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Subject: Looking for children's books featuring African-Americans
Date Posted: 6/8/2009 6:37 PM ET
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 Closed:  No longer collecting...books have been packed and shipped.  Thank you to all who responded via private message.


I am looking for children's books (all levels except baby books) that feature African-Americans. Both fiction and nonfiction are needed. My daughter is a first year teacher in an inner-city elementary school classroom.

Thank you

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Subject: I have a couple!
Date Posted: 6/10/2009 12:41 PM ET
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I have a couple that my daughter really enjoyed on my "bookshelf" I think your daughters students would love them too!

Luke Goes To Bat- This is a story about an African American boy named Luke growing up in Brooklyn.He goes to a Dodgers game and dreams of becoming a great player like Jackie Robinson.

Flossie & The Flox - Flossie is a young African American girl who lives with her grandmother in the rural south. When Big Mama sends Flossie to deliver a basket of eggs to a neighbor, she cautions her to be careful of the fox who had been frightening the chickens and stealing their eggs.

Both are perfet for elementary school students.

Date Posted: 6/10/2009 1:26 PM ET
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The Watson's Go To Birmingham; Bud, Not Buddy; and Elijah Buxton - all by Christopher Paul Curtis

Freedom Walkers by Freedman


Date Posted: 6/10/2009 2:20 PM ET
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On my shelf:  Freedom's Wings: Corey's Underground Railroad Diary by Sharon Dennis Wyeth

Date Posted: 6/10/2009 9:57 PM ET
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sending a PM

Date Posted: 6/11/2009 1:53 AM ET
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Any suggestions on early readers?  Levels 1 and 2?  My niece has a first grade class. 

I've ordered The Drinking Gourd (level 3?) and one on a family traveling by covered wagon.  The class can always use more.

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Date Posted: 6/13/2009 4:09 PM ET
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on my shelf:  The Big Bike Race by Lucy Jane Bledsoe


Ernie was hoping for a sleek new racing bike for his tenth birthday, not a big, secondhand, yellow clunker.  He knew it was all his grandmother could afford, yet he was still disappointed -- and embarrassed to show it to his friends.  But the laughter of the other kids doesn't stop Ernie from racing ....or proving that its's determination, not the bike, that makes a winner! 


Booklist: " A strong , dignified portrayal of a loving African-American family."


Currently doing a 2 for 1 on all my children's books (until June 16th)!

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Date Posted: 6/14/2009 1:51 AM ET
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I found the Little Bill series by Bill Cosby.  Any comment on them?  Good?  Funny?

Date Posted: 6/14/2009 7:42 PM ET
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I have several, but they may be more appropriate for middle school age. 

Cousins by Virginia Hamilton

M.C. Higgins, The Great by Virginia Hamilton

Rosa Parks: My Story by Rosa Parks

I can do a 3-2 if you're interested......

Subject: African- American children's book 4-8
Date Posted: 7/17/2009 10:45 AM ET
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Are you still interested?

I have a very good book depicting Afro-American characters for Pre schoolers to about middle school. The reading level is 1st to 3rd grade.

Very nice story with beautiful illustrations. In excellent condition.

"When I am Old with You" by Angela A. Johnson.