The list of African American Literature presents stories of Black Americans for kids. These classic stories have all been in print for at least 50 years, or are noted otherwise.
By Julius LesterJulius Lester has rewoven the old stories of Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox for a younger generation of students. The crafty rabbit continues to outsmart the old fox with tales reminescent of slave life on the plantation.
By Rackham HoltBiography
By Marguerite de AngeliTrue Story
By Elizabeth YatesBiography
By Emma Gelders SterneTrue Story - 1839
By Christopher Paul CurtisWhile this book is too new to be classical literature, it is a Newbery Medal Winner.
By Christopher Paul CurtisTen year old Bud escapes from an orphanage and foster home and takes to the road to find the musician he believes to be his father. With only a few items in his worn suitcase and the memory of his mother's words to guide him, he finds himself in the company of a jazz band from Michigan. Based on a true story of the author's own grandfather.
Harriet Beecher StoweOne of the best known books on African American literature, this was the best selling book of the 19th century. Written by an abolitionist, the novel had a large effect on turning the public's opinion against slavery and countering the apathy of people in the north. It tells the story of Uncle Tom, a loyal slave who patiently suffers at the hands of his masters. In more recent years, the book has been criticized for its stereotype of a number of characters - both white and black.
William ArmstrongAn African American boy in a sharecropping family has a dog named Sounder. A tragic story of a boy searching for his father and his dog; both who are injured and die. Portrays the brutal poverty of sharecroppers.
By Mildred TaylorCassie Logan's family is one of the few families in their Mississippi community that own land during the Depression. But times are difficult and both parents have to work to hold on to their farm. But with racial trouble brewing in the neighborhood, things are not looking good. Cassie and her brothers learn about racism and how it overshadows their future. The book was published 36 years ago and is highly likely to make it into the lists of classics. A prequel and sequel to the book have been published.
Ezra Jack KeatsA collection of nine of Keat's picture books. Keat's stories show children in urban US neighborhoods and are loved for their colorful pictures. This set includes the stories Apt 3, Whistle for Willie, Pet Show, A Letter to Amy and more. All of his books are a great edition to any child's library.
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