Featured books by Renée Watson

Harlem's Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills

Harlem's Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills

By: Renée Watson
Illustrated by: Christian Robinson
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography

Bold, bright illustrations and a cheerful text that includes song lyrics introduce the life of an early 20th century African American performer. Though part of the Harlem Renaissance, Mills is a relative unknown who both on and off stage worked to help other African Americans and those who were less fortunate than she. An author's note concludes this charming life sketch.

The 1619 Project: Born on the Water

The 1619 Project: Born on the Water

By: Renée Watson, Nikole Hannah-Jones
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Poetry, Historical Fiction

A young student receives a family tree assignment in school, but she can only trace back three generations. Grandma gathers the whole family, and the student learns that 400 years ago, in 1619, their ancestors were stolen and brought to America by white slave traders. But before that, “they had a home, a land, a language.” She learns how the people said to be born on the water survived. An illustrated work for young readers basaed on The 1619 Project.

 

Ways to Make Sunshine (A Ryan Hart Novel)

Ways to Make Sunshine (A Ryan Hart Novel)

By: Renée Watson
Illustrated by: Nina Mata
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

Ryan Hart finds ways to make sunshine even when she’s not happy about moving to a smaller house, selling the family car, and the other changes life brings. But her name means “king” and so she must lead. Lead she does in this contemporary, realistic and engaging novel just right for fans of Beverly Cleary’s Ramona Quimby.

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