American artist Floyd Cooper
began drawing when he was three years old,
and he has never stopped.
Notice how he shows emotions and depicts sensory details
in his award-winning stories and illustrations.
Hudson, Wade, selected by. Pass It On: African-American Poetry for Children. New York : Scholastic, 1993.
An illustrated collection of poetry by such Afro-American poets as Langston Hughes, Nikki Giovanni, Eloise Greenfield, and Lucille Clifton. A poem by Langston Hughes: HERE
Littlesugar, Amy. Tree of Hope. New York: Philomel Books, 1999.
“Florrie’s daddy used to be a stage actor in Harlem before the Depression forced the Lafayette Theater to close, but he gets a chance to act again when Orson Welles reopens the theater to stage an all-black version of Macbeth.” – CIP Stories about poverty: HERE and a note-taking lesson on Shakespeare: HERE
Mason, Margaret H. These Hands. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010.
“An African American man tells his grandson about a time when, despite all the wonderful things his hands could do, they could not touch bread at the Wonder Bread factory. Based on stories of bakery union workers; includes historical note.” – CIP More picture books using parallel structure: HERE
McKissack, Patricia C. Ma Dear’s Aprons. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1997.
“Young David Earl always knows what day of the week it is, because his mother, Ma Dear, has a different apron for every day except Sunday.” – CIP More stories of African Americans: HERE
Ramsay, Calvin Alexander. Ruth and the Green Book. Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda Books, 2010.
“When Ruth and her parents take a motor trip from Chicago to Alabama to visit her grandma, they rely on a pamphlet called ‘The Negro Motorist Green Book’ to find places that will serve them. Includes facts about ‘The Green Book.'” – CIP More stories based on historical facts: HERE
Reynolds, Aaron. Back of the Bus. New York: Philomel Books, 2010.
“From the back of the bus, an African American child watches the arrest of Rosa Parks.” – CIP More stories of courage: HERE
Thomas, Joyce Carol. The Blacker the Berry: Poems. New York: HarperCollins, 2008.
A collection of poems – including ‘What Shade Is Human?’, ‘Golden Goodness’, ‘Cranberry Red’ and ‘Snowberries’ – celebrating African-American identity. More poems: HERE
Williams, Karen Lynn. A Beach Tail. Honesdale, Pa.: Boyds Mills Press, 2010.
“When his father tells him not to leave the lion he is drawing on the beach, a little boy starts making a very, very long tail–and a trail to follow back.” – CIP More stories of summer adventures: HERE
Yolen, Jane. Miz Berlin Walks. New York: Philomel Books, 1997.
“Mary Louise gradually gets to know and love her elderly neighbor lady who tells wonderful stories as she walks round the block of her Virginia home.” – CIP More stories based on authors’ own lives: HERE