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Black books galore! : guide to great African American children's books
Rand, Donna.
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Publication Information:
New York : Wiley, [1998]

Physical Description:
xii, 243 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes indexes.
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E185 .R34 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
E185 .R34 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Work Room
E185 .R34 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Black History Non-Circ

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"This is a great resource that fills a tremendous need. It should be on parents' shelves at home as well as in every school." --Alvin F. Poussaint, M.D. Harvard Medical School

These are exciting times for African American children's literature. Never before have there been so many titles available. Now the three mothers who founded Black Books Galore! --the nation's leading organizer of festivals of African American children's books --share their expert advice on how to find and choose the best. This fully annotated guide opens the door to a wonderful world of reading for the children in your life. Here are the most positive, the best-written, and the most acclaimed books in every category, including board books, story and picture books, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, history, biography, fables, and more.

Invaluable for parents, teachers, and librarians, this easy-to-use, illustrated reference guide features:
* Quick, lively descriptions of 500 books, plus 200 additional recommendations
* Helpful guidelines for encouraging young readers
* Easy-to-find listings organized by age level and indexed by title, topic, author, and illustrator
* Portraits of selected authors and illustrators
* Listings of award winners and Reading Rainbow Books.

Author Notes

BLACK BOOKS GALORE!, winner of Parenting magazine's Parenting Leaders Award, was founded by DONNA RAND, TONI TRENT PARKER, and SHEILA FOSTER, who as a result of their challenges in finding quality books for their own children dedicated themselves to identifying and distributing fine African American children's literature.

JAMES P. COMER, M.D., is the Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry, Yale Child Study Center, and Associate Dean, Yale School of Medicine.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Two fine annotated bibliographies introduce great books for young people about the African American experience. Both lists are organized into four age groups (from babies and toddlers through teens) and then alphabetically by title, with detailed indexes to author, genre, and subject, and information about book awards. Both books begin with a strongly didactic introduction, emphasizing the goal "to help instill pride, dignity, and self-esteem in our children," and to help black children find themselves in books; but the excellent choices go beyond sermonizing to grab kids with powerful story, character, art, and language. As the authors point out, these are books for all children, regardless of race. Black Books Galore! is by three African American mothers who began a mission in 1992 to identify, publish, and distribute quality black children's books. There are annotations to 500 of the best books, with references to 200 more. The bright, spacious format includes occasional illustrations, excerpts, and 24 boxed "spotlights" about leading authors and artists in the field. Touissaint's book is less accessible in design, with no art and smaller pages. The 250 annotations are long and informative, and many end with discussion questions for adults to explore with young people. The selections for teens include some adult books, such as Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye and James Baldwin's Go Tell It on the Mountain, as well as some of the best YA titles. There's also an annotated guide to magazines, TV shows, Web sites, videos, and other sources that promote reading. Both books are excellent resources for parents as well as teachers and librarians. --Hazel Rochman

School Library Journal Review

The books listed and described here "have been carefully chosen by black parents for black parents, for children from birth through early teens." The 500 titles have complete citations, concise annotations, and a list of any award(s) received. The bright, attractive cover and black-and-white photos of book jackets, along with well-chosen quotes from featured books, make this bibliography both interesting and appealing. The volume is well organized, with commonly used age groupings, e.g., "Books for Babies and Preschoolers." The title, author, illustrator, and topic indexes are cross-referenced to the entry number for each book, not the page number. The entries are largely current titles and tend to overlook folklore and library standards such as Ashley Bryan's The Dancing Granny (Atheneum, 1977; o.p.) and Sharon Bell Mathis's The Hundred Penny Box (Viking, 1975). Nevertheless, this is a worthy addition for libraries that serve children or support a curriculum for the study of children's literature.-Marie Wright, University Library, Indianapolis, IN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Read Aloud Books (Babies to Preschoolers)
Books for Primary Readers (Kindergarten - Third Grade)
Books for Secondary Readers (Fourth Grade - Sixth Grade)
Books for Middle School Readers (Seventh Grade - Ninth Grade)