Am I a Color Too?

Heidi Cole

A young interracial boy wonders why people are labeled by the color of their skin. Seeing that people dream, feel, sing, smile and dance, regardless of their color, he asks, “Am I a color, too?” Gerald Purnell’s powerful art brings this simple poem vibrantly to life.

“When I think of all the people, All those faces in my sight, If people are really colors, There should be more than black and white.”

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Amazing Grace

Mary Hoffman

Grace has a great imagination. Her mother and grandmother support her dreams by participating in Grace’s fantasies. At school, when she raises her hand to try out for the lead in the school play, Peter Pan, a boy tells her she can’t get the part because she’s not a boy and a White girl tells her she can’t because she’s Black. Grace imagines that what they say might be true. But her grandmother knows what to do! She takes Grace (in their every-day clothes) to see a ballet starring a Black ballerina. When she returns to school empowered with a stronger identity, Grace aces her audition and gets the lead role.

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Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky

Faith Ringgold

Cassie, who flew above New York in “Tar Beach,” soars into the sky once more. This time, she and her brother Be Be meet a train full of people, and Be Be joins them. But the train departs before Cassie can climb aboard. With Harriet Tubman as her guide, Cassie retraces the steps escaping slaves took on the real Underground Railroad and is finally reunited with her brother at the story’s end.

 

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Baby Dance

Ann Taylor

Up and down, to and fro, coo and crow baby, there you go. Up to the ceiling, down to the ground, backward and forward, round and round … All babies love to be lifted, twirled and held in loving arms. Now a rhythmic poem by nineteenth century poet Anne Taylor makes a delightful board book perfect for baby and parent to share. Marjorie van Heerden has captured the energy and joy of this playful text in vivd pastel illustrations full of the soft, gentle motion of dance.

For babies who are responding to music and movement, here’s a playful poem that has father and child dancing lovingly across the pages.

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A Chair for My Mother

Vera Williams

The jar of coins is full. The day has come to buy the chair–the big, fat, comfortable, wonderful chair they have been saving for. The chair that will replace the one that was burned up–along with everything else–in the terrible fire.

This is a book of love and tenderness that is filled with the affirmation of life.

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Coming on Home Soon

Jacqueline Woodson

Ada Ruth’s mama must go away to Chicago to work, leaving Ada Ruth and Grandma behind. During World War II, women are needed to fill the men’s jobs. Every day Ada Ruth and Grandma wait, watching for the letter that says Mama will be coming home soon.

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Cordoroy

Don Freeman

Corduroy has been on the department store shelf for a long time. Yet as soon as Lisa sees him, she knows that he’s the bear she’s always wanted. Her mother, though, thinks he’s a little shopworn-he’s even missing a button! Still, Corduroy knows that with a bit of work, he can tidy himself up and be just the bear for Lisa. And where better to start than with a quick search through the department store. While searching for a new button, Cordory  gets “busted” by the store night watchman. Meantime, Lisa has saved up her own money and comes back to get him, take him home and sew a button on him herself! That’s love.

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