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My Daddy and I

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Fiction
Age Level:
0-3
Reading Level:
Pre-Reader

A boy and his father, shown as African Americans in warmly hued illustrations, enjoy doing everyday activities together, from laundry to sharing a book and more. The simple pleasures of family life are conveyed affectionately through easy but flowing language and realistic paintings in a sturdy format.

The Quilt

Genre:
Fiction
Age Level:
0-3
Reading Level:
Pre-Reader

Publishers Weekly called this delightful book a "landmark in children's literature." Made from her old pajamas and curtains, a young girl's new quilt inspires a dream adventure. The squares of the quilt become part of a dreamscape she enters into in order to find her lost stuffed dog. An ALA Notable Children's Book.

In the Land of Words

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Poetry
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

Where do words come from? For this poet, they come from dreams or a memory. This book of poems and textured illustrations of fabric and yarn complete this exploration of feelings and language.

When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Nonfiction, Biography
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

Marian Anderson was an extraordinary contralto whose talent was celebrated in Europe long before she was recognized in her native United States. Anderson's focus, musical talent, and the difficult times in which she lived are captured in a dramatic picture book biography.

Happy to Be Nappy

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Fiction
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

Exuberant language and jaunty illustrations seem to jump off the pages to celebrate "girlpie" hair, soft and billowy. With encouraging individuality, these girls love and accept themselves just the way they are.

What's the Hurry Fox? And Other Animal Tales

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Fiction, Fairy Tales and Folk Tales
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

Folktales collected in the 1930s have been adapted, retold, and freshly illustrated for contemporary readers. Find out why dogs hate cats, why waves wear whitecaps, and more. This clever collection is ideal for sharing aloud.

Head, Body, Legs: A Story from Liberia

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Fiction, Fairy Tales and Folk Tales
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

A head by itself can’t do much – until he meets arms, body, and legs. Together they discover how delicious life can be. Bold colors and broad forms help create the humor in this engaging creation story from the author’s Dan tribe of Liberia.

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters

Genre:
Fiction, Fantasy, Fairy Tales and Folk Tales
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

Mufaro had two beautiful daughters but each had very different personalities. Manyara was as haughty Nyasha was kind — and the behavior of one led to a royal wedding. Lush illustrations set in Zimbabwe and a straightforward telling make this a memorable book sometimes likened to a “Cinderella” story.

More Than Anything Else

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Fiction, Historical Fiction
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

More than anything else, young Booker T. Washington wanted to read. This fictionalized account of Washington’s early life working in a West Virginia salt mine, and his quest to reach his goal despite great obstacles, is eloquently depicted in text and luminous, dramatic watercolors.

Just the Two of Us

Illustrated by:
Genre:
Fiction
Age Level:
3-6
Reading Level:
Beginning Reader

Jubilant illustrations show how a father supports his son as he grows into a man and eventually becomes a father himself. The text is from Will Smith's popular song of the same name, and is distinguished by luminous, full-color paintings that make the words sing.

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Walter Dean Myers