28 Books Published by Lerner Publishing Group on Our Site — Book Cover Mosaic

Click for more detail about A Boy Named Beckoning: The True Story of Dr. Carlos Montezuma, Native American Hero by Gina Capaldi A Boy Named Beckoning: The True Story of Dr. Carlos Montezuma, Native American Hero

by Gina Capaldi
Carolrhoda Books (Apr 01, 2008)
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At the end of his career, Dr. Carlos Montezuma tells his life story in the form of a letter that the author has pieced together from his writings: As young Wassaja, he was kidnapped from his Yavapai tribe by the Pima, a long time enemy of his people. They sold him as a slave and in 1871 he was purchased by Mr. Gentile, an Italian who actually made his living with an early camera. Together they traveled the nation, taking pictures all the way. Wassaja, now renamed Carlos, eventually enrolled in school in Chicago where he thrived despite difficult circumstances, eventually graduating from the University of Illinois, and Chicago Medical School. He devoted his life to lobbying on behalf of his people. The illustrator is a multi-media artist, and she has skillfully integrated her own paintings with Mr. Gentiles photographs of Carlos to give us a fascinating view of another era.


Click for more detail about Almost to Freedom by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson Almost to Freedom

by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Lerner Publishing Group (Sep 01, 2003)
Format: School & Library Binding, Age Range: 6 - 10
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Tells the story of a young girl’s dramatic escape from slavery via the Underground Railroad, from the perspective of her beloved rag doll.


Click for more detail about An Unspeakable Crime: The Prosecution and Persecution of Leo Frank by Elaine Marie Alphin An Unspeakable Crime: The Prosecution and Persecution of Leo Frank

by Elaine Marie Alphin
Carolrhoda Books (Aug 01, 2014)
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Was an innocent man wrongly accused of murder? On April 26, 1913, thirteen-year-old Mary Phagan planned to meet friends at a parade in Atlanta, Georgia. But first she stopped at the pencil factory where she worked to pick up her paycheck. Mary never left the building alive. A black watchman found Mary’s body brutally beaten and raped. Police arrested the watchman, but they weren’t satisfied that he was the killer. Then they paid a visit to Leo Frank, the factory’s superintendent, who was both a northerner and a Jew. Spurred on by the media frenzy and prejudices of the time, the detectives made Frank their prime suspect, one whose conviction would soothe the city’s anger over the death of a young white girl. The prosecution of Leo Frank was front-page news for two years, and Frank’s lynching is still one of the most controversial incidents of the twentieth century. It marks a turning point in the history of racial and religious hatred in America, leading directly to the founding of the Anti-Defamation League and to the rebirth of the modern Ku Klux Klan. Relying on primary source documents and painstaking research, award-winning novelist Elaine Alphin tells the true story of justice undone in America.


Click for more detail about Arctic Explorer: The Story of Matthew Henson (Trailblazer Biographies) by Jeri Ferris Arctic Explorer: The Story of Matthew Henson (Trailblazer Biographies)

by Jeri Ferris
Carolrhoda Books (Dec 01, 1989)
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A biography of the Black explorer who discovered the North Pole.


Click for more detail about Bad News For Outlaws: The Remarkable Life Of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson Bad News For Outlaws: The Remarkable Life Of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. Marshal

by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Carolrhoda Books (Sep 01, 2009)
Format: Library Binding, Age Range: 9 - 12
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Sitting tall in the saddle, with a wide-brimmed black hat and twin Colt pistols on his belt, Bass Reeves seemed bigger than life. Outlaws feared him. Law-abiding citizens respected him. As a peace officer, he was cunning and fearless. When a lawbreaker heard Bass Reeves had his warrant, he knew it was the end of the trail, because Bass always got his man, dead or alive. He achieved all this in spite of whites who didn't like the notion of a black lawman. Born into slavery in 1838, Bass had a hard and violent life, but he also had a strong sense of right and wrong that others admired. When Judge Isaac Parker tried to bring law and order to the lawless Indian Territories, he chose Bass to be a deputy U.S. Marshall. Bass would quickly prove a smart choice. For three decades, Bass was the most feared and respected lawman in the territories. He made more than 3,000 arrests, and though he was a crack shot and a quick draw, he only killed fourteen men in the line of duty. The story of Bass Reeves is the story of a remarkable African American and a remarkable hero of the Old West.


Click for more detail about Battlefields and Burial Grounds: The Indian Struggle to Protect Ancestral Graves in the United States by Roger Echo-Hawk and Walter R. Echo-Hawk Battlefields and Burial Grounds: The Indian Struggle to Protect Ancestral Graves in the United States

by Roger Echo-Hawk and Walter R. Echo-Hawk
Lerner Publishing Group (Oct 01, 1993)
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Describes the efforts of Native Americans to rebury ancestral human remains and grave offerings held by museums and historical societies, with particular emphasis on the Pawnees and their struggle to reclaim their dead.


Click for more detail about Carter G. Woodson: The Man Who Put “Black” in American History by James Haskins Carter G. Woodson: The Man Who Put “Black” in American History

by James Haskins
Millbrook Press (Feb 01, 2000)
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A biography of the son of former slaves who received a Ph.D. in history from Harvard and devoted his life to bringing the achievements of his race to the world’s attention.


Click for more detail about Children of the Civil Rights Era by Catherine A. Welch Children of the Civil Rights Era

by Catherine A. Welch
Carolrhoda Books (Jan 01, 2001)
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Recounts the courageous involvement of many young people who marched, protested, were arrested, and risked their lives to end racial discrimination in the South during the 1950s and 1960s.


Click for more detail about Children of the Relocation Camps (Picture the American Past) by Catherine A. Welch Children of the Relocation Camps (Picture the American Past)

by Catherine A. Welch
Carolrhoda Books (Jan 01, 2000)
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Explores the experiences of Japanese American children who were moved with their families to relocation centers during World War II, looking at school, meals, sports, and other aspects of camp life.


Click for more detail about Children of the Tlingit (World’s Children) by Frank J. Staub Children of the Tlingit (World’s Children)

by Frank J. Staub
Carolrhoda Books (Feb 01, 1999)
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Introduces the history, geography, and culture of the Tlingit people in Southeast Alaska through the daily lives of children who live there.


Click for more detail about Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song by Katherine E Krohn Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song

by Katherine E Krohn
Twenty-First Century Books (Mar 19, 2001)
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These informative and inspiring biographies will give young readers a look at the lives of some of the world’s most influential people in history. Each over 100 pages, the books are also ideal for reports.


Click for more detail about H.O.R.S.E.: A Game Of Basketball And Imagination by Christopher Myers H.O.R.S.E.: A Game Of Basketball And Imagination

by Christopher Myers
Egmont USA (Oct 09, 2012)
Format: Hardcover, Age Range: 5 - 9
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One day at the basketball court, two kids, a familiar challenge—H.O.R.S.E.?

But this isn’t your grandmother’s game of hoops.

Not when a layup from the other side of the court standing on one foot with your eyes closed is just the warm-up.

Around the neighborhood, around the world, off Saturn’s rings, the pair goes back and forth.

The game is as much about skill as it is about imagination.

A slam dunk from multi-award-winning author/illustrator Christopher Myers, H.O.R.S.E. is a celebration of the sport of basketball, the art of trash-talking, and the idea that what’s possible is bounded only by what you can dream.


Click for more detail about Hey, Charleston!: The True Story of the Jenkins Orphanage Band by Anne F. Rockwell Hey, Charleston!: The True Story of the Jenkins Orphanage Band

by Anne F. Rockwell
Carolrhoda Books (Nov 01, 2013)
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”What happened when a former slave took beat-up old instruments and gave them to a bunch of orphans? Thousands of futures got a little brighter and a great American art form was born.

In 1891, Reverend Daniel Joseph Jenkins opened his orphanage in Charleston, South Carolina. He soon had hundreds of children and needed a way to support them. Jenkins asked townspeople to donate old band instruments—some of which had last played in the hands of Confederate soldiers in the Civil War. He found teachers to show the kids how to play. Soon the orphanage had a band. And what a band it was.

The Jenkins Orphanage Band caused a sensation on the streets of Charleston. People called the band’s style of music “”rag””—a rhythm inspired by the African-American people who lived on the South Carolina and Georgia coast. The children performed as far away as Paris and London, and they earned enough money to support the orphanage that still exists today. They also helped launch the music we now know as jazz.

Hey, Charleston! is the story of the kind man who gave America “”some rag”” and so much more.”


Click for more detail about Hush Harbor: Praying in Secret (Carolrhoda Picture Books) by Freddi Williams Evans Hush Harbor: Praying in Secret (Carolrhoda Picture Books)

by Freddi Williams Evans
Carolrhoda Books (Sep 01, 2008)
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In the early nineteenth century, enslaved Africans are not allowed to gather together in groups. For Simmy and his family, that means they must worship in secret. If they are caught, the punishment will be terrible. Simmy’s job is to watch for danger while the others pray and sing as the Spirit moves them. Will he be able to keep the hush harbor safe?


Click for more detail about Langston Hughes by Milton Meltzer Langston Hughes

by Milton Meltzer
Millbrook Press (Aug 01, 1997)
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Tells the story of a leading poet of the Harlem Renaissance during the 1920s who devoted his life to writing about the black experience in America.


Click for more detail about Native American Doctor: The Story of Susan Laflesche Picotte (Trailblazer Biographies) by Jeri Ferris Native American Doctor: The Story of Susan Laflesche Picotte (Trailblazer Biographies)

by Jeri Ferris
Carolrhoda Books (Jul 01, 1991)
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A biography of the young Omaha Indian woman who became the first Native American woman to graduate from medical school.


Click for more detail about No Crystal Stair by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson No Crystal Stair

by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Carolrhoda Books (Jan 28, 2012)
Format: Hardcover, Age Range: 12 - 17
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A documentary novel of the life and work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem bookseller

"You can't walk straight on a crooked line. You do you'll break your leg. How can you walk straight in a crooked system?"

Lewis Michaux was born to do things his own way. When a white banker told him to sell fried chicken, not books, because "Negroes don't read," Lewis took five books and one-hundred dollars and built a bookstore. It soon became the intellectual center of Harlem, a refuge for everyone from Muhammad Ali to Malcolm X.

In No Crystal Stair, Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Vaunda Micheaux Nelson combines meticulous research with a storyteller's flair to document the life and times of her great uncle Lewis Michaux, an extraordinary literacy pioneer of the Civil Rights era.

"My life was no crystal stair, far from it. But I'm taking my leave with some pride. It tickles me to know that those folks who said I could never sell books to black people are eating crow. I'd say my seeds grew pretty damn well. And not just the book business. It's the more important business of moving our people forward that has real meaning."


Click for more detail about Red Bird Sings: The Story of Zitkala-Sa, Native American Author, Musician, and Activist by Q. L. Pearce and Gina Capaldi Red Bird Sings: The Story of Zitkala-Sa, Native American Author, Musician, and Activist

by Q. L. Pearce and Gina Capaldi
Millbrook Press (Oct 01, 2011)
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”I remember the day I lost my spirit.” So begins the story of Gertrude Simmons, also known as Zitkala-Sa, which means Red Bird. Born in 1876 on the Yankton Sioux reservation in South Dakota, Zitkala-Sa willingly left her home at age eight to go to a boarding school in Indiana. But she soon found herself caught between two worlds—white and Native American.

At school she missed her mother and her traditional life, but Zitkala-Sa found joy in music classes. “My wounded spirit soared like a bird as I practiced the piano and violin,” she wrote. Her talent grew, and when she graduated, she became a music teacher, composer, and performer.

Zitkala-Sa found she could also “sing” to help her people by writing stories and giving speeches. As an adult, she worked as an activist for Native American rights, seeking to build a bridge between cultures.

The coauthors have told about Zitkala-Sa’s life by weaving together pieces from her own stories. The artist’s acrylic illustrations and collages of photos and primary source documents round out the vivid portrait of Zitkala-Sa, a frightened child whose spirit “would rise again, stronger and wiser for the wounds it had suffered.”


Click for more detail about Roberto Clemente: Baseball’s Humanitarian Hero (Trailblazer Biographies) by Heron Marquez Roberto Clemente: Baseball’s Humanitarian Hero (Trailblazer Biographies)

by Heron Marquez
Carolrhoda Books (May 01, 2005)
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Click for more detail about Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey Ruth and the Green Book

by Calvin Alexander Ramsey
Carolrhoda Books (Nov 01, 2010)
Format: Paperback, Age Range: 6 and up
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About This Book Ruth was so excited to take a trip in her family’s new car! In the early 1950s, few Americans could afford to buy cars, so this would be an adventure. But she soon found out that black travelers weren’t treated very well in some towns. Many hotels and gas stations refused service to black people because of the Jim Crow laws. Finally, a friendly attendant at a gas station showed Ruth’s family The Green Book. It listed all of the places that would welcome black travelers. With this guidebook and the kindness of strangers, Ruth could finally make a safe journey from Chicago to her grandma’s house in Alabama. Ruth’s story is fiction, but The Green Book and its role in helping a generation of black travelers is historical fact.

From the NY Times:
The playwright and author Calvin Alexander Ramsey (left), 65, was raised in the South and now lives in New York City. He is the author of “Ruth and the Green Book,” a children’s book published in 2010, and the play “The Green Book,” first produced in 2005 and published last year in book form. He is working on a documentary called “The Green Book Chronicles.” His work was inspired by Victor Hugo Green, who from 1936 to 1964 published the Jim Crow-era “Negro Motorist Green Book” (its title was modified over time, eventually abbreviated as the “Green Book”) listing locations catering to African-American travelers in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Bermuda.


Click for more detail about Sacagawea by Liselotte Erdrich and Julie Buffalohead Sacagawea

by Liselotte Erdrich and Julie Buffalohead
Carolrhoda Books (Jul 01, 2003)
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A biography of the Shoshone girl, Sacagawea, from age eleven when she was kidnapped by the Hitdatsa to the end of her journey with Lewis and Clark, plus speculation about her later life.


Click for more detail about Songs from the Loom: A Navajo Girl Learns to Weave (We Are Still Here) by Monty Roessel Songs from the Loom: A Navajo Girl Learns to Weave (We Are Still Here)

by Monty Roessel
Lerner Publishing Group (Sep 01, 1995)
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In this unique series, Native American authors examine their cultural traditions, from Navajo rug weaving in the Southwest to wild rice gathering in northern Minnesota. Each book describes these customs as they are seen through the eyes of the participants and discusses how Native American people maintain their cultural identities in contemporary society.


Click for more detail about Sports Injuries: Stay Safe And (Get in the Game! with Robin Roberts) by Robin Roberts Sports Injuries: Stay Safe And (Get in the Game! with Robin Roberts)

by Robin Roberts
Millbrook Press (Sep 01, 2001)
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Click for more detail about The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, and Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, and Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore

by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Carolrhoda Books (Nov 01, 2015)
Format: Hardcover, Age Range: Gr 1-4
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In the 1930s, Lewis’s dad, Lewis Michaux Sr., had an itch he needed to scratch a book itch. How to scratch it? He started a bookstore in Harlem and named it the National Memorial African Bookstore.

And as far as Lewis Michaux Jr. could tell, his father’s bookstore was one of a kind. People from all over came to visit the store, even famous people Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X, to name a few. In his father’s bookstore people bought and read books, and they also learned from each other. People swapped and traded ideas and talked about how things could change. They came together here all because of his father’s book itch. Read the story of how Lewis Michaux Sr. and his bookstore fostered new ideas and helped people stand up for what they believed in.


Click for more detail about The Daring Escape of Ellen Craft (On My Own History) by Cathy Moore The Daring Escape of Ellen Craft (On My Own History)

by Cathy Moore
Carolrhoda Books (Feb 01, 2002)
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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Recounts how Ellen Craft and her husband, William, escaped from slavery disguised as “”Mr. Johnson,”” a young white man with his arm in a sling, and his manservant.


Click for more detail about Walking the Road to Freedom: A Story about Sojourner Truth (Creative Minds Biography) by Jeri Ferris Walking the Road to Freedom: A Story about Sojourner Truth (Creative Minds Biography)

by Jeri Ferris
Carolrhoda Books (Dec 01, 1988)
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Traces the life of the Black woman orator who spoke out against slavery throughout New England and the Midwest.


Click for more detail about What I Had Was Singing: The Story of Marian Anderson (Trailblazer Biographies) by Jeri Ferris What I Had Was Singing: The Story of Marian Anderson (Trailblazer Biographies)

by Jeri Ferris
Carolrhoda Books (Jan 01, 1994)
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Click for more detail about Which Sport Is Right For You? (Get in the Game! with Robin Roberts) by Robin Roberts Which Sport Is Right For You? (Get in the Game! with Robin Roberts)

by Robin Roberts
Millbrook Press (Sep 01, 2001)
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