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Cowen-Fletcher, Jane

It Takes a Village

Based on a West African proverb, this heartwarming story reveals the power of a close-knit community, as a young girl who thinks she's watching her little brother all by herself discovers that caring neighbors have been watching all along. Picture Book. 32 pp. Ages 4-8. Hardcover 46573-2 $14.95

Denenberg, Barry

Nelson Mandela - No Easy Walk to Freedom

Mandela's life from his 26-year imprisonment to his recent release and visit to the U.S. With black-and-white photos. "Vivid and swiftly paced...Denenberg's inspirational tone grabs and holds readers." "Publishers Weekly". Biography. 176 pp. Ages 8-12. Hardcover 44163-9 $12.95. Paperback 44154-X $2.95

French, Fiona

King of Another Country

Illustrated in a vibrant African style, this amusing folk tale tells the story of Ojo, a selfish young man who comes up against the King of the Forest and learns a valuable lesson. Picture Book. 32 pp. Ages 4-8. Hardcover 46369-1 $14.95

Leigh, Nila K.

Learning to Swim in Swaziland

A Child's-Eye View of a Southern African Country. The author was eight years old when she moved with her parents to Swaziland. The letters she wrote to her American classmates formed the basis for this honest and insightful personal account, illustrated with crayon drawings and photographs. Picture Book Nonfiction. 48 pp. Ages 5-8. Hardcover 45938-4 $15.95

Lester, Julius

How Many Spots Does a Leopard Have?

And Other Tales. Illustrated by David Shannon. A magnificent collection of African and Jewish folktales. "Told in the beautifully cadenced, deceptively colloquial, witty style that is Lester's trademark... . Indispensable," - "Kirkus", pointed review. ALA Notable Children's Book, Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, ABC Choice. Picture Book. 80 pp. Ages 7-11. Hardcover 41973-0 $14.95. Paperback 41972-2 $5.95 (April 1993)

Deborah M. Newton

My First Kwanzaa Book

Illustrated by Cal Massey. A joyful introduction to the history and practices of Kwanzaa, the annual week-long reunion of family and friends when millions of African-Americans celebrate their heritage. Picture Book Nonfiction. 32 pp. Ages 3-7. Hardcover 45762-4 $10.95.

Cox, Clinton

The Forgotten Heroes

The Story of the Buffalo Soldiers. With in-depth primary source research, archival photographs, bibliography and index, "The Forgotten Heroes" is the fascinating true story of former slaves who were recruited to open up the West at the expense of the Native Americans who already lived there. Young Adult Nonfiction. 176 pp. Ages 8-14 Hardcover 45121-9 $14.95

Cox, Clinton

Undying Glory

The courageous story of the men of the 54th Regiment of Massachusetts, who fought as Union soldiers to free their brothers and sisters from slavery. Black-and-white archival photographs bring the "glory" regiment to vivid life. The author has been nominated twice for a Pulitzer Prize in reporting. "Resonates with conviction and passion." - Horn Book. "Highly recommended." - Booklist. Young Adult Nonfiction. 176 pp. Ages 12-up Hardcover 44170-1 $14.95 Paperback 44171-X $3.25

Davidson, Margaret

I Have a Dream

The Story of Martin Luther King .The life of the leader of the civil rights movement. "An inspiring portrait...Well documented, clearly written, and illustrated with captivating photos." - Kirkus Biography. 128 pp. Ages 7-10. Paperback 44230-9 $2.75

Giovanni, Nikki

Knoxville, Tennessee

Illustrated by Larry Johnson. The prize-winning African-American poet's famous poem is richly enhanced with oil painting illustrations that describe the simple pleasures of summer in the South. The Blue Sky Press. Picture Book/Poetry. (February 1994). 32 pp. All Ages Hardcover 47074-4 $14.95

Hamilton, Virginia


Cammy loves her ailing Gram but has mixed feelings about her cousins. "Another wise, beautifully written book from this well-established master." - Kirkus, pointed review. "Reverberates with honesty and truth." - Horn Book, starred review. Middle-Grade Fiction. 128 pp. Ages 8-12. Paperback 45436-6 $2.95

Hamilton, Virginia

Plain City

Newbery Medalist and Hans Christian Andersen Award-winner Hamilton is at her finest in this bittersweet story of a 12-year-old girl's search for the truth about her own past and her missing father. The Blue Sky Press. Middle-Grade Fiction. 176 pp. Ages 8-12 Hardcover 47364-6 $13.95

Hansen, Joyce

The Captive

Author Hansen, a Coretta Scott King Honor winner, perceptively contrasts slavery in two cultures in this riveting novel of a young Ashanti nobleman betrayed by his own family's slave, and sold into bondage to a Puritan family in New England. Fiction. 192 pp. Ages 10-up Hardcover 41625-1 $13.95

Haskins, Jim

One More River to Cross

The Story of Twelve Black Americans. Award-winning author Jim Haskins tells the stories of 12 African-Americans who had the courage to triumph over racial barriers and follow their dreams. "Hard to put down...clear and dramatic... valuable compilation." - School Library Journal, ALA Best Book for Young Adults, Notable Children's Book in the Field of Social Studies. Biography. 224 pp. Ages 8-12 Hardcover 42896-9 $13.95 Paperback 42897-7 $3.50 (January 1994)

Haskins, Jim

Get on Board

The Story of the Underground Railroad. The dramatic history of the Underground Railroad, from the origin of its name to the end of the Civil War, told in stirring text by a Coretta Scott King Award - winning author and illustrated with archival photographs and drawings. Middle-Grade Nonfiction. 160 pp. Ages 8-12 Hardcover 45418-8 $13.95

Higginsen, Vy, with Tanya Bolden

Mama I Want to Sing

The lively and spirited story of a young girl who follows her dream of singing "worldly music," despite her mother's wish that she remain at home in the church choir. Based on the long-running hit off-Broadway musical of the same name. Young Adult Fiction. 192 pp. Ages 12-up Hardcover 44201-5 $13.95

Hudson, Wade, selector

Pass it On

African-American Poetry for Children. Illustrated by Floyd Cooper. Fourteen outstanding poets, including Langston Hughes, Eloise Greenfield, and Nikki Giovanni, capture the many moods and experiences of African-American children - from the joy of eating chocolate to the pain at becoming the target of someone's hatred - and offer readers affirmation of the strength of the human spirit. A richly illustrated treasury. Poetry Collection. 32 pp. Ages 5-9 Hardcover 45770-5 $14.95

Levine, Ellen

If You Lived at the Time of Martin Luther King

Illustrated by Anna Rich. This absorbing and informative book focusing on the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and '60s is newly reillustrated in full color. Nonfiction. (January 1994) 80 pp. Ages 7-10 Paperback 42582-X $4.95

Levine, Ellen

If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad

Illustrated by Richard Williams. A vivid question-and-answer format provides true-life stories of slaves who reached freedom on the vast and complex network known as the Underground Railroad. Nonfiction. 64 pp. Ages 7-10 Paperback 45156-1 $4.95

Marzollo, Jean

Happy Birthday Martin Luther King

Illustrated by J. Brian Pinkney. This simple and moving picture book filled with stunning illustrations introduces very young readers to Martin Luther King, his commitment to peace and racial harmony, and the legacy he left for us all. Picture Book Biography. 32 pp. Ages 3-7 Hardcover 44065-9 $14.95

McKissack, Patricia C. and Fredrick Jr.

Black Diamond

The Story of the Negro Baseball Leagues. Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Award - winner Patricia McKissack and her son Fredrick, Jr., offer a stirring tribute to the unsung heroes of the Negro Baseball Leagues. Black-and-white photos throughout. Nonfiction. (February 1994) 176 pp. Ages 8-14 Hardcover 45809-4 $13.95

McKissack, Patricia C.

Jesse Jackson

A Biography. The life and times of the noted civil rights activist and presidential candidate by a Coretta Scott King Award--winning author. "Everything a biography should be. Up-to-date, lively, even-handed and accessible." - Publishers Weekly. Horn Book Fanfare Book, Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies. Biography. 112 pp. Ages 8-12 Paperback 42359-9 $3.25

McKissack, Patricia C. and Fredrick

Sojourner Truth

Ain't I a Woman? "For those familiar only with Sojourner Truth's famous 'Ain't I a Woman?' speech, this biography is an eye-opener describing the eventful life of a woman who took part in some of the most important movements in American history." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. 1993 Coretta Scott King Honor Book, Boston Globe / Horn Book Award, ALA Notable Children's Book, ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Biography. 144 pp. Ages 8-12 Hardcover 44690-8 $13.95 Paperback 44691-6 $3.50 (January 1994)

Myers, Walter Dean

Malcolm X

By Any Means Necessary. A startling and provocative portrait of the controversial man who became the voice of black militancy, from his childhood as a model student to his days as a drug dealer, his conversion to the Nation of Islam, and his eventual assassination. Biography. 224 pp. Ages 10-up Hardcover 46484-1 $13.95

Myers, Walter Dean

Somewhere in the Darkness

Jimmy's father, Crab, has been in prison for years, but now he wants to be part of Jimmy's life. As they embark on a journey to clear Crab's name, Jimmy must find strength to understand his father--and forgive him. "Myers has never written better." - Booklist, starred review. 1993 Newbery Honor Book, 1993 Coretta Scott King Honor Book, ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Young Adult Fiction. 176 pp. Ages 12-up Hardcover 42411-4 $14.95 Paperback 42412-2 $3.25

Rinaldi, Ann

Wolf by the Ears

The compelling story of Harriet Hemmings, the young woman believed to have been both the slave and the daughter of Thomas Jefferson. "Tantalizing...history brought to life by a skillful and imaginative author." - VOYA, ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Historical Fiction. 272 pp. Ages 12-up Hardcover 43413-6 $13.95 Paperback 43412-8 $3.50

Wesley, Valerie Wilson

Where Do I Go From Here?

This powerful debut novel sensitively explores problems teenagers face today - from dropping out of school to racism - as a young African-American girl struggles to find her place at a top-notch, almost exclusively white, private school. Young Adult Fiction. 176 pp. Ages 12-up Hardcover 45606-7 $13.95

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