Fiction and Non-Fiction for Young Readers
Sugar Hill: Harlem's Historic Neighborhood, by Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by R. Gregory Christie.
Albert Whitman & Company, 2014
Summary: Rhyming text celebrates the Harlem neighborhood that successful African Americans first called home during the 1920s. Includes brief biographies of jazz greats Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Sonny Rollins, and Miles Davis; artists Aaron Douglas and Faith Ringgold; entertainers Lena Horne and the Nicholas Brothers; writer Zora Neale Hurston; civil rights leader W. E. B. DuBois; and lawyer Thurgood Marshall.
PreK-12: PZ 3 .W3795 Sug 2014
A Dance like Starlight: One Ballerina's Dream, by Kristy Dempsey; illustrated by Floyd Cooper.
Philomel Books, 2014
Summary: A young girl growing up in Harlem in the 1950s, whose mother cleans and stitches costumes for a ballet company, dreams of becoming a prima ballerina one day, and is thrilled to see a performance of Janet Collins, the first "colored" prima ballerina.
PreK-12: PZ 3 .D41136 Dan 2014
Firebird: Ballerina Misty Copeland Shows a Young Girl How to Dance Like the Firebird, by Misty Copeland; illustrated by Christopher Myers.
G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2014
Summary: American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland encourages a young ballet student, with brown skin like her own, by telling her that she, too, had to learn basic steps and how to be graceful when she was starting out, and that some day, with practice and dedication, the little girl will become a firebird, too. Includes author's note about dancers who led her to find her voice.
PreK-12: PZ 3 .C7887 Fir 2014
Ashley Bryan's Puppets: Making Ssomething from Eeverything, by Ashley Bryan ; photographs by Ken Hannon.
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2014
Summary: Introduces puppets created out of found objects by describing each with a poem.
PreK-12: PZ 8.3 .B87 Asp 2014
The Cosmo-Biography of Sun Ra: the Sound of Joy is Enlightening, by Chris Raschka.
Candlewick Press, 2014
Summary: A one-hundredth birthday tribute to the late jazz artist explores his observations about humanity's discriminatory and violent behaviors as well as his efforts to forge world peace through music with the Sun Ra Arkestra.
PreK-12: ML 3930 .S983 R37 2014
Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, words by Patricia Hruby Powell; pictures by Christian Robinson.
Chronicle Books, 2014
Summary: A portrait of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker, the woman who worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest stages in the world. Meticulously researched by both author and artist, Josephine's powerful story of struggle and triumph is an inspiration and a spectacle, just like the legend herself.
PreK-12: GV 1785 .B3 P68 2014
The Girl from the Tar Paper School: Barbara Rose Johns and the Advent of the Civil Rights Movement, by Teri Kanefield.
Abrams Books for Young Readers, ‡c 2014.
Summary: Describes the peaceful protest organized by teenager Barbara Rose Johns in order to secure a permanent building for her segregated high school in Virginia in 1951, and explains how her actions helped fuel the civil rights movement.
PreK-12: E 185.97 .J59 K35 2014
Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi, by Susan Goldman Rubin.
Holiday House, 2014
Summary: An account of the civil rights crusade in Mississippi 50 years ago that brought on shocking violence and the beginning of a new political order.
PreK-12: E 185.93 .M6 R83 2014
The Freedom Summer Murders, by Don Mitchell.
Scholastic Press, 2014
Summary: Coinciding with the fiftieth anniversary of the Freedom Summer murders, traces the events surrounding the KKK lynching of three young civil rights activists who were trying to register African Americans for the vote.
PreK-12: E 185.93 .M6 M58 2014