• Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library

    By Carole Boston Weatherford

    Ill. by Eric Velasquez

    Read by Ron Butler

    Where is our historian to give us our side? Arturo asked.

    "All of the book's details paint Schomburg as an admirable, flawed, likable, passionate man whose lasting legacy, Harlem's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, opens its doors to all who would learn more about the people its founder knew had been left out of the written record. A must-read for a deeper understanding of a well-connected genius who enriched the cultural road map for African-Americans and books about them." - Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

    Released Tue Dec 12 00:00:00 UTC 2017

  • Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life

    By Ashley Bryan

    Ill. by Ashley Bryan

    Read by J.D. Jackson , Robin Eller , Ron Butler , Bahni Turpin and Susie Berneis

    Fierce paintings and expansive poetry provide a unique glimpse into the lives of slaves.

    "Bryan gives voices to the voiceless and presents the dreams of slaves who went to the grave without living them. Using historical slave documents from the 1820s to the 1860s, Bryan brings to life 11 slaves who once belonged to Cado Fairchilds...Bryan makes real and palpable what chattel slavery meant and how it affected those who were enslaved; every child who studies American slavery would benefit from experiencing this historically grounded web of narratives." - Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

    Released Tue Aug 22 00:00:00 UTC 2017

  • Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph

    By Roxane Orgill

    Ill. by Francis Vallejo

    Read by J.D. Jackson , Jason Linere White , Ron Butler and Bahni Turpin

    What happens when you invite as many jazz musicians as you can for a photo in 1950s Harlem?

    "...alive with the presence and skill of the musicians...Beyond being a glorious tribute to these jazz greats...[this] is also a phenomenal debut for Vallejo, whose dynamic acrylic and pastel images bring readers into the heart of the action of a day like no other." - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

    Released Tue May 23 00:00:00 UTC 2017

  • A Spy Called James

    By Anne Rockwell

    Ill. by Floyd Cooper

    Read by Rodney Gardiner and Qarie Marshall

    The True Story of James Lafayette, Revolutionary War Double Agent

    The true story of a slave who helped America earn its freedom & must now fight to gain his own!

    "Rockwell's detailed yet accessible text is perfectly matched with Cooper's exceptional oil paintings...A profoundly successful work...will inform and inspire students to uncover the hidden stories of American history. An outstanding resource for young historians." - School Library Journal, Starred Review

    Released Tue Jan 31 00:00:00 UTC 2017

  • Just a Lucky So and So

    By Lesa Cline-Ransome

    Ill. by James E. Ransome

    Read by Arnell Powell

    The Story of Louis Armstrong

    This tribute to Louis Armstrong tells the story of a virtuoso musician who personified jazz.

    "...gorgeous...The watercolor illustrations elevate the narrative...the paintings reverberate off the page. A solid choice for school libraries and collections looking to freshen up biography collections." - School Library Journal

    Released Tue Aug 16 00:00:00 UTC 2016

  • Voice of Freedom

    By Carole Boston Weatherford

    Ill. by Ekua Holmes

    Read by Janina Edwards

    Fannie Lou Hamer - Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement

    Stirring poems and stunning illustrations combine in this acclaimed biography of Fannie Lou Hamer.

    A 2016 Caldecott Honor Book, 2016 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book, and a 2016 John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award Winner - Awards

    Released Tue Jul 12 00:00:00 UTC 2016

  • Trombone Shorty

    By Troy Andrews

    Ill. by Bryan Collier

    Read by Arnell Powell

    The award winning autobiography of jazz artist Trombone Shorty comes to life in this vibrant video.

    A 2016 Caldecott Honor Book and Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Award Winner - Awards

    Released Tue Jun 28 00:00:00 UTC 2016

  • Mumbet's Declaration of Independence

    By Gretchen Woelfle

    Ill. by Alix Delinois

    Read by Susie Berneis

    One woman’s brave actions set a milestone on the road toward ending slavery in the United States.

    Three stars. “Elizabeth “Mumbet” Freeman and her 1781 court case underscore the fact that this was an important step in the burgeoning Abolitionist movement…this is recommended.” - Video Librarian

    Released Tue Feb 10 00:00:00 UTC 2015

  • Benny Goodman and Teddy Wilson

    By Lesa Cline-Ransome

    Ill. by James E. Ransome

    Read by Sean Crisden

    Taking the Stage As the First Black-and-White Jazz Band in History

    "A solid exploration of a...historically significant moment in American music." - Kirkus Reviews.

    “(Young viewers) will surely be entertained in this introduction to two legendary musicians who shaped American music.” - Booklist (video review)

    Released Tue Dec 30 00:00:00 UTC 2014