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  • Courtney's Birthday Party

    Loretta Long, Ron Garnett

    Paperback (Just Us Books, Sept. 1, 1998)
    Courtney is very excited. Her seventh birthday is only a few days away, and her mother has planned a special party. All of Courtney's classmates will be invited, including Courtney's best friend, Dejana. Courtney and Dejana have been best friends for a long time. They ride the bus to school together; they sit next to each other in class. It has never mattered to them that one is white and one is black. Dejana is excited, too. In the days leading up to the party, she works hard at several odd jobs so she can buy a special gift to give to her friend. But when the invitations to the party are passed out, Dejana doesn't receive one. Courtney's mother doesn't want Dejana to attend. Both Dejana and Courtney are devastated. But friendship wins the day when Courtney's determination forces her mother to change her mind. In engaging prose, actress and educator Loretta Long shows that loyalty and determination can overcome racial prejudice and ignorance.
  • Baby Jesus Like My Brother

    Margery W. Brown, George Cephas Ford

    Paperback (Just Us Books Inc, Dec. 1, 1995)
    Tony's big sister explains that Christmas is Jesus' birthday and that his parents prepared for his coming in much the same way their parents prepared for their new baby brother
  • Afro-Bets ABC book

    Cheryl Willis Hudson

    Paperback (Just Us Books, March 15, 1987)
    Black youngsters form themselves into letters of the alphabet.
  • NEATE to the Rescue!

    Debbie Chocolate

    Paperback (Just Us Books, Aug. 1, 1992)
    Naimah, Elizabeth, Anthony, Tayesha and Eddie are NEATE. In this first book of the series NEATE helps Naimah and mother with their respective political campaigns. Naimah is running for class president and her mother is seeking a city council seat.
  • From a Child's Heart

    Nikki Grimes, Brenda Joysmith

    Hardcover (Just Us Books, Oct. 1, 1993)
    From A Child's Heart is a beautiful collection of preyer/poems that are complemented by striking art by celebrated artist Bredda Joysmith.
  • Susie King Taylor: Destined to Be Free

    Denise Jordan, Higgins Bond

    Paperback (Just Us Books, Dec. 15, 1994)
    The story of one of the first Black nurses.
  • Afro-Bets 123 book

    Cheryl Willis Hudson

    Paperback (Just Us Books, Jan. 1, 1987)
    Black youngsters form the shapes of numbers one through ten.
  • Path To My African Eyes

    Ermila Moodley

    Paperback (Just Us Books, Oct. 1, 2007)
    When her father is transferred from his position as a professor at a Capetown, South Africa university to Buena Vista, California, Thandie Sobukwe says goodbye to her friends, family and favorites places and hello to self-doubt, rejection and cultural confusion. Everything from the way she looks to the way she speaks, and even the way she thinks is questioned, mocked or simply misunderstood. Thandie's struggling to be confortable in her skin, but between her California girl dreams, ambivalent feelings about Black American culture, and sensitivity about the ethnic background she thinks makes her stand out too much, she doesn't seem to fit in anywhere. Thandie's facing a real dilemma: How can you be true to yourself when you're trying to discover who you are?
  • Land of the Four Winds: Kpa Nieh Kpau

    Veronica Freeman Ellis, Sylvia Walker

    Hardcover (Just Us Books, March 1, 1993)
    Based on West African folklore, this exciting fantasy features Liberian dialect and the power of the African oral tradition. Marvelously illustrated in pencil and water color.
  • Ma Dear's Old Green House

    Denise Lewis Patrick, Sonia Lynn Sadler

    Hardcover (Just Us Books, Oct. 30, 2004)
    All of us have special places in our childhood memories. They are happy places, fun places. They are places where unique people live. They are places that elicit warm, comforting and safe feelings. They are places we want to visit again and again. MaDear's old green house is such as place. There, Sunday morning breakfast is an event. Hide and go seek is more than just a game. The tall pecan tree isn’t just a familiar landmark. It's a place to rest and dream. At MaDear’s old green house nurturing relatives come and go. You’re surrounded by a nourishing and caring community. And there is freedom to jump, to skip, to run and to grow. Denise Lewis Patrick’s own childhood memories of visits with her grandmother are the inspiration for this poignant story. Through heartwarming and lyrical prose, Patrick shares memories of summers at her special place: MaDear’s old green house. It is a place all children should have a chance to visit at least once. Patrick’s moving story is beautifully illustrated by Sonia Lynn Sadler’s bold and vibrant scratchboard images. Much may change around us. We grow older. We move. A special place, however, lives forever—-just like MaDear’s old green house.
  • I Told You I Can Play!

    Brian Jordan, Cornelius Van Wright, Ying-Hwa Hu

    Hardcover (Just Us Books, Jan. 1, 2006)
    Book by Jordan, Brian
  • Annie's Gifts

    Angela Shelf Medearis, Anna Rich

    Hardcover (Just Us Books Inc, Feb. 1, 1997)
    Annie, the daughter of a musical family, wishes she could be in the band like her brother, or play the piano like her sister, but no matter which instrument she tries, the results are a disaster, until she realizes her talents lie elsewhere