POWERFUL AFRICAN-AMERICAN IMAGES REVEALED IN PICTURE BOOKS

PART TWO: M - Z

KAY E. VANDERGRIFT

Children's Literature Page | African Images, Part One Literature Page

All children deserve to see positive images of children like themselves in the books they read. For the youngest children who "read" pictures as adults share text, illustrations can have a powerful influence on their perceptions of the world. Strong visual images of those similar to themselves, their friends, and their families are life-affirming and can encourage children to reach beyond the boundaries of their immediate life experiences and consider a multitude of possibilities for their futures. I made a special effort to find realistic stories and images, rather than only folk tales and legends, not because I would diminish the traditional works but because we need to employ powerful images in order to increase self-esteem in our youngest children.

Fortunately, there are increasing numbers of picture books that provide realistic positive images of all of our children The books on the following list represent a sampling of such picture books featuring African-American children. Because of the number of titles in this list, I have divided it in two parts arranged alphabetically.

McKissack, Patricia. Goin’ Someplace Special. Illus  Jerry Pinkney. New York: Atheneum, 2001.

McKissack, Patricia. Mirandy and Brother Wind. Illus. Jerry Pinkney. New York: Knopf, 1988.

McKissack, Patricia. Flossie and the Fox. Illus. Rachael Isadora. New York: Dial, 1986.

McKissack, Patricia. A Million Fish . . . More Or Less. Illus. Dena Schutzer. New York: Knopf, 1992.

Medearis, Angela Shelf. Picking Peas for a Penny. Illus. Charles Shaw. Austin TX: State House Press, 1990.

Medearis, Angela Shelf. The Singing Man. Illus. Terea Shaffer. New York: Holiday House, 1994.

Medearis, Angela Shelf. Annie's Gifts. Illus.  Anna Rich. Orange, NJ: Just Us Books, 1995.

Medearis, Angela Shelf.The Adventures of Sugar and Junior. Illus. Nancy Poydar. New York: Holiday House, 1995.

Medearis, Angela Shelf. Treemonisha. Illus. Michael Bryant. New York: Holt, 1995.

Medearis, Michael. Daisy and the Doll. Illus. Larry Johnson. Middlebury, VT: Vermont Folklife Center, 2000.

Medina, Tony. Love to Langston. Illus. R. Gregory Christie. New York: Lee and Low, 2002.

Mendez, Phil. The Black Snowman. Illus. Carole Byard. New York: Scholastic, 1989.

Miller, William. The Bus Ride. Illus. John Ward. New York: Lee & Low, 1998.

Miller, William. Night Golf. Illus. Cedric Lewis. New York: Lee & Low, 1999.

Miller, William. Richard Wright and the Library Card. Illus. Gregory Christie. New York: Lee & Low, 1998.

Mitchell, Margaree King. Uncle Jed's Barbershop. Illus. James E. Ransome. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993.

Mitchell. Rhonda. The Talking Cloth. New York: Orchard Books, 1997.

Mitchell, Rita Phillips. Hue Boy. Illus. Caroline Binch. New York: Dial, 1993.

Mollel, Tololwa M. My Rows and Piles of Coins. Illus. E. B. Lewis. New York, Clarion, 1999.

Monceaux, Morgan. Jazz: My Music, My People. Foreward by Wynton Marsalis. New York: Knopf, 1994.

Moodie, Fiona. Nabulela: A South African Folk Tale. New York: Farrar Straus & Giroux, 1997.

Morris, Ann. Grandma Lois Remembers: An African-American Family Story. Illus.  Peter Linenthal. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook.

Moss, Marissa. Regina's Big Mistake. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1990.

Moss, Thylias. I Want To Be. Illus. Jerry Pinkney. New York: Dial, 1993.

Musgrove, Margaret. Ashanti to Zulu: African Tradition. Illus. Diane & Leo Dillon. New York: Dial, 1976.

Myers, Christopher. Black Cat. New York: Scholastic, 1999.

Myers, Walter Dean. Angel to Angel: A Mother’s Gift of Love. New York: HarperCollins, 1998.

Myers, Walter Dean. Brown Angels. New York: HarperCollins, 1993.

Myers, Walter Dean. Glorious Angels: A Celebration of Children. New York: HarperCollins, 1995.

Myers, Walter Dean. Harlem. Illus. Christopher Myers. New York: Scholastic, 1997.

Nobisso, Josephine. John Blair and the Great Hinckley Fire. Illus. Ted Rose. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 2000.

Ogburn, Jacqueline. The Jukebox Man. Illus. James Ransome. New York: Dial, 1998.

Patrick, Denise Lewis. Red Dancing Shoes. Illus. James E. Ransome. New York: Tambourine Books, 1993.

Peterson, Jeanne Whitehouse. My Mama Sings. Illus. Sandra Speidel. New York: Harper, 1994.

Pinkney, Andrea Davis. Alvin Ailey. Illus. Brian Pinkney. New York: Hyperion Books, 1993.

Pinkney, Andrea Davis. Seven Candles for Kwanzaa. Illus. Brian Pinkney. New York: Dial, 1993.

Pinkney, Andrea Davis. Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra. Illus.  Brian Pinkney. New York: Hyperion, 1998.

Pinkney, Brian. JoJo's Flying Side Kick. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995.

Pinkney, Gloria Jean. Back Home. Illus.  Jerry Pinkney. New York: Dial, 1992.

Polacco, Patricia. Pink and Say. New York: Philomel, 1994.

Price, Hope Lynn, ed. The Jump at the Sun Treasury: An African American Picture Book. New York: Jump at the Sun/Hyperion, 2001.

Rappaport, Doreen. Martin’s Big Words. Illus  Bryan Collier. Jump at the Sun/Hyperion, 2001.

Rappaport, Doreen. The New King. Illus. E.B. Lewis. New York: Dial, 1995.

Raschka, Chris. Yo! Yes? New York: Orchard, 1993.

Rasclka, Chris. Ring! Yo?  New York: DK Ink, 2000.

Ringgold, Faith. Dinner At Aunt Connie's House. New York: Hyperion Books, 1993.

Ringgold, Faith. Tar Beach. New York: Crown, 1991.

Ringgold, Faith. Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky. New York: Crown, 1993.

Ringgold, Faith. My Dream of Martin Luther King. New York: Crown, 1995.

Ringgold, Faith. If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1999.

Rochelle, Belinda. Jewels. Illus. Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu. New York: Dutton, 1998.

Rochelle, Belinda. When Jo Louis Won the Title. Illus. Larry Johnson. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1994.

Rockwell, Anne. Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth. Illus. R. Gregory. New York: Random House, 2000.

Rosales, Melodye. Leola and the Honey Bears: An African-American Retelling of Goldilocks. New York: Scholastic, 1999.

Rosen, Michael J. Bonesy and Isabel. Illus. James Ransome. San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace and Co., 1995.

Rosen, Michael J. A School for Pompey Walker. Illus. Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson. San Diego, CA; Harcourt, 1995.

San Souci, Robert D. The Hired Hand: An African-American Folktale. Illus. Jerry Pinkney. New York: Dial, 1997.

San Souci, Robert D. The Faithful Friend. Illus. Brian Pinkney. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995.

San Souci, Robert D. The Talking Eggs: A Folktale of the American South. Illus. Jerry Pinkney. New York: Dial, 1989.

San Souci, Robert D. Sukey and the Mermaid. Illus. Jerry Pinkney. New York: Four Winds, 1992.

San Souci, Robert D. The Boy and the Ghost. Illus. Brian Pinkney. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1989.

Schertle, Alice. Down the Road. Illus. E.B. Lewis. San Diego. CA: Browndeer Press/Harcourt Brace, 1995.

Schroeder, Alan. Ragtime Trumpie. Illus. Bernie Fuchs. Boston, MA: Little Brown, 1989.

Schroeder, Alan. Satchmo's Blues. Illus. Floyd Cooper. New York: Doubleday, 1996.

Schroeder, Alan. Minty: A Story of Harriet Tubman. Illus. Jerry Pinkney. New York: Dial, 1996.

Schroeder, Alan. In Daddy’s Arms I Am Tall. Illus. Javaka Steptoe. New York: Lee & Low, 1997.

Senesi, Ellen B. For my Family, Love, Allie. Morton Grove, IL: A. Whitman, 1998.

Shelby, Ann. We Keep a Store. Illus. John Ward. New York: Orchard, 1990.

Sigelson, Kim L. In the Time of the Drums. Illus  Brian Pinkney. Jump at the Sun/Hyperion, 1999.

Sisulu, Elinor Batezat. The Day Gogo Went to Vote: South Africa April 1994. Illus. Sharon Wilson. Boston, MA: Little Brown, 1996.

Slier, Deborah, ed. Make a Joyful Sound: Poems for Children by African-American Poets. Illus. Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu. New York: Scholastic, 1991.

Smalls, Irene. Louise's Gift: Or What Did She Give Me That For? Illus. Colin Bootman. Boston, MA: Little Brown, 1996.

Smalls, Irene. Irene and the Big, Fine Nickel. Illus. Tyrone Geter. Boston, MA: Little Brown, 1991.

Smalls, Irene. Irene Jennie and the Christmas Masquerade The Johnkankus. Boston, MA: Little Brown, 1996.

Smalls-Hector, Irene. Jonathan and His Mommy. Illus.  Michael Hays. Boston, MA: Little Brown, 1992.

Steptoe, John. Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1987.

Stock, Catherine. Where Are You Going Manyoni? New York: Morrow, 1993.

Stolz, Mary. Storm in the Night. Illus. Pat Cummings. New York: Harper & Row, 1988.

Swann, Brian. The House with No Door: African Riddle-Poems. Illus. Ashley Bryan. San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace, 1998.

Tarpley, Natasha. Bippity Bop Barbershop. Illus. E.B. Lewis. Boston, MA: Little Brown, 2002.

Tarpley, Natasha. I Love my Hair. Illus. E.B. Lewis. Boston, MA: Little Brown, 1998.

Taulbert, Clifton. Little Cliff’s First Day of School. Ills. E.B. Lewis. New York: Dial, 2001.

Tchana, Katrin Hyman and Louise Tchana Pami. Oh, No, Toto! Illus. Colin Bootman. New York: Scholastic, 1997.

Thomas, Iolette. Mermaid Janine. Illus. Jennifer Northway. New York: Scholastic, 1991.

Thomas, Joyce Carol. Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea. Illus Floyd Cooper. New York: HarperCollins, 1993.

Thomas, Joyce Carol. Cherish Me. Illus. Nneka Bennett. New York: HarperFestival, 1998.

Thomas, Joyce Carol. I Have Heard of a Land. Illus. Floyd Cooper. New York: HarperCollins, 1998.

Thomassie, Tynia. Mimi's Tutu. Illus. Jan Spivey Gilchrist. New York: Scholastic, 1996.

Towle, Wendy. The Real McCoy. Illus. Will Clay. New York: Scholastic, 1993.

Wahl, Jan. Little Eight John. Illus. Will Clay. New York: Dutton, 1992.

Walker, Alice. Finding the Green Stone. Illus. Catherine Deeter. San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1991.

Walker, Mildred Pitts. My Mama Needs Me. Illus. Pat Cummings. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1983.

Washinton, Donna L. The Story of Kwanzaa. Illus. Stephen Taylor. New York: HarperCollins, 1996.

Weatherford, Carole Boston. Juneteenth Jamboree. Illus. Yvonne Buchanan. New York: Lee & Low, 1995.

Wiles, Debbie. Freedom Summer. Illus. Jerome Lagarrigue. New York: Atheneum, 2001.

Williams, Sherley Anne. Girls Together. Illus. Synthia St. James. San Diego: CA: Harcourt Brace, 1999.

Williams, Sherley Anne. Working Cotton. Illus. Carole Byard. San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace, 1992.

Williams, Vera B. Cherries and Cherry Pits. New York: Greenwillow, 1986.

Wisniewski, David. Sundiata: Lion King of Mali. New York: Clarion, 1993.

Woodson, Jacqueline. The Other Side. Illus E.B. Lewis. New York: Putnam, 2001.

Woodson, Jacqueline. Martin Luther King, Jr., and His Birthday. Illus. Floyd Cooper. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Silver Press, 1990.

Wright, Courtni C. Jumping the Broom. Illus. Gershom Griffith. New York: Holiday House, 1994.

Wyeth, Sharon Dennis. Something Beautiful. Illus. by Chris K. Soentpiet. New York: Bantam/Doubleday/Dell, 1998.

Yarborough, Camile. Cornrows. Illus. by Carole Byard. New York: Coward, 1979.

Zolotow, Charlotte. The Old Dog. Illus. by James Ransome. New York: Harper, 1995.

 

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