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Review of Standing in the Need of Prayer: A Modern Retelling of the Classic Spiritual

Standing in the Need of Prayer: A Modern Retelling of the Classic Spiritual by Carole Boston Weatherford; illus. by Frank Morrison Primary, Intermediate     Crown    32 pp.     g 9/22     978-0-593-30634-5     $18.99 Library ed.  978-0-593-30635-2    $21.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-30636-9    $10.99 This is a moving walk through African American...

Review of Build a House

Build a House by Rhiannon Giddens ; illus. by Monica Mikai Primary     Candlewick    40 pp.     g10/22     978-1-5362-2252-4     $17.99 In near-singable text, musician Giddens (co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops band) brings to life a lyrical tale of Black trials, triumphs, determination, and home. A Black father,...

Review of Uncle John’s City Garden

Uncle John’s City Garden by Bernette G. Ford; illus. by Frank MorrisonPrimary    Holiday    32 pp.    g5/22    978-0-8234-4786-2    $18.99e-book ed.  978-0-8234-5308-5    $11.99Family + gardening = a great summer feast. Li’l Sissy, the youngest of three African American siblings, tells how she and her siblings help their uncle John cultivate a garden...

Review of My Hands Tell a Story

My Hands Tell a Story by Kelly Starling Lyons; illus. by Tonya EngelPrimary    Reycraft    32 pp.    g5/22    978-1-4788-7061-6    $17.95Zoe loves baking cinnamon-swirl bread with her grandmother. As Grandma kneads the dough with a “push and pull,” she recalls how her own mother taught her to make bread. When Zoe tries...

Review of Kick Push: Be Your Epic Self

Kick Push: Be Your Epic Self by Frank Morrison; illus. by the authorPrimary    Bloomsbury    40 pp.    g4/22    978-1-5476-0592-7    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-5476-0593-4    $13.29How can a budding skateboard pro navigate being in a new place and leaving his posse behind? Ivan, a brown-skinned, big-afro-wearing skateboarder, has “moves so big, his friends call...

Review of Star Child: A Biographical Constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler

Star Child: A Biographical Constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler by Ibi Zoboi Intermediate, Middle School    Dutton    128 pp.    g 1/22    978-0-399-18738-4    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-399-18739-1    $9.99 A biography that’s as unique in form and content as the groundbreaking sci-fi/fantasy author herself. Zoboi (The People Remember, rev. 11/21) came to this...

Review of We Wait for the Sun

We Wait for the Sun by Dovey Johnson Roundtree and Katie McCabe; illus. by Raissa Figueroa Primary    Roaring Brook    40 pp.    g 2/21    978-1-250-22902-1    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-250-82195-9    $10.99 Dovey Johnson Roundtree (1914–2018) would grow up to be a civil rights warrior; this picture-book biography focuses on a pivotal moment...

Dream Street

Dream Street, the locale for this breathtaking book of the same name, serves as a garden for growing a thriving community, rich relationships, and strong children who know who they are and what kind of difference they want to make in the world. The picture book opens with a warm welcome...

Review of Your Legacy: A Bold Reclaiming of Our Enslaved History

Your Legacy: A Bold Reclaiming of Our Enslaved History by Schele Williams; illus. by Tonya Engel Primary, Intermediate    Abrams    48 pp.    g 9/21    978-1-4197-4875-2    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-1-64700-072-1    $15.54 A message from the African ancestors to today’s African American children. Narrated in the second person, this picture book tells African...

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