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									                               Recommended Reading List
                                  Black History Month
                                    Grades 3-5 Titles

Blues Journey / by Walter Dean Myers ; illustrated by Christopher Myers.
Presents blues lyrics that chronicle the history of the African-American experience, and
includes information about the development of blues music.
Poetry

Ellington Was Not a Street / written by Ntozake Shange ; illustrations by Kadir Nelson.
Presents an illustrated poem in which Ntozake Shange recalls her childhood growing up
in the company W.E.B. Du Bois, Dizzy Gillespie, Paul Robeson, and other great African-
American men who were instrumental in changing American culture and society.
Poetry

Fly High!: The Story of Bessie Coleman / by Louise Borden and Mary Kay Kroeger ;
illustrated by Teresa Flavin.
Discusses the life of the determined African-American woman who went all the way to
France in order to earn her pilot's license in 1921.
Biography

The Friendship / Mildred D. Taylor; pictures by Max Ginsburg.
Four children witness a confrontation between an elderly African-American man and a
white storekeeper in rural Mississippi in the 1930s.
Fiction

The Great Migration: An American Story / paintings by Jacob Lawrence ; with a
poem in appreciation by Walter Dean Myers.
A series of paintings chronicles the journey of African-Americans who, like the artist's
family, left the rural South in the early twentieth century to find a better life in the
industrial North.
Information

Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy tales, and True tales / told by
Virginia Hamilton; illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon.
A collection of tales about the supernatural and animals, fairy tales, folk tales and
legends, by and about African American women.
Folktale

I See the Rhythm / paintings by Michele Wood; text by Toyomi Igus.
Chronicles and captures poetically the history, mood, and movement of African-
American music.
Information
Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters / Andrea Davis Pinkney ;
illustrated by Stephen Alcorn.
Presents profiles of ten African-American women whose efforts on behalf of racial
justice and freedom have influenced the course of history.
Biography

Maritcha : A Nineteenth-Century American Girl / Tonya Bolden.
Presents the personal memoirs of Maritcha Remond Lyons who was born in nineteenth-
century New York City and describes how she and her family escaped to Rhode Island
during the 1863 Draft riots and how she overcame prejudice to become the first African-
American person to graduate from Providence High School
Biography

Nathaniel Talking / by Eloise Greenfield ; illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist.
Poems by Nathaniel, a spirited nine-year-old poet who raps and rhymes about what it's
like to be nine, his education, and his family life. Includes instructions for children on
how to create a twelve-bar blues poem.
Poetry

Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America / Sharon Robinson.
A biography of baseball legend Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play in the
major leagues, as told by his daughter.
Biography

Rock of Ages: A Tribute to the Black Church / by Tonya Bolden; illustrated by R.
Gregory Christie.
An illustrated poem that personifies the Black Church and chronicles its history from the
days of slavery through the twentieth century. Includes concluding explanatory notes.
Information

Satchel Paige / Lesa Cline-Ransome ; paintings by James E. Ransome.
Examines the life of the legendary baseball player, who was the first African-American to
pitch in a Major League World Series.
Biography

Talkin' about Bessie : The story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman / by Nikki Grimes ;
illustrated by E.B. Lewis.
A biography of the woman who became the first licensed African American pilot.
Biography

Talking with Tebe: Clementine Hunter, Memory Artist / edited by Mary Lyons.
Draws from magazines, newspapers, and taped interviews to provide information about
the life and painting of African-American folk artist Clementine Hunter, known as Tebe.
Biography
Tell All the Children Our Story: Memories And Mementos of Being Young and
Black in America / Tonya Bolden.
Photographs, illustrations, and text describe the experiences of African-American
children growing up in the United States from the first African-American baby born in
the Jamestown colony through the children growing up in the middle of gang wars at the
dawn of the twenty-first century.
Information

Through My Eyes / Ruby Bridges; articles and interviews compiled and edited by
Margo Lundell.
Ruby Bridges recounts the story of her involvement, as a six-year-old, in the integration
of her school in New Orleans in 1960.
Biography

The Well: David's Story / Mildred D. Taylor.
In Mississippi in the early 1900s, ten-year-old David Logan's family generously shares
their well water with both white and African-American neighbors in an atmosphere of
potential racial violence.
Fiction

When Birds Could Talk & Bats Could Sing: The Adventures of Bruh Sparrow, Sis
Wren, and Their Friends / told by Virginia Hamilton; illustrated by Barry Moser.
A collection of stories, featuring sparrows, jays, buzzards, and bats, based on African-
American tales originally written down by Martha Young on her father's plantation in
Alabama after the Civil War.
Folktale

								
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