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PREACHING TO THE CHICKENS: THE STORY OF YOUNG JOHN LEWIS

Boy and chickens
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Asim
Author's First Name: 
Jabari
Illustrator's First Name: 
E.B.
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Lewis
Publisher: 
Penguin (Nancy Paulsen)
Publication Date: 
2016

 John Lewis wanted to be a minister when he was young, and he realized that his family’s flock of sixty Rhode Island Red and Dominique bantam chickens was an attentive congregation. E. B. Lewis’s gentle watercolors sweetly recall John’s early life on his family’s busy farm.

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.

WHEN THE BEAT WAS BORN: DJ KOOL HERC AND THE CREATION OF HIP HOP

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Hill
Author's First Name: 
Laban Carrick
Illustrator's First Name: 
Theodore
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Taylor III
Publisher: 
Roaring Brook
Publication Date: 
2013

Bright, stylized illustrations show young Jamaican Clive’s passion for music. He moved to New York’s Bronx and transformed into DJ Kool Herc by using two turntables to play hip-hop breaks for adoring street dancers, thereby creating a new American music form.

NO CRYSTAL STAIR: A DOCUMENTARY NOVEL OF THE LIFE AND WORK OF LEWIS MICHAUX, HARLEM BOOKSELLER

No Crystal Stair cover with Michaux's face
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Nelson
Author's First Name: 
Vaunda Micheaux
Illustrator's First Name: 
R. Gregory
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Christie
Publisher: 
Carolrhoda
Publication Date: 
2012

Lewis Michaux’s great-niece offers this fictional biography of his life and his Harlem bookstore from the 1930s until 1975. Although a flawed man, Michaux’s mission was give power to Harlem’s people through information and books.  Archival photographs interspersed with line drawings augment the text.

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