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February 2003

Black History Month—Books for Children

Easy Books

Lookin’ for Bird in the Big City by Robert Burleigh

Lookin’ for Bird in the Big City
Robert Burleigh
This is a fictionalized account of the time when trumpeter Miles Davis, then a teenaged music student, spent many hours trying to find Charlie Parker in New York City.

Rap a Tap Tap: Here’s Bojangles-Think of That!
Leo Dillon
The dancing of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, one of the most famous tap dancers of all time, is described in illustrations and rhyme.


Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam by Walter Dean Myers

Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam
Walter Dean Myers
j Fiction
An American soldier faces combat in the lush forests of Vietnam and discovers he has much in common with his counterpart on the other side.

Trouble Don’t Last
Shelley Pearsall
j Fiction
The Underground Railroad offers Samuel, an eleven-year-old Kentucky slave, and Harrison, the elderly slave who helped raise him, an escape route to Canada and a life of freedom.

The Red Rose Box
Brenda Woods
j Fiction
In 1953, Leah Hopper leaves the poverty and segregation of her home in Sulphur, Louisiana, when she visits her aunt who lives in Los Angeles.


Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport

Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Doreen Rappaport
j323.092 qK53Zrap 2001
The legacy of Dr. King’s life is explained to young readers.

Champion: The Story of Muhammed Ali
James Haskins
j796.83092 fA398Zha 2002
This biography of Muhammed Ali spans the years from his childhood in Louisville, Kentucky, his legendary boxing career, and his conversion to Islam and opposition to the war in Vietnam, to his appearance at the 1996 summer Olympics in Atlanta.

Words with Wings: A Treasury of African-American Poetry and Art
j811.008092 qW924 2001
Twenty works by African-American artists are paired with twenty poems by a variety of African-American poets.

DeShawn Days
Tony Medina
j811.54 qM4917 2001
In a series of poems, DeShawn chronicles his daily life and experiences growing up in the inner city.

Perfect Harmony: A Musical Journey with the Boys Choir of Harlem
Charles R. Smith
j811.6 qS644p 2002
A collection of poems that capture the expressions and feelings of music in some of its forms as performed by this group.