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Claudette Colvin

National Book Award for Young People's Literature 2009

by Phillip Hoose

"When it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. You can't sugarcoat it. You have to take a stand and say, ‘This is not right.'" – Claudette Colvin

On March 2, 1955, an impassioned teenager, fed...


Mali Under the Night Sky

by Youme Landowne

Mali Under the Night Sky, a 2011 Skipping Stones honor book, is the true story of Laotian American artist Malichansouk Kouanchao, whose family was forced by civil war to flee Laos when she was five. Before the...


Hadara's Hijab

by Irene Okoronkwo-Obika & M. Ridho Mentarie

Journey with Hadara and her father as they migrate to the United States from South Sudan for a new life. Hadara is ecstatic to embark on her new life and gain meaningful friendships in a new land, but soon...


Flying Above Expectations

by Larry Simmons Jr. & Sehreen Shahzad

Join Melanin Origins as we tell of the Tuskegee Airmen and a few of their accomplishments in flight and in moral character. Author Larry Simmons penned this story for children worldwide in hopes to awaken the...


Carver park

by Lynda Jones Mubarak & The Eminence System

It would seem that growing up in segregated Waco, Texas in the 1950s would be filled with challenges and disappointments for any African-American child, but one little girl learned everything possible about...


Power in My Pen

by Louie T McClain Ii, M Ridho Mentarie & Francis W Minikon Jr

Step into the world of Ida B. Wells as she uses her life experiences and obstacles as motivation to achieve many firsts in editing and journalism in the United States of America and abroad.  Read along as she...


Breaking The Sickle

by Louie T McClain Ii, M Ridho Mentarie & Francis W Minikon Jr

Have you ever wondered what your passion was? What you were put on this Earth to do? Dr. Yvette Fay Francis-McBarnette, a trail blazing woman of medicine, understood exactly what her purpose was in life. Her...


Chisom The Champ

by Irene Okoronkwo-Obika & M. Ridho Mentarie

Enter into the life of Chisom, a young Nigerian boy, who repeatedly gets bullied for his cultural identity in a Western Society. Read along as he discovers that his strength is actually found in his family upbringing...


Dove

by Robin L. Graham

In 1965, 16-year-old Robin Lee Graham began a solo around-the-world voyage from San Pedro, California, in a 24-foot sloop. Five years and 33,000 miles later, he returned to home port with a wife and daughter...


Heart Berries

by Terese Marie Mailhot, Sherman Alexie & Joan Naviyuk Kane

"Inside Terese Mailhot's phenomenal memoir Heart Berries, the truth wrestles a knot between hustle and heart…. I am mesmerized by her lyricism because it is shot through with funny angry beautiful brutal truths....


We Who Believe in Freedom

by Lea E. Williams

The second volume in the True Tales for Young Readers series, the short biography of the civil rights leader is intended for middle school and high school readers. Ella Baker, who grew up in Littleton, North...


Making it Home: The Story of Catharine Parr Traill

by Lynn Westerhout

As a pioneer in Canada in the early 1800s, Parr Traill was one of the first writers to record the Ontario wilderness in detail, and her stories for young people became part of a new focus on young people. This...


Working for Freedom: The Story of Josiah Henson

by Rona Arato

By the time he was six, Josiah Henson had been sold three times. At nine, he was beaten by his family's owner for trying to learn to read. After his escape, Josiah became an advocate for those still in bondage....


Brick by Brick: A Snippet of the Life of Booker T. Washington

by Louie T. McClain II, M. Ridho Mentarie & Francis W. Minikon

A children's book snippet about the life, accomplishments, and achievements of the great Booker T. Washington - an inspirational African-American innovator, leader, scholar, and philanthropist.


Writing Home: The Story of Author Thomas Wolfe

by Laura Boffa

In Laura Boffa's book, Writing Home, she explores the early life of Thomas Wolfe, one of America's most famous writers and figures, from his childhood home in Asheville, North Carolina to his travels around...