You are special.
You are It!
Today, Iyanla Vanzant is a bestselling author with her own business and a loving family. But it wasn’t so long ago that she was a teenager — a sixteen-year-old mother and high school dropout on welfare. Iyanla knows that a young woman’s journey can be lonely and hard. She remembers how difficult it is to put into words the way you feel, how it feels to want to be loved.
In Don’t Give It Away!, Iyanla presents a workbook in which you can write your feelings and express your thoughts about the things that matter to you — your family, your friends, your body, and your love life. Problems at home and at school are a natural part of every young woman’s life, but understanding what to do with how you feel about your problems is the key to growing up. Iyanla Vanzant shows you that the love you seek is the love that you are. She probably has helped more Black women feel better about ourselves than any other author. Ever.
“We are the ship; all else the sea.”-Rube Foster, founder of the Negro National League
The story of Negro League baseball is the story of gifted athletes and determined owners; of racial discrimination and international sportsmanship; of fortunes won and lost; of triumphs and defeats on and off the field. It is a perfect mirror for the social and political history of Black America in the first half of the twentieth century. But most of all, the story of the Negro Leagues is about hundreds of unsung heroes who overcame segregation, hatred, terrible conditions, and low pay to do the one thing they loved more than anything else in the world: play ball.
Using an “Everyman” player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through its decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947. The voice is so authentic, you will feel as if you are sitting on dusty bleachers listening intently to the memories of a man who has known the great ballplayers of that time and shared their experiences. But what makes this book so outstanding are the dozens of full-page and double-page oil paintings-breathtaking in their perspectives, rich in emotion, and created with understanding and affection for these lost heroes of our national game.
“We Are the Ship” is a tour de force for baseball lovers of all ages.
During a drought, the Logan family shares their well water with all their neighbors, black and white alike. But David and Hammer find it hard to share with Charlie Simms, who torments them because they are Black. Hammer’s pride and Charlie’s meanness are a dangerous mixture, and tensions build. This story is narrated by young David Logan, Cassie’s father in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. An ALA Notable Book, plus numerous other awards.
Maleeka suffers every day from the taunts of the other kids in her class. If they’re not getting at her about her homemade clothes or her good grades, it’s about her dark, black skin. When a new teacher, whose face is blotched with a startling white patch, starts at their school, Maleeka can see there is bound to be trouble for her teacher, too. But the new teacher’s attitude surprises Maleeka. Miss Saunders loves the skin she’s in. Can Maleeka learn to do the same?
With the depression bearing down on her family and food in short supply, Cassie Logan isn’t sure where her next meal will come from. But there is one thing that she knows will always be there–the whispering trees outside her window. Cassie’s trees are a steady source of comfort to her, but they also happen to be worth a lot of money. When Mr. Andersen tries to force Big Ma to sell their valuable trees, Cassie can’t just sit by and let it happen. She knows that her family needs the money, but something tells her that they need the trees just as much. The beloved heroine of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry enchants us again in this story of strength and pride.
Every Black child should know about Benjamin Banneker, George Washington Carver and many more fabulous scientists and inventors in this collection of brief biographies. It is sure to lift their heads higher in school and in life. In reading Scientists, Healers, and Inventors they will also learn about Mae C. Jemison, astronaut; Halle Tanner Johnson, the first nineteenth-century woman to practice medicine in Alabama; and Andrew Beard, a freed slave who invented the automatic railroad coupler; Bluford Guion Jr., an aerospace engineer; Dr. Clarice Reid, who has devoted her life to helping people with sickle-cell anemia; and Benjamin Carson, one of the top neurosurgeons in the country, who are role models readily identifiable to today’s kids.
Set in Mississippi in 1941, The Road to Memphis describes three harrowing, unforgettable days in the life of an African-American high school girl dreaming of law school. Caught up in the center of tense racial dramas unfolding around her, Cassie Logan is forced to confront the adult world as never before. A Black youth, sadistically teased by two White boys in rural Mississippi, severely injures one of them with a tire iron and enlists Cassie’s help in trying to flee the state.
A Coretta Scott King Author Award Book.
“An engrossing, capably written picture of fine young people endeavoring to find the right way in a world that persistently wrongs them.”
Junior Brown, an overprotected three-hundred pound musical prodigy who’s prone to having fantasies, and Buddy Clark, a loner who lives by his wits because he has no family whatsoever, have been on the hook from their eighth-grade classroom all semester.
Most of the time they have been in the school building — in a secret cellar room behind a false wall, where Mr. Pool, the janitor, has made a model of the solar system. They have been pressing their luck for months. . . and then they are caught. As society — in the form of a zealous assistant principal — closes in on them, Junior’s fantasies become more desperate, and Buddy draws on all his resources to ensure his friend’s well-being.
Philip Hall is the cutest, smartest boy in the sixth grade, and Beth Lambert loves him. The fact that he beats her in classwork, sports, and almost everything else doesn’t bother Beth at first. Then she realizes that Philip might be best because she’s letting him beat her. Beth knows that she deserves to be Number One — and she’s going to prove it! This funny, universal story of a girl learning that she matters in the world has delighted readers for over twenty years.
The well-known and highly awarded author retells 24 Black American folk tales in sure storytelling voice: animal tales, supernatural tales, fanciful and cautionary tales, and ex-slave tales of freedom. All are beautifully readable. With the added attraction of 40 wonderfully expressive paintings by Leo and Diane Dillon, a couple that have led the world in award winning illustrations, this collection should be snapped up.