Picture Books By Topic: African-American

Amazing Grace

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By: Mary Hoffman
Illustrated by: Caroline Binch
Description: Families, grandparents, school, books & stories, dramatization, gender roles, multicultural. Publ. 1991. Grace’s grandmother helps Grace, a girl who loves stories, realize that with effort anything can be achieved.
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Aunt Flossie’s Hats (& Crab Cakes later)

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By: Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard
Illustrated by: James Ransome
Description: Families, family stories, hats. When they visit their favorite relative, Sara and Susan enjoy her collection of hats and stories and share crab cakes.
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Full, Full, Full of Love

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By: Trish Cooke
Illustrated by: Paul Howard
Description: Sunday Dinner at Grandma's house. Multi-cultural (Af. Am.) out of print
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Grandfather and I

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By: Helen E. Buckley
Illustrated by: Jan Ormerod
Description: Grandparents, everyday activities, families, multicultural (African Americans). In the middle of a busy family, only grandfather has lots of time to walk and look with his grandson.
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Grandmama’s Pride

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By: Becky Birtha
Illustrated by: Colin Bootman
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Description: Multi-cultural (Af.Am.) strong older role model, activism, human rights, racism, segregation Young African-American sisters visit their grandmother in 1950’s southern U.S. and encounter segregation. Along with many others Grandmama refuses to ride public buses in protest and they manage to effect change in the laws.
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Grandpa’s Face

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By: Eloise Greenfield
Illustrated by: Floyd Cooper
Description: Tamika sees her beloved grandfather making a mean face while he rehearses for one of his plays and becomes afraid that someday he will make that face at her. Actors, African-Americans, families, grandparents, perception, fears.
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Last Stop on Market Street

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By: Matt de la Peῆa, Christian Robinson
Description: Multi-cultural (Af. Am.), grandson and grandma, city living, jealousy, thankfulness, volunteerism
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Mrs. Katz and Tush

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By: Patricia Polacco
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Description: Friends & friendship, community, caring for others, cats & kittens, multi-cultural (African-Am. & Jewish). A lifelong and caring friendship between young Larnel and his neighbor Mrs. Katz. Many books by Patricia Polacco feature Positive Aging and intergenerational relationships–such as Chicken Sunday and The Bee Tree.
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Mr. George Baker

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By: Amy Hest
Illustrated by: Jon J. Muth
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Description: Intergenerational friends, multi-cultural (Af. Am.), long life and marriage of many decades, literacy and continued learning. At 100 years old, Mr. Baker is learning to read and rides the school bus with his very young friend Harry.
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The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton

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By: Don Tate
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Description: George Moses Horton taught himself to read while a slave and became the first African American to be published in the South. A is for Aging book review coming soon!
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