Reading Rockets recommends the following books by Rudine Sims Bishop
Free Within Ourselves: The Development of African American Children's Literature
Bishop guides you from important early works for African American children such as W.E.B. DuBois' The Brownies Book, to the 1969 publication of John Steptoe's Stevie — the breakthrough modern African American picture book — to recent young adult fiction such as Christopher Paul Curtis' popular Bud Not Buddy, winner of both the Coretta Scott King Author Award and the Newbery Medal. All along, her energetic chronicle brings to life the crucial figures who have contributed to the rise of African American children's literature and delves deep into the plot, characters, and themes of their most popular and teachable works. The result is an unparalleled treasury of ideas and information for teaching with African American children's literature.
Kaleidoscope: A Multicultural Booklist for Grades K–8
This compendium offers students, teachers, and librarians a helpful guide to the best multicultural literature for elementary and middle school readers published from 1999 to 2001. Titles focus on books by and about people of color — African American, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino American, and Native American. Each book includes author, illustrator, subject, and title indexes.
Presenting Walter Dean Myers
This profile of the life and work of the award-winning African-American writer includes an analysis of each of his most important books.
Shadow and Substance: Afro-American Experience in Contemporary Children’s Fiction
This seminal work identifies and addresses key issues that have become touchstones in the study of African-American children's literature. It provides classroom teachers, librarians, and teacher educators in the field of children's literature with information to build stronger multicultural collections for libraries and classroom study. The first chapter of the work places contemporary realistic fiction about Afro-Americans in a sociocultural and historical context, while the second chapter discusses the "social conscience" books that are written primarily to help whites know the condition of blacks in the United States. The third chapter reviews "melting pot" books that were written for both blacks and whites on the assumption that both groups need to be informed that nonwhite children are exactly like other American children — except for their skin color. The fourth chapter examines "culturally conscious" books that were written for Afro-American readers and that attempt to reflect both the uniqueness and the universal humaneness of the African-American experience from the perspective of an African-American child or family. The fifth chapter presents a brief overview of the work of five African-American writers who have made significant contributions to children's fiction since 1965, and the final chapter summarizes the current status of children's fiction about African Americans and suggests some areas yet to be covered in fictional works.
Wonders: The Best Children’s Poems of Effie Lee Newsome
Effie Lee Newsome was a pioneer in children's literature, a poet whose body of work consisted primarily of poems for children. A number of her poems appeared in The Brownies' Book, the magazine published by W.E.B. DuBois. Later, she wrote a children's column, "The Little Page," for The Crisis, the official magazine of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Until now, Effie Lee Newsome's poems were available only in a hard-to-find collection titled Gladiola Garden, published in 1940. This new volume, which includes poems from Gladiola Garden, The Brownies' Book, and "The Little Page," reintroduces Effie Lee Newsome and the spirit of her work to a new generation of children.
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