Current Exhibitions

In Plain Sight - Autographed
Jerry Pinkney

Sophie lives with Mama and Daddy and Grandpa, who spends his days by the window. Every day after school, it's Grandpa whom Sophie runs to.

"Here I am, Grandpa!"
"Ah, Sophie, how was your day?"

As Sophie and her grandpa talk, he asks her to find items he's "lost" throughout the day, guiding Sophie on a tour through his daily life and connecting their generations in this sweet, playful picture book from Richard Jackson, illustrated by Caldecott Medalist and Laura Ingalls Wilder Award winner Jerry Pinkney.

Item No. AUTOJP19
$17.99
In the Time of Drums
Siegelson, Kim L

It used to be that huge ships often landed near Teakettle Creek bringing African people to work on the island's plantations. Some of the Africans who live on the island made goatskin drums and play music to remind themselves of home. Young Mentu was island born, but grandmother Twi had come from Africa, and she longs for home. Thanks to Twi, Mentu learns to play the drums and to respect the strength of the music.

One day a new ship carrying Africans docked at Teakettle Creek sends out the beat of drums--a roar from the Africans inside the ship who are pounding for their homeland. The beat calls to Twi, urging her to seek freedom. But the only place for freedom is in the murky waters of Teakettle Creek. Now Grandmother Twi must choose between the drum's lure and the island that young Mentu calls home.

The recipient of the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award in 2000, this spellbinding story is now back in print. In the Time of the Drums is an extraordinary Gullah tale of mysticism, intrigue, strength, and courage that will leave readers of all ages spellbound.

Item No. 9781620143094
$9.95
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This Miskito Indian legend set in 17th-century Nicaragua illustrates the impact of the first European traders on traditional life.
Item No. 9780892391097
$9.95
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Myers, Walter Dean
There's a crazy syncopation /and it's tearing through the nation / and it's bringing sweet elation / to every single tune./ It's Jazz

Fifteen poems, infused with the rhythm and wordplay of jazz music, are paired with bold, stylized illustrations of performers and dancers to convey the history and breadth of this unique musical style. From bebop to New Orleans, from ragtime to boogie, and every style in between, Jazz takes readers on a musical journey from jazz's beginnings to the present day.

Created by a celebrated father-son team, Jazz is a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and a Kirkus Best Children's Books Editor's Choice.

In addition to its colorful and lyrical celebration, the book includes a brief introductory essay about the history and form of jazz, as well as a timeline and glossary of jazz terms.

Item No. 9780823421732
$12.99
Jimi Sounds Like a Rainbow
Gary Golio & Javaka Steptoe

Jimi Hendrix was many things: a superstar, a rebel, a hero, an innovator. But first, he was a boy named Jimmy who loved to draw and paint and listen to records. A boy who played air guitar with a broomstick and longed for a real guitar of his own. A boy who asked himself a question: Could someone paint pictures with sound?
     This a story of a talented child who learns to see, hear, and interpret the world around him in his own unique way. It is also a story of a determined kid with a vision, who worked hard to become a devoted and masterful artist. Jimi Hendrix--a groundbreaking performer whose music shook the very foundations of rock 'n' roll.

Item No. 9780618852796
$17.99
Just Us Women
Caines, Jeannette


"No boys and no men-just us women," Aunt Martha tells her niece. And together they plan their trip to North Carolina in Aunt Martha's brand-new car. This is to be a very special outing-with no one to hurry them along, the two travelers can do exactly as they please.

Item No. 9780064430562
$7.99
Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me - Autographed
Daniel Beaty & Bryan Collier
Autographed by illustrator Bryan Collier

Every morning, I play a game with my father.
He goes knock knock on my door
and I pretend to be asleep
till he gets right next to the bed.
And my papa, he tells me, "I love you."

But what happens when, one day, that "knock knock" doesn't come? This powerful and inspiring book shows the love that an absent parent can leave behind, and the strength that children find in themselves as they grow up and follow their dreams.
Item No. AUTOBC3
$18.99
Leo & Diane Dillon Print - Earth Mother

16" x 20" archival Giclee print featuring artwork from Leo & Diane Dillon's illustrations for Earth Mother by Ellen Jackson.

Item No. GIC2025297
$75.00
Leo & Diane Dillon Print - The Girl Who Dreamed Only Geese

16" x 20" archival Giclee print featuring artwork from Leo & Diane Dillon's The Girl Who Dreamed Only Geese by Howard Norman.

Item No. GIC2025298
$75.00
Leo & Diane Dillon Print - The People Could Fly

16" x 20" archival Giclee print featuring artwork from Leo & Diane Dillon's The People Could Fly.

Item No. GIC2025300
$75.00
Leo and Diane Dillon Postcard - A Wrinkle in Time

4" x 6" postcard featuring cover artwork by Leo and Diane Dillon from A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle.

Item No. 40426088
$1.00
Leo and Diane Dillon Postcard - Ashanti to Zulu

4" x 6" postcard featuring artwork by Leo and Diane Dillon from Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions by Margaret Musgrove.

Item No. 64315193
$1.00
Leo and Diane Dillon Postcard - If Kids Ran the World

4" x 6" postcard featuring artwork by Leo and Diane Dillon from If Kids Ran the World.

Item No. 51599954
$1.00
Leo and Diane Dillon Postcard - Jazz on a Saturday Night

4" x 6" postcard featuring artwork by Leo and Diane Dillon from Jazz on a Saturday Night.

Item No. 45450151
$1.00
Leo and Diane Dillon Postcard - The Secret River

4" x 6" postcard featuring artwork by Leo and Diane Dillon from The Secret River by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.

Item No. 80683739
$1.00
Let It Shine
Ashley Bryan

This little light of mine,

I'm gonna let it shine.

Let it shine,

let it shine,

let it shine.


With a kaleidoscope of color and cut paper, Hans Christian Anderson Award nominee and two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner Ashley Bryan celebrates three favorite spirituals: "This Little Light of Mine," "Oh, When the Saints Go Marching In," and "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands." The power of these beloved songs simply emanates through his joyous interpretations. Come, sing, and celebrate!

Item No. 9780689847325
$19.99
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Russell-Brown, Katheryn
Melba Doretta Liston loved the sounds of music from as far back as she could remember. As a child, she daydreamed about beats and lyrics, and hummed along with the music from her family's Majestic radio. At age seven, Melba fell in love with a big, shiny trombone, and soon taught herself to play the instrument. By the time she was a teenager, Melba's extraordinary gift for music led her to the world of jazz. She joined a band led by trumpet player Gerald Wilson and toured the country. Overcoming obstacles of race and gender, Melba went on to become a famed trombone player and arranger, spinning rhythms, harmonies, and melodies into gorgeous songs for all the jazz greats of the twentieth century: Randy Weston, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, and Quincy Jones, to name just a few. Brimming with ebullience and the joy of making music, Little Melba and Her Big Trombone is a fitting tribute to a trailblazing musician and a great unsung hero of jazz.
Item No. 9781600608988
$18.95
Many Thousands Gone: African-Americans from Slavery to Freedom
Hamilton, Virginia
Illus. in black-and-white. In this companion volume to the award-winning
"The People Could Fly, " Virginia Hamilton traces the history of slavery
and the Underground Railroad in America. Thirty-five inspiring stories describe
ingenious escapes, desperate measures, and daring protests of former slaves.
"Hamilton is neither sensational nor sentimental, even as she celebrates the
many acts of shining courage. This makes us all want to know more, much more,
about those many thousand gone."--(starred) "Booklist." "A compelling
book, outstanding in every way."--(pointer) "Kirkus."
Item No. 9780679879367
$13.99
Minty (Softcover)
Schroeder, Alan
They called her "Minty."

When she grew up, she became Harriet Tubman, the courageous and heroic woman who helped hundreds of slaves escape to freedom through the Underground Railroad. But she was just a little girl for a while--and this is her story. Minty, short for Araminta, was a feisty and headstrong young slave, whose rebellious spirit often got her into trouble. She told stories to her doll, released animals from traps, and, above all, dreamed of running away. And when her father began to teach her the skills necessary for escape, she listened carefully, and learned. . . .

*"Rich with melodrama, suspense, pathos, and, of course, a powerful vision of freedom. This exquisitely crafted book resonates well beyond its few pages."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Winner of the Coretta Scott King Award

An ALA Notable Book

Item No. 9780140561968
$8.99
Mirandy and Brother Wind (Softcover)
McKissack, Patricia
Illus. in full color."Mirandy is sure she'll win the cake walk if she can
catch Brother Wind for her partner, but he eludes all the tricks her friends
advise. This gets a high score for plot, pace, and characterization. Mirandy
sparkles with energy and determination. Multi-hued watercolors fill the pages
with patterned ferment. A treat to pass on to new generations."--(starred)
"Bulletin, Center for Children's Books." Cassette running time: 20 min.
Item No. 9780679883333
$6.99
Mirandy and Brother Wind - Autographed Hardcover

Autographed by Jerry Pinkney

Tomorrow night is Mirandy's first cakewalk, and somehow, some way, she's going to be kicking up her heels with Brother Wind! But how do you catch the Wind? Grandmama Beasley says, "Can't nobody put shackles on Brother Wind, chile. He be special. He be free." With neighbors up and down Ridgetop suggesting all manner of strategies, and friend Ezel laughing at each foiled one, Mirandy grows ever more determined: she'll get hold of that Brother Wind yet!

Patricia C. McKissack's thoroughly engaging tale dances with spirit and rollicking good humor. Complemented by Jerry Pinkney's rich, eye-catching watercolors of the rural South, here's one of those rare, rewarding picture books that is sure to be read and enjoyed again and again.

Item No. AUTOJP5
$17.99
Moon Over Star - Autographed Hardcover

Autographed by Jerry Pinkney

Like everyone else in America on July 20, 1969, Mae's eyes are turned skyward. The Eagle is about to land on the moon - the world's very first moon landing. And that landing is something that will inspire young Mae to make one giant step toward all of the possibilities that life has to offer.

A luminous, dramatic picture of that historic moment, this book is also a timeless portrait of the universality and beauty of childhood dreams.

Item No. AUTOJP1
$17.99
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom
Weatherford, Carole Boston
This poetic book is a resounding tribute to Tubman's strength, humility, and devotion. With proper reverence, Weatherford and Nelson do justice to the woman who, long ago, earned over and over the name Moses.
Item No. 9780786851751
$15.99
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters (Hardcover)
Steptoe, John


Mufaro was a happy man. Everyone agreed that his two daughters were very beautiful. Nyasha was kind of considerate as well as beautiful, but everyone - except Mufaro - knew that Manyara was selfish, bad-tempered, and spoiled.
Item No. 9780688040451
$17.99
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Hughes, Langston
Langston Hughes's spare yet eloquent tribue to his people has been cherished for generations. Now, acclaimed photographer Charles R. Smith Jr. interprets this beloved poem in vivid sepia photographs that capture the glory, the beauty, and the soul of being a black American today.
Item No. 9781416935407
$18.99