The cooperative project between YDL and The Ann Arbor (MI) Chapter of The Links, Inc. involved the creation of five reading lists for various age groups: Preschool, K-3rd grade, 4-5th grade, middle school, and high school. The reading lists feature African-American authors and illustrators and will be available at the library over the summer as well as here on our website. Everyone is welcome to share the information.
The hope is that these reading lists will provide a rich source of high-quality literature that is both developmentally appropriate and reflective of African-American experiences in order to spark a love of reading for these children and teens.
The moon over Star View in catalog
On her family's farm in the town of Star, eight-year-old Mae eagerly follows the progress of the 1969 Apollo 11 flight and moon landing and dreams that she might one day be an astronaut, too.
So much View in catalog
Relatives arriving in succession give in to their desire to squeeze and kiss and play with the baby.
Deep in the Sahara View in catalog
In Mauritania, West Africa, an Arab girl who wants to wear a malafa, the veiled dress worn by her mother and older sister, learns that the garment represents beauty, mystery, tradition, belonging, and faith.
Don't spill the milk View in catalog
After carrying a bowl of milk on her head across dunes and the River Niger, and even up a mountain, without spilling a drop despite many distractions, Penda gets a surprise when she arrives at the grasslands to give her father his lunch.
Mr. George Baker View in catalog
Harry sits on the porch with Mr. George Baker, an African American who is one hundred years old but can still dance and play the drums, waiting for the school bus that will take them both to the class where they are learning to read.
God bless the child View in catalog
A picture book adaptation of Billie Holiday's song "God bless the child," illustrated with images of an African American family during the Great Migration. Includes a CD of the song recorded by Billie Holiday.
Be boy buzz View in catalog
Celebrates being Bold, All Bliss Boy, All Bad Boy Beast, Boy running, Boy Jumping, Boy Sitting Down, and being in Love With Being a Boy.
Homemade love View in catalog
A girl who is Girlpie to her mama and Honey Bun Chocolate Dewdrop to her daddy savors the warmth and love of her family.
Uh-oh! View in catalog
As an African American toddler keeps getting into mischief throughout the day, the reader is invited to discover what the trouble is with each page-turn and to say "uh-oh."
Lola at the library View in catalog
Every Tuesday Lola and her mother visit their local library to return and check out books, attend story readings, and share a special treat.
Read and rise View in catalog
African-American children read with parents, grandparents, and fellow students and dream about becoming almost anything---pilot, teacher, firefighter, doctor, chef, even an astronaut.
Shouting! View in catalog
In a colorful salute to faith and gospel music, the good spirit moves a mother, daughter, and congregation to take part in a wondrous celebration of ritual and faith.