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FREDERICK DOUGLASS : THE LION WHO WROTE HISTORY

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Myers
Author's First Name: 
Walter Dean
Illustrator's First Name: 
Floyd
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Cooper
Publisher: 
Harper
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
With careful deliberate text, matched by illustrations whose softness delie the serious nature of the topic, we are introduced to the subject as a young slave and watch him evolve into the educated, deliberative activist he became. Cooper's illustrations often focus on the face or body of Douglass, dominating his background, the strength of his personality apparent. Myers calls Douglass careful in his decision, he is careful with his words. We understand how Douglass' desire for knowledge increased as he observed the whites around him, how he used this knowledge to escape and how he recognized that the rights of others, especially women, were an important part of his fight for Negro rights. A book with new insights into an important figure. Edie Ching (ages 7-10).

FREEDOM OVER ME: ELEVEN SLAVES, THEIR LIVES AND DREAMS BROUGHT TO LIFE

Freedom over me - tiny images of the characters in links of a chain
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Bryan
Author's First Name: 
Ashley
Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster (Atheneum)
Publication Date: 
2016

 Imagining the characteristics, work roles, and dreams of eleven slaves known only through their names and prices on bill of sale from 1828, Bryan creates portraits in words and images and reveals secrets of the heart.

FREEDOM IN CONGO SQUARE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Weatherford
Author's First Name: 
Carole Boston
Illustrator's First Name: 
R. Gregory
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Christie
Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 
2016

 Enslaved and free Africans in New Orleans gathered in Congo Square on Sunday afternoons in slavery times to celebrate, share and remember their African heritage. Vibrant illustrations and simple verse convey both a world of brutal work and exuberant musical communion.

CAPITAL DAYS: MICHAEL SHINER'S JOURNAL AND THE GROWTH OF OUR NATION'S CAPITAL

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Bolden
Author's First Name: 
Tonya
Publisher: 
Abrams
Publication Month: 
January
Publication Date: 
2015

 In the 1800's shipbuilder and slave Michael Shiner bought his freedom and educated himself. His journal gives us a unique perspective of Washington, D.C.'s history to 1880 and gives readers a view of the events and attitudes of the times.

POET: THE REMARKABLE STORY OF GEORGE MOSES HORTON

George Nises Horton Poet
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Tate
Author's First Name: 
Don
Publisher: 
Peachtree
Publication Date: 
2015

 Mixed media artwork with simple lines and soft colors perfectly illustrates the extraordinary story of George Moses Horton, a slave in North Carolina, who taught himself to read and became a successful poet.

ALL DIFFERENT NOW: JUNETEENTH, THE FIRST DAY OF FREEDOM

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Johnson
Author's First Name: 
Angela
Illustrator's First Name: 
E.B.
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Lewis
Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 
2014

Lewis’ watercolor illustrations add a layer of expression and emotion to Johnson’s simple, engaging and powerful story of the first Juneteenth as one African American girl discovers slavery has ended.

MUMBET'S DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Woelfle
Author's First Name: 
Gretchen
Illustrator's First Name: 
Alix
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Delinois
Publisher: 
Carolrhoda
Publication Date: 
2014

The inspiring story of one woman’s struggle for freedom against the backdrop of the American Revolution beautifully personalizes an important aspect of American history. Big bold illustrations help set the tone and depth of the book.

AFRICA IS MY HOME: A CHILD OF THE AMISTAD

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Edinger
Author's First Name: 
Monica
Publisher: 
Candlewick
Publication Month: 
October
Publication Date: 
2013

Intricate ink-outlined watercolors complement this carefully-researched fictional autobiography of Sarah Margru Kinson, captured at nine in West Africa and forced to sail on the Amistad. Her chronicle reveals terror, fear, and loneliness eventually evolving into education and hope. 

I LAY MY STITCHES DOWN: POEMS OF AMERICAN SLAVERY

I Lay my Stitches Down
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Grady
Author's First Name: 
Cynthia
Illustrator's First Name: 
Michelle
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Wood
Publisher: 
Eerdmans
Publication Date: 
2012

Dramatic, richly colored illustrations complement fourteen diverse poems, each ten lines of ten syllables, that reflect ways slaves tried to cope with life’s uncertainties. Bits of information, like the patterning of a quilt block, build a multi-layered story of many horrors.

I Lay my stitches down, poems of American Slavery

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Grady
Author's First Name: 
Cynthia
Illustrator's First Name: 
Michele
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Wood
Publisher: 
Eerdmans
Publication Date: 
2012
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 

In 14 poems the voices of 14 different slaves are heard, describing the hardships of their individual lives and their dreams of freedom. The theme of quilt patterns is carried out in those dreams and in Michele Wood's powerfully living illustrations. [publication date waiting to be verified]

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