Picture Books By Topic: racism

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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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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Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

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By: Nelson Mandela , Abridged by Chris van Wyck
Illustrated by: Paddy Bouma
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Description: Official picture book version of Nelson Mandela’s autobiography. Activism, apartheid, late life work, multi-cultural (South Africa), respect for elders, wisdom.
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These Hands

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By: Margaret H. Mason
Illustrated by: Floyd Cooper
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Description: Activism, stories, skills, racism, legacy. An African-American grandfather teaches skills to his young grandson while sharing anecdotes of his past. He tells of not being allowed to touch the bread dough or bake the bread at the Wonder Bread factory because of his skin color.
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Under the Same Sun

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By: Sharon Robinson
Illustrated by: A.G. Ford
Description: The daughter of baseball great Jackie Robinson shares an inspirational story about her family. Auntie Sharon and Grandmother Bibi have come to visit the family in Tanzania -- all the way from America! They tell stories and fill gaps from the years spent apart, enjoy a breathtaking safari in Serengeti National Park, and learn about their ancestors at the ruins of an old slave port. (Descrip from publisher)
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