African American Read-Alouds

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  1. Daisytheteacher

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    Does anyone know of any great read alouds for third graders where the main character is African American and the author is African American?:)
     
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    I love the books by Mildred D. Taylor. I use the books Mississippi Bridge, The Friendship and The Gold Cadillac for book group books. They would also make good read alouds. I think Roll of Thunder is a little hard for 3rd graders.

    Picture books off the top of my head (from my room) Minty: The story of Harriet Tubman, Amazing Grace, Goin' Someplace Special...
     
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    Ezra Jack Keats writes books with African American characters.
     
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    I love 'The Stories Julian Tells' by Ann Cameron. There are several books in the series.
     
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    I just got michael jordan and kadir Nelson's book but I foget the name. It is about baseball and sportsmanship. real cute.
     
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    How about Follow the Drinking Gourd? I love that story...
     
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    Amazing Grace and there's a second one with Grace in the title, I don't know if the author is African American though.
     
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    The other on is called Boundless Grace.
     
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    Ahhh, yes. Thanks alilisa, it was bugging me!
     
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    The Bicycle Rider and Major Taylor, Champion Cyclist are both about Marshall "Major" Taylor who was the fastest bicycle racer of his time.

    The Bicycle Rider is more of a chapter book, and I think it's a little bit better written. However, I read both books to my first graders last year and they loved them. Major Taylor, Champion Cyclist has great illustrations.

    They liked the books so much, they were begging my to put these handlebars on my bike.

    This is just a story that really needs to be told that few people know about.

    More about Major Taylor.
     
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    Brian Pickney, Eloise Greenfield, Bill Cosby (lil bill series) Queen Will Smith has books,...There is a book called African American books for African American children. I know its in the library.
     
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    I had not heard of this series, but I found about 6 of them at Goodwill yesterday! 5/$1 to boot! I am thrilled.
     
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    The Watsons Go to Birmingham- 1963. :)
     
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    this is a picture book but it is fantastic...the other side by jacqueline woodson. she has a great website too if you want to check it out
     
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    Faith Ringgold's books are worth checking out... my personal favourites are Tar Beach and If A Bus Could Talk (about Rosa Parks).
     

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