In this illustrated historical fiction book for young readers, author and educator Dr. Sabrina A. Brinson shares the untold story of the first African American Women’s Baseball Team, The Philadelphia Dolly Vardens. The Dolly Vardens played in the late 1880’s during the reconstruction era in and around the Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area. While still segregated they played against several other black women's teams and even challenged a few men’s teams as well. Dr. Brinson tells this remarkable and inspiring story of never giving up despite life being unfair through the eyes of a teen girl wanting to play baseball. Little does the girl know that her great, great, great, grandmother was one of the original star pitchers and her guardian angel, directing her path to playing baseball and never giving up! Charles Collectibles and Books rates The Philadelphia Dolly Vandens 5 out of 5 stars. This book is a must have for baseball fans and fans of African American History and Women’s History.
5 out of 5 stars.
In her novel For Black Girls Like Me, author Mariama J. Lockington introduces young readers to the world of interracial adoption through her experience growing up as a black teen with white parents. Semi-autobiographical, For Black Girls Like Me helps to guide and empower young folks with these circumstances to live their best lives and to know that they’re not alone. Charles Collectibles and Books rates For Black Girls Like Me 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Legendary teen and young adult author Walter Dean Myers
gives readers a view of a young Frederick Douglass. As an
enslaved young person, Frederick Bailey–who later changed his
last name to Douglass–learned the importance of reading and
its perils to Black men as a certain death if caught reading and
writing. A desire for freedom caused Frederick to escape on a
train headed north to Pennsylvania, a free state for Black
people. Charles Collectibles and Books rates Frederick Douglass
5 out of 5 stars.
Tonya Bolden shares the remarkable story of Victor Hugo
Green, the creator of the Green Book traveling guide for African
American motorists driving in the segregated South, in her
release Going Places. This directory informed Black citizens of
hotels, restaurants, gas stations and other businesses that
provided services to African Americans in the South and other
parts of the United States. At a time when being Black is being
challenged daily, it would be nice to have this directory again,
including a list of sundown towns across America. The current
generation and future generations can truly benefit from this
amazing traveling-while-Black resource. Charles Collectibles
and Books gives Going Places 5 out of 5 stars.
Negro Baseball League historian and co-founder of the Negro Baseball League Museum in Kansas City, MO, Phil S. Dixon has released over seven books and numerous articles on the subject matter of Negro Leagues Baseball. I recently had an opportunity to meet Phil at the July 2023 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference here in Detroit, MI.
Phil’s recent release John Buck O’Neil: The Rookie, His Words, His Voice is a must have for baseball fans and black history readers. This interactive book has several QR codes which readers can scan and hear Buck O’Neil in his own voice and words.
One of the first Negro Baseball League books I purchased was Phil’s The Negro Baseball Leagues: A Photographic History. Phil travels the United States extensively educating the public about the rich history of the Negro Baseball Leagues and can be seen around the country at colleges, libraries and a baseball stadium near you.
As a historian, Phil is an active member of The Society of Baseball Researchers better known as SABR. Phil shares his love of baseball and history in The League, a recent documentary on The Negro Baseball League directed by Sam Pollard. Charles Collectibles and Books rates John Buck O’Neil: The Rookie, His Words, His Voice 5 out of 5 stars.
Author, educator and researcher Tonya Bolden brings audiences Changing The Equation. Changing the Equation is a salute to more than 50 Black women in STEM. Readers have an opportunity to learn about Shirley Ann Jackson, a physicist who brought the world the grocery scanner and the ability to listen to compact discs (CD’s). Another great Black woman of STEM was Patricia E. Bath who received a US patent to remove cataracts via laser treatment. Tonya Bolden’s highlighting of these Black women trailblazers and their inventions–many of which we take for granted in our daily lives–showcases the vital role that Black women have played in the development of the modern world. This book is an inspiration for everyone interested in learning true history, especially Black women and girls. Charles Collectibles and Books rates Changing The Equation 5 out of 5 stars and a must read for everyone.
Congressman John Lewis’ final book before his transitioning to an ancestor is appropriately titled Carry On. It is a blueprint and a passing of the torch from one generation to the next. Wanting to prepare the next generation of future leaders to stir up good trouble, Lewis (known for causing good trouble), provides real advice–via reflections on life and learned wisdom–to the next generations of future activists. Charles Collectibles and Books rates Carry On, John Lewis’ final book, 5 out of 5 stars. This book is ideal for young adults and graduates.
In his book of poems, Light For The World To See, author Kwame Alexander brings words on race and hope to African American tweens and teens, amidst the continued struggle for social justice. Acknowledging recent history of police violence against
Black people and the economic, political, and social realities of contemporary life for Black folks in the US, Alexander expresses the anger and frustrations that so many Black Americans feel on a daily basis. He allows readers to feel the pain, confusion, and hurt that they may have while also uplifting them to continue fighting. Light For The World To See is great for young readers looking for an approachable, easy to read book that’ll help encourage them to continue the fight for social justice. Charles Collectibles and Books rates Light For The World To See 5 out of 5 stars and a *must read* for Black young adults.