November 2022

Say It Loader! MSNBC Weekend Commentator Tiffany D. Cross
Say It Loader!

Author and former MSNBC weekend newscaster Tiffany D. Cross, in her book Say It Louder!, examines black voters, white narratives, and saving our democracy. She examines the role African Americans played in shaping the voting landscape of American politics in local, state and national races in the 2018 midterm elections. Black Americans placed many democratic lawmakers into office at local, state and federal levels. Tiffany also views the strategy some white people and other groups are using to suppress the Black vote in current elections. Charles Collectibles and Books rates Say It Louder! 4.8 out of 5 stars. Buy Now!

Author Tanitoluwa Adewumi book My Name is Tani's New Home chess
Tani's New Home

Author Tanitoluwa Adewumi brings us a story of Tani who is a refugee from another country who hopes to fit in. In Tani's New Home, this talented 8-year-old discovers his passion for chess. He joins his school's chess team and qualifies for the state chess tournament. This homeless youth achieves his goal of becoming a New York State chess champion. Charles Collectibles and Books rates Tani's New Home 5 out of 5 stars. Buy Now!


October 2022

Author and illustrator Vashti Harrison  African American women in Little Leaders and African American men in Little Legends
Author and illustrator Vashti Harrison

Author and illustrator Vashti Harrison has written two books highlighting the accomplishments of African American Women in Little Leaders and African American Men in Little Legends. Vashti explores the rich history of these trailblazing men and women who made inventions, political inroads, and paved the way for civil rights across the United States and the world. In Little Leaders readers learn about Mae Jemison, the first African American Women in Space, Bessie Coleman, who was an African American Female aviator, and Ida B. Wells, who was a civil rights activist for women’s rights and the black community. In Little Legends, Vashti highlights the exceptional accomplishments of African American men in history. From Congressman John Lewis trailblazing civil rights pioneer, to Arthur Ashe world champion tennis player and human rights activist. Vashti uplifts and educates people of all ages. Charles Collectibles and Books rates both Little Leaders and Little Legends 5 out of 5 stars. Buy Now!

Author and Poet Morgan Park of Who Put This Song On?
Who Put This Song On?

There are many new unapologetically frank and real African American authors like Nic Stone, Jason Reynolds, Angie Thomas and others. Add Morgan Parker to that incredible list of authors for young adult readers. Her debut novel for teens, Who Put This Song On?, is loosely based on her experiences as a teen herself. Morgan Parker’s main character who is also named Morgan grew up in small town suburbia and is often the only African American girl in her class. She struggles to find her place as a 17-year-old young adult. Charles Collectibles and Books rates Who Put This Song On? 4.5 out of 5 stars. Buy Now!

First time author Madison Moore More Than Just A Game
More Than Just A Game

First time author Madison Moore and illustrator Lonnie Ollivierre honor the trailblazing pioneers of the Black Fives Basketball Era who paved the way for today’s NBA superstars. Past and present players like Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan and LeBron James would not exist if not for Cumberland Posey and Puggy Bell. At a time when basketball was segregated, African Americans played in ballrooms before dances and at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and private clubs. Ollivierre’s illustrations brings the athletes and uniforms of the Black Fives Era to light. In More Than Just A Game, Ms. Moore shares the two men who paved the way for an NBA which comprises 75 percent black and brown players across the league. Edwin Henderson, the father of Black Basketball taught his students the game of basketball including Cumberland Posey who was a multi-sport athlete and later owner of the Negro Baseball Leagues Homestead Grays. Black Fives Era players like Puggy Bell revolutionized how the game of basketball was played as he was a multi time champion with the Harlem Rens. Charles Collectibles and Books rates More Than Just A Game, the black origins of basketball 4.5 out of 5 stars. For more information on the origins of the Black Fives Era visit The Black Fives Foundation to learn more about the men and women who changed basketball as we know it. Buy Now!


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!