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ONE LAST WORD: WISDOM FROM THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE

One Last Word
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Grimes
Author's First Name: 
Nikki
Illustrator's First Name: 
Cozbi A.
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Cabrera, et. al.
Publisher: 
Bloomsbury
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
One Last Word is a stunning combination of striking poetry and beautiful illustrations (by so many big-name African American illustrators). Grimes uses the "Golden Shovel" method to build her own poems out of classic works from Harlem Renaissance writers. She brings the past into the present, showing young readers the importance of hard work and respect for others even in the midst of struggle and sadness. Meaghan McKeron. Ten to Fourteen.

FREEDOM IN CONGO SQUARE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Weatherford
Author's First Name: 
Carole Boston
Illustrator's First Name: 
R. Gregory
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Christie
Publisher: 
Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 
2016

 Enslaved and free Africans in New Orleans gathered in Congo Square on Sunday afternoons in slavery times to celebrate, share and remember their African heritage. Vibrant illustrations and simple verse convey both a world of brutal work and exuberant musical communion.

MY SENECA VILLAGE

African-American girl - historical picture
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Nelson
Author's First Name: 
Marilyn
Publisher: 
Namelos
Publication Date: 
2015

 Exquisitely crafted vignettes about the 19th century community of African-American property owners in Manhattan. These fictional poems paint rich portraits based on real citizens from a lost moment of American history.

MUMBET'S DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Woelfle
Author's First Name: 
Gretchen
Illustrator's First Name: 
Alix
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Delinois
Publisher: 
Carolrhoda
Publication Date: 
2014

The inspiring story of one woman’s struggle for freedom against the backdrop of the American Revolution beautifully personalizes an important aspect of American history. Big bold illustrations help set the tone and depth of the book.

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