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Black Jack: The Ballad of Jack Johnson by Charles R. Smith Jr., illustrated by Shane W. Evans (1910, first black heavyweight champion of the world)

Everyone in the house is sleeping, but outside, the night world is wide-awake. It's a wonderful night to explore! Perfect for bedtime, this book from Caldecott Medalist Mordicai Gerstein celebrates the secrets of the night world and the joys of the sunrise.

A riveting visual message! Image after image shows people around the world making peace in their own way. Minimal text. Photos keyed to world map. Endnotes detail how each image relates to peace. A must! Hardcover, 32 pages.

Mandela: From the Life of the South African Statesman by Floyd Cooper http://www.amazon.com/dp/0698118162/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_IJ96vb1ST3N6R

Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy by Tim Bugbird http://smile.amazon.com/dp/1783931361/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_gxHPub0ASCMSB

Ten-year-old Paul describes how he and his sisters learned about insects from the observations and writings of their father, the nineteenth-century French entomologist Jean-Henri Fabre.

The man who made the game of baseball, George Herman Ruth, wasn't always the Babe. Once he was a boy playing ball on a dirt lot.Robert Bu...

Last Stop on Market Street is a terrific book for sharing with kids of all colors and backgrounds, because of how deeply it makes you think. de la Peña makes his point without being preachy or didactic - that beauty is everywhere, that we can find it particularly in helping our fellow man. Review from @sproutsbkshelf

In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall by Javaka Steptoe This picture-book is a collection of poems celebrating African American fathers. The art is captivating and will be enjoyed by adults and children alike. Adults and older children will enjoy this book. Great reviews. http://www.grandmachronicles.com/p/recommended-reading.html

A lyrical biography of a Cuban slave who escaped to become a celebrated poet. Born into the household of a wealthy slave owner in Cuba in 1797, Juan Francisco Manzano spent his