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Fancy party gowns

              Fancy Party Gowns: The Story of Fashion Designer Ann Cole Lowe by Deborah Blumenthal; illustrated by Laura Freeman “As soon as Ann Cole Lowe could walk, her momma and grandma taught her to sew. When her mom died, Ann continued sewing dresses. It wasn’t easy, especially when she went to design school and ... Read More »

The Playbook

              The Playbook : 52 Rules To Aim, Shoot, and Score In This Game Called Life by Kwame Alexander; photographs by Thai Neave Kwame Alexander shares poetry and inspiring lessons about the rules of life, as well as uplifting quotes from athletes such as Stephen Curry and Venus Williams and other exemplars like Sonia ... Read More »

The Lincolns

              The Lincolns : A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary / Candace Fleming Though Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln’s backgrounds differed considerably, both were intellectuals who shared interests in literature and politics, as well as a great love for each other. Read More »

Jazz Day

              Jazz Day : The Making of a Famous Photograph by Roxane Orgill; illustrated by Francis Vallejo When Esquire magazine planned an issue to salute the American jazz scene in 1958, graphic designer Art Kane pitched a crazy idea: how about gathering a group of beloved jazz musicians and photographing them? He didn’t own ... Read More »


              Rosa by Nikki Giovanni; illustrated by Bryan Collier Presents an illustrated account of Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955, and the subsequent bus boycott by the black community. Read More »

Six Dots

              Six Dots : A Story of Young Louis Braille  by Jen Bryant ; illustrated by Boris Kulikov An engaging, beautifully illustrated biography of Louis Braille. The story brings readers into his experiences as a young man that inspired him to create the braille system and open the world of reading to the blind. End matter includes ... Read More »


              Pathfinders: the Journeys of 16 Extraordinary Black Souls by Tonya Bolden Profiles sixteen high-achieving African Americans, including magician Richard Potter, concert singer Sissieretta Jones, and architect Paul R. Williams. Read More »