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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.