BVAAM Family Library

A collection of books about African American history and culture that is appropriate for K-12 students is being compiled , organized, and catalogued for patrons to use while in the Museum or for occasional check out.  The collection is limited at present, but it is hoped that it will increase through donations of new and/or gently used books.  Friends and family may wish to donate a new book in honor of someone’s birthday or special accomplishment.  A “wish list” of books for our collection may be used for book selection.

Guidelines for Use of the Library:

  • You may check out one book for one week.
  • Complete the check out form in the notebook on top of the bookcase.
  • Return books may be placed in a basket near the office.
  • A borrowed book must be returned before checking out another one.
  • The library will be available for reading or checking out books during regular Museum hours – unless a scheduled program event is in progress.
  • One Saturday morning a month, beginning in October, 2016, there will be a one hour storytelling event for children ages 5-12 at the Museum.
  • New or gently used books donated to our collection are appreciated.

 

Family Library Collection

Family Library “Wish” list for books for Pre-K – 12th graders

This suggested list of appropriate books will enhance our current family library holdings.  The library books will be useful for families to share for enhancing knowledge and reading literacy.  They may be used for reading aloud or for oral storytelling  resources for  school groups who visit the Museum .

New or gently used books either from this list or your own personal choice will be greatly appreciated.  The books are listed in subject categories.   Friends and families might chose to make a book donation to the Museum in honor of someone’s birthday or accomplishment.  Thank you for your consideration of this service to our Museum and community.  

Download List

Folk Tales

 

 

Author

Title

Grade level

·        Eric Kimmel

Anansi and the Talking Melon

K-5

·        Gerald McDermott

Anansi the Spider

K-5

·        Gerald McDermott

Zomo the Rabbit

K-3

·        Bobby and Sherry Norfolk

Anansi Goes to Lunch

K-5

·        Bobby and Sherry Norfolk

Anansi and the Tug O’War

K-3

·        Eric Kimmel

Anansi and the Magic Stick

K-5

·        Eric Kimmel

Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock

K-5

·        Eric Kimmel

Anansi Goes Fishing

K-5

·        Gail Haley

A Story, A Story

3-6

·        Nelson Mandela

Favorite African Folktales

K-8

·        Susan Kantor

African American Read Aloud Stories

K-6

·        Virginia Hamilton

The People Could Fly

3-12

·        Pete Seeger

Abiyoyo

K-5

·        Verna Ardema

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain

2-4

·        Verna Ardema

Traveling to Tondo

2-4

·        Martha Hamilton & Mitch Weiss

The well of Truth

2-5

·        Angela Shelf Medearis

Too Much Talk

K-4

Underground Railroad

 

 

·        Sharon Shavers Gayle

Escape

3-6

·        Ellen Levine

If You Traveled on the Underground Railroad

3-6

·        Ellen Levine

Henry’s Freedom Box

2-5

·        Jeanette Winter

Follow the Drinking Gourd

2-6

·        Faith Ringgold

Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky

2-4

·        Catherine Nichols

Harriet Tubman

2-4

·        Monica Kulling

Escape North: The Story of Harriet Tubman

2-4

·        Vaunda Nelson

Almost to Freedom

3-6

·        Catherine Nichols

Harriet Tubman

2-4

·        Florence Freedman

Two Tickets to Freedom

4-8

·        David Adler

A Picture Book of Harriet Tubman

2-4

·        Jim Haskins

Get on Board: The Story of the Underground Railroad

6-12

Depression Era

 

 

·        Angela Shelf Medearis

Picking Peas for a Penny

K-3

·        Barbara H. Cole

Wash Day

K-3

·        Polly Greenburg

O Lord, I Wish I Was a Buzzard

K-2

·        Jacqueline Woodson

Coming on Home Soon

2-4

·        Margaret King Mitchell

Uncle Jed’s Barbershop

3-5

Civil Rights Era

 

 

·        Robert Coles

The Story of Ruby Bridges

3-5

·        Faith Ringgold

If a Bus Could Talk

3-5

·        Ruby Bridges

Ruby Bridges Goes to School

1-3

·        Courtney Baker

Let’s read about Rosa Parks

2-4

·        Richard Kelso

Walking for Freedom

4-6

·        Rosa Parks with Jim Haskins

Rosa Parks: My Story

6-12

George Washington Carver

 

 

·        Eva Moore

The Story of George Washington Carver

3-5

·        Tonya Bolden

George Washington Carver

4-8

·        Jim Gigliotti

Who Was George Washington Carver?

3-8

·        Elizabeth MacLeod

George Washington Carver

5-12

Martin Luther King

 

 

·        Garret Jackson

Martin Luther King, Jr: A Man of Peace

2-5

·        Margaret Davidson

I Have a Dream

4-6

·        Ellen Levine

If You Lived in the Time of Martin Luther King

4-8

·        Jim Haskins

The Day Martin Luther King Was Shot

6-12

·        Jean Marzollo

Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King

2-4

·        David Adler

A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr.

2-4

·        Alyse Sweeney

Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Man with a Dream

K-2

·        Doreen Rappaport

Martin’s Big Words

K-3

Discrimination

 

 

·        Desmond Tutu

Desmond and the Very Mean Word

K-4

·        Margaret Mason

These Hands

2-4

·        Patricia Polacco

Mr. Lincoln’s Way

3-6

·        Rose Blue

Ron’s Big Mission

3-6

·        Patricia McKissack

Going Some Place Special

3-6

·        William Miller

Richard Wright and the Library Card

3-6

Black Leaders

 

 

·        Margaret Davidson

Frederick Douglas Fights for Freedom

4-8

·        Beatrice Gormley

Barack Obama: Our 44th President

4-12

·        Roberta Edwards

Who Is Barack Obama

4-9

·        Megan Stine

Who Is Michelle Obama

4-9

·        Wade Hudson

Five Brave Explorers

4-6

·        Toyomi Igus

Great Women in the Struggle

6-12

·        Wade Hudson

Book of Black Heroes from A-Z

4-12

·        Jim Haskins

One More River to Cross

6-12

·        Faith Ringgold

Dinner at Aunt Connie’s House

3-6

·        Marie Bradby

More Than Anything Else

3-5

Life in Africa

 

 

·        Katie Smith Milway

One Hen

3-6

·        Page McBrier

Beatrice’s Goat

1-4

·        Jane Cowen Fletcher

It Takes a Village

K-3

·        Barbara Margolies

Rehema’s Journey

3-5

Black Inventors

 

 

·        Wendy Towle

The Real McCoy: The Life of African American Inventor

4-8

·        Kareen Abdul Jabbar

What Color Is My World?

4-12

·        Louis Haber

Black Pioneers of Science and Invention

6-12

·        Jeri Ferris

What Are You Figuring Now: A Story about Benjamin Banneker

3-8

Black Musicians

 

 

·        Pam Munoz Ryan

When Marian Sang

4-8

·        Yona Zeidos

Who Was Louis Armstrong

4-6

·        Terry Teachout

Pops: Life of Louis Armstrong

8-12

·        David Francis and Bob Reiser

David Gets His Drum

2-4

·        Jim Haskins

Black Dance in America

4-6

·        Jim Haskins

Black Music in America

4-8

·        Jim Haskins

Scott Joplin: The Man Who Made Ragtime

6-12

Black Athletes

 

 

·        David Adler

A Picture Book of Jesse Owens

2-4

·        Eloise Greenfield

For the Love of the Game: Michael Jordan and Me

2-4

Black Authors

 

 

·        Mildred D. Taylor

 Let the Circle be Unbroken

4-9

·        Mildred D. Taylor

The Road to Memphis

4-9

·        Mildred D. Taylor

The Friendship

3-5

·        Mildred D. Taylor

The Gold Cadillac

3-5

·        Mildred Pitts Walter

Justin and the best Biscuits in the World

3-5

·         Mildred Pitts Walter

My Mama Needs Me

K-2

·        Patricia McKissack

Run Away Home

3-6

·        Patricia McKissack

Can You Imagine?

3-6

·        Angela Shelf Medearis

Dancing with the Indians

K-3

·        Christopher Paul Curtis

Bud, Not Buddy

5-9

·        John Steptoe

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters

2-5

Black Poets

 

 

·        Wade Hudson

Pass it On: African American Poetry for Children

3-8

·        James Weldon Johnson

Lift Every Voice and Sing

4-8

·        Ellen Labrecque

Who Was Maya Angelou

4-8

·        Langston Hughes

My People

K-4

·         

 

 

Black Artists

 

 

·        Jacob Lawrence

The Great Migration

4-8

·        John Duggleby

Story Painter: The Life of Jacob Lawrence

4-12

·        Faith Ringgold

(Any of her books)

 

·        Kathy Whitehead and Shane Evans

Art From Her Heart: Clementine Hunter

3-8

·        Jerry Pinkney

Home Place

3-6

Modern Day Life

 

 

·        Juanita Harill

Jamaica Tag Along

K-3

·        Juanita Harill

Jamaica’s Find

K-3

·        Dolores Johnson

What Kind of Babysitter Is This?

1-4

·        Mary Hoffman

Boundless Grace

2-5

·        Mary Hoffman

Amazing Grace

K-3

·        Kimberly Willis Holt

 Mister and Me

4-6

·        Will Smith

Just the Two of Us

K-3

·        Gwendolyn Hooks

Three’s a Crowd

K-3

·        Ezra Jack Keats

Whistle for Willie

K-2

·        Ezra Jack Keats

Pete’s Chair

K-2

·        Dolores Johnson

 My Mom Is My Show and Tell

K-1

·        Alice Mead

Junebug

2-5

Inspiration

 

 

·        Desmond Tutu

God’s Dream

K-3

·        Leo and Diane Dillon

If Kids Ran the World

K-3

·        Michelle Cook

Our Children Can Soar

K-3

·        Leo and Diane Dillon

To Everything there is a Season

K-3

·        Barack Obama

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters

K-3

·        Bryan Collier

Lift Every Voice and Sing

 
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