The Root Book Collection

Please take take a look at some of our current titles that are in our partnering locations. Feel free to donate any books of cultural relevance, to purchase one of these or any others, or even recommend us new titles. As we strongly encourage individuals to build their own personal libraries within their homes.  

You can click on any and all titles and you will be directed to a link where you can purchase that book title for yourself, a loved one, or to donate to The Conscious Connect (at the PO Box Address at the bottom of the page) to further our collection for communities in need. 

Elementary Level Readers

The Root Collection engages our Pre-K and elementary level readers with books that are culturally relevant and age-responsive to the lived experiences of the children. Within these books, children find lead and supporting characters that they can identify with as the characters look like, talk like, and have similar childhood stories and upbringings as them. Through these carefully hand-selected books, children are able to find the vocabulary needed to articulate and express their feelings, emotions, and experiences; which is vital for our young readers. 

All Different Now by Angela Johnson (donated by author)

Amelia to Zora by Cynthia Chin-Lee

A Picture Book of Harriet Tubman by David A. Adler

A Picture Book of Jesse Owens by David A. Adler

A Picture Book of Rosa Parks by David A. Adler

Aunt Flossie's HAts (and Crab Cakes Later) by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard

Bintou’s Braids by Sylvianne Diouf

Black Pioneers of Science and Invention by Louis Harber

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti by Verna Aardema

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Cherries and Cherry Pits by Vera B. Williams

Danny Dollar by Ty Allen Jackson (donate by author)

Do Like Kayla by Angela Johnson

Eddy's Dream by Miriam Cohen

Flower Garden by Eve Bunting

I Have A Dream by Margaret Davidson

I Like Things by Margaret Hillert

I’ve Seen the Promised Land by Walter Dean Myers

John Henry by Julius Lester

Joseph's Journey by Christina Nicole Smith (donated by author)

Joshua’s Night Whispers by Angela Johnson 

Just Us Women by Jeannette Caines

Knock Knock by Daniel Beaty

Lottie Paris and the Best Place by Angela Johnson (donated by author)

Maniac Monkeys on Magnolia Street by Angela Johnson (donated by author)

Monster by Walter Dean Meyers

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe

My Nana and Me by Irene Smalls

100 African Americans Who Shaped American History by Charisanne Beckner

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

On the Court With... Kobe Bryant by Matt Cristopher

President of the Whole Fifth Grade by Sherri Winston

Rain Feet by Angela Johnson

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Rosa Parks: My Story by Rosa Parks with Jim Haskins

Shanna's Animal Riddles by Jean Marzollo

Sounder by William H. Armstrong

The Day Ray Got Away by Angela Johnson (donated by author)

The People Could Fly by Virginia Hamilton

These Hands by Hope Lynne Price

These Hands by Margaret H. Mason

The Supadupa Kid by Ty Allen Jackson (donated by author)

The Whatsons Go To Brimingham--1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

Wait and See by Robert Munsch

We All Went on Safari by Laurie Krebs

We Are The Ship

We Could Be Brothers by Derrick Barnes

When I Close My Eyes (donated by author)

You Are Amazing/I Am Amazing by Ty Allen Jackson

You Can Do It! by Tony Dungy

 

Middle School Readers

The Root Collection engages our middle-aged and middle school readers primarily through the Black Americans of Achievement Series. Each book highlights a significant Black historical figure for Black progression in the United States. This particular portion of the collection was inspired by Literacy Advocate, Adrianne C. Marshall, as she donated more than 60+ books from her sacred family collection of the Black Americans of Achievement Series. The impact of that selfless act is now widespread throughout many of the initial locations of The Root. Through these carefully hand-selected books, youth are able to learn about their cultural heritage, as well as explore a wide range of professions that Blacks have long excelled at from entrepreneurship, education, law, science, technology, engineering, math, musicianship, activism, advocacy, authorships, artistry, poetry, entertainment, and athletics. This enables imagination and exposes the youth to an endless world of possibilities towards creative and resilient upward mobility. 

Alex Haley

 by David Shirley and Introduction Essay by Coretta Scott King

Arthur Ashe

 by Ted Weissberg and Introduction Essay by Coretta Scott King

Barbara Jordan

by Rose Blue & Corinne Naden and Introduction Essay by Coretta Scott King

Colin Powell

by Warren Brown and Introduction Essay by Coretta Scott King

Dizzy Gillespie

by Tony Gentry and Introduction Essay by Coretta Scott King

Duke Ellington

by Ron Frankl and Introduction Essay by Coretta Scott King

Ella Fitzgerald

by Bud Kliment and Introduction Essay by Coretta Scott King

Frederick Douglas

by Sharman Apt Russell and Introduction Essay by Coretta Scott King

Harriet Tubman

by M.W. Taylor and  Introduction Essay by Coretta Scott King 

Henry Aaron

by Richard Scott Rennert and Introduction Essay by Coretta Scott King

Jackie Robinson

by Richard Scott and Introduction Essay by Coretta Scott King

James Baldwin

by Lisa Rosset and Introduction Essay by Coretta Scott King

Jesse Owens

by Tony Gentry and Introduction Essay by Coretta Scott King

Joe Louis

 by Robert Jakoubek and Introduction Essay by Coretta Scott King

Josephine Baker

 by Alan Schroeder and Introduction Essay by Coretta Scott King

Langston Hughes  

by Jack Rummel and Introduction Essay by Coretta Scott King

Lena Horne

 by Leslie Palmer and Introductory Essay by Coretta Scott King

Lewis Latimer

 by Winifred Latimer Norman & Lily Patterson and Introductory Essay by Coretta Scott King

Malcolm X 

by Jack Rummel and Introductory Essay by Coretta Scott King

Martin Luther King, Jr. 

by Robert Jakoubek and Introductory Essay by Coretta Scott King

Mary McLeod Bethune

by Malu Halasa and Introductory Essay by Coretta Scott King

Matthew Henson

by Richard Scott and Introductory Essay by Coretta Scott King

Maya Angelou

by Mile Shapiro and Introductory Essay by Coretta Scott King

Michael Jordan

by Sean Dolan and Introductory Essay by Coretta Scott King

Nat Turner

by Terry Bisson and Introductory Essay by Coretta Scott King

Oprah Winfrey

 by Lois P. Nicholsonand Introductory Essay by Coretta Scott King 

Rosa Parks  

by Mary Hull and Introductory Essay by Coretta Scott King

Sojourner Truth   

by Peter Krass and Introductory Essay by Coretta Scott King

Thurgood Marshall

by Lisa Aldred and Introductory Essay by Coretta Scott King

Toni Morrison  

by Douglas Century and Introductory Essay by Coretta Scott King

Whoopi Goldberg  

by Rose Blue & Corinne J. Naden and Introductory Essay by Coretta Scott King

 

Additional Reads

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Getting Our Breath Back by Shawne Johnson

Johnny Bright, Champion by Warrick Lee Barrett (donated by author)

 

Adult Readers & Intellectual Inquiry

The Root Collection at each location also has a small number of books for advanced readers to engage intellectual inquiry with many classic texts from prolific Black writers, authors, scholars, and intellectuals. This part of the collection allows for members of the community to continue to ask the necessary questions of what is required for Black culture and communities to embody Black excellence in the 21st Century. 

Don't Block the Blessings by Patti LaBelle with Laura B. Randolph

From These Roots by Aretha Franklin and David Ritz

Plain City by Virginia Hamilton

The Cultural Impact of Kanye West, Edited by Julius Bailey

Three Negro Classics - Up from Slavery, The Souls of Black Folk, & The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by Booker T. Washington, William E.B. DuBois, and James Weldon Johnson