Shop til You Drop – African American Book List, Part 1

Posted by Rita Lorraine

Hi Everybody,
Black History Month is upon us, so I’m passing along this wonderful list of books by, for or about African Americans to add to your shopping list.

AA Booklist

AA Booklist Compiled by Rita Lorraine Hubbard

This list compiled by Rita Lorraine Hubbard, Reviewer, Please request permission to duplicate this list.


1. Amiri & Odette: A Love Story, by Walter Dean Myers. 2009

2. Flying, by Kevin Luthardt. 2009. Featuring a young boy of color and his father. Very delightful! Click here for my YABOOKSCENTRAL review.

3. Keep On! The Story of Matthew Henson, Co-discoverer of the North Pole, by Deborah Hopkinson and illustrated by Stephen Alcorn. 2009. Great story and excellent picture. Click here for my YABOOKSCENTRAL review.

4. Looking Like Me, by Walter Dean Myers. 2009. Click here for my YABOOKSCENTRAL review.

5. March On!: The Day My Brother Martin Changed The World, by Professor Christine King Farris. 2008. Written by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s sister. Click here for my YABOOKSCENTRAL review.

6. Our Children Can Soar: A celebration of Rosa, Barack and the Pioneers of Change, by author and editor Michelle Cook. 2009. Very moving text, and breathtaking paintings. A must-have! Click here for my YABOOKSCENTRAL review.

7. Penelope and The Preposterous Birthday Party, by Sheri Radford. 2009. Very enjoyable. Colorful and funny illustrations, and most notably, the MC’s mother is African American and her father is not…yet the book never addresses this. The story revolves around Penelope, and treats the interracial marriage as an everyday occurrence. I love it! Click here for my YABOOKSCENTRAL review.

8. Sacred Mountain Everest, by Christine Taylor-Butler. Very informative with brilliant photographs. My review will post on YABOOKSCENTRAL on February 13th.

9. Stitchin’ and Pullin’: A Gee’s Bend Quilt, by Newberry and Caldecott Honor Book author Patricia C. McKissack. 2008. Click here for my YABOOKSCENTRAL review.

10. Time For Kids: President Barack Obama; A Day in the Life of America’s Leader. 2009. Click here for my YABOOKSCENTRAL review.

11. Traveling the Freedom Road: From Slavery & the Civil War Through Reconstruction, by Linda Barrett Osborne. 2009. A special blend of historical photographs and authentic narratives. Great for your collection. Click here for my YABOOKSCENTRAL review.

12. When Louis Armstrong Taught Me To Scat, by Muriel Harris Weinstein. 2008. A young girl dreams Louis Armstrong is teaching her to scat. The format is unique, and the pictures are outstanding. Click here for YABOOKSCENTRAL review.


13. A Thousand Never Evers, by Shana Burg. (African American main character; writer is not African American, but is the daughter of a Civil Rights attorney). 2009

14. Mare’s War, by Tanita S. Davis. 2009

15. Seattle Blues, by Michael Wenberg. 2009

16. The Come Up: The World is Mine, by Lyah B. LeFlore

17. 8th Grade Superzero, by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich. My review will post on YABooksCentral on February 16th.

Websites to check out

Websites to check out

Suggested Web sites:

The Brown Bookshelf

Lee and Low Books with African/American Interest

Brown Sugar and Spice: African American Books

Well, that’s all for now. But be sure to check in on February 2, 2010 for Shop til You Drop – African American Book List, Part 2.

Best wishes and happy reading,

Rita Lorraine

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