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Award-Winning African-American Books

All of the excellent, award-winning books on this list celebrate African-American people and culture -- and all are great picks for your kids.

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Kids will groove to this toe-tapping treasure.
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By Leo & Diane Dillon
(2008)
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4
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Spectacular illustrations spotlight Parks' historic protest.
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By Nikki Giovanni
(2006)
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4
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Color-burst pictures illuminate gospel songs.
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By Ashley Bryan
(2008)
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5
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Soaring, rhythmic story for dancers with big dreams.
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By Misty Copeland
(2014)
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5
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Heart-wrenching but hopeful story of escape.
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By Ellen Levine
(2008)
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5
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Photos bring sparkling tone to simple poem of celebration.
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By Langston Hughes
(2010)
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6
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Stunning art amplifies meaning of King's words for kids.
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By Kadir Nelson
(2013)
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6
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Insightful, kid-friendly intro to the history of hip-hop.
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By Laban Carrick Hill
(2013)
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6
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Words and watercolors sing in a voice as deep as the river.
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By Langston Hughes
(2010)
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9
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Soaring, poignant, poetic story hits all the right spots.
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By Kwame Alexander
(2014)
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9
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Tween coming-of-age set amid shifting family, '60s dynamics.
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By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2013)
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9
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Captivating storytelling makes these heroes relatable.
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By Andrea Davis Pinkney
(2013)
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9
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Beautifully illustrated account of African-American history.
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By Kadir Nelson
(2011)
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9
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Well-crafted tale of an orphan's search for home.
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By Christopher Paul Curtis
(2004)
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9
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Humorous, powerful, masterful escaped-slave tale.
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By Christopher Paul Curtis
(2007)
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10
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Excellent poems depict coming of age in tumultuous 1960s.
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By Jacqueline Woodson
(2014)
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10
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Gripping story of a girl's bravery during Hurricane Katrina.
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By Jewell Parker Rhodes
(2011)
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11
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A gem, with strong girl characters, '60s black history.
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By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2010)
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12
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Powerful graphic novel captures spirit of desegregation.
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By Andrew Aydin, John Lewis
(2013)
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12
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Sharecropper boy finds hope, dignity amid racism, hardship.
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By William H. Armstrong
(2010)
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13
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Provocative book about teen on trial for murder.
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By Walter Dean Myers
(2003)
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13
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Gritty, honest look at teen pregnancy. Teens and up.
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By Sharon M. Draper
(2008)
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13
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Dramatic story of forgotten teen civil rights hero.
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By Phillip M. Hoose
(2009)
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15
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Edgy tale of poor, abused woman's journey to independence.
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By Alice Walker
(2011)
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15
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Haunting Pulitzer Prize winner about slavery's impact.
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By Toni Morrison
(2005)