August and September 2022

Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero by Kelly J. Baptist
Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero by Kelly J. Baptist

Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero by Kelly J. Baptist - Isaiah has recently lost his dad and becomes the man of the house. This ten-year-old boy has a secret, he is a superhero. Deriving his powers from beans and rice allows Isaiah to solve insurmountable issues. Author Kelly J. Baptist, an Elementary School Educator in Southwest Michigan strives to create innovative and creative stories to spotlight African American boys in a positive light. If you’re looking for an interesting book, Charles Collectibles and Books rates Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero 4.5 out of five stars. Buy Now!

In Their Own Voices First- Hand Histories of Formerly Enslaved People
In Their Own Voices

Today we are encouraging our audience to read the five-volume set In Their Own Voices – First-Hand Histories of Formerly Enslaved People. Featured are the works of Solomon Northup - Twelve Years A Slave; Frederick Douglas – The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas; William Still – The Underground Railroad; Booker T. Washington – Up From Slavery; and Harriet Jacobs – Incidents In The Life of A Slave Girl. Take an opportunity to learn real American History directly from those impacted by social injustice, racism, bigotry, and sexism from formerly enslaved pioneers determined to succeed, despite any obstacles placed in their way. Charles Collectibles and Books rates this collection of works five out of five stars. Buy Now!

My Daddy Rules the World by author Hope Anita Smith
My Daddy Rules the World

My Daddy Rules the World by author Hope Anita Smith is a wonderful and inspiring collection of poems saluting African American Dads. She examines situations of Black men showing strength and courage. Smith covers topics such as haircuts, riding your bike, wrestling, and more from a male perspective. This is an uplifting book designed for first to third grade children but would be enjoyed by all who pick it up. If you’re looking for a positive book for African American boys, this book is for you!!! Charles Collectibles and Books rates My Daddy Rules the World five out of five stars. Buy Now!

July and June 2022

Noah and the New Baby
Noah and the New Baby

Dr. Sharie Coombes tackles the subjects of new siblings, how to overcome your child’s jealous nature and how to calm their fears. Noah is used to having Mom’s full attention but soon, with the birth of his baby brother, he’s concerned that Mom will no longer have special time for him. Being used to Mom playing knights and horses as well as reading bedtime stories, Noah fears no longer being the center of his Mom’s attention because of the new baby. Mom balances her love for both her son’s. This well illustrated book shows the love Mom has for Noah and her new son. Dr. Coombes shares some important advice on dealing with sibling concerns and more. If you know a parent with existing kids and a new baby on the way or having just arrived, please consider this book for them. Buy Now!

Under The Freedom Tree
Under The Freedom Tree

As we approach the 2nd Annual Juneteenth National Holiday, I wanted to review a children’s book that is a good explanation for the reason we celebrate Juneteenth as a National Holiday. Under The Freedom Tree by author Susan VanHecke and illustrated by London Ladd is the true story of three slaves’ determination to surrender to Union soldiers in Hampton Roads Virginia, which would take them from being indentured slaves to free men. Known as the Emancipation Tree, hundreds of slaves came from all over to seek freedom. Slabtown, a temporary city now known as Hampton Roads, was created and allowed these now free men, women and children to learn that no person would ever own them as property again. While the United States freed slaves in 1863, slaves and other indentured groups in Texas didn’t find out that the Union troops defeated the confederate states, which should have allowed freedom to everyone. On June 19, 1865, word spread to slaves in Galveston Texas that they were now free. This book sets the stage for parents, teachers and historians to educate generations about America’s true past. This book is ideal for 4th grade and up conversations about history. Buy Now!

You Don’t Even Know Me by author Sharon G. Flake
You Don’t Even Know Me

TAnother great book for teens is You Don’t Even Know Me by author Sharon G. Flake. She has compiled a book of poems and true short stories about Africa-American teen boys. In a time when young boys are seen as grown adults by many outside of the black community, the reality is that they are someone’s son, brother, or classmate. While the world measures these young boys by their height, facial hair and deep voice, they’re still teens and young adults and should not be judged by physical appearances. See how these young black teens navigate critical subjects like being a teen father, personal family secrets, teen jocks or being a misunderstood youth by police and the justice system. This book is ideal for youth from the 5th grade and up. Buy Now!

May 2022

Jayla Jumps In
Jayla Jumps In

Jayla Jumps In by author, University of Detroit graduate, and now Washington D.C. educator Joy Jones shares the exciting story of generational love for the sport of Double Dutch. This true story of a District of Columbia jump rope team unites a community while bringing a young teen closer to her allying mother. If you’re looking for an exciting and inspiring book for teens, this book is for you. During a recent trip back to my hometown of Washington, D.C. I visited the main branch of the District of Columbia Library where I spent many of days in my youth studying and working on projects. To my amazement, the fourth floor of The Martin Luther King Jr. Library was an exhibit with the actual jump rope used in several competitions. As a native Washingtonian and now transplant to Metropolitan Detroit, two cities which are dear to my heart, I rate Jayla Jumps In 5 out of 5 stars. This book fully tells the story of inner-city life and its challenges and triumphs of African-American life for young and old alike and what bends communities. Buy Now!

Fifty Cents and a Dream - Young Booker T. Washington
Fifty Cents and a Dream - Young Booker T. Washington

This May in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we are spotlighting Booker T. Washington’s Fifty Cents and A Dream. This pioneering trailblazer sought to teach negro men and women reading and writing in a formal setting which became the Tuskegee Institute. Author Jabari Asim examines the early years which formed the opinion and mindset of this future educator. Young Booker T’s determination to educate others who look like him while growing up in Virginia cultivated a dream resulting in him acquiring land in Alabama and creating the Tuskegee Institute. Charles Collectibles and Books LLC highly rates this book for young readers 5 out of 5 stars. Bryan Collier’s illustrations are vivid and the verbiage is ideal for early childhood readers. This is an inspiring storybook that fosters the next generation of African American leaders. Buy Now!