Featured books by Angela Johnson

All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom

By: Angela Johnson
Illustrated by: E.B. Lewis
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Poetry, Historical Fiction

This story, written in free-verse poetry, begins with one Texas family learning about their freedom, leaving the sweltering cotton fields, and going to celebrate with a whole community on a cool beach at night. Beautiful watercolor illustrations and extra historical information at the end.

Just Like Josh Gibson

By: Angela Johnson
Illustrated by: Beth Peck
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction

The year the narrator's grandma was born, Negro League great Josh Gibson hit a baseball so hard it went all the way from Pittsburgh and landed in Philadelphia! No surprise then that Grandmama learns to play baseball just like Josh Gibson. Warm and expressive illustrations depict this nostalgic saga of two heroes — Gibson and Grandmama.

Lily Brown's Paintings

By: Angela Johnson
Illustrated by: E.B. Lewis
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fiction

Lily Brown loves her family and the world they share, but she also loves to paint and travel the world through her imagination. Luminous paintings depict Lily's creative travels to the stars, the seashore, and more, before returning to her family.

Maniac Monkeys on Magnolia Street

By: Angela Johnson
Illustrated by: Angela Johnson
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fiction

Charlie (aka Charlene) doesn’t miss her old home on Monroe Street for long once she meets the kids on Magnolia Street. Each chapter is as lively as the young protagonist in this short novel.

Tell Me a Story, Mama

By: Angela Johnson
Illustrated by: David Soman
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fiction

As a child gets ready for bed, she implores, "Tell me a story, Mama," then proceeds to tell it herself. Mama adds only to punctuate the girl’s story with maternal wisdom. This warm story, told in two voices, reflects how children make family stories their own.

The Wedding

By: Angela Johnson
Illustrated by: David Soman
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fiction

Daisy narrates, in short, poetic language, how her older sister prepares for her marriage to Jamal. The emotional tale conveys both the joy of the marriage and the sadness of a sister leaving home. But ultimately, as Daisy and her family look at the wedding pictures, they remember the day fondly. Realistic illustrations enhance the story and add detail.

When I Am Old with You

By: Angela Johnson
Illustrated by: David Soman
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fiction

A young child imagines the day when he will be as old as his grandfather and share what his grandfather enjoys now. The tender relationship clearly reflects a young child’s viewpoint.

Wind Flyers

By: Angela Johnson
Illustrated by: Loren Long
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction

A young African American boy tells the story of his great-great-uncle, who realized his dream of flying by becoming a Tuskegee Airman during World War II. Richly hued paintings evoke the period, and spare language allows the story to speak for itself.

Books illustrated by Angela Johnson

Maniac Monkeys on Magnolia Street

By: Angela Johnson
Illustrated by: Angela Johnson
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fiction

Charlie (aka Charlene) doesn’t miss her old home on Monroe Street for long once she meets the kids on Magnolia Street. Each chapter is as lively as the young protagonist in this short novel.

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