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Books for Young Readers

Looking for children's books that celebrate diversity and expand young minds? Sample these books for young readers!















How Oswa Came to Own All Music

© 2003, by Vivian Owens. Eschar Publishing. Used by permission of the author and publisher. May not be presented in any form elsewhere without permission from copyright holders.

Oswa, a handsome giant with a loving heart, lived long ago when the earth was still young. Legend says that he healed wounded animals and made friends with all creatures. On a journey across the universe he listened to luminous songs of nature and realized he had to own all music. The Queen sent him on several dangerous missions to earn all music. MORE



I Met A Great Lady

© 1998, by Vivian Owens. Eschar Publishing. Used by permission of the author and publisher. May not be presented in any form elsewhere without permission from copyright holders.

What do you say when your big sister thinks you have a problem? Ivy Ingram is not quite sure, since she adores her big sister Margie. It is 1952 and 14 year-old Ivy feels out of place in her large family. Then, unexpectedly, she receives special recognition from the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) and Margie takes her under-wing in a warm, sisterly friendship. Through a gift from the NCNW, Ivy wins the privilege of meeting one of the most important women of the day, Mary McLeod Bethune. MORE



I Met A Great Man

© 1998, by Vivian Owens. Eschar Publishing. Used by permission of the author and publisher. May not be presented in any form elsewhere without permission from copyright holders.

For John Senegal, 1936 would forever be referred to as "the year my family fell apart." Like most 14 year-old boys, John wants his family, friends and school to be there for him. Instead, his mother puts him on a train for Alabama, headed away from Detroit, to live with Grandma and Grandpa Moss. Fortunately, on the train, he meets Dr. George Washington Carver who points him in a new direction, although new problems await him on Moss Farm. MORE



Nadanda the Wordmaker

© 1994, by Vivian Owens. Eschar Publishing. Used by permission of the author and publisher. May not be presented in any form elsewhere without permission from copyright holders.


At 14, Nadanda found a way to acceptance into almost any clique in her school. She creates words no one has ever heard. Unfortunately, she has not found a way to be accepted by her mother. Then, one day her art dealer mother brings home an ancient African doll which leads them on a hectic trail of suspense and adventure, for it seems that Nadanda's made-up words do have meaning after all. MORE




The Rosebush Witch

© 1996, by Vivian Owens. Eschar Publishing. Used by permission of the author and publisher. May not be presented in any form elsewhere without permission from copyright holders.

Lona Davis struggles to convince her parents that a witch rides by her window every night. A visit from her story-telling grandmother complicates matters. A multicultural story of family relationships seen through a child's fears of things that go bump in the night. Do parents and other adults listen earnestly to their children's concerns? What is the reality of things that you see? MORE




Preview These Recommended Titles at Google Book Search:

Our family, our friends, our world: An Annotated Guide to Significant Multicultural Books for Children and Teenagers by Lyn Miller-Lachmann

Grandma Lois Remembers: An African-American Family Story by Ann Morris

Promoting a Global Community Through Multicultural Children's Literature by Stanley F. Steiner

Connecting Cultures: A Guide to Multicultural Literature for Children by Rebecca L. Thomas



Read Excerpts from These Recommended Titles at Amazon.com:

Spirited Minds: African American Books for Our Sons and Our Brothers by Archie Givens (Editor), Gordon Parks (Introduction)

The New York Public Library Amazing African American History: A Book of Answers for Kids by The New York Public Library, Diane Patrick

Black Books Galore! Guide to Great African American Children's Books about Boys (Black Books Galore) by Black Books Galore!, Donna Rand, Toni Trent Parker

Black Books Galore!: Guide to More Great African American Children's Books by Donna Rand, Toni Trent Parker

A Kid's Guide to African American History by Nancy I. Sanders

Jump at the Sun: An African American Picture Book Collection by tk

Great Books for African-American Children by Pamela A. Toussaint

Climbing Your Family Tree: Online and Off-line Genealogy for Kids by Ira Wolfman



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