Famous African Americans

Age Level: 5–8  Grade Level: K–3

These biographies of contemporary nineteenth and twentieth century African Americans, written by award-winning authors Patricia and Fredrick McKissack, are simple and authoritative. Great for character education, these titles are colorful and easy-to-read.

  • Elementary biographies by renowned authors Patricia and Fredrick McKissack
  • Features inspirational African Americans of high interest
  • Includes historical, cultural, and sports figures
  • Supports the History/Social Studies and English/Language Arts curricula
  • 9” x 7 1/2”
  • 24pp.
  • Illus. with color and black-and-white photographs and illustrations
  • Contains a glossary, a further reading list, Internet addresses, and an index
  • Spring 2013
  • Series Lexile: 490
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Booker T. Washington

Booker T. Washington

African-American Leader

Patricia McKissack and Fredrick McKissack
With skills like farming, carpentry, and sewing, Booker T. Washington believed that blacks could find acceptance in the racist white society of the late 1880s. His school became a leading educator of African Americans, and he became a powerful national figure, advising business owners and even presidents...Read More

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ISBN: 978-0-7660-4100-4
Binding: Library Ed.
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Carter G. Woodson

Carter G. Woodson

Black History Pioneer

Patricia McKissack and Fredrick McKissack
Carter G. Woodson, born just ten years after the Civil War ended, grew up in the lingering shadow of slavery. Woodson became a scholar dedicated to learning, teaching, and writing about the history of his people...Read More

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ISBN: 978-0-7660-4109-7
Binding: Library Ed.
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Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

Fighter Against Slavery

Patricia McKissack and Fredrick McKissack
Despite being a slave, Frederick Douglass (1818?–1895) learned to read and write. At age 21, he escaped from slavery and created a new life for himself as a free man. Intelligent and charismatic, Douglass became the leading voice against slavery in the 1800s...Read More

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ISBN: 978-0-7660-4098-4
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George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver

Scientist and Inventor

Patricia McKissack and Fredrick McKissack
George Washington Carver spent his life asking questions and looking for the answers. He gained a reputation as the farmers' best friend after teaching about crop rotation. He told farmers to grow peanuts and sweet potatoes to "rest" their soil between cotton crops...Read More

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ISBN: 978-0-7660-4102-8
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Ida B. Wells-Barnett

Ida B. Wells-Barnett

Fighter for Justice

Patricia McKissack and Fredrick McKissack
Ida B. Wells-Barnett rose from her roots in slavery to become an outspoken voice for her people. She was an important and influential journalist at a time in history when few women had careers. Using the power of her writing, she launched the first anti-lynching campaign and gained worldwide attention for this cause...Read More

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ISBN: 978-0-7660-4108-0
Binding: Library Ed.
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Jesse Owens

Jesse Owens

Legendary Track Star

Patricia McKissack and Fredrick McKissack
"I always loved running," said Jesse Owens, who as a boy could outrun all his playmates. When he competed in the Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany, people used words like "express" and "comet" to describe him...Read More

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ISBN: 978-0-7660-4104-2
Binding: Library Ed.
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