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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Big Papa and the Time Machine

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By: Daniel Bernstrom
Illustrated by: Shane W. Evans
Description: A journey into African American history: When a little boy is afraid to go to school, his grandfather, Big Papa, takes him away in his time machine—a 1952 Ford—to the times he was scared of something life handed him. That’s called being brave Big Papa says. (Description from Bookshop.org)
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Don’t Call Me Grandma

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By: Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Illustrated by: Elizabeth Zunon
Description: Great-grandmother Nell eats fish for breakfast, she doesn’t hug or kiss, and she does NOT want to be called grandma. Her great-granddaughter isn’t sure what to think about her. As she slowly learns more about Nell’s life and experiences, the girl finds ways to connect with her prickly great-grandmother. (Description from Lerner Books)
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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 Alan’s Sugar Shack

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By: Alan Page, Kamie Page
Illustrated by: David Geister
Description: "Here is the gentle story of a granddaughter discovering one of the great joys of her grandfather's youth, spring in the north woods when the maple trees are bursting with sap. Together, grandfather and granddaughter make their way out into the chilly pre-dawn woods to find and tap maple trees, hang buckets, and collect sap. And then patiently (or not!), they wait for the sap to boil into syrup back at the sugar shack. They wait. And they wait. Until ... at last! The first sweet taste of amber sticky goodness is ready."--Jacket.
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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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Jayden’s Impossible Garden

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By: Mélina Mangal
Illustrated by: Ken Daley
Description: "Nine-year-old Jayden loves the outdoors, but his mother is nervous about him playing in their neighborhood. With the help of his neighbor Mr. Curtis, can Jayden help Mama see that nature and beauty are all around?"
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