Reading List 2018

Reading List 2018  (Goal: 300)

Currently Reading

Zora and Me. (Zora and Me #1) Victoria Bond, T.R. Simon

Maru. Bessie Head
The Best We Could Do. Thi Bui

*Read in 2018

I’m reading 200 children’s books in 2018.  Also, 50 young adult/middle grade and 50 adult.

December 11, 2018: I have reached my goal of 200 children’s books and 50 Young Adult/Middle Grade books. I need to read 10 Adult books by December 31.

*Don’t Play in the Sun: One Woman’s Journey Through the Color Complex. Marita Golden

*One-Eyed Cat. Paula Fox

*Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina.  Misty Copeland, Charisse Jones

*Color Me Dark: The Diary of Nellie Lee Love, the Great Migration North, Chicago, Illinois, 1919.  (Dear America)  Patricia C. McKissack

*Little Man, Little Man: A Story of Childhood.  James Baldwin

*The Blacker the Berry.  Wallace Thurman

*American Street.  Ibi Zoboi

*World History Biographies: Leonardo da Vinci: The Genius Who Defined the Renaissance. World History Biographies.  John Phillips

*Into the Go-Slow.  Bridgett M. Davis

*Half of a Yellow Sun.   Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

*Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton.  Don Tate

*Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People.  Monica Brown, Julie Paschkis (Illustrator)

*Blues Journey.  Walter Dean Myers, Christopher Myers (Illustrator)

*Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist.  Susan Wood, Duncan Tonatiuh (Illustrations)

*Aya: Life in Yop City. (Aya #1-3) Marguerite Abouet, Clément Oubrerie (Illustrator)

*In Love & Trouble: Stories of Black Women.  Alice Walker

*How to Build a Hug: Temple Grandin and Her Amazing Squeeze Machine.  Amy Guglielmo, Jacqueline Tourville,  Giselle Potter (Illustrator)

*Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane.  Carole Boston Weatherford, Sean Qualls (Illustrator)

*Castaway Cats.  Lisa Wheeler, Ponder Goembel (Illustrator)

*The Transatlantic Slave Trade: The Forced Migration of Africans to America (1607-1830).  Richard Alexander

*Trombone Shorty.  Troy Andrews, Bryan Collier (Illustrations)

*Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R.B.G. vs. Inequality.  Jonah Winter, Stacy Innerst (Contributor)

*Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras.  Duncan Tonatiuh

*Leave Me Alone!  Vera Brosgol

*Just a Minute!  Yuyi Morales

*Conflict Resolution: When Friends Fight.  Liz George

*Diego Rivera: His World and Ours.  Duncan Tonatiuh

*Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship.
Irene Latham, Charles Waters, Sean Qualls (Illustrator), Selina Alko (Illustrator)

*A Pocketful of Kisses.  Angela McAllister, Sue Hellard (Illustrator)

*My Teacher.  James E. Ransome, Author and Illustrator.

*This Is the Rope: A Story From the Great Migration.  Jacqueline Woodson, James E. Ransome (Illustrator)

*Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman.
Nikki Grimes, Barry Moser (Illustrator), Earl B. Lewis (Illustrations)

*Grandfather’s Journey.  Allen Say

*My Hair is a Garden.  Cozbi A. Cabrera

*The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore.
Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, R. Gregory Christie (Illustrations)

*Coco Chanel: Pearls, Perfume, and the Little Black Dress.  Susan Goldman Rubin

*Pugdog.  Andrea U’Ren

*Hope In My Heart: Sofia’s Immigrant Diary.  (Sofia’s Immigrant Diary #1)  Kathryn Lasky

*Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America.  Carole Boston Weatherford, Jamey Christoph (Illustrations)

*The Palm-Wine Drinkard.  Amos Tutuola

*How the Finch Got His Colors.  Annemarie Riley Guertin, Helena Perez Garcia (Illustrator)

*Under the Quilt of Night.  Deborah Hopkinson, James E. Ransome (Illustrations)

*Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines.  Jeanne Walker Harvey, Dow Phumiruk (Illustrator)

*Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman.  Kathleen Krull, David Díaz (Illustrator)

*She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story.  Audrey Vernick, Don Tate (Illustrator)

*Anything But Ordinary Addie: The True Story of Adelaide Herrmann, Queen of Magic.  Mara Rockliff, Iacopo Bruno (Illustrations)

*My Story, My Dance: Robert Battle’s Journey to Alvin Ailey.  Lesa Cline-Ransome, James E. Ransome (Illustrations), Robert Battle (Foreword)

*Unbreak My Heart.  Toni Braxton

*The Housebreaker of Shady Hill and other stories.  John Cheever

*Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow: a Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix.  Gary Golio, Javaka Steptoe (Illustrator)

*Akissi: Tales of Mischief.  Marguerite Abouet, Mathieu Sapin (Illustrator)

*The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq.  Jeanette Winter

*Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb.  Jonathan Fetter-Vorm

*Aya. (Aya #1) by Marguerite Abouet, Clément Oubrerie (Illustrator)
Alisia Grace Chase, Helge Dascher (Translator), Tom Devlin (Letterer)

*She Persisted.  Chelsea Clinton, Alexandra Boiger (Illustrator)

*Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter.  Kate Clifford Larson

*Snowbound: The Tragic Story of the Donner Party. David Lavender

*Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair.  Patricia Polacco

*Roanoke, the Lost Colony: An Unsolved Mystery from History.  Jane Yolen, Heidi E.Y. Stemple, Roger Roth (Illustrator)

*A Dance Like Starlight: One Ballerina’s Dream.  Kristy Dempsey, Floyd Cooper (Illustrator)

*Coretta Scott King (Black Americans of Achievement).  Lisa Renee Rhodes

*The Patchwork Path: A Quilt Map to Freedom.  Bettye Stroud, Erin Susanne Bennett (Illustrator)

*The Ghost Catcher: A Bengali Folktale. Martha Hamilton (Goodreads Author), Mitch Weiss, Kristen Balouch (Illustrator)

*The Arab of the Future 3: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1985-1987: A Graphic Memoir. (L’Arabe du futur #3)  Riad Sattouf

*Show Way.  Jacqueline Woodson, Hudson Talbott (Illustrator)

*Chicken in the Kitchen.  Nnedi Okorafor (Goodreads Author), Mehrdokht Amini (Illustrator)

*Hazel Scott: The Pioneering Journey of a Jazz Pianist, from Cafe Society to Hollywood to HUAC. Karen Chilton

*Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me.  Daniel Beaty, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)

*Broken Glass.  Alain Mabanckou, Helen Stevenson (Translator)

*The Merchant of Venice.  William Shakespeare, Kenneth O. Myrick (Editor), Sylvan Barnet (Editor)

*The Collector of Treasures and Other Botswana Village Tales.  Bessie Head

*The Outsiders.  S.E. Hinton

*The Good Negress.   A.J. Verdelle

*Grandma Lena’s Big Ol’ Turnip.  Denia Lewis Hester, Jackie Urbanovic (Illustrator)

*The Contest Between the Sun and the Wind: An Aesop’s Fable
Heather Forest (Illustrations), Susan Gaber (Illustrator)

*Grump Groan Growl.  bell hooks, Chris Raschka (Illustrations)

*Flock of Shoes.  Sarah Tsiang, Qin Leng (Illustrator)

*A Stranger at Home.  Christy Jordan-Fenton, Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, Liz Amini-Holmes (Illustrator)

*Garvey’s Choice.  Nikki Grimes

*When I Was Eight.  by Christy Jordan-Fenton, Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, Gabrielle Grimard (Illustrations)

*The Man Who Loved Libraries: The Story of Andrew Carnegie
by Andrew Larsen, Katty Maurey (illustrator)

*Clarity As A Concept.  Mari E. Evans

*Mary Barton.  Elizabeth Gaskell

*So Long a Letter.  Mariama Bâ, Modupé Bodé-Thomas (Translator)

*Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower.  Brittney Cooper

*The Skin I’m In.  Sharon G. Flake

*Batman Returns.  Craig Shaw Gardner

*We Had a Picnic This Sunday Past.  Jacqueline Woodson

*Batman: The Man Behind the Mask.  (DC Super Heroes: Batman)
by Michael Dahl, Dan Schoening (Illustrator)

*Vision of Beauty: Candlewick Biographies: The Story of Sarah Breedlove Walker  by Kathryn Lasky, Nneka Bennett (Illustrations)

*Gwendolyn Brooks: Poetry Is Life Distilled.  Christine M. Hill

*Seesaw Girl.  Linda Sue Park

*Quiet Impact: A Creative Introvert’s Guide to the Art of Getting Noticed.  Drew Kimble

*Money Hungry  Sharon G. Flake

*The Magic Finger  Roald Dahl

*Homelands: Women’s Journeys Across Race, Place, and Time.   Tumang, Patricia Justine / De Rivera, Jenesha / Danticat, Edwidge

*The Poison Place  Mary E. Lyons

*Oliver Twist.  Charles Dickens

*Daughter of the Dust.  Julie Dash

* By the Shores of Silver Lake.  Laura Ingalls Wilder

*The Mother Of Black Hollywood.  Jenifer Lewis

*The Bourne Identity.  Robert Ludlum

*Wild Stars Seeking Midnight Suns.  J. California Cooper

*Maud Martha  Gwendolyn Brooks

To Be Read Pile:blackgirlreading1

Talk Stories.  Jamaica Kincaid, Ian Frazier

Opening Spaces: Contemporary African Women’s Writing.  Vera, Yvonne

Hottentot Venus.    Chase-Riboud, Barbara

Ida: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching.
Giddings, Paula J.

Blackberries, Blackberries.   Wilkinson, Crystal E.

Conjuring, Black Women, Fiction, and Literary Tradition.
Pryse, Marjorie / Pyrse, Majorie / Spillers, Hortense J.

When and Where I Enter.  Giddings, Paula

The Kitchen Spoon’s Handle: Transnationalism and Sri Lanka’s Migrant Housemaids.   Michele Ruth Gamburd  

 1984.   George Orwell

A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution. Carol Berkin

A Call to Conscience: The Landmark SpeechesMartin Luther King, Jr.

A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens

I Ain’t Scared of You.  Bernie Mac


Anansi Boys. Neil Gaiman

Annie John. Jamaica Kincaid

Anthology of Australian Aboriginal Literature. Anita Heiss (editor)

Black Feminist Thought: Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment. Patricia Hill Collins

Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination.  Alondra Nelson

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (illustrator)

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.  Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (illustrator)

Dear America. Standing in the Light: The Captive Diary of Catharine Carey Logan, Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania, 1763. Mary Pope Osborne

Dear America. A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl, Belmont Plantation, Virginia 1859. Patricia C. McKissack

Dear America. Dreams In The Golden Country: the Diary of Zipporah Feldman, a Jewish Immigrant Girl, New York City, 1903. Kathryn Lasky

Dear America. The Winter of Red Snow: The Revolutionary War Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, 1777. Kristiana Gregory

Dear America.A Journey to the New World: The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple, Mayflower, 1620. Kathryn Lasky

Dear American. So Far From Home: the Diary of Mary Driscoll, an Irish Mill Girl, Lowell, Massachusetts, 1847. Barry Denenberg

Don’t Play in the Sun: One Woman’s Journey Through the Color Complex.  Marita Golden

Fearless Girls, Wised Women & Beloved Sisters: Heroines in Folktales from Around the World.  Kathleen Ragan

Fortunate Son.  Walter Mosley

George’s Marvellous Medicine.  Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (illustrator)

Going Solo Roald Dahl

I Wish I Were a Wolf: The New Voice in Chinese Women’s Literature.  Diana B. Kingsbury

In Search of Satisfaction. J. California Cooper

In the Beginning: Creation Stories from Around the World.  Virginia Hamilton

James and the Giant Peach.  Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (illustrator)

Lady Susan.  Jane Austen

Little Town on the Prairie.  Laura Ingalls Wilder

Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route.  Saidiya V. Hartman

Measuring Time.  Helon Habila

My Antonia. Willa Cather

No Room of Her Own: Women’s Stories of Homelessness, Life, Death, and Resistance. Desiree Hellegers


Red Harvest.  Dashiell Hammett

Selected Plays.  Alice Childress

Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America.  Charisse Jones

Sister Mine.  Nalo Hopkinson

Speak.  Laurie Halse Anderson

Spirit, Space & Survival: African American Women In (White) Academe Joy James

Strange Fruit: Plays on Lynching by American Women.  Judith L Stephens

Sweeter the Juice: A Family Memoir in Black and White.  Shirlee Taylor Haizlip

The Awakening. Kate Chopin

The Belly of the Atlantic.  Fatou Diome

The BFG.  Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (illustrator)

The Devil’s Arithmetic.  Jane Yolen

The Dust Letters # 1. Janet Taylor Lisle

Voices of the Voiceless: Women, Justice, and Human Rights in Guatemala.    Michelle Tooley

In the Barrios: Latinos and the Underclass Debate.   Moore, Joan / Pinderhughes, Raquel

 The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849.  Cecil Woodham-Smith
The First Four Years.  Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Healing Wisdom of Africa.  Malidoma Patrice Some

The Illustrated Man.  Ray Bradbury

Disposable Domestics: Immigrant Women Workers in the Global Economy   Chang, Grace / Abramovitz, Mimi 

The Mill on the Floss. George Eliot

The Long Song. Andrea Levy

The Mole People: Life in the Tunnels beneath New York City.  Jeniffer Toth

The Plot Against America.  Philip Roth

The Revenge of the Dandelions.   Butterfly Olu Woods  I can’t find this book!

Saints, Sinners, Saviors: Strong Black Women in African American Literature
Harris, Trudier

The Warmth Of Other Suns. Isabel Wilkerson

Too Heavy a Load: Black Women in Defense of Themselves, 1894-1994.  Deborah Gray White

We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Shirley Jackson





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