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The Floyd Cooper Collection

Floyd Cooper

Floyd Cooper (1956-2021) was a well-known children’s book illustrator whose laurels include three Coretta Scott King Honor Awards, ten ALA Notable Book Awards, and an NAACP Image Award. Based in Easton, Pennsylvania, Cooper strove to share Black experiences rooted in history not typically taught in U.S. classrooms. While Cooper may no longer be with us, his beautiful work is still available to learn from and appreciate.

Becoming Billie Holiday by Carole Boston Weatherford

The stunning voice and hard life of legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday is revealed through evocative, accessible poetry.

A Beach Tail by Karen Lynn Williams

“A charming tale of creativity and discovery.” —School Library Journal, starred review

A creative and intelligent little boy must fight his fear and find his way back to his loving father when they become separated at the beach.

Queen of the Track: Alice Coachman, Olympic High-Jump Champion by Heather Lang

Here is a story of perseverance and unwavering ambition that follows Alice Coachman on her journey from rural Georgia, where she overcame adversity both as a woman and as a black athlete, to her triumph in Wembly Stadium in the 1948 London Olympics.

Miss Crandall’s School for Young Ladies & Little Misses of Color by Marilyn Nelson and Elizabeth Alexander

Two renowned poets tell the story of Prudence Crandall and her black students, who endured the cruelty of prejudice and hateful actions for the sake of their education.