Black Lives Matter

Firebird book cover

Firebird

Misty Copeland

jE Copeland
Black Lives Matter, Read Woke, Picture Books, Biographies

American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland encourages a young ballet student, with brown skin like her own, by telling her that she, too, had to learn basic steps and how to be graceful when she was starting out, and that some day, with practice and dedication, the little girl will become a firebird, too. Includes author's note about dancers who led her to find her voice.

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Misty Copeland's picture book autobiography is a triumph. Pair this with the DVD American Ballet Theatre: A History, and/or her long form autobriography, Life in Motion: an unlikely ballerina, to learn more about Misty's career and see her beautiful dancing. -Casey

Thurgood book cover

Thurgood

Jonah Winter

eBOOK
Black Lives Matter, Black History, Read Woke, Picture Books, Biographies

"Before Rosa Parks, before Martin Luther King Jr., before the civil rights movement there was Thurgood, fighting for African Americans - and winning. Here is the powerful story of the trailblazer who proved that separate is not equal." --Provided by Publisher.

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Voice of freedom : Fannie Lou Hamer, spirit of the civil rights movement book cover

Voice of freedom : Fannie Lou Hamer, spirit of the civil rights movement

Carole Boston Weatherford

jBIOGRAPHY Hamer, Fannie Lou
Black Lives Matter, Black History, Read Woke, Picture Books, Biographies

Presents a collage-illustrated treasury of poems and spirituals inspired by the life and work of civil rights advocate Fannie Lou Hamer.

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Farmer Will Allen and the growing table

Jacqueline Briggs Martin

jE Martin
Black Lives Matter, Read Woke, Picture Books, Biographies

The story of former basketball star and current urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, whose vision of gardening from abandoned urban sites led to a grassroots feeding craze.

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Preaching to the chickens : the story of young John Lewis book cover

Preaching to the chickens : the story of young John Lewis

Jabari Asim

jE Asim
Black Lives Matter, Black History, Read Woke, Picture Books, Biographies

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John Lewis's early life is chronicled here and it is beautifully done. If you haven't read about how he used to preach to his flock, I can't imagine a more poignant time. -Casey

Schomburg : the man who built a library book cover

Schomburg : the man who built a library

Carole Boston Weatherford

jBIOGRAPHY Schomburg, Arthur Alfonso
Black Lives Matter, Black History, Read Woke, Picture Books, Biographies

Traces legal clerk Arturo Schomburg's efforts to curate a collection of African books, letters, music, and art.

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Little leaders : bold women in black history book cover

Little leaders : bold women in black history

Vashti Harrison

eBOOK
Black Lives Matter, Black History, Read Woke, Picture Books, Biographies

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This is the first installment in Vashti Harrison's lovely series. The biographies are short, illustrations are really cute, and the figures she has chosen to highlight are great to get to know. -Casey

Whoosh! : Lonnie Johnson's super-soaking stream of inventions book cover

Whoosh! : Lonnie Johnson's super-soaking stream of inventions

Chris Barton

jBIOGRAPHY Johnson, Lonnie.
Black Lives Matter, Read Woke, Picture Books, Biographies

Chronicles the life and achievements of the NASA engineer and inventor, from his childhood to his accidental invention of the Super Soaker water gun.

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Be warned! This book may have you rifling through your childhood toy collection in the best possible way. -Casey

Josephine : the dazzling life of Josephine Baker book cover

Josephine : the dazzling life of Josephine Baker

Patricia Hruby Powell

jBIOGRAPHY Baker, Josephine
Black Lives Matter, Black History, Read Woke, Picture Books, Biographies

A portrait of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker, the woman who worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest stages in the world. Meticulously researched by both author and artist, Josephine's powerful story of struggle and triumph is an inspiration and a spectacle, just like the legend herself.

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