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Journey to Nubia and Kemet

Exploring African History, Culture and Contributions by Angel D. Harriot 


A "must have" children's curriculum that teaches about Ancient Egypt. The book includes contributions from Tony Browder.  A must have for teachers, homeschoolers as well as essential for your personal library. 

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Must Have Books

Mama Panya's Pancakes

One of my five year old son's favorites!  On market day, Mama Panya's son Adika invites everyone he sees to a pancake dinner. How will Mama Panya ever feed them all? This clever and heartwarming story about Kenyan village life teaches the importance of sharing, even when you have little to give. ON

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The Story of Kwanzaa

There are many books about Kwanzaa. I find this book easy to read and instructive. The Story of Kwanzaa educates about the seven principles. 

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We all Went on a Safari

This counting book is a must have for your library.  We All Went On Safari:  Join Arusha, Mosi, Tumpe and their Maasai friends as they set out on a counting journey through the grasslands of Tanzania. Along the way, the children encounter all sorts of animals including elephants, lions and monkeys, while counting from one to ten in both English and Swahili. 

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A Story A Story

A Story A Story:  Winner of the Caldecott Medal ... an African Fable about our favorite Spider, Anansi.  Once, all the stories in the world belonged to Nyame, the Sky God. He kept them in a box beside his throne. But Ananse, the Spider man, wanted them -- and caught three sly creatures to get them.
This story of how we got our own stories to tell is adapted from an African folktale. 

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Anasi the Spider

Beautifully illustrated, Anansi the Spider:  A Tale from the Ashante is a must have for your toddler. In this traditional Ashanti tale, Anansi sets out on a long, difficult journey. Threatened by Fish and Falcon, he is saved from terrible fates by his sons. But which of his sons should Anansi reward? Calling upon Nyame, the God of All Things, Anansi solves his predicament in a touching and highly resourceful fashion. 

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Chapter Books

Sugar Plum Ballerinas Series

The Sugar Plum Ballerinas Series highlights Alexandrea Petrakova Johnson  and her adventures as a ballerina in Harlem, New York.   

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Dyamonde Daniel Series

Explore Dyamonde Daniel's adventures as a "can do" third grader who is new is town.  

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Nikki & Deja

Nikki and Deja are best friends.  Check out their adventures! Wonderful for your child who is beginning to read chapter books. Don't forget reading to your child is as valuable as them reading aloud to you!

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Keena Ford Series

This second grader seems to always find herself in a bind.  Keena Ford doesn't mean to be a troublemaker, but sometimes things get out of hand. Lucky for her, it's the beginning of the second grade and Keena's got a clean slate.  Check out her adventures!

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Jaden Toussant Series

Jaden Toussaint is a cool 5 year-old scientist on a mission to convince the grown-ups that he needs more SCREEN TIME. His only weapons are science, ninja dancing, and his super-powered brain power.  

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Julian Dream Doctor

The New York Times bestselling memoir of the heroic young inventor who brought electricity to his Malawian village adapted for young readers.

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Understanding Black Children's Experiences in School

Countering the Conspiracy

This book provides practical advice for parents, educators and community members for ensuring that African American boys grow up to be strong, committed, and responsible African American men.

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The Developmental Psychology of the Black Child

The first of a UBCS series of books by Juwanza Kunjufu dealing with the growth, development, and education of the black child; the first book which deals exclusively with the physical and psychosocial development of the black child, in a scholarly but readily understandable way, forthrightly confronts these and other issues.

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Learning While Black

In Learning While Black Janice Hale argues that educators must look beyond the conversations of poverty and teacher training to explain the failures of public education with regard to black students. Why, Hale asks simply, are black students not being educated as well as white students?


She calls for the creation of Calling for the creation of the "beloved community" envisioned by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Hale outlines strategies for redefining the school.

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Awakening the Genius of Black Children

In this book, Amos Wilson  argues that Black children are naturally bordn geniuses. He surveys the daily routines, child-rearing practices, parent-child interactions, games and play materials, parent-training and pre-school programs which have made demonstrably outstanding and lasting differences in the intellectual, academic and social performance of Black children.

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Understanding Black Male Learning Styles

This "must have"  delineates how black males learn differently from other students and what can be done to most effectively reach them. 


Outlining the differences as both behavioral (attention span, aggression, maturation, energy level, and pressure from peers) and educational (verbal skills, organization, gross and fine motor skills, and reading interests)  this practical guide provides real-world experiences alongside theories, making this an essential guide for educators, parents, counselors, psychologists, and others involved with black male adolescents.

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Young, Gifted and Black

Young, Gifted and Black, written by Theresa Perry, Claude Steele and Asa Hilliard, reframes the debate around academic achievement. 

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Resources and Special Needs

The Dyslexic Advantage

 

The Whole Brain Child

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The Myth of the A.D.D. Child

 

Nurture Shock