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Notable: Black history for kids

In honor of Black History Month, here are the three 2009 winners of the American Library Association's Coretta Scott King Awards for children's literature that explores the African-American experience.

Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal (Carolrhoda Books/Lerner) by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson is the illustrated biography of a legendary peace officer, born into slavery, who became one of the most respected lawmen in Indian Territory.

My People (Ginee Seo Books/Atheneum), a poem by Langston Hughes illustrated by Charles R. Smith Jr., features vibrant sepia photographs celebrating the beauty and diversity of African-Americans.

The Rock and the River (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster) by Kekla Magoon is the story of a young boy in 1968 Chicago living in the shadows of his father, a civil rights activist working with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and his older brother, who has joined the Black Panther Party.

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor

Notable: Black history for kids 02/13/10 [Last modified: Saturday, February 13, 2010 3:30am]

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