The following is a list of African-American interest children’s and young adult books, fiction and nonfiction, publishing between September 2010 and March 2011. Click here to see the adult list.
The Great Migration (Oct., $16.99) by Audrey Vernick, illus. by Don Tate captures the emotions of the Great Migration from the rural South to the urban cities up North.
Lockdown (Feb., $16.99, paper $8.99) by Walter Dean Myers takes a hard look into the world of Progress juvenile detention facility.
Skit-Scat Raggedy Cat: Ella Fitzgerald (Sept., $17.99) by Roxane Orgill, illus. by Sean Qualls follows the gutsy Ella from schoolgirl days to her reign as one of America’s most beloved jazz singers.
Zora and Me (Oct., $16.99) by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon fictionalizes the early years of literary giant Zora Neale Hurston.
Not a Good Look (Sept., paper $9.95) and All the Wrong Moves (Jan., $9.95 paper), both by Nikki Carter are the first and second titles in her new Fab Life series, exploring the world of hip-hop through the eyes of two competitive cousins.
Drama High: Pushin’ (Oct., paper $9.95) and Drama High: The Meltdown–Superedition (Feb., $9.95 paper) by L. Divine continue the series following the adventures of Jayd Jackson, who learns that life in the ’hood is nothing compared to life in high school.
At the Crossroads (Dec., paper $9.95) by Travis Hunter takes a journey from the tough streets of post-Katrina New Orleans to the Atlanta suburbs.
A Girl Like Me (Mar., paper $9.95) by Ni-Ni Simone. Seven McKnight is all grown up–but still has a lot to learn while he struggles to balance family, school and relationships.
DISNEY/JUMP AT THE SUN
Christmas in the Time of Billy Lee (Sept., $16.99) by Jerdine Nolen, illus. by Barry Moser captures the wonder of the holiday through a little girl’s relationship with her imaginary friend.
Sugar Plum Ballerinas: Terrible Terrel (Oct., $16.99, paper $4.99) by Whoopi Goldberg, illus. by Maryn Roos. With some Sugar Plum help, Terrel takes charge of breaking up her father's new relationship.
Black Pioneers: Home Is with Our Family (Dec., $16.99) by Joyce Hansen, illus. by E.B. Lewis brings to life a little-known settlement in nineteenth-century New York City.
What’s Special About Me, Mama? (Feb., $16.99) by Kristina Evans, illus. by Javaka Steptoe. A boy’s mother explains what exactly makes him unique among everyone else in his family.
Mackenzie Blue: Mixed Messages (Nov., $10.99) by Tina Wells chronicles the adventures of a diverse crew of friends who try to survive middle school at the prestigious Brookdale Academy in southern California.
Looking for the Easy Life (Feb., $16.99) by Walter Dean Myers, illus. by Lee Harper takes a visit to Monkey Island, in search of the Easy Life.
HARPERCOLLINS/KATHERINE TEGEN BOOKS
Li’l Rabbit’s Kwanzaa (Sept., $12.99) by Donna L. Washington, illus. by Shane W. Evans celebrates Kwanzaa with Li’l Rabbit, who discovers that the best gift is the gift of togetherness.
Kick (Feb., $16.99) by Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman considers impulsive decisions, dire consequences, unlikely friendships, and second chances.
HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT
Jimi: Sounds Like A Rainbow (Oct., $16.99) by Gary Golio, illus. by Javaka Steptoe introduces a talented child named Jimi Hendrix who learns to see, hear, and interpret the world around him in his own unique way.
Baseball Heroes (Nov., paper $5.99) by Glenn Stout highlights players who were among the first to break through barriers of race, ethnicity and even sex in order to play professional baseball.
Roots and Blues (Jan., $17.99) by Arnold Adoff, illus. by R. Gregory Christie uses poems and poetic prose pieces to celebrates that uniquely American form of music called the blues.
These Hands (Mar., $16.99) by Margaret Mason, illus. by Floyd Cooper employs an intergenerational story to teach young Joseph that people joined their hands together to fight discrimination so that one day, their hands—Joseph’s hands—could do anything at all.
LITTLE, BROWN BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS
Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave (Sept., $16.99) by Laban Carrick Hill, illus. by Bryan Collier shares the true story of the South Carolina slave whose striking talent for pottery and poetry still survives today.
President of the Whole Fifth Grade (Oct., $15.99) by Sherri Winston. Brianna will need a lot of determination to begin her journey toward becoming the next cupcake queen.
ROARING BROOK PRESS
Maxine Banks is Getting Married (Sept., $16.99) by Lori Aurelia Williams. A young African-American girl pretends to be pregnant in order to convince her mother that she needs to marry her boyfriend.
The Zabime Sisters (Oct., $16.99) by Aristophane illustrates a day in the life of three sisters growing up in Guadeloupe.
Underground (Jan., $16.99) by Shane W. Evans introduces young readers to the Underground Railroad.
SCHOLASTIC/ ORCHARD BOOKS
Eight Days (Sept., $16.99) by Edwidge Danticat, illus. by Alix Delinois opens the door to discuss resilience as a family, a classroom, or a friend.
The Cruisers (Sept., $15.99) by Walter Dean Myers. A group of outsiders may just be the coolest kids in town.
Radiant! The Story of Ruby Bridges (Sept., paper $5.99) by Robert Coles, illus. by George Ford recreates Ruby’s story of courage, faith, and hope as she integrates a white school.
Sassy: The Dazzle Disaster Dinner Party (Oct., $15.99) by Sharon M. Draper follows Sassy and her recipes as she decides to host a fabulous dinner party.
We Could Be Brothers (Nov., $16.99) by Derrick Barnes delivers an engaging portrayal of urban life and how the differences among three boys change them forever.
My First Biography: Harriet Tubman (Dec., paper $3.99) by Marion Dane Bauer, illus. by Tammie Lyon portrays how Harriet Tubman’s perseverance inspired Americans to stand up for equality.
Odetta: Queen of the Folk (Dec., $17.99) by Steven Alcorn shows how Odetta blazed a musical trail for many folk singers who followed in her footsteps.
Dear America: A Picture of Freedom (Jan., $12.99) by Patricia C. McKissack. Clotee, a twelve year old slave, has taught herself to read and write–and is determined to use her secret to save herself and her family.
Cyborg: The Second Book of the Clone Codes (Feb., $16.99) by Patricia C. McKissack, Fredrick L. McKissack, and John M. McKissack. Houston must fight to overcome the rules of his strange universe, where the government uses laws to torment its citizens, especially cyborgs.
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The Blake Family Vacation (Oct., paper $9.95) by Jil Ross, illus. by Gwendolyn Pruitt. Although the Blakes see, learn, and experience a lot on their vacation, they get more than they bargain for.
What's the Matter Mr. Ticklebritches? (Oct., paper $9.95) by Jil Ross, illus. by Gwendolyn Pruitt. The children learn a big lesson in looking out for other's needs first, instead of their own.
The Real Nitty-Gritty (Oct., paper $9.95) by Jil Ross, illus. by Gwendolyn Pruitt. Foster and Marie learn a valuable lesson about behaving around grownups.
Pull: A Novel (Oct., $16.95) by B.A. Binns. After his father murders his mom, a Chicago high school senior weighs his options about the kind of life he wants to live.