Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Recommended African-American books

The North Paran Book Buzzlist: Award-winning Children’s Books

The North Paran Book Buzzlist: Award-winning Children’s Books

Note: The Caldecott Medal is the most prestigious award in the country for all children’s books; the Coretta Scott King awards are the most prestigious awards in the country for African-American themed children’s books.

The North Paran Book Buzzlist is a weekly feature produced by that gives readers an entertaining digest of the most fascinating books that are being talked about by the black community today.

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1. Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes

When Mama Ya-Ya's visions show a powerful hurricane--Katrina--fast approaching, it's up to 12-year-old Lanesha to call upon the hope and strength Mama Ya-Ya has given her to help them both survive the storm. A 2011 Coretta Scott King Author Honor award winner. (ages 10-12)

2. My People; text by Langston Hughes; photos by Charles R. Smith Jr.

Langston Hughes's spare yet eloquent tribue to his people has been cherished for generations. Now, acclaimed photographer Charles R. Smith Jr. interprets this beloved poem in vivid sepia photographs that capture the glory, the beauty, and the soul of being a black American today. Smith was the 2010 Coretta Scott King Illustrator award winner. (age 4-8)

3. The Lion & The Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

In award-winning artist Jerry Pinkney's wordless adaptation of one of Aesop's most beloved fables, an unlikely pair learn that no act of kindness is ever wasted. After a ferocious lion spares a cowering mouse that he'd planned to eat, the mouse later comes to his rescue, freeing him from a poacher's trap. With vivid depictions of the landscape of the African Serengeti and expressively-drawn characters, Pinkney makes this a truly special retelling, and his stunning pictures speak volumes. The 2010 Caldecott Medal winner. Pinkney has won the award five times. (ages preschool)

4. We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball; story and illustration by Kadir Nelson

“We are the ship; all else the sea.”—Rube Foster, founder of the Negro National League

The story of Negro League baseball is the story of gifted athletes and determined owners; of racial discrimination and international sportsmanship; of fortunes won and lost; of triumphs and defeats on and off the field. It is a perfect mirror for the social and political history of black America in the first half of the twentieth century. A 2009 Coretta Scott King Author award winner and Illustrator Honor award winner. (age 6-11)

5. The Blacker the Berry; text by Joyce Carol Thomas; illustration by Floyd Cooper

In this lyrical and luminous collection, Joyce Carol Thomas and Floyd Cooper celebrate these many shades of black beautifully. A 2009 Coretta Scott King Illustrator award winner and Author Honor award winner. (ages 6-9)

6. The Moon Over Star; text by Dianna Hutts Alston; illustration by Jerry Pinkney

In July 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the Moon. That historic event inspires a young girl to dream big, in this moving tribute to the Apollo 11 mission. A 2009 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor award winner. (ages 6-8)

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