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African American Literature for Children

One of the primary ways I Afterschool Bruce(7) is through carefully selected read-alouds at bedtime. Sometimes we just randomly pick books to read from the shelves, but normally there is a master plan in the works.

Here are 3 Classical Reading Lists to get you started:

  1. The Ancients
  2. The Middle Ages
  3. The Modern Era

Now we are moving on to a yearlong look at diversity.

We live in a neighborhood that (insert awkward cough) lacks in diversity. I’m going to make up for this with books. Our first list will be about the African American experience. Our second list with be about Asian Americans, and our third with be  Chicano literature for children.

I’m including the Amazon Affiliate links below, but hopefully most of these titles will be available at the library. I will keep you posted on our progress.


The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales

Dear Benjamin Banneker

Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down (Jane Addams Honor Book (Awards))


Just the Two of Us (Scholastic Bookshelf)

Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters

The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963


Peeny Butter Fudge


Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad


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