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Black History Month Titles from Random House Children's Books
1/8/2014 10:28:57 PM

I HAVE A DREAM by Martin Luther King, Jr.; illustrated by Kadir Nelson

DEEP IN THE SAHARA by Kelly Cunnane; illustrated by Hoda Hadadi
(Schwartz & Wade Books / On sale October 8, 2013 / HC: 978-0-375-87034-7 / $17.99/$19.99 Can. / Ages 4–8)
Lalla lives in the Muslim country of Mauritania, and more than anything, she wants to wear a malafa, the colorful cloth Mauritanian women, like her mama and big sister, wear to cover their heads and clothes in public. But it is not until Lalla realizes that a malafa is not just worn to show a woman’s beauty and mystery or to honor tradition,—it also is worn for faith—that Lalla’s mother agrees to slip a long cloth as blue as the ink in the Koran over Lalla’s head, under her arm, and round and round her body. Then together, they pray. An author’s note and glossary are included in the back of the book.

I HAVE A DREAM by Martin Luther King, Jr.; illustrated by Kadir Nelson
(Schwartz & Wade Books / On sale October 9, 2012 / HC: 978-0-375-85887-1 / $18.99/$21.99 Can. / Ages All)
Nelson’s oil paintings magnificently capture the power and emotion of Dr. King’s words, resulting in a poignant depiction of that memorable occasion. Publishers Weekly raves in a starred review, “There’s something exhilarating about viewing Nelson’s paintings of Dr. King and the March on Washington while reading the words of the speech King gave that day; it’s hard to imagine a better representation of their historical significance.” Nelson selected the most iconic passage of Dr. King’s speech to illustrate in I Have a Dream. The full text is provided at the end of the book.

OF THEE I SING by Barack Obama; illustrated by Loren Long
(Alfred A. Knopf / On sale November 16, 2010 / HC: 978-0-375-83527-8 / $17.99/$19.99 Can. / Ages 3 up)
In this tender, beautiful letter to his daughters, President Obama has written a moving tribute to 13 groundbreaking Americans and the ideals that have shaped our nation. From the strength of Helen Keller to the compassion of Jane Addams, President Obama sees the traits of these heroes within his own children, and within all of America’s children. This touching book is about the potential we all have to achieve our own dreams and forge our own paths. Illustrated by the award-winning and New York Times bestselling artist Loren Long, the stunning images capture the promise of childhood and the personalities and achievements that unite all Americans, from our nation’s founders to future generations. The book is also available as an unabridged audiobook from Listening Library, read by award-winning actor Andre Braugher.

THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM—1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
(Yearling Paperback / On sale August 6, 2013 / PB: 978-0-385-38294-6 / $6.99/$7.99 Can. / Ages 8–12)
The movie tie-in edition of the award-winning classic The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963!
The hilarious, touching story of the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan, is now a Hallmark Channel Original Movie! When Momma and Dad decide it’s time for the family to visit Grandma, the Watsons set out for Birmingham, Alabama, toward one of the darkest moments in America’s history.

BUD, NOT BUDDY by Christopher Paul Curtis
(Laurel Leaf Paperback / On sale December 24, 2013 / PB: 978-0-553-49410-5 / $7.99/$8.99 Can. / Ages 8–12)
Winner of both the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Award, this novel tells the story of 10-year-old Bud, who decides to hit the road to find his father, determined not to let anything stop him.

THE MIGHTY MISS MALONE by Christopher Paul Curtis
(Yearling Trade Paperback / On sale December 24, 2013 / PB: 978-0-440-42214-3 / $7.99/$8.99 Can. / Ages 9–12)
“We are a family on a journey to a place called wonderful” is the motto of Deza Malone’s family. Deza is the smartest girl in her class in Gary, Indiana, singled out by teachers for a special path in life. But it’s 1936 and the Great Depression hits Gary hard, and there are no jobs for black men. When her beloved father leaves to find work, Deza, Mother, and her older brother, Jimmie, go in search of him, and end up in a Hooverville outside Flint, Michigan. Jimmie’s beautiful voice inspires him to leave the camp to be a performer, while Deza and Mother find a new home, and cling to the hope that they will find Father. The twists and turns of their story reveal the devastation of the Depression and prove that Deza truly is the Mighty Miss Malone.

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