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

M. Heiss
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
Lookin' for Bird in the Big City
"Miles Davis and Charlie Parker"
Bud, Not Buddy
Bud, Not Buddy
"Depression-era"
Sounder
Sounder
"the bad old days"
The Hallelujah Flight
The Hallelujah Flight
"cross-country flight of James Banning and Thomas Allen during the Depression"
Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum
Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum
"Art Tatum"
Jesse Owens: Fastest Man Alive
Jesse Owens: Fastest Man Alive
"Odd (but compelling) 2nd-person storytelling"
Black Cat Bone
Black Cat Bone
"older readers"
Stealing Home: Jackie Robinson: Against the Odds
Stealing Home: Jackie Robinson: Against the Odds
Heart Man: Vivien Thomas, African-American Heart Surgery Pioneer (Genius at Work! Great Inventor Biographies)
Heart Man: Vivien Thomas, African-American Heart Surgery Pioneer (Genius at Work! Great Inventor Biographies)
"Vivien Thomas"
Hank Aaron: Brave in Every Way
Hank Aaron: Brave in Every Way
"Hank Aaron"
Satch & Me (Baseball Card Adventures)
Satch & Me (Baseball Card Adventures)
"Satchell Paige"
Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream
Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream
"Michael Jordan"
The Toothpaste Millionaire
The Toothpaste Millionaire
"modern inventor kid fiction"
My Grandfather's Son: A Memoir
My Grandfather's Son: A Memoir
"Clarence Thomas"
Ninth Ward
Ninth Ward
"Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans"
Keep On!: The Story of Matthew Henson, Co-Discoverer of the North Pole
Keep On!: The Story of Matthew Henson, Co-Discoverer of the North Pole
"Matthew Henson"
The House of Dies Drear
The House of Dies Drear
"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."
The Mystery on the Underground Railroad (Real Kids, Real Places)
The Mystery on the Underground Railroad (Real Kids, Real Places)
"somewhat cheesy story, but enjoyable."
A Picture Book of Jesse Owens (Picture Book Biography)
A Picture Book of Jesse Owens (Picture Book Biography)
"Simply excellent illustrations -- this is a picture biography that even young children can understand and enjoy."
Akeelah and the Bee (Widescreen Edition)
Akeelah and the Bee (Widescreen Edition)
"Great movie; some REALLY bad language in the first third of the movie."
Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Great as a biography for early grades; beautiful and interesting book for any age."
My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers Growing Up with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers Growing Up with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
"Suitable for very young children"
Sayers: My Life and Times
Sayers: My Life and Times
"Inspirational man, both on the field and off the field.  Great book for older kids; good role model."
Race & Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination? (Hoover Institution Press Publication)
Race & Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination? (Hoover Institution Press Publication)
"Anything by Walter Williams.  What a great mind."
Come On, Rain!
Come On, Rain!
"A celebration!  Only drawback: free verse."
The Paperboy
The Paperboy
"very quiet."
My Rows and Piles of Coins
My Rows and Piles of Coins
"Young Saruni is just adorable, and so determined to help his mother.  Really special book with wonderful family dynamics."
Wilma Rudolph (On My Own Biography)
Wilma Rudolph (On My Own Biography)
The Mighty Miss Malone
The Mighty Miss Malone
"Simply a great story -- great narrative voice.  In this book, monetary poverty does not bring moral poverty -- this family remains dignified and determined."
A Sweet Smell of Roses
A Sweet Smell of Roses
Wind Flyers
Wind Flyers
"repetitive rhythms hypnotize you.  Read it out loud."
Just Like Josh Gibson
Just Like Josh Gibson
"very likeable"
The Negro Speaks of Rivers
The Negro Speaks of Rivers
"just beautiful"
Dad, Jackie, and Me
Dad, Jackie, and Me
Lionboy (Lionboy, Book 1)
Lionboy (Lionboy, Book 1)
"Dystopic future setting.  Very enjoyable."
It Jes' Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw
It Jes' Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw
Magic Trash
Magic Trash
Carter G. Woodson: The Father of Black History (Great African Americans)
Carter G. Woodson: The Father of Black History (Great African Americans)
Madam C. J. Walker (Journey to Freedom: The African American Library)
Madam C. J. Walker (Journey to Freedom: The African American Library)
New Boy
New Boy