September Reading Journey

A Little Bit of History & A Whole Lot of Fun!

September 2~Artist Romare Bearden Born (1911)

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My Hands Sing the Blues: Romare Bearden’s Childhood Journey (2011)

Picture Book

Jeanne Walker Harvey/Elizabeth Zunon

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September 3~Frederick Douglass Escaped from Slavery (1835)

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Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History (2017)

Picture Book

Walter Dean Myers/Floyd Cooper

September 3~U.S. Bowling League Day

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September 4~Writer Richard Wright Born (1908)

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Richard Wright and the Library Card (1997)

Picture Book

William Miller/Gregory Christie

September 4~Singer & Performer Beyoncรฉ Born (1981)

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Beyoncรฉ: Shine Your Light (2019)

Picture Book

Sarah Warren/Geneva Bowers

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September 5~Civil Rights Activist Claudette Colvin Born (1939)

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Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice (2009)

Chapter Book

Phillip Hoose

September 5~National Cheese Pizza Day

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September 6~National Read A Book Day

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September 7~Artist Jacob Lawrence Born (1917)

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Jake Makes a World: Jacob Lawrence, an Artist in Harlem (2015)

Picture Book

Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts/Christopher Myers

September 7~Poetress Louise Bennett Coverley Born (1919)

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A Likkle Miss Lou: How Jamaican Poet Louise Bennett Coverley Found Her Voice (2019)

Picture Book

Nadia L. Hohn/Eugenie Fernandes

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September 8~Civil Rights Activist Ruby Bridges Born (1954)

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The Story of Ruby Bridges (1995)

Picture Book

Robert Coles/George Ford

September 8~National Grandparents Day

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September 9~Writer Mildred Pitts Walter Born (1922)

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Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World (1948)

Chapter Book

Mildred Pitts Walter

September 9~National Teddy Bear Day

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September 10~Congressman John Roy Lynch Born (1847)

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The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch (2015)

Picture Book

Chris Barton/Don Tate

September 10~Mathematician Christine Darden Born (1942)

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Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race (2018)

Picture Book

Margot Lee Shetterly/Laura Freeman

September 10~Ballerina Misty Copeland Born (1982)

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A Girl Named Misty: The True Story of Misty Copeland (2018)

Early Reader

Kelly Starling Lyons/Melissa Manwell

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September 12~Track and Fielder Jesse Owens Born (1913)

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Jesse Owens: Fastest Man Alive (2007)

Picture Book

Carole Boston Weatherford/ Eric Velasquez

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September 13~Author Mildred D. Taylor Born (1943)

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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (1976)

Chapter Book

Mildred D. Taylor

September 13~National Peanut Day

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September 13~National Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day

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September 14~Author/ Illustrator John Steptoe Born (1950)

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Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters, An African Tale (1987)

Picture Book

John Steptoe

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September 15~October 15

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

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September 15~International Dot Day

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September 16~National Working Parents Day

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September 16~National Guacamole Day

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September 17~Constitution & Citizenship Day

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September 18~Jimi Hendrix Passed Away (1970)

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Jimi Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix (2010)

Picture Book

Gary Golio/Javaka Steptoe

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September 19~Dancer and Choreographer Amalie Hernรกndez Born (1917)

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Danza!: Amalia Hernรกndez and El Ballet Folklรณrico de Mรฉxico (2017)

Picture Book

Duncan Tonatiuh

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September 20~Mathematician Dorothy Vaughan Born (1910)

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Computer Decoder: Dorothy Vaughan Computer Scientist (Sept. 10, 2019)

Picture Book

Andi Diehn/Katie Mazeika

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September 21~National Dance Day

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September 21~National Gymnastics Day

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September 21~International Day of Peace

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September 23~Jazz Saxophonist and Composer John Coltrane Born (1926)

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Before John was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane (2008)

Picture Book

Carole Boston Weatherford/Sean Qualls

September 23~Singer and Songwriter Ray Charles Born (1930)

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Ray Charles (2001)

Picture Book

Sharon Bell Mathis/George Ford

September 23~First Day of Fall

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September 24~National Museum of African American History and Culture Opened (2016)

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Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon (Jan. 2020)

Picture Book

Kelly Starling Lyons/Laura Freeman

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September 24~National Punctuation day

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September 25~Author bell hooks Born (1952)

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Homemade Love (2002)

Picture Book

bell hooks/Shane W. Evans

September 25~Author Andrea Davis Pinkney Born (1963)

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Sleeping Cutie (2004)

Picture Book

Andrea Davis Pinkney/Brian Pinkney

September 25~Actor Will Smith Born (1968)

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Just the Two of Us (2001)

Picture Book

Will Smith/ Kadir Nelson

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September 26~Tennis Player Serena Williams Born (1981)

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Serena the Littlest Sister (2019)

Picture Book

Karlin Gray/Monica Ahanonu

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September 27~National Brave Day

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September 28~Jazz Trumpeter Miles Davis Passed Away (1991)

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Birth of the Cool: How Jazz Great Miles Davis Found His Sound

Picture Book

Kathleen Cornell Berman/ Keith Henry Brown

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September 30~National Chewing Gum Day

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