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Featuring works in the SJR State Library that relate to recent news and current events.

Artist Kadir Nelson

Works by Kadir Nelson at the SJR State Library

Nelson Mandela

Presents a biography of the former South African president best known for his political activism and fight to end apartheid.

He's Got the Whole World in His Hands

A picture-book interpretation of one of America’s best-known songs, focusing on landscapes and images of a boy and his family. Includes printed melody-line verses and all four verses.

Baby Bear

As Baby Bear tries to find his way home through the forest, he asks many different woodland creatures for help and finds that much of their advice is more comforting than helpful.

Blue Sky White Stars

"A stirring poetic tribute to the beauty and wonder of America’s symbols, history, landscape"-- Provided by publisher.

I Have a Dream

Presents illustrations and the text of the speech given by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on August 28, 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, in which he described his visionary dream of equality and brotherhood for humankind.

Heart and Soul

"Told through the unique point of view and intimate voice of a one-hundred-year-old African-American female narrator, this inspiring book demonstrates that in gaining their freedom and equal rights, African Americans helped our country achieve its promise of liberty and justice--the true heart and soul of our nation."

Ellington Was Not a Street

A poem about a little girl and her father's famous friends that changed the conditions for African American people. In the back of the book short biographies are given for each of the men who changed history.

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

Lexile Level: 900
Target Age Group: 09 to 12
Using an "Everyman" player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through the decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947. Illustrations from oil paintings by artist Kadir Nelson.

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom

Lexile Level: 660
Lexile Code: AD Adult Directed Text
Target Age Group: 04 to 08
Describes Tubman's spiritual journey as she hears the voice of God guiding her north to freedom on that very first trip to escape the brutal practice of forced servitude. Tubman would make nineteen subsequent trips back south, never being caught, but none as profound as this first one.

Henry's Freedom Box

A fictionalized account of how in 1849 a Virginia slave, Henry "Box" Brown, escapes to freedom by shipping himself in a wooden crate from Richmond to Philadelphia.
Caldecott Honor Book, 2008