Black heroes your children will love -- 1900 to present-day

A Listmania! list by M. Heiss (USA)
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The list author says: "These books present historical, fictional, and/or legendary black characters that will inspire your family. Emphasis on enjoyable, entertaining, and/or visually interesting books. This is a running list."
Lookin' for Bird in the Big City
1.  Lookin' for Bird in the Big City by Robert Burleigh
The list author says:
  "Miles Davis and Charlie Parker"
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Bud, Not Buddy
2.  Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
The list author says:
  "Depression-era"
$4.54   Used & New from: $0.54
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (736 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Sounder
3.  Sounder by William Howard Armstrong
The list author says:
  "the bad old days"
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (272 customer reviews)

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The Hallelujah Flight
4.  The Hallelujah Flight by Phil Bildner
The list author says:
  "cross-country flight of James Banning and Thomas Allen during the Depression"
$14.52   Used & New from: $0.01
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Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum
5.  Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum by Robert Andrew Parker
The list author says:
  "Art Tatum"
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Jesse Owens: Fastest Man Alive
6.  Jesse Owens: Fastest Man Alive by Carole Boston Weatherford
The list author says:
  "Odd (but compelling) 2nd-person storytelling"
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Black Cat Bone
7.  Black Cat Bone by J. Patrick Lewis
The list author says:
  "older readers"
$22.45   Used & New from: $0.03
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Stealing Home: Jackie Robinson: Against the Odds
8.  Stealing Home: Jackie Robinson: Against the Odds by Robert Burleigh
$16.19   Used & New from: $0.01
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Heart Man: Vivien Thomas, African-American Heart Surgery Pioneer (Genius at Work! Great Inventor Biographies)
9.  Heart Man: Vivien Thomas, African-American Heart Surgery Pioneer (Genius at Work! Great Inventor Biographies) by Edwin Brit Wyckoff
The list author says:
  "Vivien Thomas"
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Hank Aaron: Brave in Every Way
10.  Hank Aaron: Brave in Every Way by Peter Golenbock
The list author says:
  "Hank Aaron"
$6.44   Used & New from: $0.01
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Satch & Me (Baseball Card Adventures)
11.  Satch & Me (Baseball Card Adventures) by Dan Gutman
The list author says:
  "Satchell Paige"
$5.39   Used & New from: $0.01
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream
12.  Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream by Roslyn M. Jordan
The list author says:
  "Michael Jordan"
$7.19   Used & New from: $0.53
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

The Toothpaste Millionaire
13.  The Toothpaste Millionaire by Jean Merrill
The list author says:
  "modern inventor kid fiction"
$6.29   Used & New from: $0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

My Grandfather's Son: A Memoir
14.  My Grandfather's Son: A Memoir by Clarence Thomas
The list author says:
  "Clarence Thomas"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (384 customer reviews) | 5 customer discussions

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Ninth Ward
15.  Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes
The list author says:
  "Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans"
$15.99   Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

Keep On!: The Story of Matthew Henson, Co-Discoverer of the North Pole
16.  Keep On!: The Story of Matthew Henson, Co-Discoverer of the North Pole by Deborah Hopkinson
The list author says:
  "Matthew Henson"
$13.39   Used & New from: $0.72
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

The House of Dies Drear
17.  The House of Dies Drear by Virginia Hamilton
The list author says:
  "A southern college professor purchases the house of a famed Ohio abolitionist and his child has to sort out the ghost stories and history of the house.

Thomas and his family are black middle-class and unconflicted.  Normal family.

Some suspense, especially at the beginning of the story.  Nice, intriguing book."
$6.29   Used & New from: $0.01
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)

The Mystery on the Underground Railroad (Real Kids, Real Places)
18.  The Mystery on the Underground Railroad (Real Kids, Real Places) by Carole Marsh
The list author says:
  "somewhat cheesy story, but enjoyable."
$7.92   Used & New from: $0.01
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

A Picture Book of Jesse Owens (Picture Book Biography)
19.  A Picture Book of Jesse Owens (Picture Book Biography) by David A. Adler
The list author says:
  "Simply excellent illustrations -- this is a picture biography that even young children can understand and enjoy."
$16.15   Used & New from: $0.01
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Akeelah and the Bee (Widescreen Edition)
20.  Akeelah and the Bee (Widescreen Edition) DVD ~ Angela Bassett
The list author says:
  "Great movie; some REALLY bad language in the first third of the movie."
$5.74   Used & New from: $0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (519 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
21.  Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport
The list author says:
  "Great as a biography for early grades; beautiful and interesting book for any age."
$7.19   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)

My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers Growing Up with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
22.  My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers Growing Up with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Christine King Farris
The list author says:
  "Suitable for very young children"
$7.19   Used & New from: $0.01
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

Sayers: My Life and Times
23.  Sayers: My Life and Times by Gale Sayers
The list author says:
  "Inspirational man, both on the field and off the field.  Great book for older kids; good role model."
$19.89   Used & New from: $0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Race & Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination? (Hoover Institution Press Publication)
24.  Race & Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination? (Hoover Institution Press Publication) by Walter E. Williams
The list author says:
  "Anything by Walter Williams.  What a great mind."
$11.60   Used & New from: $7.49
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

Come On, Rain!
25.  Come On, Rain! by Karen Hesse
The list author says:
  "A celebration!  Only drawback: free verse."
$13.68   Used & New from: $3.43
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

The Paperboy
26.  The Paperboy by Dav Pilkey
The list author says:
  "very quiet."
$5.71   Used & New from: $0.01
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)

My Rows and Piles of Coins
27.  My Rows and Piles of Coins by Tololwa M. Mollel
The list author says:
  "Young Saruni is just adorable, and so determined to help his mother.  Really special book with wonderful family dynamics."
$14.04   Used & New from: $3.24
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Wilma Rudolph (On My Own Biography)
28.  Wilma Rudolph (On My Own Biography) by Victoria Sherrow
$6.25   Used & New from: $0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

The Mighty Miss Malone
29.  The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis
The list author says:
  "Simply a great story -- great narrative voice.  In this book, monetary poverty does not bring moral poverty -- this family remains dignified and determined."
$12.09   Used & New from: $0.04
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

A Sweet Smell of Roses
30.  A Sweet Smell of Roses by Angela Johnson
$14.66   Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Wind Flyers
31.  Wind Flyers by Loren Long
The list author says:
  "repetitive rhythms hypnotize you.  Read it out loud."
$14.66   Used & New from: $2.62
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

Just Like Josh Gibson
32.  Just Like Josh Gibson by Angela Johnson
The list author says:
  "very likeable"
$7.19   Used & New from: $0.98
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

The Negro Speaks of Rivers
33.  The Negro Speaks of Rivers by Langston Hughes
The list author says:
  "just beautiful"
$13.96   Used & New from: $0.01
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Dad, Jackie, and Me
34.  Dad, Jackie, and Me by Myron Uhlberg
$8.06   Used & New from: $1.77
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Lionboy (Lionboy, Book 1)
35.  Lionboy (Lionboy, Book 1) by Zizou Corder
The list author says:
  "Dystopic future setting.  Very enjoyable."
$8.09   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

It Jes' Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw
36.  It Jes' Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw by Don Tate
$13.32   Used & New from: $5.62
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

Magic Trash
37.  Magic Trash by J. H. Shapiro
$12.69   Used & New from: $4.61
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Carter G. Woodson: The Father of Black History (Great African Americans)
38.  Carter G. Woodson: The Father of Black History (Great African Americans) by Fred McKissack
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Madam C. J. Walker (Journey to Freedom: The African American Library)
39.  Madam C. J. Walker (Journey to Freedom: The African American Library) by Lori Hobkirk
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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New Boy
40.  New Boy by Julian Houston
$7.19   Used & New from: $0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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