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Click for more detail about 12 Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali by Charles R. Smith Jr. 12 Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali

by Charles R. Smith Jr.
Candlewick Press (Aug 24, 2010)
Format: Paperback, Age Range: 10 years
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"An in-depth look at Ali’s life through twelve rhyming poems. . . . Collier’s bold pictures are among the best of his illustrious career."—BOOKLIST (starred review)

A Coretta Scott King Honor Book
A National Council for the Social Studies Notable Trade Book for Young People

From the moment a fired-up teenager won 1960 Olympic gold to the day when a retired legend, hands shaking from Parkinson’s, returned to raise the Olympic torch, the boxer known as "The Greatest" waged many a fight. Some were in the ring, against opponents like Sonny Liston and Joe Frazier; others were against societal prejudice and a war he refused to support because of his Islamic faith. The rap-inspired verse weaves and bobs and jabs, while bold collage artwork matches every move—capturing the "Louisville loudmouth with the great gift of rhyme" who shed the name Cassius Clay to take on the world as Muhammad Ali.


Click for more detail about 42 Is Not Just a Number: The Odyssey of Jackie Robinson, American Hero by Doreen Rappaport 42 Is Not Just a Number: The Odyssey of Jackie Robinson, American Hero

by Doreen Rappaport
Candlewick Press (Sep 05, 2017)
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An eye-opening look at the life and legacy of Jackie Robinson, the man who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball and became an American hero.

Baseball, basketball, football — no matter the game, Jackie Robinson excelled. His talents would have easily landed another man a career in pro sports, but such opportunities were closed to athletes like Jackie for one reason: his skin was the wrong color. Settling for playing baseball in the Negro Leagues, Jackie chafed at the inability to prove himself where it mattered most: the major leagues. Then in 1946, Branch Rickey, manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, recruited Jackie Robinson. Jackie faced cruel and sometimes violent hatred and discrimination, but he proved himself again and again, exhibiting courage, determination, restraint, and a phenomenal ability to play the game. In this compelling biography, award-winning author Doreen Rappaport chronicles the extraordinary life of Jackie Robinson and how his achievements won over — and changed — a segregated nation.


Click for more detail about Chameleon by Charles R. Smith Jr. Chameleon

by Charles R. Smith Jr.
Candlewick Press (Sep 23, 2008)
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In his first novel, the Coretta Scott King Author Honor winner evokes the bittersweet summer of transition for an L.A. teen.

Shooting the breeze with his boys. Tightening his D on the court. Doing a color check — making sure nobody’s wearing blue or red, which some Crip or Piru carrying a cut-down golf club would see as disrespect. Then back to Auntie’s, hoping she isn’t passed out from whiskey at the end of the day. Now that Shawn is headed for high school, he wonders if he’d be better off at the school in Mama’s neighborhood, where he’d be free of Compton’s hassles. But then he wouldn’t be with his fellas — cracking jokes, covering each other’s backs — or the fine Marisol, who’s been making star appearances in his dreams. Dad says he needs to make his own decision, but what does Shawn want, freedom or friendship? With teasing, spot-on dialogue and an eye to the realities of inner-city life, CHAMELEON takes on the shifting moods of a teenager coming of age.


Click for more detail about Courage Has No Color, The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America’s First Black Paratroopers (Ala Notable Children’s Books. Older Readers) by Tanya Lee Stone Courage Has No Color, The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America’s First Black Paratroopers (Ala Notable Children’s Books. Older Readers)

by Tanya Lee Stone
Candlewick Press (Jan 22, 2013)
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A 2014 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist They became America’s first black paratroopers. Why was their story never told? Sibert Medalist Tanya Lee Stone reveals the history of the Triple Nickles during World War II. World War II is raging, and thousands of American soldiers are fighting overseas against the injustices brought on by Hitler. Back on the home front, the injustice of discrimination against African Americans plays out as much on Main Street as in the military. Enlisted black men are segregated from white soldiers and regularly relegated to service duties. At Fort Benning, Georgia, First Sergeant Walter Morris’s men serve as guards at The Parachute School, while the white soldiers prepare to be paratroopers. Morris knows that for his men to be treated like soldiers, they have to train and act like them, but would the military elite and politicians recognize the potential of these men as well as their passion for serving their country? Tanya Lee Stone examines the role of African Americans in the military through the history of the Triple Nickles, America’s first black paratroopers, who fought in a little-known attack on the American West by the Japanese. The 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, in the words of Morris, ""proved that the color of a man had nothing to do with his ability."" From Courage Has No Color What did it take to be a paratrooper in World War II? Specialized training, extreme physical fitness, courage, and until the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion (the Triple Nickles) was formed white skin. It is 1943. Americans are overseas fighting World War II to help keep the world safe from Adolf Hitler’s tyranny, safe from injustice, safe from discrimination. Yet right here at home, people with white skin have rights that people with black skin do not. What is courage? What is strength? Perhaps it is being ready to fight for your nation even when your nation isn’t ready to fight for you.


Click for more detail about Dance with Me: Super Sturdy Picture Book by Charles R. Smith Jr. Dance with Me: Super Sturdy Picture Book

by Charles R. Smith Jr.
Candlewick Press (Sep 09, 2008)
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Young readers will find their groove with a spirited tale sure to tickle their toes and have them slapping their knees to the beat.

Two kids bopping down the street get the whole town moving in a lively tale for emerging readers. Noah Z. Jones’s bright, energetic illustrations tell a parallel story, while Charles R. Smith Jr.’s rhythmic, rhyming text is guaranteed to get children shake, shake, shaking.


Click for more detail about Family Pictures: Poems And Photographs Celebrating Family by Kwame Alexander Family Pictures: Poems And Photographs Celebrating Family

by Kwame Alexander
Candlewick Press (Dec 01, 2007)
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Family Pictures, edited by Kwame Alexander, is a celebration of the paradise of family. The woes and wonders. This book includes over 70 poets, new and established, and 10 photographers, award winning and emerging. Family Pictures aims to show the variety and value of family love, especially the joys of childhood…to remind us that no matter the time or circumstance, whether peril or promise, family matters and it always lasts." CONTRIBUTORS Opal Palmer Adisa, Kwame Alexander, Ashkari, Chrissy Banks, Roberta Beary, Alicia Benjamin-Samuels, Sylvia Dianne Beverly, Joelle Biele, Mawiyah Bomani, Nadir Lasana Bomani, Ann Reisfeld Boutte, Kyndall Brown, Monique Brown, Leah Browning, Carol Carpenter, Noni Carter, Grace Cavalieri, Ching-In Chen, Lucille Clifton, Maritza Rivera Cohen, Christine Compo, Christopher Conlon, Sarah Conover, Mathilda W. Cox, Barbara Crooker, Alan Davis, Jeanette Drake, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Natasha Ria El-Scari, Gretchen Fletcher, Adele C. Geraghty, Nikki Giovanni, Judy Lee Green, Jennifer Gresham, Joy Harold Helsing, Karla Huston, Miccolo Johnson, Sandra Jones, Carolyn Joyner, Jacqueline Jules, Melissa Morelli Lacroix, Pamela Lewis, Diane Lockward, Dan Logan, Frederick Lord, Christina Lovin, Sandra Cohen Margulius, Stepehen Mead, Tony Medina, J.J. Michael, E. Ethelbert Miller, Deanna Nikaido, Shin Yu Pai, Michelle J. Pinkard, Andrea Potos, William Reichard, Regena "Sonray" Reighns, Susan Rich, Jason Kelly Richards, Katy Richey, Charles P. Ries, Kim Roberts, Alison C. Rollins, Matthue Roth, Carly Sachs, Metta Sma, Darlene Anita Scott, Derek Sheffield, Glen Sorestad, Judith Strasser, Kathleen Sullivan, Lynn Tait, Ijeama Thomas, Angela Boykin Turnbull, Davi Walders, Phylis Warady, Christine West, Sandra L. West, Mary-Sherman Willis, and Shana Yarborough. PHOTOGRAPHERS Bailey, Rodney Bing, Bonita DiBari, Michael Fitzsimons, Martha Hewling, Nataki Johnson, Jason Miccolo Lassiter, Shevry Michelle, Renee Siegel, Carol Solomon, Frank


Click for more detail about Full, Full, Full of Love by Trish Cooke Full, Full, Full of Love

by Trish Cooke
Candlewick Press (Sep 23, 2008)
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Warm, welcoming illustrations spice up this rhythmical ode to the joys of family and food - full, full, full of pleasures for all.


For the youngest member of an exuberant extended family, Sunday dinner
at Grannie’s can be full indeed - full of hugs and kisses, full of tasty dishes, full to the brim with happy faces, and full, full, full of love. With a special focus on the bond between little Jay Jay and his grannie, Trish Cooke introduces us to a gregarious family we are sure to want more, more, more of.


Click for more detail about Granddaddy’s Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box by Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein Granddaddy’s Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box

by Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein
Candlewick Press (Jul 14, 2015)
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Based on the true story of one family’s struggle for voting rights in the civil rightsera South, this moving tale shines an emotional spotlight on a dark facet of U.S. history. Life on the farm with Granddaddy is full of hard work, but despite all the chores, Granddaddy always makes time for play, especially fishing trips. Even when there isn’t a bite to catch, he reminds young Michael that it takes patience to get what’s coming to you. One morning, when Granddaddy heads into town in his fancy suit, Michael knows that something very special must be happening?—?and sure enough, everyone is lined up at the town hall! For the very first time, Granddaddy is allowed to vote, and he couldn’t be more proud. But can Michael be patient when it seems that justice just can’t come soon enough? This powerful and touching true-life story shares one boy’s perspective of growing up in the segregated South, while beautiful illustrations depict the rural setting in tender detail.


Click for more detail about Hoop Queens by Charles R. Smith Jr. Hoop Queens

by Charles R. Smith Jr.
Candlewick Press (Sep 11, 2007)
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"Young basketball fans will have a hard time keeping still. . . . A great choice to energize poetry units." — BOOKLIST

Margo Dydek, Ticha Penicheiro, Chamique Holdsclaw . . . these are just three of the twelve women profiled in a dynamic group of poems honoring some of the best female players in professional basketball. With action photographs and kinetic lyrics illustrating each player’s style, HOOP QUEENS will grab the attention of any kid who loves basketball — and score a slam-dunk with teachers of poetry.

An International Reading Association Children’s Choice

A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age

A Chicago Public Library Best Book


Click for more detail about How the Leopard Got His Claws by Chinua Achebe How the Leopard Got His Claws

by Chinua Achebe
Candlewick Press (Sep 27, 2011)
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From Chinua Achebe, father of modern African literature, comes a vivid fable about power and freedom.

In the beginning, all the animals lived as friends. Their king, the leopard, was strong but gentle and wise. Only Dog had sharp teeth, and only he scoffed at the other animals' plan to build a common shelter for resting out of the rain. But when Dog is ? ooded out of his own cave, he attacks the leopard and takes over as king. And it is then, after visiting the blacksmith's forge and knocking on Thunder's door, that the angry leopard returns to regain his throne by the menace of his own threatening new claws. In a riveting fable for young readers about the potency and dangers of power taken by force, Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe, author of THINGS FALL APART, evokes themes of liberation and justice that echo his seminal novels about post-colonial Africa. Glowing with vibrant color, Mary GrandPré's expressive and action filled paintings bring this unforgettable tale to dramatic life.


Click for more detail about In The Words Of Nelson Mandela by Jennifer Crwys-Williams In The Words Of Nelson Mandela

by Jennifer Crwys-Williams
Candlewick Press (Apr 26, 2011)
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"I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die." Nelson Mandela spoke these words from the dock at the Rivonia Treason Trial on April 20, 1964. Through his words and actions ever since, Mandela has been embraced worldwide as a symbol of courage, hope, and reconciliation.South African journalist Jennifer Crwys-Williams has compiled a collection of Mandela’s observations, culled from a variety of sources. In the Words of Nelson Mandela presents his thoughts on subjects as diverse as humanity, friendship, oppression, and freedom. These quotations provide valuable insight into the man and all he stands for. By turns moving, revealing, humorous, and wise, Mandela’s words eloquently convey his warmth and dignity; his thoughts, though brief, contain enormous depth-"One minute can change the world," for example-and are certain to inspire and give strength to all who read them.

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Click for more detail about Jordan by Charles R. Smith Jr. Jordan

by Charles R. Smith Jr.
Candlewick Press (Jul 27, 2016)
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Click for more detail about Ladder To The Moon by Maya Soetoro-Ng Ladder To The Moon

by Maya Soetoro-Ng
Candlewick Press (Apr 12, 2011)
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From Maya Soetoro-Ng, sister of President Obama, comes a lyrical story relaying the loving wisdom of their late mother to a young granddaughter she never met.

Little Suhaila wishes she could have known her grandma, who would wrap her arms around the whole world if she could, Mama says. And one night, Suhaila gets her wish when a golden ladder appears at her window, and Grandma Annie invites the girl to come along with her on a magical journey. In a rich and deeply personal narrative, Maya Soetoro-Ng draws inspiration from her mother s love for family, her empathy for others, and her ethic of service to imagine this remarkable meeting. Evoking fantasy and folklore, the story touches on events that have affected people across the world in our time and reaffirms our common humanity. Yuyi Morales s breathtaking artwork illuminates the dreamlike tale, reminding us that loved ones lost are always with us, and that sometimes we need only look at the moon and remember.

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Click for more detail about Let’s Play Baseball!: Super Sturdy Picture Books by Charles R. Smith Jr. Let’s Play Baseball!: Super Sturdy Picture Books

by Charles R. Smith Jr.
Candlewick Press (Feb 14, 2006)
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Picture books at a great price with extra-durable boards and rounded card-stock pages - super strudy but with a grown-up feel. Perfect for emerging readers!

Hey! Let’s PLAY!
It’s me . . . your BASEBALL.
Whaddya say?

When a restless baseball pleads with a young boy to take him out to play, the concept of "fly ball" takes on a whole new meaning! An out-of-this world tale of a boy and his boisterous baseball is sure to have little ones hankering to get into the game.


Click for more detail about Let’s Play Basketball!: Super Sturdy Picture Books by Charles R. Smith Jr. Let’s Play Basketball!: Super Sturdy Picture Books

by Charles R. Smith Jr.
Candlewick Press (Jul 08, 2004)
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An out-of-this-world story about a boy and his amazing basketball that will have little listeners begging to play, too.


We could bounce to the park,
Dribble to a funky beat.
Spin with me. Dance with me on concrete!

When a bored basketball pleads with a little boy to take it out to play,
is there any limit to the feats they can perform?


Click for more detail about Never Been A Time: The 1917 Race Riot That Sparked The Civil Rights Movement by Harper Barnes Never Been A Time: The 1917 Race Riot That Sparked The Civil Rights Movement

by Harper Barnes
Candlewick Press (Jun 24, 2008)
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The dramatic and first popular account of one of the deadliest racial confrontations in the 20th century—in East St. Louis in the summer of 1917—which paved the way for the civil rights movement.In the 1910s, half a million African Americans moved from the impoverished rural South to booming industrial cities of the North in search of jobs and freedom from Jim Crow laws. But Northern whites responded with rage, attacking blacks in the streets and laying waste to black neighborhoods in a horrific series of deadly race riots that broke out in dozens of cities across the nation, including Philadelphia, Chicago, Tulsa, Houston, and Washington, D.C. In East St. Louis, Illinois, corrupt city officials and industrialists had openly courted Southern blacks, luring them North to replace striking white laborers. This tinderbox erupted on July 2, 1917 into what would become one of the bloodiest American riots of the World War era. Its impact was enormous. "There has never been a time when the riot was not alive in the oral tradition," remarks Professor Eugene Redmond. Indeed, prominent blacks like W.E.B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, and Josephine Baker were forever influenced by it. Celebrated St. Louis journalist Harper Barnes has written the first full account of this dramatic turning point in American history, decisively placing it in the continuum of racial tensions flowing from Reconstruction and as a catalyst of civil rights action in the decades to come. Drawing from accounts and sources never before utilized, Harper Barnes has crafted a compelling and definitive story that enshrines the riot as an historical rallying cry for all who deplore racial violence.

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Click for more detail about On My Journey Now: Looking At African-American History Through The Spirituals by Nikki Giovanni On My Journey Now: Looking At African-American History Through The Spirituals

by Nikki Giovanni
Candlewick Press (Sep 08, 2009)
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"The intimate, unpretentious talk about familiar songs will grab readers, who will want to find out more about the inspiring history." — BOOKLIST (starred review)

Ever since she was a little girl attending three different churches, poet Nikki Giovanni has loved the spirituals. Now, with the passion of a poet and the knowledge of a historian, she paints compelling portraits of the lives of her ancestors through the words of songs such as "Go Down, Moses" and "Ain’t Got Time to Die," celebrating a people who overcame enslavement and found a way to survive, to worship, and to build.


Click for more detail about Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets by Kwame Alexander Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets

by Kwame Alexander
Candlewick Press (Mar 14, 2017)
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A Newbery Medalist and a Caldecott Honoree offer a glorious, lyrical ode to poets who have sparked a sense of wonder.

Out of gratitude for the poet’s art form, Newbery Awardwinning author and poet Kwame Alexander, along with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth, present original poems that pay homage to twenty famed poets who have made the authors’ hearts sing and their minds wonder. Stunning mixed-media images by Ekua Holmes, winner of a Caldecott Honor and a John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award, complete the celebration and invite the reader to listen, wonder, and perhaps even pick up a pen.


Click for more detail about Pick-Up Game: A Full Day of Full Court by Marc Aronson and Charles R. Smith Jr. Pick-Up Game: A Full Day of Full Court

by Marc Aronson and Charles R. Smith Jr.
Candlewick Press (Oct 09, 2012)
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Pass! Shoot! Swish! An all-star team of YA authors scores spectacularly with an action-packed anthology about street basketball.

It’s one steamy July day at the West 4th Street Court in NYC, otherwise known as The Cage. Hotshot ESPN is wooing the scouts, Boo is struggling to guard the weird new guy named Waco, a Spike Lee wannabe has video rolling, and virgin Irene is sizing up six-foot-eightand-a-half-inch Chester. Nine of YA literature’s top writers, including Walter Dean Myers, Rita Williams-Garcia, Adam Rapp, Joseph Bruchac, and Sharon Flake reveal how it all goes down in a searing collection of short stories, in which each one picks up where the previous one ends. Characters weave in and out of narratives, perspectives change, and emotions play out for a fluid and fast-paced ode to the game. Crackling with humor, grit, and streetball philosophy, and featuring poems and photographs by Charles R. Smith Jr., this anthology is a slam dunk.


Click for more detail about Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama by Hester Bass Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama

by Hester Bass
Candlewick Press (Jan 27, 2015)
Format: Hardcover, Age Range: 5 - 8 years
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Explore a little-known story of the civil rights movement, in which black and white citizens in one Alabama city worked together nonviolently to end segregation.

Mention the civil rights era in Alabama, and most people recall images of terrible violence. But something different was happening in Huntsville. For the citizens of that city, creativity, courage, and cooperation were the keys to working together to integrate their city and schools in peace. In an engaging celebration of this lesser-known chapter in American and African-American history, author Hester Bass and illustrator E. B. Lewis show children how racial discrimination, bullying, and unfairness can be faced successfully with perseverance and ingenuity.


Click for more detail about So Much! by Trish Cooke So Much!

by Trish Cooke
Candlewick Press (Sep 23, 2008)
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Mom and baby are home alone when—DING DONG!—Auntie and then Uncle and Nannie and Gran-Gran and the cousins come to visit. And they all want to hug and kiss and squeeze and eat the baby right up—because everybody loves the baby SO MUCH! With Helen Oxenbury lending her characteristic warmth and humor to a most exuberant family party, Trish Cooke’s rhythmic, cumulative story captures the joy of being the baby in a large extended family—a baby who knows that he is absolutely, utterly adored.


Click for more detail about The Secret World of Walter Anderson by Hester Bass The Secret World of Walter Anderson

by Hester Bass
Candlewick Press (Aug 05, 2014)
Format: Hardcover, Age Range: 8 - 12 years
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Enter the fascinating world of reclusive nature-lover Walter Anderson—perhaps the most famous American artist you've never heard of.

Residents along the Mississippi Gulf Coast thought Walter Anderson was odd, rowing across twelve miles of open water in a leaky skiff to reach Horn, an uninhabited island without running water or electricity. But this solitary artist didn't much care what they thought as he spent weeks at a time on his personal paradise, sleeping under his boat, sometimes eating whatever washed ashore, sketching and painting the natural surroundings and the animals that became his friends. Here Walter created some of his most brilliant watercolors, work he kept hidden during his lifetime. In a beautifully crafted picture book biography, winner of the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, writer Hester Bass and Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator E. B. Lewis pay homage to an uncompromising American artist.


Click for more detail about The Substance Of Hope: Barack Obama And The Paradox Of Progress by William Jelani Cobb The Substance Of Hope: Barack Obama And The Paradox Of Progress

by William Jelani Cobb
Candlewick Press (May 25, 2010)
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For acclaimed historian William Jelani Cobb, the historic election of Barack Obama to the presidency is not the most remarkable development of the 2008 election; even more so is the fact that Obama won some 90 percent of the black vote in the primaries across America despite the fact that the established black leadership since the civil rights era—men like Jesse Jackson, John Lewis, Andrew Young, who paved the way for his candidacy—all openly supported Hillary Clinton. Clearly a sea change has occurred among black voters, ironically pushing the architects of the civil rights movement toward the periphery at the moment when their political dreams were most fully realized.
How this has happened, and the powerful implications it holds for America’s politics and social landscape, is the focus of The Substance of Hope, a deeply insightful, paradigm-shifting examination of a new generation of voters that has not been shaped by the raw memory of Jim Crow and has a different range of imperatives. Cobb sees Obama’s ascendancy as "a reality that has been taking shape in tiny increments for the past four decades," and examines thorny issues such as the paradox and contradictions embodied in race and patriotism, identity and citizenship; how the civil rights leadership became a political machine; why the term "postracial" is as iniquitous as it is inaccurate; and whether our society has really changed with Obama’s election.
Elegantly written and powerfully argued, The Substance of Hope challenges conventional wisdom as it offers original insight into America’s future.


Click for more detail about The World Beneath: A Novel by Janice Warman The World Beneath: A Novel

by Janice Warman
Candlewick Press (May 24, 2016)
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At the height of South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle, a boy must face life decisions that test what he believes—and call for no turning back.

South Africa, 1976. Joshua lives with his mother in the maid’s room, in the backyard of their wealthy white employers’ house in the city by the sea. He doesn’t quite understand the events going on around him. But when he rescues a stranger and riots begin to sweep the country, Joshua has to face the world beneath—the world deep inside him—to make heartbreaking choices that will change his life forever. Genuine and quietly unflinching, this beautifully nuanced novel from a veteran journalist captures a child’s-eye view of the struggle that shaped a nation and riveted the world.


Click for more detail about Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement

by Carole Boston Weatherford
Candlewick Press (Aug 04, 2015)
Format: Hardcover, Age Range: 9 - 12 years
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Stirring poems and stunning collage illustrations combine to celebrate the life of Fannie Lou Hamer, a champion of equal voting rights.

"I am sick and tired of being sick and tired."

Despite fierce prejudice and abuse, even being beaten to within an inch of her life, Fannie Lou Hamer was a champion of civil rights from the 1950s until her death in 1977. Integral to the Freedom Summer of 1964, Ms. Hamer gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention that, despite President Johnson’s interference, aired on national TV news and spurred the nation to support the Freedom Democrats. Featuring vibrant mixed-media art full of intricate detail, Voice of Freedom celebrates Fannie Lou Hamer’s life and legacy with a message of hope, determination, and strength.


Click for more detail about What Color Is My World?: The Lost History Of African-American Inventors by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld What Color Is My World?: The Lost History Of African-American Inventors

by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld
Candlewick Press (Jan 03, 2012)
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, basketball legend and the NBA's all-time leading scorer, champions a lineup of little-known African-American inventors in this lively, kid-friendly book.

Did you know that James West’s technology is in the microphone of your cell phone? Or that Fred Jones invented the refrigerated truck that makes supermarkets possible? That Dr. Percy Julian synthesized cortisone from soy, easing the pain for countless people? These are just some of the black inventors and innovators scoring big points in this dynamic look at several unsung heroes who shared a desire to improve people’s lives. Offering profiles with fast facts on flaps and framed by a funny contemporary story featuring feisty twins, this book pays tribute to the minds behind the gamma electric cell and the Super Soaker, improvements to traffic lights, open heart surgery, and more — inventors whose ingenuity and perseverance against great odds made our world safer, better, and brighter.

What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors

“I was motivated by the fact that the history books I had when I was in grade school, especially if African-Americans were mentioned, it was only in relation to aspects of slavery and the civil rights movement. There’s so much more to the story. It’ s my attempt to fill in some of the blanks.” —Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


Click for more detail about White Water by Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein White Water

by Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein
Candlewick Press (Aug 23, 2011)
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For a young boy growing up in the segregated south, a town drinking fountain becomes the source of an epiphany. It’s a scorching hot day, and going into town with Grandma is one of Michael’s favorite things. When the bus pulls up, they climb in and pay their fare, get out, walk to the back door, and climb in again. By the time they arrive in town, Michael’s throat is as dry as a bone, so he runs to the water fountain. But after a few sips, the warm, rusty water tastes bad. Why is the kid at the ""Whites Only"" fountain still drinking? Is his water clear and refreshingly cool? No matter how much trouble Michael might get into, he’s determined to find out for himself. Based on a transformative experience co-author Michael Bandy had as a boy, this compelling story sheds light on the reality of segregation through a child’s eyes, while showing the powerful awareness that comes from daring to question the way things are.


Click for more detail about Willow by Tonya Cherie Hegamin Willow

by Tonya Cherie Hegamin
Candlewick Press (Feb 11, 2014)
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In 1848, an educated slave girl faces an inconceivable choice between bondage and freedom, family and love.

On one side of the Mason-Dixon Line lives fifteen-year-old Willow, her master’s favorite servant. She’s been taught to read and has learned to write. She believes her master is good to her and fears the rebel slave runaways. On the other side of the line is seventeen-year-old Cato, a black man, free born. It’s his personal mission to sneak as many fugitive slaves to freedom as he can. Willow’s and Cato’s lives are about to intersect, with life-changing consequences for both of them. Tonya Cherie Hegamin’s moving coming-of-age story is a poignant meditation on the many ways a person can be enslaved, and the force of will needed to be truly emancipated.


Click for more detail about Winning Words: Sports Stories and Photographs by Charles R. Smith Jr. Winning Words: Sports Stories and Photographs

by Charles R. Smith Jr.
Candlewick Press (Jul 08, 2008)
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With their fast-paced narration and dynamic, dramatic photos, these stories are guaranteed to pump up confidence, no matter your sport of choice.

Brian can’t get a hit at bat until Coach reminds him to turn off his brain and get into the zone. Gillian loses her nerve on the high beam after hearing the crunch of another gymnast’s fall, until the girls cheer her on, and she handsprings away from the sound in her head. From saving a disastrous football season to sharing the glory on the girls’ soccer field, from a solo punch in karate to thrilling teamwork on the basketball court, these riveting stories and inspirational quotes capture a striving for personal best — and the exhilaration of mastering your fears.


Click for more detail about X: A Novel by Ilyasah Al-Shabazz X: A Novel

by Ilyasah Al-Shabazz
Candlewick Press (Jan 06, 2015)
Format: Hardcover, Age Range: 
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Cowritten by Malcolm X’s daughter, this riveting and revealing novel follows the formative years of the man whose words and actions shook the world.

Malcolm Little’s parents have always told him that he can achieve anything, but from what he can tell, that’s a pack of lies—after all, his father’s been murdered, his mother’s been taken away, and his dreams of becoming a lawyer have gotten him laughed out of school. There’s no point in trying, he figures, and lured by the nightlife of Boston and New York, he escapes into a world of fancy suits, jazz, girls, and reefer. But Malcolm’s efforts to leave the past behind lead him into increasingly dangerous territory. Deep down, he knows that the freedom he’s found is only an illusion—and that he can’t run forever.

X follows Malcolm from his childhood to his imprisonment for theft at age twenty, when he found the faith that would lead him to forge a new path and command a voice that still resonates today.


Click for more detail about Zora and Me by Victoria Bond Zora and Me

by Victoria Bond
Candlewick Press (Dec 27, 2011)
Format: Paperback, Age Range: 10 - 14
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Winner of the 2011 John Steptoe New Talent (Author) Award!

Racial duplicity threatens an idyllic African American community in the turn-of-the-century South in a dazzling debut inspired by the early life of Zora Neale Hurston.

Whether she’s telling the truth or stretching it, Zora Neale Hurston is a riveting storyteller. Her latest creation is a shape-shifting gator man who lurks in the marshes, waiting to steal human souls. But when boastful Sonny Wrapped loses a wrestling match with an elusive alligator named Ghost — and a man is found murdered by the railroad tracks soon after — young Zora’s tales of a mythical evil creature take on an ominous and far more complicated complexion, jeopardizing the peace and security of an entire town and forcing three children to come to terms with the dual-edged power of pretending. Zora’s best friend, Carrie, narrates this coming-of-age story set in the Eden-like town of Eatonville, Florida, where justice isn’t merely an exercise in retribution, but a testimony to the power of community, love, and pride. A fictionalization of the early years of a literary giant, this astonishing novel is the first project ever to be endorsed by the Zora Neale Hurston Trust that was not authored by Hurston herself.


Click for more detail about Zora And Me by Victoria Bond and T. R. Simon Zora And Me

by Victoria Bond and T. R. Simon
Candlewick Press (Oct 12, 2010)
Format: Hardcover, Age Range: 
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Winner of the 2011 John Steptoe New Talent (Author) Award!

Racial duplicity threatens an idyllic African American community in the turn-of-the-century South in a dazzling debut inspired by the early life of Zora Neale Hurston.

Whether she’s telling the truth or stretching it, Zora Neale Hurston is a riveting storyteller. Her latest creation is a shape-shifting gator man who lurks in the marshes, waiting to steal human souls. But when boastful Sonny Wrapped loses a wrestling match with an elusive alligator named Ghost — and a man is found murdered by the railroad tracks soon after — young Zora’s tales of a mythical evil creature take on an ominous and far more complicated complexion, jeopardizing the peace and security of an entire town and forcing three children to come to terms with the dual-edged power of pretending. Zora’s best friend, Carrie, narrates this coming-of-age story set in the Eden-like town of Eatonville, Florida, where justice isn’t merely an exercise in retribution, but a testimony to the power of community, love, and pride. A fictionalization of the early years of a literary giant, this astonishing novel is the first project ever to be endorsed by the Zora Neale Hurston Trust that was not authored by Hurston herself.









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