Armstrong, William H. “Sounder”. Harper and Row, New York, 1969. A young African American, angry and humiliated when his father is incarcerated for stealing food for his family, grows in courage and understanding by learning to read with the help of his devoted dog.
Baldwin, James. “If Beale Street Could Talk”. Dell, New York, 1974. Two young African Americans are sustained by their love in their struggle against injustice and racial oppression.
Brooks, Bruce. “The Moves Make the Man”. Harper and Row, New York, 1984. An African American boy and an emotionally troubled White boy in North Carolina form a precarious friendship.
Brown, Dee Alexander. “Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee”. H. Holt, New York, 1991. The heroic struggle of Native Americans to preserve their lands and culture.
Brown, Irene Bennett. “ Morning Glory Afternoon”. Atheneum, New York, 1981. A seventeen year-old girl faces prejudices after moving to a new community to rebuild her life after a personal tragedy.
Brown, Marion Marsh. “Homeward the Arrow’s Flight”. Abingdon, Tennessee, 1980. A biography of a young Omaha Indian woman who overcame sexual and cultural prejudices to become a physician.
Cheatham, K. Follis. “The Best Way Out”. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, New York, 1982. Thirteen year-old Haywood has difficulty adjusting to the large junior high school that he is bused to from his inner-city home.
De Veaux, Alexis. “Don’t Explain: A Song of Billie Holiday”. Harper and Row, New York, 1980. A prose poem recounting the life of an African American jazz singer known as Lady Day.
Ericsson, Mary Kentra. “ Morrie Turner, Creator of “Wee Pals””. Children’s Press, Chicago, Illinois, 1986. Relates how a talented African American boy in California, encouraged by sympathetic teachers, turned his interest in drawing into a career as a successful and popular syndicated cartoonist.
Faulkner, William. “Intruder in the Dust”. Random House, New York, 1948. The attempts of a young White boy from Mississippi to rescue an elderly African American man accused of murder.
Felsen, Henry Gregor. “Street Rod”. Random House, New York, 1953. Rick Madison describes the joys and problems, the dreams and frustrations of a gang, the “Greasers.”
Haskins, James. “Barbara Jordon”. Dial Press, New York, 1977. A biography of the congresswoman from Texas, the first African American woman ever to be elected to that office from the South.
Highwater, Jamake. “Eye of Darkness”. Lothrop, Lee and Shepard, New York, 1985. The struggle between Anglo and Indian cultures.
Kostich, Dragos. “George Morrison”. Dillon Press, Minnesota, 1976. A biography of a Native American whose artistic achievements were crowned in 1970 when he began teaching art and American Indian studies.
Meltzer, Milton. “Langston Hughes”. Crowell, New York, 1968. A biography of the African American poet and playwright whose themes were based on his diverse ethnic and social experiences.
French, Michael. “The Throwing Season”. Delacorte Press, New York, 1980. A story depicting the success of a young Native American in sports.
Friese, Kai. “Rosa Parks: The Movement Organizes”. Silver Burdett Press, New Jersey, 1990. The history of the Civil Rights Movement through biography of Alabama Black woman who refused to give up her seat.
George, Jean Craighead. “The Talking Earth”. Harper and Row, New York, 1983. A Seminole Native American discovers how to combine her education with the wisdom of her elders.
McKissack, Patricia. “Frederick Douglass: The Black Loin”. Children’s Press, Chicago, Illinois, 1987. Describes the life and work of the man who escaped slavery to become an orator, writer and leader in the antislavery movement of the nineteenth century.
McKissack, Patricia. “Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Man to Remember”. Children’s Press, Chicago, Illinois, 1984. A biography of the Baptist minister from Georgia who led a nonviolent crusade against racial segregation.
McKissack, Patricia. “Mary McLeod Bethune: A Great American Educator”. Children’s Press, Chicago, Illinois, 1985. Recounts the life of the African American educator from her childhood in the cotton fields of South Carolina to her success as a teacher, crusader and presidential adviser.
Nelson, Mary Carroll. “ Maria Martinez”. Dillon Press, Minnesota, 1972. A biography of the Pueblo Indian woman who became renowned for her skill in pottery.
Nelson, Mary Carroll. “Robert Bennett”. Dillon Press, Minnesota, 1976. A biography of the Oneida Indian who became head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Purves, Alan C. “Tapestry”. Globe Book Company, New Jersey, 1993. A multicultural anthology in textbook format.
White , F.M. “Cesar Chavez, Man of Courage”. Garrard Publishers, New York, 1973. A biography of the Mexican American farm workers’ rights leader who led the battle across the country and initiated reforms benefiting farm workers and their families.
Wilson, Beth P. “Giants for Justice: Bethune, Randolph and King”. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1978. Biographical sketches of three outstanding African American leaders who did much to pave the way toward dignity and freedom for their people in education, labor and civil rights.