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Ella and Kay Kay
Aren’t little sisters great? If your name is Ella and you’re six-years-old, the answer is a resounding YES! Ever since precious, little Kay Kay was born, life has been grand. The giggles, the coos, the tiny, little fingers and toes, everything about having a little sister makes life so much better. They play. They laugh. They love. Follow Ella and Kay Kay’s sweet story as they grow closer and closer with each passing day. Nothing can ever break their bond.
Is There Space for Me?
Bell, Drs. Ron & Eboni
Where did you put it? When is the last time you were told to value your grief? The short answer is, we don't. What happens as a result of never learning to celebrate our grief is that we tuck that grief away. We dismiss it. We forget that it is there for a purpose, our grief has purpose. Our grief is sacred. It is a messy ritual that we all experience. This book celebrates grief. It uses art and prose to give space to grief, without apology. This book honors the experience of grieving through art. This book is needed.
Unapologetically Anxious Me: Confessions, Stories & Musings of a Haitian American Girl
In a unique mix of Haitian, Caribbean and American culture, and the unpredictable life of a Black girl-turned-woman, Jo has embraced her vulnerabilities and imperfections. From her love story to mental health, to her childhood traumas, culture, history, and overcoming racism in a predominantly white rural Minnesota small-town. Writer, podcaster, storyteller, speaker, and racial justice advocate—Jo’s believes her best roles to date are as wife to her soulmate and mother to her two incredible little souls. Quick-witted, raw, and intellectually-driven this read is guaranteed to take you through a wave of emotions! Come along as Jo learns the best lessons life has to teach as she bravely unveils her little corner of the world.
Grant Practices Math with Manners
After Grant purchases, a box of his favorite cereal with a $5-dollar bill, he receives his change and a receipt. Upon leaving the grocery store, Grant is made aware by his Mom Ella that he received incorrect change from the cashier. This story shares Grant’s experience of counting basic money, overcoming fear and practicing his everyday manners at the grocery store to regain his correct change. This is simple story that could be a real-life scenario and used as a day time or bed time read for young children.
Carmelo's Way Book II
Carmelo is on the run for the killings at the park. On his way to a foreign land, Carmelo has some decisions to make. Will he be comfortable in California? Will he stay? What will he do while he's out there and will he ever be able to see his kids again? Meanwhile, the Detectives are doing everything to find him, tearing up the city of Minneapolis in search of Carmelo Graham. How far are they willing to go to apprehend him? What are they willing to give?
Mark My Words: A Christopher Family Novel Book 1
Allan Beckley Christopher is a self-made, Black multimillionaire. Succeeding against the odds in the 1960s, he turned a fix-it shop in southside Chicago into a multimillion-dollar corporation. He’s “made his mark.” He is among the Who’s Who of Black America. His company is among the Fortune 500. He is a mover and shaker in the community, with all the connections. He faithfully attends church on Sundays. But has he made it? With the advent of his 60th birthday, his character, past, and beliefs come into focus, honor, and question as his story is told through the lenses of his family—including his four LGBT children—and with it his impact on their lives. The time: 1988. The place: Chicago.
The Picture Box
Follow little Ardelia as she explores her new city and notices the many roles of the Black women in the community. Ardelia begins to imagine herself in these roles, which leads to a family time of sharing stories and memories that affirm Ardelia and inspire her to reach for her dreams. This book illustrates to children and adults alike, the importance of representation, self-value, and identity. Perfect for ages 3 - 8.
Soaring, My Improbable Life
Jones, Alphonso B. & Nelson, Kim
Soaring, My Improbable Life is the inspiring story of a poor, African American boy growing up in the Great Depression, who dreams of traveling the world. With audacity, focus, and resilience, he succeeds in getting a college education, finding love, journeying to distant lands, becoming a decorated war hero, and raising three successful children. Al’s story provides valuable insights for dreamers everywhere determined to make their own dreams come true against the odds.
The Vast Wonder of the World: Biologist Ernest Everett Just
Winner of the 2019 Carter G. Woodson Award, this picture book presents the life and accomplishments of long overlooked scientific pioneer, Ernest Everett Just. Dr. Just was not like other scientists of his time. He saw the whole, where others saw only parts. He noticed details others failed to see. He persisted in his research despite the discrimination and limitations imposed on him as an African American. His keen observations of sea creatures revealed new insights about egg cells and the origins of life. Illustrated by Luisa Uribe.
Deceived by the Cloth
The imagery of a person of the 'cloth' has historically been depicted as a person of spirituality, totalitarianism, supremacy and the utopia of being "God Like". This image, like the ever growing branches of a family tree, is planted in the minds and rooted in the foundation of families for many generations. What happens when the religion that saves you nearly kills you? Deception, in its purest form is malicious and foul. Deception by the cloth is lethal!
The Extraordinary Educator
Owens, Rosemond Sarpong
Who is Delores Henderson? In this book, you will discover how a little girl with a love for reading and learning grew up to fight racism to become recognized as the first Black National Distinguished Principal for the State of Minnesota. Delores' life shows us what is possible if we believe. Readers will learn about her persistence and hard work and will be inspired by Delores' indomitable spirit.
Savannah Belmont has it all--- she's an up and coming attorney with money at her disposal, a high-rise office in downtown Minneapolis, and a trust fund. It isn't until she meets Creswell Delarby, a successful attorney that she considers letting her guards down. Secrets established before her birth have the potential to shatter her perfect life at any moment. When she least expects it, they begin to unravel right before her eyes. Creswell has plans of his own and they may very well collide with hers. Seduction and lies will have Savannah discovering what she fears most, that the people she love could either heal her heart or put her in great danger.
Mary Johnson of Minneapolis reaches the ultimate level of forgiveness. Mary's only child, her 20 year old son, is shot and killed by a rival gang member in 1993 at a house party in Minneapolis. The gunman is 16. Twelve years after the crime, Mary, a deeply religious woman, overcomes her hatred for the convicted murderer and goes to Stillwater Prison to meet him. The emotional meeting leads Mary to express her forgiveness to the man. A month later, she adopts the man as her "spiritual son." As you follow Mary's story, you will ask yourself, 'Could I do what Mary did?'
Grandma Sankofa's House
Nia and Savannah are best friends who love playing outside together. The only thing they love more is going to Grandma Sankofa’s house. Grandma Sankofa’s House is a story that celebrates humanity and relationship building. Sankofa is a Ghanaian word that means, “looking back to move forward,” in a positive way. Like many elders of African descent, Grandma Sankofa engages her granddaughter Nia and the other children from their community in traditional African practices as a way of being in relationship, today many refer to that as Restorative Practices. Grandma Sankofa is always ready to practice Sankofa by teaching through traditional African practices like storytelling, call and response, song, dance, and games.
Akua is Great
Akua is Great is about a young girl’s journey of learning about our identity and heritage. Each night, her mother shares a bedtime story concluding with a delightful list of affirmations. Akua waits excitedly to name the affirmations one by one. Her mother joins in, connecting each affirmation with an inspiring role model who has made a difference in the world.
With each affirmation, Akua is reminded of her greatness. This book serves as a source of inspiration and encouragement. This story reminds every child like Akua- they are great.
Soulfully Expressing invites readers to delve deep into this heartfelt, soul-searching, inspirational, honest, and sometimes triumphant poetry collection.
In this perfectly-sized collection, you'll find moments of laughter, moments of remembrance, plenty of inspiration, tender moments, and the motivation you need to move past your pain; soothe your weary soul; and summon the strength and courage to push forward and continue fighting for what you want. If you are ready for unadulterated truth, unconditional love, and a new, clear vision for what's ahead, this heartwarming collection is for you.
Princess Paige Lemonade
Six-year-old Paige, an accomplished entrepreneur in Minneapolis, MN, is always looking for new ways to help others. When the young entrepreneur came up with an exciting idea to raise funds for children with cancer, just as she expected, her lemonade stand is a local hit! Paige proves once again that kind-heartedness is always best!
I am “HER”
I am on a journey of finding and accepting myself as I am, and as I was born to be. Have you ever admired something in another individual and thought maybe you could learn something from them? Many of us do, and then we later realize we are everything we have been searching for. All the things you admire about someone else may be manifesting inside of you. Then again, maybe what God has for you is just different. We all have our own walk, our own journey and we must find peace in our own journey. We were born with purpose and destiny, and we have to activate it at some point. I tapped into my power, I found "HER".
Cisco, Taylor Aaron
Her gifts made her a savior. Her loyalty made her a slave. Her escape made her a threat. Skye has been captive since childhood, but using her astonishing gifts, she escapes her tormentors and embarks on a treacherous journey of freedom and revenge. Dragon Variation is a dystopian epic from prolific afrofuturism author,T. Aaron Cisco. Dragon Variation is more than a gripping quest of escaping and overcoming oppression. It's an allegory of race and class in America, making T. Aaron Cisco's sophomore epic is just as relevant and poignant as ever! In addition to the novel, T. Aaron is currently adapting Dragon Variation into a comic book miniseries. His other works include Teleportality, The Preternaturalist, Shadow of the Valley, Big Ass Aliens, and his nonfiction recollection, Black Nerd Blue Box: The Wibbly Wobbly Memoirs of a Lonely Whovian.
Daddy, can you hear me?
This book orchestrates thoughts between a child and an absent father. The beautiful illustrations and powerful loving message blend together to make this book a keepsake.
Don't Give Up, Aaliyah!
Aaliyah is an 8-year-old Chicagoan entrepreneur in the making with boundless curiosity about nearly everything. In the little green notebook that she carries everywhere, she writes down her many ideas and inspirations. When she finally decides to make one of her inventions, it turns out that it is nothing new. Instead of being discouraged, this spunky inventor goes back to the drawing board. With the help of her best friends, Tara and Bee, and Omari, her clever little brother, Aaliyah creates something that gives her classmates something to cheer about. Along the way, she gains encouragement from those who walked the entrepreneurial path before her. Come follow Aaliyah on her journey of discovery. You are sure to be uplifted and inspired.
The Right To Be
For all intents and purposes, 18-year-old Allan Christopher Davis has everything going for him. He is the son of international music legends Lissa and Michael Davis of the jazz ensemble Sunrise. His grandfather is billionaire Allan Beckley Christopher, founder of the Fortune 100 company Christopher Electronics. His cousin is Elijah Edwards, patriarch of the powerful Edwards branch of the Christopher family, known in family circles for his “gift.” Elijah’s wife, Donna Gray Edwards, is the queen of Twin Cities society, yet there is no place in the world she cannot reach to make things happen. He and his twin brother, Michael Davis, Jr., live in a beautiful villa in the Bahamas, raised by loving parents.
The islands, however, are no longer what they seemed to be.
Blend In or Fade Out
Blend In or Fade out is a remarkable story of a young girl who is desperate to discover her true identity. A biracial baby adopted into a middle-class Black family, Colnese struggles to know where she belongs. Growing up in South Minneapolis during the 1970s, Colnese searches for her birth mother, and herself, while navigating Minnesota's racial and cultural divide. Abusive men, drugs and alcohol, and her own violence and vindictiveness plague her life. Heartbreaking and inspiring in more ways than one, Colnese eventually finds her path to healing--a lifelong journey.
Prince Can Hear
Prince is a perfect boy. That's why it's so difficult for his family and friends to understand why he doesn't listen to them. After a while with no idea why he isn't listening, they take him to the doctor and realize it's not his fault. He's hard of hearing. Relieved that he isn't an obstinate child and worried his hearing problem will make life difficult, the surgeon tells them he can make life easier for Prince and them. He will perform a surgery that will correct the hearing loss. Follow Prince's story as he struggles and ultimately gets his hearing corrected in, Prince Can Hear
Your Hue Looks Good On You
As a child, I remember my granny's stories and wanting to be able to relay a message and captivate an audience just a fraction of the way she could. One story, in particular, that I could never forget was when she spoke of how growing up in the segregated South caused her to hate the color of her skin. She was ostracized by darker-skinned children for being too ''white'' and by white children for not being ''white'' enough.
So many times black and brown children are made to feel inadequate because of our complexion and features. These feelings plant seeds that manifest into self-hatred and low self-esteem. I aim to help change that narrative by creating images and crafting content that tell a different story; a story of beauty, appreciation, and love.
''Carry confidence in your complexion because of the royalty in your reflection. Take a good look at what you see, and love yourself with no objection. Out of all the colors in the world, yours was chosen just for you. Nothing to hide--stand tall with pride. Your hue looks good on you!'
On Life (Things I Should Have Told You)
On Life (Things I Should Have Told You) was written by trail-blazing business executive, Kim Nelson, to guide her daughters through their college years. Nelson shares her reflections on the environment they will encounter, provides advice on how to make the most of their experiences and conveys her beliefs about what matters most as they navigate their journey towards adulthood.
Bee Love (Can Be Hard)
Page, Alan and Kamie
Otis wasn't scared of many things, but at the top of his list? Bees."When Grandpa was younger, he was afraid of bees too. That is, until he learned more about them. "Bees are amazing insects," Grandpa tells Otis. "They're pollinating powerhouses!"
Black Child Run
Razzaq, Kasim Abdur
Black child run, a story of cultural lessons and behaviors to empower today's children with healthy family values. A book to be shared and experienced in the warmth of family and community.
Nature-Based Learning for Young Children
Ridge, Sheila Williams
Nature-Based Learning for Young Children is designed to provide ideas for all early childhood educators ranging from novice to highly experienced in a wide range of ecosystems, including forests, cities, prairies, coastal, urban, and deserts. It includes background information on a range of nature topics, reproducible parent newsletters, sample play-based lesson plans, guidance and health and safety issues related to nature activities, ideas for free/inexpensive equipment and materials and for big-ticket items, ideas for family involvement, and connections to early childhood learning standards. Chapters are divided by nature topic, so readers can dip in right away where they want to start exploring.
Creative Crown Turn That Frown Upside Down! I Love My Natural Hair
Creative Crown Turn That Frown Upside Down! I Love My Natural Hair Is a story about a little girl who was teased at school about her natural hair. With a little help from her Grandma Sankofa, she is reminded how much she loves her natural hair. Her confidence increases with the turn of each page as she magically changes hairstyles and makes personal connections when she sees her reflection.
Justice Makes A Difference
“Words are powerful,” Grandma told Justice. “They can be used in powerful ways to do good or to do harm. That’s why it’s important to always be careful with your words.”
Justice has grown up witnessing the many ways her grandma serves the community. She wants to make a difference in the world, too, but how? Isn’t she too young?
Through conversations with her grandma and their shared love of books, Justice learns about important women and men throughout history who changed the world: Ella Baker, Shirley Chisholm, Charles Hamilton Houston, Dr. Wangari Maathai, Paul Robeson, and Ida B. Wells. Justice learns how each leader was a champion for advancing justice and improving the world, and she dreams of becoming a change maker, too—“Miss Freedom Fighter, Esquire,” a superhero with a law degree and an afro!
Written by Dr. Artika Tyner and Jacklyn Milton, passionate educators and community advocates, Justice Makes a Difference is the inspiring story of one little girl’s realization that her name is her destiny.
The Uber Chronicles Behind Closed Doors
The Uber Chronicles Behind Closed Doors takes you on an amazing journey over the course of a three year period through the streets of Chicago. You will partake in an up close and personal experience from a novice driver’s perspective. During his epic adventure, the driver shares experiences that will make you laugh. Some may cause you to shed a tear; some of the events that take place may cause you to reflect on life’s most valuable lessons. It is recommended that you sit back, buckle your seat-belt and enjoy the ride. You are about to be exposed to what really happens behind closed doors.
GiGi and Her Different Ability
Gi Gi is spectacular in every way. She knows it. Her family knows it. Her friends know it. The problem is the rest of the world doesn’t always agree. Born with Down Syndrome, Gi Gi’s life has had obstacles, of course. But more importantly, it’s been filled with great joy, lots of love, plenty of fun, and all the things that make life wonderful. She’s talented, beautiful, outgoing, happy, creative, and incredibly confident while still maintaining humility. Now she wants to make the world see her life the way she sees it. Kids bully. Adults give sympathetic looks. Others avoid eye contact. Instead of wallowing in pain or letting them hurt her feelings, she carries on. That great attitude and her tenacity earns her an excellent opportunity.
She is offered a modeling contract and gets to do what she’s always wanted to do – prove that differently-abled isn’t bad at all. It’s what makes her delightfully perfect!
The Art of Sucker Duckin
To be aware is to be alive. Sucker Duckin by definition is when you disassociate yourself from any situation, relationship, or affiliation that limits the growth of life, self, and purpose.
The word S.U.C.K.E.R. is an acronym that stands for Someone Ultimately Conspiring to Kill Everything Righteous. You can't defend your well-being if you're unaware of the threat. The word D.U.C.K.I.N. stands for Demonstrating an Understanding of Critical Knowledge Immune to Nothingness.
You see many of us are smart and talented but the people we surround ourselves with do not always bring that out of us causing us to suppress our intelligence and ignore our gifts. The Art of Sucker Duckin teaches us to surround ourselves with those who bring out the best in us and DUCK those who bring out the worst in us.
Black Nerd Blue Box: The Wibbly Wobbly Memoirs of a Lonely Whovian
Cisco, Taylor Aaron
Being a nerd is hard. Being Black is harder. Being a Black nerd can make you want to give up. But if I can get through it, so can you. This is for anyone who feels, or ever felt, like an outsider- even among the outsiders. There isn't a right or wrong way to cope really, this is just how I did it. All it took was a little patience, a lot of perseverance, and a near lifelong obsession with a long-running, British show, about the adventures of a time-traveling alien.
Carmelo's Way: 187 Assassins
Carmelo was a 16-year-old teenager raised on the Southside of Minneapolis when gang violence was at an all-time high, drugs ran rampant, and most police officers were corrupt. Carmelo was poor and homeless and didn't know where his next meal would come from. After a fight with his sibling, Carmelo got into the truck with B-Dog, an O.G. from his neighborhood. Within 24 hours, Carmelo had hit a lick so sweet that he now had more money than he'd ever seen. More than that... He had a plan. With three females pregnant, two corrupt detectives trying to set him up, and a gang out for revenge, Carmelo needed this plan to work. Unfortunately, he was haunted by the impending reality of every black male in the hood... jail and death.
Never Give Up: A Christopher Family Novel
Earl James Berry is the patriarch of the Berry family and lifelong friend of Elijah Edwards. As one of the first Black district attorneys in Hennepin County, his success rate in convictions took him to a seat on the bench. He has had a long and distinguished career in the field of law and justice, and the reputation of being a tough but fair judge. Family and being rooted in faith has always seen his family through, until a fateful Election Night in 2012… As his life hangs by a thread, we see his life and legacy through the lenses of his wife, six children, and a grandson, and wonder is a “gift” passed down through generations will help solve a mystery. The place: Minneapolis.
Red and the Egg Pie
Red is best friends with her granny. Red also loves visiting friends, and her granny reminds her to mind her manners. What happens when Red doesn’t listen? Join Red as she realizes that learning a lesson doesn’t always taste good! Hilarious story told from Red’s point of view, perfect for ages 3 - 8.
Victory Over Kidney Disease
This book is to help those navigating the treatment process for kidney failure and needing guidance. “I was once in your shoes and recognize the emotional roller coaster that is living with kidney disease. I am here to let you know that by keeping a positive attitude about your situation you can navigate anything. Always remember to speak life over your situation and consider the eight principles I used as a guide on my journey.” – Kevin
Jayden's Impossible Garden
Jayden wants his mother to see the beauty of nature in the city. When he joins forces with an elderly neighbor, who knows what will happen? Winner of the first annual African American Voices in Children’s Literature writing contest, cosponsored by Strive Publishing and Free Spirit Publishing. Illustrated by Ken Daley.
Africans and Americans: Embracing Cultural Differences
This book discusses differences between African and American culture, to help prevent cultural miscommunications which might poison or ruin relationships between Africans and Americans. I am lucky to have lived in both Africa and America, and I feel privileged and obliged to share my views and experiences with others.
A Ballad for the Dawn
"A Ballad for the Dawn" is a collection of poetry, prose and personal reflections from the mind and heart of an African American Pastor, Parent, Teacher, Community Advocate and POET. It is both uplifting and deeply moving.
My Pretty and its Ugly Truth
Secrets. Everybody has them. We can choose to disclose them to intimate friends or we can bury them…deeply in our graves of shame; in the innermost alcoves of our consciousness, not recognizing that they have rooted themselves so far into our essence, that if unchecked, become the insidious driving force that shapes every life decision. In “My Pretty…and Its Ugly Truth” De’Vonna Bentley-Pittman reveals her very personal and raw experiences of being a very pretty girl plagued by sexual abuse, rape, unhealthy relationships and the effects of growing up in poverty. Her coming-of-age journey from a misused “product of the streets” to an empowered advocate for those, particularly young women, who feel powerless due to years of abuse, is a fascinating one. Like so many others, she grew up in a single-parent household with a mother who worked hard to provide for her children.
5 Essential Principles For Healing Black Men and Raising Black Boys
Razzaq, Kasim Abdur
5 Essential Principles identifies the conditions, political posture and psychological disposition necessary for black men to heal and raise healthy black boys. This book is a must read for anyone hoping to improve the lives of black boys, black men and restore the families and communities they live in.
Bet on Yourself 5 Approaches to Winning
This book is designed to help inspire people to start trusting in themselves and win. So many people will go years or even their whole life, not betting on themselves or take a chance to use what God has put in them to win. Here are some steps in this book to help you take some start moving forward and not being afraid to take some of these approaches needed to succeed. The best thing you can do on the journey of life is BET ON YOURSELF.
Creative Crown Turn That Frown Upside Down! I Love My Natural Hair: Color Me Beautiful Activity and Coloring Book
If you enjoyed Creative Crown Turn That Frown Upside Down! I Love My Natural Hair book, you will love this Color Me Beautiful Activity Coloring book! This time, you get to use your creativity to color in your own pages. You can create images that celebrate the love of your natural hair and the many different creative hairstyles made just for you! Each page celebrates you and inspires creativity and love for natural hair.
Please Remember I Am There
"Dear Child, you are loved." Every child needs to hear those words, but for those who may not get to hear them as often as they'd like, there are other ways a parent can express their love, even those we may not have everyday contact with, due to incarceration.
Please Remember I am There is a heartwarming expression of pure, unconditional love between a parent and their child. No matter the circumstance or the distance, unconditional love never fades. The words in this heartfelt story will tighten a cherished bond between any incarcerated parent and their child, and it will soothe the child who reads it, or has it read to them. Sit a spell, read Please Remember I am There, and help a little boy or girl know they are cherished every moment of everyday of their lives by the parent who is loving them from jail or prison.