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(See complete list which includes honor books on the American Library Association's website.)

DATE AUTHOR & BOOK TITLE LOCATION
2013 A=Author Award, I=Illustrator Award  
A Pinkney, Andrea Davis - Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America
Presents the stories of ten African-American men from different eras in American history, organized chronologically to provide a scope from slavery to the modern day.
Available in URSUS
I Collier, Bryan - I, Too, Am America (Author: Langston Hughes)
A sumptuously illustrated edition of Hughes' inspiring poem reflects his authentic call for equality while reminding readers that all Americans are united despite their differences.
Available in URSUS
2012 A=Author Award, I=Illustrator Award  
A Nelson, Kadir - Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans
A simple introduction to African-American history, from Revolutionary-era slavery up to the election of President Obama
Available in URSUS
I Evans, Shane W. - Underground (Author: Shane W. Evans)
"A stellar introduction to the Underground Railroad, narrated by a group of slaves. Readers experience the fugitives' escape, their long nighttime journey punctuated by meetings with friends and enemies, and their final glorious arrival in a place of freedom."--Amazon.com
Available in URSUS
2011 A=Author Award, I=Illustrator Award  
A Williams-Garcia, Rita - One Crazy Summer
In the summer of 1968, after traveling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp
Available in URSUS
I Collier, Bryan - Dave the Potter (Author: Laban Carrick Hill)
Chronicles the life of Dave, a nineteenth-century slave who went on to become an influential poet, artist, and potter.
Available in URSUS
2010 A=Author Award, I=Illustrator Award  
A Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux - Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal
"This biography profiles the life of Bass Reeves, a former slave who was recruited as a deputy United States Marshal in the area that was to become Oklahoma" (description from MaineCat)
Available in URSUS
I Smith, Charles R. Jr. - My People (Author: Langston Hughes)
Hughes's spare yet eloquent tribute to his people has been cherished for generations. Now, acclaimed photographer Smith interprets this beloved poem in vivid sepia photographs that capture the glory, the beauty, and the soul of being a black American today (description from MaineCat)
Available in URSUS
2009 A=Author Award, I=Illustrator Award  
A Nelson, Kadir - We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
Using an "Everyman" player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through the decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947. Illustrations from oil paintings by artist
YA: GV875.A1 N45 2008
I Cooper, Floyd - The Blacker the Berry (Author: Joyce Carol Thomas)
A collection of poems, including "Golden Goodness," "Cranberry Red," and "Biscuit Brown," celebrating individuality and Afro-American identity
JUV PS3570.H565 B53 2008
2008    
A Curtis, Christopher Paul - Elijah of Buxton
In 1859, eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman, the first free-born child in Buxton, Canada, which is a haven for slaves fleeing the American south, uses his wits and skills to try to bring to justice the lying preacher who has stolen money that was to be used to buy a family's freedom
YA PZ7.C94137 E55 2007
I Bryan, Ashley (also written by) - Let it Shine
Illustrated versions of three well-known hymns
JUV BV353 .L48 2007
2007    
A Draper, Sharon - copper Sun
Two fifteen-year-old girls--one a slave and the other an indentured servant--escape their Carolina plantation and try to make their way to Fort Moses, Florida, a Spanish colony that gives sanctuary to slaves
YA PZ7.D78325 C67 2006
I Nelson, Kadir A. - Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom(Author: Carole Boston Weatherford)
Describes Tubman's spiritual journey as she hears the voice of God guiding her north to freedom on that very first trip to escape the brutal practice of forced servitude. Tubman would make nineteen subsequent trips back south, never being caught, but none as profound as this first one
JUV E444.T82 W43 2006
2006    
A Lester, Julius - Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue
Emma has taken care of the Butler children since Sarah and Frances's mother, Fanny, left. Emma wants to raise the girls to have good hearts, as a rift over slavery has ripped the Butler household apart. Now, to pay off debts, Pierce Butler wants to cash in his slave "assets", possibly including Emma
YA PZ7.L5629 D39 2005
I Collier, Bryan - Rosa(Author: Nikki Giovanni)
The story of Rosa Parks and her courageous act of defiance (description from MaineCat)
JUV F334.M753 P38427 2008
2005    
A Morrison, Toni - Remember: The Journey to School Integration JUV LC214.2.M67 R46 2004
I Nelson, Kadir A. - Ellington Was Not a Street JUV Ovr. PS3569.H3324 E55 2004
2004    
A Johnson, Angela - The First Part Last
Bobby's carefree teenage life changes forever when he becomes a father and must care for his adored baby daughter
YA PZ7.J629 F5 2003
I Bryan, Ashley - Beautiful Blackbird
In a story of the Ila people, the colorful birds of Africa ask Blackbird, whom they think is the most beautiful of birds, to decorate them with some of his "blackening brew."
JUV PZ8.1.B838 B43 2003
2003    
A Grimes, Nikki - Bronx Masquerade
While studying the Harlem Renaissance, students at a Bronx high school read aloud poems they've written, revealing their innermost thoughts and fears to their formerly clueless classmates
YA PZ7.G8842 B7 2002
I Lewis, E.B. (text by Nikki Grimes) - Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman
A biography of the first licensed female African American pilot
JUV Ovr. TL540.C546 T3 2002
2002    
A Taylor, Mildred D. - The Land
After the Civil War Paul, the son of a white father and a black mother, finds himself caught between the two worlds of colored folks and white folks as he pursues his dream of owning land of his own. "Prequel to Newberry Medal Winner Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry"
YA PZ7.T21623 L36 2001
I Pinkney, Jerry (text by Patricia McKissack) - Goin' Someplace Special
segregated 1950s Nashville, a young African American girl braves a series of indignities and obstacles to get to one of the few integrated places in town: the public library
JUV PZ7.M478693 G6 2001
2001 A=Author Award, I=Illustrator Award  
A Woodson, Jacqueline - Miracle's Boys
Twelve-year-old Lafayette's close relationship with his older brother Charlie changes after Charlie is released from a detention home and blames Lafayette for the death of their mother
YA PZ7.W868M5 2000
I Collier, Bryan - Uptown
A tour of the sights of Harlem, including the Metro-North Train, brownstones, shopping on 125th Street, a barber shop, summer basketball, the Boy's Choir, and sunset over the Harlem River
JUV PZ7.C67759 U6 2000
2000    
A Curtis, Christopher Paul - Bud, Not Buddy
Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids
YA PZ7. C94137 B8 2000
I Siegelson, Kim L. - In the Time of the Drums
Mentu, an American-born slave boy, watches his beloved grandmother, Twi, lead the insurrection at Teakettle Creek of Ibo people arriving from Africa on a slave ship
JUV PZ7. S56657 I5 1999
1999    
A Johnson, Angela - Heaven
Fourteen-year-old Marley's seemingly perfect life in the small town of Heaven is disrupted when she discovers that her father and mother are not her real parents
YA PZ7. J629 H4 1998
I Wood, Michele (text by Toyomi Igus) - I See the Rhythm
Chronicles and captures poetically the history, mood, and movement of African American music
JUV ML 3556. I48 1998
1998 A=Author Award, I=Illustrator Award  
A Draper, Sharon M. - Forged By Fire
Teenage Gerald, who has spent years protecting his fragile half-sister from their abusive father, faces the prospect of one final confrontation before the problem can be solved
YA PZ7.D78325 F6 1997
I Steptoe, Javaka - In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers
A collection of poems celebrating African-American fathers by Angela Johnson, E. Ethelbert Miller, Carole Boston Weatherford, and others
JUV PS591.N4 B46 1997
1997    
A Myers, Walter Dean - Slam
Seventeen-year-old "Slam" Harris is counting on his noteworthy basketball talents to get him out of the inner city and give him a chance to succeed in life, but his coach sees things differently
YA PZ7.M992 S53 1996
I Schroeder, Alan - Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman
Young Harriet Tubman, whose childhood name was Minty, dreams of escaping slavery on the Brodas plantation in the late 1820s
JUV Ovr E444.T82 S37 1996
1996    
A Hamilton, Virginia - Her Stories YA GR111.A47 H47 1995
I Feelings, Tom - The Middle Passage: White Ships Black Cargo YA ND237.F32 M54 1995
1995 A=Author Award, I=Illustrator Award  
A McKissack, Fredrick L. and Patricia C. - Christmas in the Big House
Describes the customs, recipes, poems, and songs used to celebrate Christmas in the big plantation houses and in the slave quarters just before the Civil War
JUV F213.M36 1994
I Ransome,James - The Creation
A poem based on the story of creation from the first book of the Bible
JUV PS3519.O2625 C74 1994
1994    
A Johnson, Angela - Toning the Sweep
On a visit to her grandmother Ola, who is dying of cancer in her house in the desert, fourteen-year-old Emmie hears many stories about the past and her family history and comes to a better understanding of relatives both dead and living
YA PZ7.J629 T6 1993
I Feelings, Tom - Soul Looks Back in Wonder
Artwork and poems by such writers as Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, and Askia Toure portray the creativity, strength, and beauty of their African American heritage
YA PS591.N4 S58 1993
1993    
A McKissack, Patricia - Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural
A collection of ghost stories with African American themes, designed to be told during the Dark Thirty--the half hour before sunset--when ghosts seem all too believable
YA PZ7.M4786 D3 2001
I Wilson, Kathleen Atkins, retold by Anderson, David A. - The Origin of Life On Earth: An African Creation Myth
Retells the Yoruba creation myth in which the deity Obatala descends from the sky to create the world
Don't Have
1992 A=Author Award, I=Illustrator Award  
A Myers, Walter Dean - Now is Your Time: The African-American Struggle for Freedom
A history of the African-American struggle for freedom and equality, beginning with the capture of Africans in 1619, continuing through the American Revolution, the Civil War, and into contemporary times
YA E185.M96 N69 1991
I Ringgold, Faith - Tar Beach
A young girl dreams of flying above her Harlem home, claiming all she sees for herself and her family. Based on the author's quilt painting of the same name
JUV Ovr. PZ7.R4726 T37 1991
1991    
A Taylor, Mildred D.- The Road to Memphis
Sadistically teased by two white boys in 1940's rural Mississippi, a black youth severely injures one of the boys with a tire iron and enlists Cassie's help in trying to flee the state
YA PZ7.T21723 R6 1990
I Dillon, Leo and Diane - Aida
Retells the story of Verdi's opera in which the love of the enslaved Ethiopian princess for an Egyptian general brings tragedy to all involved
JUV ML3930.V4 A5 1990
1990    
A McKissack, Frederick L. and Patricia C. - A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter
A chronicle of the first black-controlled union, made up of Pullman porters, who after years of unfair labor practices staged a battle against a corporate giant resulting in a "David and Goliath" ending
YA HD8039.R37 L66 1989
I Greenfield, Eloise - Nathaniel Talking JUV PZ7.G74 N3 1993
1989 A=Author Award, I=Illustrator Award  
A Myers, Walter Dean - Fallen Angels
Seventeen-year-old Richie Perry, just out of his Harlem high school, enlists in the Army in the summer of 1967 and spends a devastating year on active duty in Vietnam
YA PZ7.M992 F35 1988
I Pinkey, Jerry - Mirandy and Brother Wind
To win first prize in the Junior Cakewalk, Mirandy tries to capture the wind for her partner
JUV PZ7.M478693 M5 1988
1988    
A Taylor, Mildred D. - The Friendship
Four children witness a confrontation between an elderly black man and a white storekeeper in rural Mississippi in the 1930s
Don't Have
I Steptoe, John - Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters
Mufaro's two beautiful daughters, one bad-tempered, one kind and sweet, go before the king, who is choosing a wife
JUV PZ8.S585 M8 1987
1987    
A Walter, Mildred Pitts - Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World
Suffering in a family full of females, ten-year-old Justin feels that cleaning and keeping house are women's work until he spends time on his beloved grandfather's ranch
Don't Have
I Pinkney, Jerry - Half a Moon and One Whole Star
The summer night is full of wonderful sounds and scents as Susan falls asleep
Don't Have
1986 A=Author Award, I=Illustrator Award  
A Dillon, Leo and Diane - The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales
Retold Afro-American folktales of animals, fantasy, the supernatural, and desire for freedom, born of the sorrow of the slaves, but passed on in hope
YA PZ8.1.H154 P4 1985a
I Pinkney, Jerry - The Patchwork Quilt
Using scraps cut from the family's old clothing, Tanya helps her grandmother and mother make a beautiful quilt that tells the story of her family's life
Don't Have
1985    
A Myers, Walter Dean - Motown and Didi
Motown and Didi, two teenage loners in Harlem, become allies in a fight against Touchy, the drug dealer whose dope is destroying Didi's brother, and find themselves falling in love with each other
Don't Have
1984    
A Clifton, Lucille - Everett Anderson's Goodbye
Everett Anderson has a difficult time coming to terms with his grief after his father dies
Don't Have
I Walter, Mildred Pitts - My Mama Needs Me
Jason wants to help, but isn't sure that his mother needs him at all after she brings home a new baby from the hospital
Don't Have
1983 A=Author Award, I=Illustrator Award  
A Hamilton, Virginia - Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush
Fourteen-year-old Tree, resentful of her working mother who leaves her in charge of a retarded brother, encounters the ghost of her dead uncle and comes to a deeper understanding of her family's problems
Don't Have
I Mugabane, Peter - Black Child Don't Have
1982    
A Taylor, Mildred D. - Let the Circle Be Unbroken
Four black children growing up in rural Mississippi during the Depression experience racial antagonisms and hard times, but learn from their parents the pride and self-respect they need to survive
YA PZ7.T21723 L48 1983
I Guy, Rosa (ill. Steptoe) - Mother Crocodile; and Uncle Amadou Tale from Sensa (also titled: Mother Crocodile = Maman-Caiman)
Because Mother Crocodile tells stories of the past, the little crocodiles choose to believe she is crazy until almost too late they learn otherwise
JUV PZ8.1.D59 M6 1995
1981    
A Poitier, Sidney - This Life Don't Have
I Bryan, Ashley - Beat the Story Drum, Pum-Pum
Hen and Frog.--Why Bush Cow and Elephant are bad friends.--The husband who counted the spoonfuls.--Why Frog and Snake never play together.--How animals got their tails
Don't Have
1980 A=Author Award, I=Illustrator Award  
A Myers, Walter Dean - The Young Landlords
Five devoted friends become landlords and try to make their Harlem neighborhood a better place to live
Don't Have
I Yarbrough, Camille (ill. Byard, Carol) - Cornrows
Explains how the hair style of cornrows, a symbol in Africa since ancient times, can today in this country symbolize the courage of outstanding Afro-Americans
JUV PZ7.Y1955 C6 1996
1979    
A Davis, Ossie - Escape to Freedom
Born a slave, young Frederick Douglass endures many years of cruelty before escaping to the North to claim his freedom
Don't Have
I Feelings, Tom - Something on my Mind
Poems expressing the hopes, fears, joys, and sorrows of growing up
Don't Have
1978    
A Bayard, Carole - Africa Dream
A black child's dreams are filled with the images of the people and places of Africa
Don't Have
I Greenfield, Eloise (ill. Bayard) - Africa Dream
A black child's dreams are filled with the images of the people and places of Africa
Don't Have
1977 A=Author Award, I=Illustrator Award  
A Haskins, James - The Story of Stevie Wonder Don't Have
1976    
A Bailey, Pearl - Duey's Tale Don't Have
1975    
A Robinson, Dorothy - The Legend of Africania
An allegorical tale of Africa's struggle against the ravishment of its people and country
Don't Have
1974    
A Mathis, Sharon Bell (ill. Ford) - Ray Charles Don't Have
1973 A=Author Award, I=Illustrator Award  
A Duckett, Alfred (and Jackie Robinson) - I never had it made : an autobiography Sta GV865.R6 A29 1972
1972    
A Fax, Elton C. - 17 Black Artists Don't Have
1971    
A Rollins, Charlemae - Black Troubadour: Langston Hughes Don't Have
1970    
A Patterson, Lillie - Martin Luther King, Jr.: Man of Peace
A biography of the minister, orator, and crusader for equal civil rights who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964
Don't Have

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