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Click for more detail about Vice President Kamala Harris: Her Path to the White House by Malaika Adero Vice President Kamala Harris: Her Path to the White House

by Malaika Adero
Sterling Books (Oct 05, 2021)
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The first fully illustrated book on Kamala Harris’s life and work, a retrospective that celebrates and honors her barrier-breaking achievements.

When Kamala Harris became vice president of the United States, she made history as the first woman, first Black person, first South Asian American, and first Caribbean American to hold the office. This stunning book covers Harris’s life from her childhood in Berkeley to her Howard College years, charting the many firsts she has carried with her throughout her legal and senatorial careers. It also explores Harris’s presidential campaign, her family (her husband, Doug Emhoff, is the first Second Gentleman and the first Jewish vice presidential spouse), the inauguration and her first months in the White House, and includes sidebars giving historical context to Black and female representation in government. Harris’s inspiring journey is brought to life with 120 photographs, quotes, highlights from notable speeches, and insightful commentary from Malaika Adero.

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Click for more detail about The Magic in Changing Your Stars by Leah Henderson The Magic in Changing Your Stars

by Leah Henderson
Sterling Children’s Books (Aug 04, 2020)
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Can you change your fate—and the fate of those you love—if you return to the past? Journey to 1939 Harlem in this time-travel adventure with an inspiring message about believing in yourself.

Eleven-year-old Ailey Benjamin Lane can dance—so he’s certain that he’ll land the role of the Scarecrow in his school’s production of The Wiz. Unfortunately, a talented classmate and a serious attack of nerves derail his audition: he just stands there, frozen. Deflated and defeated, Ailey confides in his Grampa that he’s ready to quit. But Grampa believes in Ailey, and, to encourage him, shares a childhood story. As a boy, Grampa dreamed of becoming a tap dancer; he was so good that the Hollywood star and unofficial Mayor of Harlem, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, even gave him a special pair of tap shoes. Curious, Ailey finds the shoes, tries them on, taps his toes, and makes a wish. In the blink of an eye, he finds himself somewhere that if most definitely no place like home! Featuring an all-African-American cast of characters, and infused with references to black culture and history, this work of magical realism is sure to captivate and inspire readers.


Click for more detail about Bubble Kisses [With CD (Audio)] by Vanessa L. Williams Bubble Kisses [With CD (Audio)]

by Vanessa L. Williams
Sterling Children’s Books (Jun 23, 2020)
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From singer, actress, and dancer Vanessa Williams comes a sweet, sparkling story (with a free downloadable song + bonus CD!) about a young girl whose beloved pet fish has wonderful, magical powers.

She gives me bubble kisses, bubble kisses as she swims by in the water.
She never misses with her bubble kisses. And I’m so glad I got her.

A young girl adores her goldfish, Sal. But Sal is no ordinary pet: while she can’t fetch a ball or curl up on a lap, she can give bubble kisses that transform the girl into a mermaid and transport her to a world of underwater adventures. There, beneath the sea, they play, sing, and dance with other mermaids. The catchy, breezy, rhymed tale is perfect for bedtime, and the book includes a free digital download and CD of the song.


Click for more detail about G.O.A.T. - Serena Williams: Making the Case for the Greatest of All Time by Tami Charles G.O.A.T. - Serena Williams: Making the Case for the Greatest of All Time

by Tami Charles
Sterling Children’s Books (May 05, 2020)
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Who is the greatest tennis player of all time? This stunning book, filled to the brim with color photographs and interesting information, picks Serena Williams!

G.O.A.T. is an acronym that stands for Greatest Of All Time—and it takes lifelong dedication, nonstop hard work, and undeniable, unbelievable talent even to be considered for that honor. Serena Williams is the most decorated female tennis player of all time. She’s been ranked #1 by the Women’s Tennis Association countless times since 2002, and no one holds more Grand Slam titles—not just as a single’s player, but also, with her sister Venus, in women’s doubles. Find out all about this powerhouse player and her dozens of amazing victories in this entertaining book that’s packed with stats, sidebars, and details about the athlete’s journey. Sports-crazed kids will love it.


Click for more detail about A Song for Gwendolyn Brooks by Alice Faye Duncan A Song for Gwendolyn Brooks

by Alice Faye Duncan
Sterling Children’s Books (Jan 01, 2019)
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“A stirring, accessible introduction to Gwendolyn Brooks and a must-have for all elementary collections.” —School Library Journal (Starred review) “The combination of biography and Brooks' own poems makes for a strong, useful, and beautiful text … A solid introduction to a brilliant writer”—Kirkus.

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Acclaimed writer Alice Faye Duncan tells the story of poet Gwendolyn Brooks, the first Black author to win the Pulitzer Prize.

SING a song for Gwendolyn Brooks. Sing it loud—a Chicago blues. With a voice both wise and witty, Gwendolyn Brooks crafted poems that captured the urban Black experience and the role of women in society. She grew up on the South Side of Chicago, reading and writing constantly from a young age, her talent lovingly nurtured by her parents. Brooks ultimately published 20 books of poetry, two autobiographies, and one novel. Alice Faye Duncan has created her own song to celebrate Gwendolyn’s life and work, illuminating the tireless struggle of revision and the sweet reward of success.

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Click for more detail about The Twelve Days of Christmas in Tennessee by Alice Faye Duncan The Twelve Days of Christmas in Tennessee

by Alice Faye Duncan
Sterling Children’s Books (Sep 04, 2018)
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On the first day of Christmas my parents gave to me . . . a holiday book about my very own state!

The Volunteer state is GREAT! When Carly visits her cousin Teddy in Tennessee for Christmas, she discovers how amazing it is. She hikes the Great Smoky Mountains, dances to bluegrass music, tastes Nashville’s famous hot chicken, and meets more than one Elvis Presley. Every day, Teddy gives her a special Tennessee gift, from 12 rockers rocking and 11 eagles nesting to a mockingbird in a tulip poplar tree.


Click for more detail about Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes

by Langston Hughes
Sterling Children’s Books (Jan 01, 2013)
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A fresh design and appealing new cover enliven this award-winning collection in the acclaimed Poetry for Young People series. Showcasing the extraordinary Langston Hughes, it’s edited by two leading poetry experts and features gallery-quality art by Benny Andrews that adds rich dimension to the words. Hughes’s magnificent, powerful words still resonate today, and the anthologized poems in this splendid volume include his best-loved works: “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”; “My People”; “Words Like Freedom”; “Harlem”; and “I, Too”—his sharp, pointed response to Walt Whitman’s “I Hear America Singing.”


Click for more detail about Still I Rise: A Graphic History Of African Americans by Roland Laird and Taneshia Nash Laird Still I Rise: A Graphic History Of African Americans

by Roland Laird and Taneshia Nash Laird
Sterling Books (Feb 03, 2009)
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Still I Rise is a critically acclaimed work with an impressive scope: the entire history of Black America, told in an accessible graphic-novel form. Updated from its original version?which ended with the Million Man March?it now extends from the early days of colonial slavery right through to Barack Obama’s groundbreaking presidential campaign. Compared by many to Art Spiegelman’s Maus, Still I Rise is a breathtaking achievement that celebrates the collective African-American memory, imagination, and spirit.

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Click for more detail about Becoming American: The African-American Journey by Howard Dodson Becoming American: The African-American Journey

by Howard Dodson
Sterling Books (Feb 03, 2009)
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Far too many Americans, of all races, are unaware of the pivotal role that people of African descent have played in shaping the US and the world. Even less is known about the role of African peoples in the history of all humankind. Becoming American: The African-American Journey will open their eyes?and enlighten even the already knowledgeable. It features two side-by-side chronological timelines that uniquely contrast the major events and personalities in both African-American and Global/African Diasporan history?spanning from 4 million BCE to Barack Obama’s momentous presidential campaign. In addition, a carefully-chosen collection of key political, historical, cultural and literary texts, quotes, speeches, and songs document the impact of the black presence in American and world history.


Click for more detail about Poetry for Young People: Maya Angelou by Carole Boston Weatherford Poetry for Young People: Maya Angelou

by Carole Boston Weatherford
Sterling Books (Sep 01, 2007)
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The latest collection in this acclaimed series features 25 of the finest poems by poet, author, playwright, and historian Maya Angelou, from the playful "Harlem Hopscotch" to the soul-stirring "Still I Rise." Each verse is illustrated with evocative pictures. Full color.


Click for more detail about Poetry For Young People: Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes Poetry For Young People: Langston Hughes

by Langston Hughes
Sterling Books (Apr 28, 2006)
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Sterling proudly announces an exciting and vibrant addition to Poetry for Young People: The first African-American themed book in the series, featuring the poems of the extraordinary Langston Hughes. Edited by the two leading experts on Hughes’s work, and illustrated by the brilliant Benny Andrews, this very special volume is one to treasure forever.

A much-requested book that was years in the making…and well worth the wait. One of the central figures in the Harlem Renaissance—the flowering of black culture that took place in the 1920s and 30s—Langston Hughes captured the soul of his people, and gave voice to their concerns about race and social justice. His magnificent and powerful words still resonate today: that’s why it’s so important for young people to have access to his poems. Now they do, in a splendid volume edited and illustrated by a top-caliber team who are simply the best in their fields.

The introduction, biography, and annotations come from Arnold Rampersad, a Professor and Dean at Stanford University, who has written The Life of Langston Hughes, and David Roessel, co-editor with Professor Rampersad of The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes and editor of the Langston Hughes collection in Knopf’s Everyman series. Benny Andrews—a painter, printmaker, and arts advocate whose work is in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Smithsonian, among others—has created gallery-quality illustrations that pulse with energy and add rich dimension to the poems.

Among the anthologized poems are Hughes’s best-known and most loved works: “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”; “Aunt Sue’s Stories”; “Danse Africaine”; “Mother to Son”; “My People”; “Words Like Freedom”; “Harlem”; and “I, Too”—his sharp, pointed response to Walt Whitman’s earlier “I Hear America Singing.”

Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes is a publishing event for all to celebrate.
A Selection of the Scholastic Book Club.


Click for more detail about When I Get Free: A Novel by Cheryl Robinson When I Get Free: A Novel

by Cheryl Robinson
Sterling Books (Aug 01, 2003)
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"You don’t have to be in prison to serve a life sentence." -Anonymous Theodore "Tower" Evans is smart, clever and always one step ahead of the game. Under a different set of circumstances, he could have become a top executive at a Fortune 500 company or a successful entrepreneur. Instead, he became a statistic: one in three black men between the ages of twenty and twenty-nine under correctional supervision or control. He’s sentenced to forty years in an Oklahoma state prison for drug trafficking. Ten years later, Tower’s paroled and living in his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas, trying to adjust to the changes that have occurred in the world. The only problem: His mind is still on lockdown. As the pressure of the outside mounts against Tower and the voices in his head begin to collide, his paranoia takes over. He trusts no one. Not Tonya, the evangelist who believes in spreading more than the good news to Tower. Not Gail, an aspiring writer who begins penning a novel based on Tower’s life. Not Mary, his married parole officer whose possessiveness turns dangerous when she threatens to send him back to prison. The years Tower spent on the inside have taken away the hope that he needs to regain before his temper destroys his second chance. When I Get Free is a novel inspired by the true events of an anonymous ex-con.


Click for more detail about Memories of Yesterday by Cheryl Robinson Memories of Yesterday

by Cheryl Robinson
Sterling Books (Aug 09, 2002)
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Porter Washington is a handsome Detroit Firefighter trying to live on twenty-seven thousand dollars a year while struggling to provide the materialistic lifestyle required of his longtime girlfriend, Reesey. When a lie ends Porter’s current relationship, he becomes confused and questions himself, his sexuality, and the secrets that he buried with his brother. After being dumped at the altar, Winona Fairchild packed her bags and fled Detroit for Fort Worth, Texas, with a man she barely knew. Now, seventeen years and two kids later, single Winona is embarking on a new career as an automotive designer for a major corporation. Excited with her recent promotion, which doubles her salary and allows her to relocate back to her hometown of Detroit, Winona decides to use the opportunity to hunt down a part of her past of which she refused to let go. Winona eventually discovers that true to form with her life, things are never quite the way they seem. Memories of Yesterday is a novel for every man and woman who has hung on to pain and regret too long, postponing an opportunity for a better today and tomorrow.


Click for more detail about Johnny Buffalo by Daniel Smith Johnny Buffalo

by Daniel Smith
Sterling Books (Aug 01, 1999)
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After being shot and left for dead, Johnny Buffalo, a soldier in the United States Army, watches in horror as a lynch mob viciously murders his best friend and mentor. Bitter and disillusioned by the army’s justice system, Johnny takes the law into his own hands and vows to bring the Texans who killled his friend to justice.



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