The Pinkneys present a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Woolworth lunch counter sit-in, when four college students staged a peaceful protest that became a defining moment in the growing civil rights movement.

Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat
Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat: Ella Fitzgerald
by Roxane Orgill
The author and illustrator of this picture book deliver a swinging biography of young Ella Fitzgerald who pushed through the toughest of times to become one of America’s most beloved jazz singers.

-Miss Sarah

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