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Last updated: January 13, 2021

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A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919
Finding Langston
The Parker Inheritance
The Season of Styx Malone
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut
The Hate U Give
Long Way Down
Piecing Me Together
As Brave as You
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan
March: Book Three
All American Boys
The Boy in the Black Suit
Gone Crazy in Alabama
X: A Novel
Brown Girl Dreaming
The Crossover
How I Discovered Poetry
How It Went Down
Darius & Twig
March: Book One
P.S. Be Eleven
Words with Wings
Each Kindness
Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America
No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller
The Great Migration: Journey to the North
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans
Never Forgotten
Lockdown
Ninth Ward
One Crazy Summer
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty
Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Mare
Becoming Billie Holiday
The Blacker the Berry
Keeping the Night Watch
We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
Elijah of Buxton
November Blues
Twelve Rounds to Glory (12 Rounds to Glory): The Story of Muhammad Ali
Copper Sun
The Road to Paris
Dark Sons
Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue
Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl
A Wreath for Emmett Till
Fortune
The Legend of Buddy Bush
Remember: The Journey to School Integration
Who Am I Without Him?: Short Stories about Girls and the Boys in Their Lives
The Battle of Jericho
Days of Jubilee
The First Part Last
Locomotion
Bronx Masquerade
The Red Rose Box
Talkin
Carver: A Life in Poems
The Land
Money Hungry
Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters
Miracle
Black Hands, White Sails
Bud, Not Buddy
Francie
Monster
Breaking Ground, Breaking Silence: The Story of New York
Heaven
Jazmin
The Other Side: Shorter Poems
Bayard Rustin: Behind the Scenes of the Civil Rights Movement
Forged by Fire
I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl, Mars Bluff, South Carolina, 1865
Rebels Against Slavery: American Slave Revolts
Slam!
From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun
Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, and True Tales: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, and True Tales
Like Sisters on the Homefront
The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963
Black Diamond: The Story of the Negro Baseball Leagues
The Captive (Turtleback School & Library)
Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters
I Hadn
Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea
Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary
Toning the Sweep
The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural
Mississippi Challenge
Sojourner Truth: Ain
Somewhere in the Darkness
Night on Neighborhood Street
Now Is Your Time!: The African-American Struggle for Freedom
The Road to Memphis
When I Am Old with You
The Bells of Christmas
A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter
Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Freedom Movement
Nathaniel Talking
Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave
Fallen Angels
A Thief in the Village: And Other Stories
The Friendship
The Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit
Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World
Lion and the Ostrich Chicks: And Other African Folk Poems
Which Way Freedom?
The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales
Circle of Gold
Motown and Didi (Turtleback School & Library)
Bright Shadow
Everett Anderson
Lena: A Personal and Professional Biography of Lena Horne (Revised)
The Magical Adventures of Pretty Pearl
Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush
This Strange New Feeling
Let the Circle Be Unbroken
Mary: An Autobiography
Don
This Life
Childtimes: A Three-Generation Memoir
James Van Der Zee: The Picture-Takin
The Young Landlords
Escape to Freedom: A Play about Young Frederick Douglass
I Have a Sister--My Sister Is Deaf
Justice and Her Brothers
Africa Dream
The Days When the Animals Talked: Black American Folktales and How They Came to Be
Mary McLeod Bethune
The Story of Stevie Wonder
Duey
The Legend of Africania,
Ray Charles
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race
Let the Children March
Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968
The Stuff of Stars
Before She Was Harriet
Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets
Freedom in Congo Square
In Plain Sight: A Game
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem
Last Stop on Market Street
Trombone Shorty
Firebird
Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker
Little Melba and Her Big Trombone
Knock Knock: My Dad
Nelson Mandela
Ellen
H.O.R.S.E.
I Have a Dream [With CD (Audio)]
I, Too, Am America
Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom
Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave
Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix
My People
The Negro Speaks of Rivers
Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane
The Moon Over Star
Jazz on a Saturday Night [With CD]
Let It Shine
The Secret Olivia Told Me
Jazz
Langston Hughes
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom
Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of the Sudan
Rosa
Ellington Was Not a Street
The People Could Fly: The Picture Book
Almost to Freedom
Beautiful Blackbird
Thunder Rose
Rap a Tap Tap: Here
Visiting Langston
Goin
Martin
Freedom River
Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth
Uptown
Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys
Black Cat
In the Time of the Drums
My Rows and Piles of Coins
The Bat Boy and His Violin
Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra
I Have Heard of a Land
I See the Rhythm
Ashley Bryan
Harlem
The Hunterman and the Crocodile
In Daddy
Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman
Neeny Coming, Neeny Going
The Palm of My Heart: Poetry by African American Children (Revised)
Running the Road to ABC
The Faithful Friend
The Middle Passage: White Ships/Black Cargo
The Creation
Meet Danitra Brown
The Singing Man: Adapted from a West African Folktale
Soul Looks Back in Wonder
Uncle Jed
Little Eight John (Turtleback School & Library)
The Origin of Life on Earth: An African Creation Myth
Sukey and the Mermaid
Working Cotton
All Night, All Day: A Child
Night on Neighborhood Street (Turtleback School & Library)
Tar Beach
Aida
The Talking Eggs: A Folktale from the American South
Mirandy and Brother Wind
Storm in the Night
Under the Sunday Tree
The Invisible Hunters: A Legend from the Miskito Indians of Nicaragua
Mufaro
What a Morning!: The Christmas Story in a Black Spiritual
C.L.O.U.D.S.
Half a Moon and One Whole Star
The Patchwork Quilt
My Mama Needs Me
All the Colors of the Race
Black Child
I
Just Us Women
Daydreamers
Mother Crocodile
Beat the Story Drum, Pum-Pum
Count on Your Fingers African Style
Grandmama
Cornrows
Ray Charles (Turtleback School & Library)
The Rock and the River
Bird
Brendan Buckley
The Stars Beneath Our Feet
The Stars Beneath Our Feet (Bot Exclusive)
The Sun Is Also a Star
Hoodoo
When I Was the Greatest
Zora and Me
Standing Against the Wind
Jimi & Me
Missy Violet & Me
The Way a Door Closes
Chill Wind
The Skin I
Another Way to Dance (Turtleback School & Library)
Tears of a Tiger
Mama Africa!: How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement
When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop
Seeds of Change: Planting a Path to Peace
Jazzy Miz Mozetta
My Family Plays Music
The Moon Ring
Freedom Summer
The Piano Man
The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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