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Black History Biographies (Kids)

Learn about Black history through the biographies of Black leaders, activists, scientists, athletes, and more.

African-American history makers collection : readers that grow with you.

Meet civil rights leaders who were inspiring individuals as well as leaders in their fields: inventor, activist, orator, scientist. Learn about their childhoods, achievements, and contributions that made the world a better place. Biographies feature fascinating facts and archival photography that vividly illustrate the amazing lives of each hero.

Timelines from Black history : leaders, legends, legacies

"Amazing visual timelines take readers through the people and the issues that have shaped Black history. Erased. Ignored. Hidden. Lost. Under appreciated. No longer. Delve into the unique, inspiring, and world-changing history of Black people. From Frederick Douglass to Oprah Winfrey, and the achievements of ancient African kingdoms to those of the US Civil Rights Movement, Timelines From Black History: Leaders, Legends, Legacies takes kids on an exceptional journey from prehistory to modern times. This DK children's book boasts more than 30 visual timelines, which explore the biographies of the famous and the not-so-famous - from royalty to activists, and writers to scientists, and much, much more. Stunning thematic timelines also explain the development of Black history - from the experiences of black people in the US, to the story of postcolonial Africa. Did you know that the richest person ever to have lived was a West African? Or that the technology that made the light bulb possible was developed by African American inventor, and not Thomas Edison? How about the fact that Ethiopia was the only African country to avoid colonization, thanks to the leadership of a brave queen? Stacked with facts and visually vibrant, Timelines From Black History: Leaders, Legends, Legacies is an unforgettable and accessible hive of information on the people and the issues that have shaped Black history."--

Brave. Black. First. : 50+ African American women who changed the world by Cheryl Willis Hudson

Profiles notable African American women in various fields from Phillis Wheatley, Harriet Tubman, and Ida B. Wells to Condoleeza Rice, Beyoncae, and the founders of Black Lives Matter.

Little leaders : bold women in black history by Vashti Harrison

Featuring forty trailblazing black women in American history, this book educates and inspires as it relates true stories of breaking boundaries and achieving beyond expectations, bringing to life both iconic and lesser-known female figures of black history such as abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, politician Shirley Chisholm, mathematician Katherine Johnson, poet Maya Angelou, and filmmaker Julie Dash

Little legends : exceptional men in black history by Vashti Harrison

Profiles thirty-five prominent men in African American history, including James Armistead Lafayette, Thurgood Marshall, Alvin Ailey, and Leland Melvin.

Black heroes: 51 inspiring people from ancient Africa to modern-day U.S.A.: a black history book for kids by Arlisha Norwood

Take an exciting journey through Black history with dozens of inspiring biographies for kids. From the queens and pharaohs of ancient Egypt to modern-day scientists, athletes, and journalists, discover the lives of black leaders and role models throughout history. Black Heroes: a Black History Book for Kids is packed with 51 brief and engaging biographies of inspiring figures from Africa, the United States, and around the world. Learn about how these outstanding individuals followed their passion, created lasting change, and paved the way for generations of future leaders

Bedtime inspirational stories : 50 amazing Black people who changed the world by L Amber

Unfortunately, in today's world, it can be a challenge to raise positive kids, as they are constantly bombarded with negative messages. More than ever, parents and teachers need to create a positive atmosphere for our children in order to help them believe in themselves. That's why we've proudly created this richly illustrated and inspiring book, Bedtime Inspirational Stories: 50 Amazing Black People Who Changed the World, which highlights the achievements and stories of fifty notable women and men from the 18th century to today. Some were born slaves, some grew up in poverty, and some had physical or emotional challenges. Some were born many years ago, and some are still with us. The stories in the book include those of political activists, scientists, artists, musicians, inventors, businesspeople, Nobel prize winners, and more.Black History Books for kidsEvery single one of these individuals overcame adversities and changed the world, building a way for others to live better lives. Each one worked hard and maintained self-confidence, even when others expressed doubt or said their dreams couldn't be achieved.Bedtime StoriesChildren looking for inspiration will surely find it here. This fun and inspiring collection of influential stories provides fifty illustrated examples of strong, independent role models, all of whom had a profound impact on the world. Personal aspirations from today's youth are also interspersed throughout the book, so that each story has its own life lesson alongside a positive message. It's never too soon to start making a difference, and these stories are exhilarating examples of power in action to make for ideal motivation.Positive AffirmationsThe book also contains fifty positive affirmations, and we encourage you to say them aloud with your child every day. Why affirmations? These positive self-statements, when repeated over time, are capable of convincing a child that the statements are true. This is a powerful way to boost their self-esteem. Why is it important for young kids to know they matter? Children can feel small and insignificant in a busy and complicated world, and begin to question their place in life. The affirmations found in this book can counteract this effect while allowing them to grow. As parents and educators, there are three important things that we can give to our children: good memories, a good education, and a sense of self-worth. Our team has created this book to help you to achieve these goals. There are no better memories than the times when we share books with our children. We hope that the positive messages and affirmations throughout this book will improve your child's self-esteem. Lastly, we should here acknowledge that every story in this book would merit a book by itself; hopefully, these snippets will inspire you and your child to learn more about each person.Books for Black ChildrenWith vivid, compelling art and quotes, this book shows its readers that no matter what obstacles may lie ahead, they should never give up on their dreams. Simply, this beautiful book is about the potential within each of us to pursue our dreams and shape our own paths. It is a treasure to cherish with your family forever. We hope that you find inspiration in these pages, whether you're a girl or a boy, a parent or a teacher! These women and men are black heroes, and they're part of our history and culture. And no matter who you are, you have a special mission on this planet.--amazon.com

Dream big, little one by Vashti Harrison

Features female figures of black history, including pilot Bessie Coleman, politician Shirley Chisholm, mathematician Katherine Johnson, poet Maya Angelou, and filmmaker Julie Dash.

Sprouting wings : the true story of James Herman Banning, the first African American pilot to fly across the United States by Louisa Jaggar

"The true story of James Herman Banning, the first African American pilot to fly across the United States"--

Who was Muhammad Ali? by James Buckley

Presents the life of the legendary boxer who began his career as Cassius Clay, discussing his prowess in the ring, his refusal to fight in the Vietnam War, and his life after boxing

Who is Michael Jordan? by Kirsten (Kirsten Stephanie) Anderson

Meet the man who changed the game forever. Michael Jordan has always been competitive--even as a young boy, he fought for attention. His need to be the best made him a star player on his college basketball team and helped him become an NBA legend, both for his skills and his endorsements. His Nike contract for Air Jordan basketball shoes set an unmatched precedent for professional athletes. Author Kirsten Anderson takes readers through each exciting moment, detailing the iconic reverse lay-ups and jump shots of Michael Jordan's storied career.

Who was Kobe Bryant? by Ellen Labrecque

"Kobe Bryant was just an eighteen-year-old high-school basketball player when he decided to enter the National Basketball Association's draft. Though he was the thirteenth overall pick by the Charlotte Hornets, he would never play a single game for them.Instead, Kobe was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, where he would spend his entire twenty-season career, winning five championships and numerous awards. Author Ellen Labreque takes readers through each exciting moment, from his iconic dunks to his 81-point game--all the milestones that span Kobe Bryant's legendary career and legacy"--

Stacey Abrams by Melissa H Mwai

"Follow the life of Stacey Abrams, from her childhood spent growing up in Gulfport, Mississippi, to her work with civic engagement and mass voter registrations in Georgia, to her groundbreaking work as the first woman to lead in the Georgia General Assembly and first African American to lead in the House of Representatives. Find out about Stacey Abram's life, achievements, and the challenges she faced along the way. The Level 2 text provides accessible, yet wide-ranging information for independent readers. National Geographic Readers have been a hit in the competitive beginning reader category, and this book builds on that success with the same careful text, brilliant photographs, and fun approach to high-interest biographies of incredible people such asStacey Abrams, has proved to be a winning formula with kids"--

Who is Michelle Obama? by Megan Stine

Presents the life and accomplishments of the First Lady of the United States, from her childhood in Chicago and her career as a lawyer to her marriage to Barack Obama and her initiatives in the White House

Barack Obama : son of promise, child of hope by Nikki Grimes

When David asks his mother about the man on television, she tells him the story of Barack Obama, discussing his childhood in Hawaii and Indonesia, his parents' divorce, and his desire to help others

Who is Barack Obama? by Roberta Edwards

Highlights the life and accomplishments of the Harvard Law School graduate, legislator, and civil rights lawyer who became the forty-fourth president of the United States

Who are Venus and Serena Williams? by James Buckley

Describes the lives and careers and the tennis stars and sisters, discussing their Grand Slam wins, Olympic success, trend-setting, and rivalry.

Who was Maya Angelou? by Ellen Labrecque

Describes the life and writing career of the author of "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," from her youth in Arkansas to her civil rights activism.

Who is Stevie Wonder? by Jim Gigliotti

Looks at the life, musical accomplishments, and civil rights work of Stevie Wonder

The doctor with an eye for eyes : the story of Dr. Patricia Bath by Julia Finley Mosca

Shares the story of Dr. Patricia Bath, who overcame racism, poverty, and sexism to achieve her dream of being a doctor and pioneer in the field of laser eye surgery.

Life in motion : an unlikely ballerina. Young Readers edition by Misty Copeland

The first female African American principal dancer in American Ballet Theatre history recounts her road to stardom, from her first ballet class to her rise through the professional ranks while dealing with a challenging home life.

John Lewis : congressman and civil rights hero by Rachel Rose

"From sit-ins at lunch counters to sit-ins on the Congress floor, marching in Selma to marching though the halls of the Capitol, John Lewis fought for what he believed in. The incredible civil rights activist had plenty of experience under his belt by thetime he stood in front of a quarter of a million people as the youngest leader of the March on Washington. John continued on with the same passion as he turned to create change from within the government. The conscious of the congress continued to advocate for the freedom and safety of all. Learn all about the incredible life of this congressman and civil rights hero"--

The youngest marcher : the story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a young civil rights activist by Cynthia Levinson

Nine-year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks intended to go places and do things like anybody else. So when she heard grown-ups talk about wiping out Birmingham’s segregation laws, she spoke up. As she listened to the preacher’s words, smooth as glass, she sat up tall. And when she heard the plan—picket those white stores! March to protest those unfair laws! Fill the jails!—she stepped right up and said, I’ll do it! She was going to j-a-a-il! Audrey Faye Hendricks was confident and bold and brave as can be, and hers is the remarkable and inspiring story of one child’s role in the Civil Rights Movement.

Child of the dream : a memoir of 1963 by Sharon Robinson

"In January of 1963, Sharon Robinson turned thirteen the night before George Wallace declared on national television 'segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever' in his inauguration for governor of Alabama. That was the start of a year that would become one of the most pivotal years in the history of America. As the daughter of Jackie Robinson, Sharon had incredible access to some of the most important events of the era, including her family hosting several fundraisers for Martin Luther King Jr. at their home in Connecticut, other Civil Rights heroes of the day calling Jackie Robinson for advice and support, and even attending the March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs. But Sharon was also dealing with her own personal problems like going through puberty, being one of the only black children in her wealthy Connecticut neighborhood, and figuring out her own role in the fight for equality. This memoir follows Sharon as she goes through that incredible year of her life"--

This promise of change : one girl's story in the fight for school equality by Jo Ann Allen Boyce

"In 1956, one year before federal troops escorted the Little Rock 9 into Central High School, fourteen year old Jo Ann Allen was one of twelve African-American students who broke the color barrier and integrated Clinton High School in Tennessee. At firstthings went smoothly for the Clinton 12, but then outside agitators interfered, pitting the townspeople against one another. Uneasiness turned into anger, and even the Clinton Twelve themselves wondered if the easier thing to do would be to go back to their old school. Jo Ann--clear-eyed, practical, tolerant, and popular among both black and white students---found herself called on as the spokesperson of the group. But what about just being a regular teen? This is the heartbreaking and relatable story ofher four months thrust into the national spotlight and as a trailblazer in history. Based on original research and interviews and featuring backmatter with archival materials and notes from the authors on the co-writing process"--

When Rosa Parks went fishing by Rachel (Rachel Marie) Ruiz

No discussion of the Civil Rights Movement is complete without the story of Rosa Parks. But what was this activist like as a child? Following young Rosa from a fishing creek to a one-room schoolhouse, from her wearing homemade clothes to wondering what "white" water tastes like, readers will be inspired by the experiences that shaped one of the most famous African-Americans in history.

Who was Rosa Parks? by Yona Zeldis McDonough

In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give her bus seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama. This seemingly small act triggered civil rights protests across America and earned Rosa Parks the title "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement."

Who was Coretta Scott King? by Gail Herman

Here's a gripping portrait of a smart, remarkable woman. Growing up in Alabama, Coretta Scott King graduated valedictorian from her high school before becoming one of the first African American students at Antioch College in Ohio. It was there that she became politically active, joining the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). After her marriage to Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta took part in the Civil Rights Movement. Following her husband's assassination in 1968, she assumed leadership of the movement. Later in life she was an advocate for the Women's Rights Movement, LGBT rights, and she worked to end apartheid in South Africa.

Who was Martin Luther King, Jr.? by Bonnie Bader

Profiles the civil rights leader, discussing his career as a pastor, his fight for African American rights, and his legacy

Martin Luther King Jr. : fighting for civil rights by Christine A Platt

"On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke to more than 250,000 people in Washington, DC about his dream of racial equality. His message of peaceful protest inspired a generation to stand up for their rights. Find out how a boy who was not allowed to go to school or the movies with white people blazed a trail in civil rights"--Publisher

Martin's dream by Christine A Platt

For Black History Month, Ana & Andrew join a research group at the Community Center. They learn many interesting things about Martin Luther King Jr.! Later, with the help of some other children, they make one of Martin's famous dreams come true.

Who was Louis Armstrong? by Yona Zeldis McDonough

Traces the life and career of the famous jazz musician whose contributions to music shaped the jazz era

Who was Duke Ellington? by M Payne

"A pivotal fixture of the Harlem Renaissance, Duke Ellington was the bandleader of the historic Cotton Club and a master composer -- writing close to 3,000 songs in his lifetime and capturing the spirit of the Black experience in the Unites States. Over a50-year career, Ellington became one of the biggest names in jazz as we know it"--

I am Jackie Robinson by Brad Meltzer

Presents an illustrated biography of the man who broke baseball's color barrier and changed the way Americans viewed equality in sports

Who was Jesse Owens? by Avery Reed

Describes the life of the sharecroppers' son who became an Olympic legend and challenged Hitler's dream of Aryan superiority

Courage has no color : the true story of the Triple Nickles : America's first black paratroopers by Tanya Lee Stone

Examines the role of African-Americans in the military through the history of the Triple Nickles, America's first black paratroopers, who fought against attacks perpetrated on the American West by the Japanese during World War II

Who were the Tuskegee Airmen? by Sherri L Smith

Details the history of the Tuskegee Airmen, a squadron of African American military pilots who faced racial prejudice while fighting for their country in World War II.

Follow Chester! : a college football team fights racism and makes history by Gloria Respress-Churchwell

Recounts the college football career of Chester M. Pierce, who played for Harvard University in a time when African Americans did not play on Southern university teams, and details the team's efforts to combat racism during a 1947 game in Virginia.

Who was George Washington Carver? by Jim Gigliotti

Born in 1860s Missouri, nobody expected George Washingtoni Carver to succeed. Slaves were not allowed to be educated. After the Civil War, Carver enrolled in classes and proved to be a star student. He became the first black student at Iowa State Agricultural College and later its first black professor. He went on to the Tuskegee Institute where he specialized in botany (the study of plants) and developed techniques to grow crops better. His work with vegetables, especially peanuts, made him famous and changed agriculture forever. He went on to develop nearly 100 household products and over 100 recipes using peanuts

Who was Ida B. Wells? by Sarah Fabiny

"Born into slavery in 1862, Ida Bell Wells was freed as a result of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1865. Yet she could see just how unjust the world she was living in was. This drove her to become a journalist and activist. Throughout her life, she fought against prejudice and for equality for African Americans. Ida B. Wells would go on to co-own a newspaper, write several books, help cofound the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and fight for women's right to vote."--

All about Madam C.J. Walker by A'Leila Perry Bundles

Presents the life of the self-made millionaire who pioneered hair and beauty care products for black women and created opportunities for African American women to become independent business owners.

Black heroes of the wild west by James Otis Smith

""Black Heroes of the Wild West" celebrates the extraordinary true tales of three black historical figures in the Old West: Mary "Stagecoach" Fields, a cardplaying coach driver; Bass Reeves, the first black Deputy S Marshall west of the Mississippi; and Bob Lemmons, a cowboy famous for his ability to tame mustangs"--

No small potatoes : Junius G. Groves and his kingdom in Kansas by Tonya Bolden

"The life of Junius G. Groves, a sharecropper in Kansas who grew a modest potato farm into a potato kingdom."--

Never Caught, the story of Ona Judge : George and Martha Washington's courageous slave who dared to run away by Erica Armstrong Dunbar

"A National Book Award Finalist for Non-Fiction, Never Caught is the eye-opening narrative of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington's runaway slave, who risked everything for freedom. Now in a Young Readers Edition"--

Ona Judge outwits the Washingtons : an enslaved woman fights for freedom by Gwendolyn Hooks

"Soon after American colonists had won independence from Great Britain, Ona Judge was fighting for her own freedom from one of America's most famous founding fathers, George Washington. George and Martha Washington valued Ona as one of their most skilledand trustworthy slaves, but she would risk everything to achieve complete freedom. Born into slavery at Mount Vernon, Ona seized the opportunity to escape when she was brought to live in the President's Mansion in Philadelphia. Ona fled to New Hampshire and started a new life. But the Washingtons wouldn't give up easily. After her escape, Ona became the focus of a years-long manhunt, led by America's first president. Gwendolyn Hooks' vivid and detailed prose captures the danger, uncertainty, and persistence Ona Judge experienced during and after her heroic escape."--Provided by publisher.

The oldest student : how Mary Walker learned to read by Rita L Hubbard

"A picture book biography sharing the inspiring and incredible true story of the nation's oldest student, Mary Walker, who learned to read at the age of 116"--

Who was Sojourner Truth? by Yona Zeldis McDonough

"Almost 100 years before Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat, Sojourner Truth was mistreated by a streetcar conductor. She took him to court--and won! Before she was Sojourner Truth, she was known simply as Belle. Born a slave in New York sometimearound 1797, she was later sold and separated from her family. Even after she escaped from slavery, she knew her work was not yet done. She changed her name and traveled, inspiring everyone she met and sharing her story until her death in 1883 at age eighty-six. In this easy-to-read biography, Yona Zeldis McDonough continues to share that remarkable story"--

Facing Frederick : the life of Frederick Douglass, a monumental American man by Tonya Bolden

Teacher. Self-emancipator. Orator. Author. Man. Frederick Douglass (1818–1895) is one of the most important African American figures in US history, best known, perhaps, for his own emancipation. But there is much more to Douglass’s story than his time spent in slavery and his famous autobiography. Delving into his family life and travel abroad, this book captures the whole complicated, and at times perplexing, person that he was. As a statesman, suffragist, writer, newspaperman, and lover of the arts, Douglass the man, rather than the historical icon, is the focus in Facing Frederick.

Frederick Douglass : the lion who wrote history by Walter Dean Myers

In this powerful picture book biography, New York Times bestselling author Walter Dean Myers and acclaimed artist Floyd Cooper take readers on an inspiring journey through the life of Frederick Douglass. Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in the South, taught himself to read, and grew up to become an icon. He was a leader of the abolitionist movement, a celebrated writer, an esteemed speaker, and a social reformer, proving that “once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” The story of one of America’s most revered figures is brought to life by the text of award-winning author Walter Dean Myers and the sweeping, lush illustrations of artist Floyd Cooper. This picture book biography draws on Frederick Douglass’s autobiographies and includes a timeline, making it an excellent source for reports.

Who was Frederick Douglass? by April Jones Prince

Born into slavery in Maryland in 1818, Frederick Douglass was determined to gain freedom--and once he realized that knowledge was power, he secretly learned to read and write to give himself an advantage. After escaping to the North in 1838, as a free man he gave powerful speeches about his experience as a slave. He was so impressive that he became a friend of President Abraham Lincoln, as well as one of the most famous abolitionists of the nineteenth century.

When Harriet met Sojourner by Catherine Clinton

Parallel stories follow two pivotal figures in American history--Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth--in this picture book that celebrates the unique contributions of these two important women.

Who was Harriet Tubman? by Yona Zeldis McDonough

A biography of the ninteenth-century woman who escaped slavery and helped many other slaves get to freedom on the Underground Railroad

A Spy called James : the True Story of James Lafayette, Revolutionary War Double Agent by Anne F Rockwell

Tells the story of James Lafayette, a slave who volunteered to serve the Continental Army in order to secure his freedom, and became a spy for the Americans under the command of Marquis de Lafayette

Answering the cry for freedom : stories of African Americans and the American Revolution by Gretchen Woelfle

Biographical sketches chronicle the contributions of enslaved and free blacks during the Revolutionary War, including Prince Hall, who organized the first branch of black Freemasons, and Richard Allen, who founded the African Methodist Episcopal Church.
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