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Slide 0: Brave. Black. First.
Brave. Black. First.
$18.99
Brave. Black. First.: 50+ African American Women Who Changed the World was published in collaboration with curators from the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Discover over 50 remarkable African American women whose unique skills and contributions paved the way for the next generation of young people.

• Harriet Tubman guided the way.
• Rosa Parks sat for equality.
• Aretha Franklin sang from the soul.
• Serena Williams bested the competition.
• Michelle Obama transformed the White House.
• Black women everywhere have changed the world!

This illustrated biography compilation captures the iconic moments of over 50 African American women whose heroism and bravery rewrote the American story for the better. They were fearless. They were bold. They were game changers.
 
Slide 1: I Am Enough
I Am Enough
$18.99
"We are all here for a purpose. We are more than enough. We just need to believe it."

I Am Enough is the perfect debut picture book for our times: a lyrical ode to self-confidence and kindness, for girls from every background and every color, from Empire actor and activist Grace Byers and talented newcomer artist Keturah A. Bobo. With vibrant artwork that shows girls of diverse body shapes and skin tones, this is the perfect gift for mothers and daughters, baby showers, and graduation.
 
Slide 2: A Is for All the Things You Are
A Is for All the Things You Are
$9.95
A Is for All the Things You Are: A Joyful ABC Book is an alphabet board book developed by the National Museum of African American History and Culture that celebrates what makes us unique as individuals and connects us as humans. This lively and colorful book introduces young readers, from infants to age seven, to 26 key traits they can explore and cultivate as they grow. Each letter offers a description of the trait, a question inviting the reader to examine how he or she experiences it in daily life, and lively illustrations. The book supports understanding and development of each child's healthy racial identity, the joy of human diversity and inclusion, a sense of justice, and children's capacity to act for their own and others' fair treatment.

Author Anna Forgerson Hindley is the supervisory coordinator of the Early Childhood Education Initiative at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Her work focuses on supporting positive identity development for all young children. Illustrator Keturah A. Bobo is a BFA graduate from the Columbus College of Art and Design and known for her vibrant illustrations. Her first picture book, I Am Enough by Grace Byers, was a New York Times best-seller.
 
Slide 3: A Child's Introduction to African American History
A Child's Introduction to African American History
$19.99
A Child's Introduction to African American History: The Experiences, People, and Events That Shaped Our Country is a comprehensive, entertaining look at heroes, heroines, and critical moments from African American history—from the slave trade to the Black Lives Matter movement—by award-winning author Jabari Asim.

Asim goes beyond what's taught in the classroom to reveal a fact-filled history of African American history through politics, activism, sports, entertainment, music, and much more. You'll follow the road to freedom beginning with the slave trade and the middle passage through the abolitionist movement and the Civil War where many African Americans fought as soldiers. You'll learn how slave songs often contained hidden messages and how a 15-year-old Jamaican-born young man named Clive Campbell helped to create hip-hop in the early 1970's.

You'll experience the passionate speeches, marches, and movements of the Civil Rights era along with and the sacrifices of Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers, and many others. Along the way there are dozens of profiles of political trailblazers like Shirley Chisholm, the first black women elected to Congress in 1968; dominant athletes like Tiger Woods who, in 1995, was only the second African American to play in a Masters golf tournament which he went on to win in 1997; popular musicians like Miles Davis, one the most influential artists of the 20th Century; and inspiring writers like Toni Morrison, the first African American to win the Nobel Prize in literature.

Filled with beautiful illustrations by Lynn Gaines that bring these figures and events to life, plus a removable historical timeline poster, A Child's Introduction to African American History is a fascinating and comprehensive guide to this often overlooked yet immensely important part of American history.
 
Slide 4: Dream Big, Little One
Dream Big, Little One
$8.99
Featuring 18 trailblazing black women in American history, Dream Big, Little One is a beautifully illustrated board book edition of instant bestseller Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History. This irresistible adaptation showcases women who changed the world and is the perfect goodnight book to inspire big dreams.

Among these women, you'll find heroes, role models, and everyday women who did extraordinary things—bold women whose actions and beliefs contributed to making the world better for generations of girls and women to come. Whether they were putting pen to paper, soaring through the air or speaking up for the rights of others, the women profiled in these pages were all taking a stand against a world that didn't always accept them. The leaders in this book may be little, but they all did something big and amazing, inspiring generations to come.
 
Slide 5: Young, Gifted and Black
Young, Gifted and Black
$23.99
In Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes From Past and Present, icons of color from the past and present are featured in this celebration of inspirational achievement—a collection of stories about change-makers to encourage, inspire, and empower the next generation of change-makers. Jamia Wilson has carefully curated this range of black icons and the book is stylishly brought together by Andrea Pippins' colorful and celebratory illustrations.

Written in the spirit of Nina Simone's song "To Be Young, Gifted, and Black," this vibrant book is a perfect introduction to both historic and present-day icons and heroes. Meet figureheads, leaders, and pioneers such as Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and Rosa Parks, as well as cultural trailblazers and athletes like Stevie Wonder, Oprah Winfrey, and Serena Williams. Highlighting the talent and contributions of black leaders and change-makers from around the world, readers of all backgrounds will be empowered to discover what they too can achieve. Strong, courageous, talented, and diverse, these extraordinary men and women's achievements will inspire a new generation to chase their dream... whatever it may be.
 
Slide 6: Who Is Barack Obama?
Who Is Barack Obama?
$5.99
As the world now knows, Barack Obama has made history as our first African-American president. With black-and-white illustrations throughout, this biography, Who Is Barack Obama?, is perfect for primary graders looking for a longer, fuller life story than is found in author Roberta Edwards' best-selling beginning reader Barack Obama: United States President.
 
Slide 7: Sulwe
Sulwe
$17.99
Sulwe has skin the color of midnight. She is darker than everyone in her family. She is darker than anyone in her school. Sulwe just wants to be beautiful and bright, like her mother and sister. Then a magical journey in the night sky opens her eyes and changes everything. In this stunning debut picture book Sulwe, actress Lupita Nyong'o creates a whimsical and heartwarming story to inspire children to see their own unique beauty. Illustrated by Vashti Harrison.
 
Slide 8: The Story of Ruby Bridges
The Story of Ruby Bridges
$6.99
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first African American child to integrate a New Orleans school with this paperback re-issue of The Story of Ruby Bridges!

The year is 1960, and six-year-old Ruby Bridges and her family have recently moved from Mississippi to New Orleans in search of a better life. When a judge orders Ruby to attend first grade at William Frantz Elementary, an all-white school, Ruby must face angry mobs of parents who refuse to send their children to school with her. Told with Robert Coles' powerful narrative and dramatically illustrated by George Ford, Ruby's story of courage, faith, and hope is now available in this special 50th anniversary edition with an updated afterword!
 
Slide 9: 28 Days
28 Days
$18.99
With a story for every day of Black History Month, this innovative portrayal of those who struggled and strived to shape African-American history stuns with Charles Smith's powerful words and gorgeous illustrations by award-winning artist Shane Evans. Each day features a different influential figure in African-American history: from Crispus Attucks, the first man shot in the Boston Massacre sparking the Revolutionary War, to Madame C.J. Walker, who after years of adversity became the wealthiest black woman in the country, as well as one of the wealthiest black Americans, to Barack Obama, the country's first African-American president. 28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World is a completely unique look at the importance and influence of African Americans on the history of this country.
 
Slide 10: Princess Hair
Princess Hair
$7.99
Debut author-illustrator Sharee Miller's self-affirming picture book, Princess Hair, celebrates different shapes, textures, and styles of black hair. From dreadlocks, to blowouts, to braids (and more!), Miller shines a spotlight on the beauty and diversity of black hair with playful, colorful illustrations and an endearing text with great read-aloud quality...

Princesses with head wraps take long naps.
Princesses with curls wear pearls.
And princesses with teeny-weeny afros wear teeny-weeny bows.
 
Slide 11: Black Panther: This Is Black Panther
Black Panther: This Is Black Panther
$4.99
In Black Panther: This Is Black Panther, learn how T'Challa, an African prince, protects his nation and becomes the Super Hero Black Panther. The Marvel World of Reading line of early readers is designed to offer reluctant readers books that they will want to read by featuring characters they love.