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Best books of 2005.

A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson, illustrated by Philippe Lardy Houghton Mifflin Company, April 2005 $17, ISBN 0-618-39752-3 Ages 13-17

Published in observance of the 50th anniversary of the murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till, who was murdered by lynching in Mississippi in 1955, Nelson's sonnets explore innocence brutalized with painstaking beauty.

Hewitt Anderson's Great Big Life by Jerdine Nolen, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, January 2005 $16.95, ISBN 0-689-86866-9 Ages 5-10

Hewitt is everything his parents could want in a son. But there's just one problem--he's very, very small. And his family descends from a long line of proud giants. But it turns out that Hewitt's great, big character is all he really needs.

Growing Up in Slavery: Stories of Young Slaves As Told by Themselves Edited by Yuval Taylor Illustrations by Kathleen Judge Lawrence Hill Books, January 2005 $22.95, ISBN 1-556-52548-6 Ages 14 and up

Growing Up in Slavery presents intense, autobiographical stories of life in bondage. The heartrending recollections will indeed give teens a deeper understanding of slavery.

Hot Jazz Special Words and Pictures by Jonny Hannah Candlewick Press, March 2005 $16.99, ISBN 0-763-62308-3 Ages 6-10

Hannah's book lifts the spirits with snappy prose and exuberant pictures that capture the energy of jazz, introducing readers to some of the famous artists.


Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney, read by Billy Dee Williams with original recordings by Ella Fitzgerald, Weston Woods Studios, unabridged cassette: $34.95 ISBN 0-786-12725-2; unabridged CD: $44.95, ISBN 0-786-18590-2

Ellington Was Not a Street by Notzake Shange and Kadir Nelson Read by Phylicia Rashad Weston Woods Studios, unabridged cassette and hardcover book: $24.95 ISBN 0-439-77576-0; unabridged CD and hardcover book: $29.95 ISBN 0-439-77582-5

Time Piece: The Book of Times by Virginia Hamilton, read by Lisa Renee Pitts Blackstone Audiobooks, unabridged cassette: $19.95, ISBN 0-786-12906-9; unabridged CD: $19.95 ISBN 0-786-18242-3
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Title Annotation:children's bookshelf
Publication:Black Issues Book Review
Article Type:Bibliography
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 1, 2005
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