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24 Young Adult Books Featuring Black Protagonists

24 Mar

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My goal was to get this list out during Black History Month, but in all honesty these are amazing books that can be read any time of the year. Like my chapter book list, this list includes historical fiction, realistic fiction and fantasy novels with characters that are black, biracial from around the world.

  1. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
  2. Fly Girl by
  3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  4. The First Part Last by Angela Johnson
  5. Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan
  6. This Side of Home by Renée Watson
  7. Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
  8. Monster by Walter Dean Myers
  9. Copper Sun by Sharon Draper
  10. The Boy In the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
  11. The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson
  12. Hot Girl by Dream Jordan
  13. If I Tell by Janet Gurtler
  14. Tyrell by Coe Booth
  15. After Tupac & Foster by Jacqueline Woodson
  16. Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
  17. How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon
  18. Fake ID by Lamar Giles
  19. Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes
  20. Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
  21. The Skin I’m In by Sharon G. Flake
  22. Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
  23. All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
  24. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

10 Titles for St. Patrick’s Day

17 Mar

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Grab your favorite leprechaun and pick up a book about St. Patrick, Ireland and the color green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

  1. Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  2. A Fine St. Patrick’s Day by Susan Wojciechowski, illustrated by Tom Curry
  3. The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever by Teddy Slater, illustrated by Ethan Long
  4. Fiona’s Luck by Teresa Bateman, illustrated by Kelly Murphy
  5. Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folk: An Irish Tale by Gerald McDermott
  6. The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day by Natasha Wing, illustrated by Amy Wummer
  7. The Last Snake in Ireland: A Story About St. Patrick by Sheila MacGill-Callahan, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
  8. That’s What Leprechauns Do by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully
  9. O’Sullivan Stew by Hudson Talbott
  10. Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland by Tome DePaola

30 Chapter Books Featuring Black Protagonists

11 Mar

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I started this just as a middle grade list, but didn’t want to ignore the littles who are just starting out in the chapter books world, so I featured books for kids from about 1st/2nd grade to 8th grade.  Of course, you don’t have to be in elementary or middle school to enjoy these books! I also included some books featuring biracial characters and characters from the Caribbean – specifically trying to promote as many different types of books as possible.  If I’ve offended anyone, this is not my intent! Some of these books deal with being different, because of the character’s skin color, while others are realistic fiction about everyday life and still others are historical fiction or fantasy.  Also, if you have other books that I missed (because 30 just isn’t enough) please let me know!

  1. EllRay Jakes Is Not a Chicken by Sally Warner
  2. Lulu and the Duck In the Park by Hilary McKay
  3. Nikki and Deja by Karen English
  4. Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel by Nikki Grimes
  5. Keena Ford and the Second Grade Mix-Up by Melissa Thomson
  6. The Stories Julian Tells by Ann Cameron
  7. The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods
  8. Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  9. Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton
  10. The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island by Dana Alison Levy
  11. The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson
  12. The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby by Dav Pilkey
  13. The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
  14. Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  15. Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  16. As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds
  17. Kickoff! by Tiki and Ronde Barber
  18. Hoodoo by Ronald L. Smith
  19. Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
  20. Serafina’s Promise by Ann E. Burg
  21. Ghost by Jason Reynolds
  22. This Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
  23. The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney
  24. The Great Cake Mystery by Alexander McCall Smith
  25. The Buried Boxes Mystery by Sharon M. Draper
  26. Brand New School, Brave New Ruby by Derrick Barnes
  27. Miami Jackson Gets It Straight by Patricia C. McKissack
  28. Unstoppable Octobia May by Sharon G. Flake
  29. Hold Fast by Blue Balliett
  30. Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke

Middle Grade Gets Real – 25 Titles About Tough Topics

3 Mar

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There are arguments that kids shouldn’t read about tough topics – topics that include death, adoption/foster care, childhood illness, substance abuse, disability and more. But, how do kids learn about these topics if they don’t see them in their daily life? Or, how to kids feel less alone if they are dealing with these issues at home? Middle grades authors, for the most part, are very careful when dealing with tough topics when writing for their audience. Not, that they sugar coat these issues, but they provide a close look at a tough topic at an age appropriate level.

I love these types of books because it allows kids to really open up, ask questions and discuss topics that are often seen as taboo. But, how are kids supposed to learn? We’ve used at least a few of these titles during our middle school book discussion and the kids are always very insightful and full of questions which they feel comfortable enough to ask. Many students share their own experiences or discuss what they might do if they were in a certain situation. This open communication fills my heart and makes me so happy to hear because I truly believe that books and discussion can truly help educate young people about tough topics and how to react or what they can do when something happens in their own life.

#MGGetsReal is a collaboration of authors reaching out to kids about tough topics. And although the blog doesn’t look like much is happening, Kerry O’Malley Cerra, middle grade author, has an absolutely amazing list of titles on her website about all different types of tough topics.

Take a look at some of these amazing titles below and search for more online or by asking your local librarian. There are many more titles that I could have included and the only reason I didn’t was to make a prettier graphic, so what other titles would you offer for this booklist?

  1. George by Alex Gino
  2. The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy
  3. Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
  4. Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  5. Booked by Kwame Alexander
  6. Pax by Sara Pennypacker
  7. Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
  8. Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart
  9. See You At Harry’s by Jo Knowles
  10. Gertie’s Leap to Greatness by Kate Beasley
  11. Ruby On the Outside by Nora Raleigh Baskin
  12. One for the Murphys by Linda Mullaly Hunt
  13. Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand
  14. The Seventh Wish by Kate Messner
  15. Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  16. Sunny Side Up by Jennifer & Matthew Holm
  17. Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
  18. Lost In the Sun by Lisa Graff
  19. Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin
  20. The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart
  21. The Girl In the Well Is Me by Karen Rivers
  22. Paper Things by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
  23. Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
  24. All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor
  25. Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

(Unofficial) Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books or Vin & Leo… or Funny Picture Books

28 Feb

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I get the chance to hang out with some pretty awesome kids at the library, but two of y favorites are Vin & Leo, brothers who come at least once a week to the library for storytime, play time, or to check out some new books. So, on behalf of a request for new books for them to read (they love funny books), I am devoting this (unofficial) Top Ten Tuesday to these guys… enjoy! (And apparently there are a lot of funny chicken books out there… who would have though!)

  1. Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea
  2. Everyone Loves Bacon by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Eric Wight
  3. Chicken Cheeks by Michael Ian Black, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
  4. Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
  5. Guess Again by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Adam Rex
  6. This Book Just Ate My Dog! by Richard Byrne
  7. More Bears! by Kenn Nesbitt, illustrated by Troy Cummings
  8. Chickens to the Rescue by John Himmelman
  9. Froodle by Antoinette Portis
  10. Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Book

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