We Are the Ship: The STory of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson

Jackie Robinson first broke major league baseball’s color barrier in 1947, but before him, hundreds of talented Negro League players prepared the way. This illustrated children’s book tells the story of black baseball through the experiences of an average player. We Are the Ship doesn’t present idealized snapshots of these barnstorming pioneers; author/illustrator Kadir Nelson offers vivid images of segregation, prejudice, economic hardship, and exhausting travel conditions. An unforgettable story that we should never forget.

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford and Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

This poetic book is a resounding tribute to Tubman’s strength, humility, and devotion. With proper reverence, Weatherford and Nelson do justice to the woman who, long ago, earned over and over the name Moses. 

Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope by Nikki Grimes and Illustrated by Bryan Collier

This beautifully illustrated biography relates the inspiring story of Barack Obama, the first African American to become president of the United States. By the author of the Coretta Scott King Honor Books Road to Paris and Jazmin’s Notebook.

Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson

Illus. in full color. As a seamstress in the Big House, Clara dreams of a reunion with her Momma, who lives on another plantation—and even of running away to freedom. Then she overhears two slaves talking about the Underground Railroad. In a flash of inspiration, Clara sees how she can use the cloth in her scrap bag to make a map of the land—a freedom quilt—that no master will ever suspect.

Rosa by Nikki Giovanni and Illustrated by Bryan Collier 

She had not sought this moment but she was ready for it. When the policeman bent down to ask ‘Auntie, are you going to move?’ all the strength of all the people through all those many years joined in her. She said, ‘No.’ An inspiring account of an event that shaped American history Fifty years after her refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus, Mrs. Rosa Parks is still one of the most important figures in the American civil rights movement. This picture- book tribute to Mrs. Parks is a celebration of her courageous action and the events that followed.

Award-winning poet, writer, and activist Nikki Giovanni’s evocative text combines with Bryan Collier`s striking cut-paper images to retell the story of this historic event from a wholly unique and original perspective