Diverse Book List: 3-5
Amistad: The Story of a Slave Ship
Author: Patricia McKissack
Description: In Spanish, Amistad means friendship. It was also the name of a slave ship. In 1838, the Amistad took hundreds of kidnapped Africans on a long journey across the Atlantic, but the brave captives would not give up their freedom, taking over the ship so they could sail back to their homeland.
As Brave As You
Author: Jason Reynolds
Description: When two brothers decide to prove how brave they are, everything backfires—literally.
Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan
Author: Mary Williams
Description: Eight-year-old Garang is tending cattle far from his family's home in southern Sudan when war comes to his village. Frightened but unharmed, he returns to find everything has been destroyed.
Danitra Brown Leaves Town
Authors: Nikki Grimes and Floyd Cooper
Description: Miles apart during summer vacation, best friends Zuri Jackson and Danitra Brown share their trials and tribulations through an entertaining collection of letters, in a delightful picture book that explores the power of friendship.
Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad
Author: Ellen Levine
Description: A stirring, dramatic story of a slave who mails himself to freedom by a Jane Addams Peace Award-winning author and a Coretta Scott King Award-winning artist.
Author: Jason Reynolds
Description: Being born during a hurricane is unlucky, and twelve-year-old Caroline has had her share of bad luck lately. She's hated and bullied by everyone in her small school on St. Thomas of the US Virgin Islands, a spirit only she can see won't stop following her, and — worst of all — Caroline's mother left home one day and never came back.
I Lived on Butterfly Hill
Author: Marjorie Agosin
Description: Eleven year old Celeste lives a peaceful life among family, friends, and neighbors in the idyllic seaside town of Valparaiso, Chile. But her world is turned upside down when one day warships arrive, and classmates start disappearing without an explanation.
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History
Author: Vashti Harrison
Description: Featuring 40 extraordinary black women in American history, Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History offers true stories about breaking boundaries and achieving greatness.
Merci Suárez Changes Gears
Author: Meg Medina
Description: Merci has never been like the other kids at her private school in Florida, because she and her older brother, Roli, are scholarship students. They don’t have a big house or a fancy boat, and they have to do extra community service to make up for their free tuition. So when bossy Edna Santos sets her sights on the new boy who happens to be Merci’s school-assigned Sunshine Buddy, Merci becomes the target of Edna’s jealousy.
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom
Author: Carole Boston Weatherford
Description: Born into slavery, Harriet Tubman hears these words from God one summer night and decides to leave her husband and family behind and escape.
Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters
Author: John L. Steptoe
Description: Mufaro has two daughters, the bad-tempered Manyara and the loving Nyasha, who must pass a series of tests in order for one of them to be considered a beautiful and worthy wife for the Great King.
Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba, Angola, Africa, 1595
Author: Patricia C. McKissack
Description: As the Portuguese slave traders find their way to the city of Angola in West Africa, young Nzinga, daughter of King Kiluanji, must face up to the dangers around her and find a way to help lead her father's people through this tragic period.
The People Could Fly
Author: Virginia Hamilton
Description: This is a fantasy tale of the slaves who possessed the ancient magic words that enabled them to literally fly away to freedom.
Twelve Travelers, Twenty Horses
Author: Henriette Gillem Robinet
Description: On the way to California in 1860 with their kind new master, thirteen-year-old Jacob Israel Christmas, his mother, and other slaves are caught up in adventures that include trying to stop a plot to help the South secede from the Union.
The Usual Suspects
Author: Maurice Broaddus
Description: Thelonius Mitchell is tired of being labeled. He’s in special ed, separated from the “normal” kids at school who don’t have any “issues.” When a gun is found at a neighborhood hangout, Thelonius and his pals become instant suspects.