2013 LINKS Preschool Book List

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 StarBy Aston, Dianna Hutts

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.

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So muchBy Cooke, Trish

Relatives arriving in succession give in to their desire to squeeze and kiss and play with the baby.

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Knock knock : my dad's dream for meBy Beaty, Daniel

"A boy wakes up one morning to find his father gone. At first, he feels lost. But his father has left him a letter filled with advice to guide him through the times he cannot be there"--

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Deep in the SaharaBy Cunnane, Kelly

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.

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Full, full, full of loveBy Cooke, Trish

For young Jay Jay, Sunday dinner at Gran's house is full of hugs and kisses, tasty dishes, all kinds of fishes, happy faces, and love.

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Don't spill the milkBy Davies, Stephen, 1976-

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.

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Mr. George BakerBy Hest, Amy

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.

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God bless the childBy Holiday, Billie, 1915-1959

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.

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Be boy buzzBy Hooks, Bell

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.

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Homemade loveBy Hooks, Bell

A girl who is Girlpie to her mama and Honey Bun Chocolate Dewdrop to her daddy savors the warmth and love of her family.

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Grandma Lena's big ol' turnipBy Hester, Denia

Grandma Lena grows a turnip so big that it takes her entire family to pull it up and half of the town to eat it. Includes a note about cooking "soul food."

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The Negro speaks of riversBy Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967

Watercolor illustrations accompany the author's poem about the strength and courage of African American people throughout history.

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Peekaboo morningBy Isadora, Rachel.

A toddler plays peek-a-boo throughout the day.

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Uh-oh!By Isadora, Rachel.

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."

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Leo loves baby timeBy McQuinn, Anna

Leo loves to go to baby time where he sings, plays, and makes new friends.

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Lola at the libraryBy McQuinn, Anna

Every Tuesday Lola and her mother visit their local library to return and check out books, attend story readings, and share a special treat.

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Summer sun risin'By Nikola-Lisa, W.

An African American boy enjoys a summer day on his family's farm, milking the cows, fishing, and having fun.

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Read and riseBy Pinkney, Sandra L.

African-American children read with parents, grandparents, and fellow students and dream about becoming almost anything---pilot, teacher, firefighter, doctor, chef, even an astronaut.

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Abiyoyo : based on a South African lullaby and folk storyBy Seeger, Pete, 1919-

Banished from the town for making mischief, a little boy and his father are welcomed back when they find a way to make the dreaded giant Abiyoyo disappear.

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Bippity Bop barbershop/ by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley ; illustrated by E.B. Lewis.By Tarpley, Natasha

A story celebrating a young African-American boy's first trip to the barbershop.

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Shouting!By Thomas, Joyce Carol

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.

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There is a flower at the tip of my nose smelling meBy Walker, Alice, 1944-

Glowing colors and radiant images accompany this joyous celebration of the connections and interconnections between self, Nature, and creativity.

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Just In

September 2017 New & On Order DVD/Blu-ray
A listing of DVD's and Blu-ray added to the collection in September 2017
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