April 2022

Little Legends Exceptional Men
Little Legends Exceptional Men

Little Legends Exceptional Men In Black History by author Vashti Harrison is a refreshing look for young and old alike at trailblazing African American male pioneers. At a time in history when black men are illustrated or written about as slaves or uneducated men, Vashti reminds America and the world of 36 men who changed the world as we know it. Read about such men as Benjamin Banneker, Dr. Charles R. Drew, Arthur Ashe, Chuck D, Lonnie Johnson, and others. From surveying land, activism, Inventions, and pioneering medical procedures and other fields of study, black men have always led by example often failing to receive recognition. If you are looking to inspire a young person or learn something new yourself, this book is for you. Charles Collectibles and Books LLC rates this outstanding book 5 out of 5 stars. Buy Now!

Life After Death by acclaimed Urban Fiction Author Sista Souljah
Life After Death

Life After Death by acclaimed Urban Fiction Author Sista Souljah is the sequel to the award-winning bestseller The Coldest Winter Ever. Winter is released from prison and wants to reclaim her father’s empire and seek revenge against those who wronged her. This is a first edition hardcover copy autographed by Sista Souljah and includes a Certificate of Authenticity (COA) by Premiere Collectibles. Fans of this great author will enjoy this new release. Charles Collectibles and Books LLC rates Life After Death 4.5 out of 5 stars. Buy Now!

Chef Ayesha Curry  cookbook Full Plate
Full Plate

Spring is here and summer is around the corner. Chef Ayesha Curry has put together some delicious and easy to make recipes in her cookbook Full Plate. See mouthwatering dishes like New Orleans Seafood Boil, scrumptious Burgers and fries and great pasta dishes. This first edition hardcover is signed by Ayesha and is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity COA and would be a welcome gift for a budding Chef. Enjoy making these meals with your family. Charles Collectibles and Books LLC rates this cookbook 4.5 out of 5 stars. Buy Now!

March 2022

Hairstyles for Me authored by Kathryn Diane Grace
Hairstyles for Me

Hairstyles for Me authored by Kathryn Diane Grace, a retired educator who was inspired by her daughter Regina. Wanting to boost her daughter’s self-esteem and pride in herself, Mrs. Grace felt a void of positive representation in books for African American girls. Attending integrated schools, her daughter had few, if any, images that reflected African American beauty and hairstyles for young black girls - dating back to African Queens and Princesses. This lack of representation was clear in her small Texas town, seeing few African Americans or people’s hair textures who looked like hers. Regina is tender-headed, and her mother ensures her that getting her hair done will not hurt. If you have experienced this with your daughter or family member, you know the trauma it can have psychologically on a young girl. Charles Collectibles and Books rates Hairstyles for Me 4.5 stars out of 5 stars. Buy Now!

Book DK Life Stories by Author Katherine Johnson
DK Life Stories: Katherine Johnson

DK Publishing authorized Ebony Joy Wilkins an opportunity to write an autobiography on Katherine Johnson, America’s first African American NASA Mathematician. Mrs. Johnson’s mathematical calculations were responsible for John Glenn’s return from Space. As a high school graduate at the age of 14, Katherine Coleman would enroll in West Virginia University, an HBCU. Upon graduating from college, she became a teacher and later transitioned to NASA. Ebony Joy Wilkins has done an excellent job in words and pictures of this trailblazing pioneer of Math and Science. Her commitment to the field of STEM has opened the door for thousands of young African American Women interested in Science and Math. Charles Collectibles and Books rates DK Life Stories: Katherine Johnson 5 out of 5 stars. This inspiring story will hopefully encourage future young girls of color to explore career fields in STEM. Buy Now!

Ibram X. Kendi author of Antiracist Baby
Coming On Home Soon

For Women’s History Month and Children’s Reading Month, I decided to highlight a favorite author of mine: Jacqueline Woodson. For more than 20 years, this thought-provoking and acclaimed author has thrilled audiences young and old alike with real life topics that reflect black and brown communities of color. Whether dealing with no longer being the only child in Pecan Pie Baby or having a loved one in jail in Visiting Day; Woodman reaches everyday people with her characters who resemble ordinary black and brown folks like me and you! Woodson’s works have been translated into multiple languages throughout the world introducing this black woman author to millions of readers worldwide. Her protagonist reflects teenage and young adults’ lives with subject matter like teen pregnancy, death of a child by the police, interracial dating, mental illness and teen suicide among many of her book titles. If you haven’t had the opportunity to read any of Jacqueline Woodson’s works, add them to your reading list. Buy Now!

February 2022

author Carole Boston Weatherford book Becoming Billie Holliday
Becoming Billie Holliday

Award winning author Carole Boston Weatherford explores the troubled and complicated story of Eleanora Fagan, better known to most people as Billie Holiday. Becoming Billie Holliday is a collection of poems and songs examining the music of this legendary artist in pictures and words. Illustrator Floyd Cooper has added world class illustrations of that era. While this book is geared toward young readers, it opens a candid and frank discussion of civil rights, segregation, racism and other challenging topics for middle school and high school students. Those issues that our ancestors faced during their lives continue to exist today and the book serves as a blueprint for change. The book also highlights the importance of examining the past in order to navigate the future. Buy Now!

Book cover Well That Escalated Quickly
Well That Escalated Quickly

Comedian and social media sensation-via-YouTube, Franchesca Ramsey, became an accidental activist. Her debut book Well That Escalated Quickly examines the life of this rising star in comedy, political activism and the Black Lives Matter movement. She discusses her experiences in school, work and other areas, imparting the wisdom she’s learned along the way. This book is a fun yet quirky memoir about the zig-zag of a life’s path. Franchesca is your sister, your coworker and the girl next door trying to navigate life without allowing racist and misogynistic actions to affect her and others. Her desire to speak candidly and honestly while speaking up for others turns her into this accidental activist. Buy Now!

Ibram X. Kendi author of Antiracist Baby
Antiracist Baby

Ibram X. Kendi, author of Antiracist Baby, provides a nine-point plan for parents, teachers and other adults to prevent teaching negative, learned racist behavior to children. Some of the principles outlined in the book include: showing love for all children and not seeing people by color. While this is a children’s board book, the subject matter is designed and geared toward first and second grade students. If you are looking for a children’s book on equity and inclusion, Charles Collectibles and Books highly recommends this book. Buy Now!

January 2022

Herb Boyd  - Civil Rights Yesterday and Today
Civil Rights Yesterday and Today

Noted African American historian and author Herb Boyd has written multiple books on African American Culture. Today, we examine one of his earlier works Civil Rights Yesterday & Today. This hardcover book chronicles the Civil Rights Movement from the 19th century through the mid 2010 ear when America nominated and elected its first African American President Barack Obama. He writes about African American pioneers such as Nat Turner, A. Phillip Randolph, James Farmer, Ida B. Wells, Fannie Lou Hamer, Bayard Rustin, Barbara Jordan, John Lewis and Jessie Jackson. This book is ideal if you are explaining African American History to an audience under 30 years old. While Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a major focal point of the Civil Rights Movement, it didn’t start with Dr. King, nor will it end with him. Its been said that those who don’t know their history are doomed to repeat it. Take time to educate a young person about those ancestors who served as trailblazers for today’s and tomorrow’s future leaders. Charles Collectibles and Books rates this book 5 out of 5 stars. Buy Now!

What Do You Do With A Voice Like That by author Chris Barton
What Do You Do With A Voice Like That?

With A Voice Like That by author Chris Barton and illustrated by Ekua Holmes tells the story of legendary pioneer Barbara Jordan. Barbara Jordan was the first African American Woman to represent the City of Houston, Texas as their congressional representative in the United States of Congress. This former educator lead by example encouraging others to fight for the poor and working-class residents of Harris County. At that time, Ms. Jordan was only one of a handful of African American Women in the United States Congress. If you have a young activist in your household than this African American children’s book is for them. Not only is it inspiring, Ekua Holmes has done Barbara Jordan honor and justice with her vivid illustrations of this civil rights trailblazer and pioneer of history. Charles Collectibles and Books rates this book 4.5 out of 5.00 stars. This book is ideal for readers first through third grade. Buy Now!

Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America
How the Photographer Captured Black and White America

Our final book review for January is Gordan Parks How the Photograph Captured Black and White America by author Carole Boston Weatherford. Gordan Parks is a legendary photographer who viewed African American life through the lines of a camera. This illustrated children’s book by Carole Boston Weatherford examines Mr. Parks early years. It’s a great book for young and adult fans of Gordan Parks. As a trailblazer, Mr. Parks photographed black people in everyday life through the lines of his camera bringing honor, pride, sadness and love to African Americans. This is a great inspirational book for African American children from the first grade to third grade. Charles Collectibles and Books rates this book 5 out of 5 stars. Enjoy the book and inspire the future photographer in your home or classroom. Buy Now!