23 Books Published by Chronicle Books on AALBC — Book Cover Collage

Click for more detail about Juneteenth Is by Natasha Tripplett Juneteenth Is

by Natasha Tripplett
Chronicle Books (Apr 09, 2024)
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An intimate look at Juneteenth, this story is a warm look at a family and a community.

Juneteenth is the smell of brisket filling the air. Juneteenth is the sounds of music, dancing, and cheering ringing from the parade outside. It is love. It is prayer. It is friends and relatives coming together to commemorate freedom, hope for tomorrow, and one another.

This book is an ode to the history of the Black community in the United States, a tribute to Black joy, and a portrait of familial love. With poignant text and vivid illustrations, Juneteenth Is offers a window and a mirror for readers, resonating with kids who will see themselves reflected in its pages and those who hope to understand experiences beyond their own.

  • CELEBRATES BLACK JOY: At its root, this is a story of family and community. Vibrant illustrations capture the warmth and unity of Black families and Black communities in a portrait of beautiful joy.
  • REMEMBERING A LEGACY: Both a story of celebration and a commemoration of freedom, this book honors a past of struggle, resilience, and triumph. It recognizes Juneteenth not just as a holiday but as a cultural legacy.
  • INCLUDES AN AUTHOR’S NOTE: Additional backmatter explains the significance of the color red to Juneteenth—its use as a symbol of African American endurance and the ways Black communities weave the color into modern-day celebrations through food and clothing.
  • BLACK HISTORY IS AMERICAN HISTORY: Juneteenth marks an undeniable truth of American history and remains a cultural touchstone for many Black Americans, making it important for all Americans to understand.
  • POIGNANT & TIMELY: This is a much-needed book in a time of growing representation and discussion about equity and social justice. With accessible text, it will serve as a strong resource for parents and educators seeking to introduce Black history and encourage respectful conversations.

Perfect for:

  • Black families
  • Teachers and librarians
  • Kids interested in books about African American history
  • Anyone looking for diverse picture books by Black creators
  • Gift-giving for Juneteenth celebrations, Black History Month, or classroom bookshelf


Click for more detail about Snoop Dogg Presents Goon with the Spoon by Snoop Dogg and Earl “E-40” Stevens Snoop Dogg Presents Goon with the Spoon

by Snoop Dogg and Earl “E-40” Stevens
Chronicle Books (Nov 14, 2023)
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The follow-up to From From Crook to Cook, this next-level cookbook is all about cooking for a crowd and bringing together memorable meals for any occasion, with 65+ recipes from rappers Snoop Dogg and E-40.

recipe from Snoop Dogg Presents Goon with the Spoon

Following the breakout success of his first cookbook, From Crook to Cook, Snoop Dogg returns with this new collection of recipes in collaboration with his friend and iconic Bay Area rapper E-40.

Drawing inspiration from both rappers’ musical catalog, Snoop’s VH1 show with Martha, and E-40’s Filipino food business, Lumpia, here are 65+ crowd-pleasing dishes that range from drinks to main courses to desserts. Also included are suggested menus for celeb-worthy events ranging from Super Bowl Sunday to Father’s Day Feast, a 4/20 Potluck, and a Summertime Block Party. A number of Snoop and E-40’s well-known industry pals appear in recipe headnotes and in sidebar stories about their most epic dinner parties and nights out.

Seriously entertaining, this next-level cookbook is the follow-up that fans are waiting for. Packaged with a series look that gestures to From Crook to Cook but feels fresh with E-40’s distinctive influence, this book will draw home cooks who love Snoop Dogg and E-40, as well as the 300,000 people who bought and loved From Crook to Cook and are eager for more recipes straight from these rappers themselves.

SNOOP’S PLATFORM: Snoop is an integral part of our mainstream media and has been for over 20 years. With tens of millions of followers on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, there are tens of millions of diehard Snoop fans out there. In addition to writing his first cookbook and starring in a cooking show with Martha Stewart, he also released a gospel album in 2018 (Bible of Love), wrote and starred in a semi-autobiographical musical (Redemption of a Dogg), started his cannabis lifestyle company (Merry Jane), and set a Guinness World Record. This man is BUSY and continues to stay relevant in the media. His first book has sold through the roof thanks to this massive platform.

E-40’S PLATFORM: E-40 is a Bay Area rapper with 28 albums, a founding member of the group The Click, and the founder of Sick Wid It Records. His 2006 single "Tell Me When to Go" was one of the first singles to popularize ghost-riding and the hyphy movement on a national level. In addition to his prolific music career, he owns tequila, bourbon, and vodka companies, as well as Filipino food company, Lumpia. He has nearly 2 million followers on Instagram.

PROVEN TRACK RECORD: FROM CROOK TO COOK (Oct 2018) sold 300,000 copies in its first 2 years on sale. The book’s success can be chalked up to Snoop’s irresistible persona and massive platform, but also his highly entertaining writing style and his accessible, tasty recipes. This book uses that same formula, but ups the ante with more crowd-pleasing recipes, more photography of Snoop at home and in the kitchen, and more stories from Snoop’s celebrity friends.

SNOOP & MARTHA’S TV SHOW IS AMAZING: The third season of Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party wrapped in February 2020. Through this appealing TV show, Snoop showed the world that he has serious cooking skills and entertaining chops. He collaborated with and learned a thing or two from the MVP of entertaining herself, and here in his second book, he shares all his secrets.

Perfect for:

Fans of Snoop Dogg; fans of E-40; the 300,000 people who bought From Crook to Cook in its first two years on sale; home cooks looking for easy, crowd-pleasing recipes or who enjoy entertaining; fans of Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party show; fans of Snoop’s 19 Crimes wine or Indoggo gin; fans of E-40’s liquor companies or of Lumpia; those looking for the perfect host/hostess or white elephant party gift: useful but humorous.


Click for more detail about The New Brownies’ Book: A Love Letter to Black Families by Karida L. Brown and Charly Palmer The New Brownies’ Book: A Love Letter to Black Families

by Karida L. Brown and Charly Palmer
Chronicle Books (Oct 10, 2023)
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Inspired by the groundbreaking work of W. E. B. Du Bois, this beautiful collection brings together an outstanding roster of Black creative voices to honor, celebrate, and foster Black excellence.

The New Brownies’ Book reimagines the very first publication created for African American children in 1920 as a must-have anthology for a new generation. Expanding on the mission of the original periodical to inspire the hearts and minds of Black children across the country, esteemed scholar Karida L. Brown and award-winning artist Charly Palmer have gathered the work of more than fifty contemporary Black artists and writers. The result is a book bursting with essays, poems, photographs, paintings, and short stories reflecting on the joy and depth of the Black experience—an immersive treasure trove that reminds readers of all ages that Black is brilliant, beautiful, and bold.

IMPORTANT HISTORICAL LEGACY: In 1920, W. E. B. Du Bois and the founders of the NAACP published The Brownies’ Book: A Monthly Magazine for Children of the Sun, which included art, stories, letters, and activities to inspire children, share Black history, and celebrate their identities. As the first periodical for African American youth, this was an important work in the history of children’s literature. The New Brownies’ Book revives its mission to inspire the young readers of today.

INCREDIBLE CONTRIBUTORS: This book features the work of talented and exciting Black creators, including playwright and poet Ntozake Shange, writer and editor Damon Young, Def Poetry Jam co-creator and painter Danny Simmons, sociologist and educator Dr. Bertice Berry, children’s book illustrator James E. Ransome, muralist Fabian Williams, collage artist Marryam Moma, and many more.

BEAUTIFUL KEEPSAKE: This collection presents a celebratory array of artwork, from detailed paintings and drawings to photographs and collages. It includes stories meant to be shared by children and adults, offering a way for all families—especially Black families—to connect across generations through the power of literature. With its meaningful content and deluxe packaging, this hardcover volume makes a thoughtful gift for new parents, grandparents, or inquisitive readers of all ages.

Perfect for:

  • Parents, grandparents, and young readers, especially in the Black community
  • Artists and writers inspired by themes of family, community, and empowerment
  • Adults and teens who work with and care for young children
  • Youth program leaders and community organizers
  • Teachers, librarians, and educators
  • Fans of the contributing artists and writers
  • Art book collectors
  • Audiences who seek out racial diversity and representation in the media they consume
  • Fans of The Fire This Time, Glory: Magical Visions of Black Beauty, and Black Futures

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Click for more detail about The History of Sketch Comedy: A Journey Through the Art and Craft of Humor by Keegan-Michael Key and Elle Key The History of Sketch Comedy: A Journey Through the Art and Craft of Humor

by Keegan-Michael Key and Elle Key
Chronicle Books (Oct 03, 2023)
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Authors Keegan-Michael Key and Elle Key build on the popularity of their 2022 Webby Award-winning podcast and delve deeper into the world of sketch, helped along with new essays created expressly for the book by comedy greats.

The History of Sketch Comedy will appeal to all kinds of comedy fans as well as fans of Keegan-Michael Key, whether they know him from his Emmy and Peabody-winning work on Key & Peele; his roles in Fargo, The Prom, Schmigadoon!, The Bubble, and the upcoming Wonka; voiceover work in The Lion King; or as President Barack Obama’s anger translator, Luther.

With epic personal tangents and hilarious asides, the Keys take you on an illuminating journey through all facets of comedy from the stock characters of commedia del arte in the 16th century, to the rise of vaudeville and burlesque, the golden age of television comedy, the influence of the most well-known comedy schools, and the ascension of comedy films and TV specials—all the way through to a look at the future of sketch on social media platforms. Along the way, we hear tales of Keegan’s childhood, his comedy influences, and the vicissitudes of his career path. As the New York Times said in its review of their podcast, "this comedy nerd history is filtered through memoir, with Key relating stories of his budding fandom, training and rise from improv comic to television sketch artist."

Part memoir, part masterclass, and hilariously embellished with priceless commentary, The History of Sketch Comedy highlights the essential building blocks of sketch comedy while interweaving Keegan’s personal career journey and the influence of his comedy heroes. The text is complemented by original art by Elle Key and exclusive essays compiled from conversations with influential performers, sketch writers, and uber comedy fans including Mel Brooks, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mike Myers, Chris Rock, John Oliver, Tracy Morgan, Carol Burnett, Jim Carrey, Jordan Peele, and many more. This book is as entertaining as it is enlightening—a must-read for fans of comedy and all who aspire to comic greatness.

EXPANDING THE HIT PODCAST: With content from the #1 trending, NAACP-award-nominated and Webby-Award-winning Audible podcast, and featuring new-for-the-book material as well as never-before-heard stories and essays, this book will be a hit for newcomers and avid listeners of the podcast alike.

MASTER OF THE MEDIUM: Keegan-Michael Key is a bona fide maestro of comedy, with the chops, experience, and love for the history of the medium that make him the perfect expert on all things sketch. As co-writer Elle Key likes to say, "If Keegan-Michael Key was a guest lecturer at NYU teaching a course called ’The History of Sketch Comedy, ’ it would be a very popular class."

EXCLUSIVE ESSAYS: Keegan and Elle interviewed over a dozen comedy legends exclusively for this book, and got their takes on topics ranging from the influence of Saturday Night Live, to women in comedy, to the mathematics of sketch. Hear, in their own words, from Mel Brooks, Mike Myers, Jordan Peele, Julia-Louis Dreyfus, John Oliver, Tracy Morgan, Stephen Colbert, Carol Burnett, Chris Rock, Bob Odenkirk, Mike Birbiglia, Matt Lucas, Ken Jeong, Christopher Guest, Gary Oldman, Kevin Nealon, Laraine Newman, and Jim Carrey.

GIFTABLE VOLUME OF COMEDY GOLD: Original illustrations and personal photographs throughout make this unique comedy book as visually entertaining as it is enlightening. The perfect gift for comedy fans of all ages as well as anyone aspiring to write, perform, or produce comedic art.

Perfect for:

  • Comedy lovers of all kinds
  • Fans of Key & Peele
  • Fans of improv, sketch, stand-up, and shows like SNL, MadTV, Monty Python, and Mr. Show
  • Gift giving or self-purchase for established and aspiring comedians
  • Readers of such bestsellers as Bossypants, Yes Please, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Born Standing Up, and Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama


Click for more detail about Together We Swim by Valerie Bolling Together We Swim

by Valerie Bolling
Chronicle Books (Aug 15, 2023)
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Dive into a delightful narrative that encapsulates the special bond between a mother and her son as he embarks on the unforgettable adventure of his first swimming lessons.

A Leap into the Blue

  • There’s a unique mix of exhilaration and anxiety when you’re about to take that first jump into the water. But with the comforting embrace of his mother, our young hero discovers the thrill of making a splash. Celebrate determination, joy, and family love in this uplifting tale.

Highlights of the Book:

  • Vibrant Storytelling: Experience the rhythmic dance of words combined with bright, colorful illustrations that vividly capture the essence of swimming against the calming blue backdrop.
  • For the Little Swimmers: A wonderful companion for children who might have a few butterflies about their first dip in the pool.
  • Nostalgic for Parents: Dive into cherished memories of swimming milestones, making it a precious story for parents to relive with their little ones.
  • Captivating Read Aloud: The rhythmic and vibrant text ensures an engaging story-time session.
  • A Gift for Moms: Searching for the perfect Mother’s Day or birthday present? This heartwarming portrayal of mother-child bonding is sure to be a hit!

Who Will Adore This Book?

  • Those on the lookout for a memorable Mother’s Day present.
  • Young adventurers about to embark on their swimming journey.
  • Parents, grandparents, and caregivers wanting to introduce kids to the joys of swimming.
  • Educators, teachers, and librarians in search of a spirited aquatic tale.
  • Fans of beloved titles like Jabari Jumps, Llama Llama Learns to Swim, and Hair Love.


Click for more detail about Wash Day Diaries by Jamila Rowser Wash Day Diaries

by Jamila Rowser
Chronicle Books (Jul 05, 2022)
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From writer Jamila Rowser and artist Robyn Smith comes a captivating graphic novel love letter to the beauty and endurance of Black women, their friendships, and their hair.

Wash Day Diaries tells the story of four best friends—Kim, Tanisha, Davene, and Cookie—through five connected short story comics that follow these young women through the ups and downs of their daily lives in the Bronx.

The book takes its title from the wash day experience shared by Black women everywhere of setting aside all plans and responsibilities for a full day of washing, conditioning, and nourishing their hair. Each short story uses hair routines as a window into these four characters' everyday lives and how they care for each other.

Jamila Rowser and Robyn Smith originally kickstarted their critically acclaimed, award-winning slice of life mini comic, Wash Day, inspired by Rowser's own wash day ritual and their shared desire to see more comics featuring the daily lived experiences of young Black women. Wash Day Diaries includes an updated, full color version of this original comic—which follows Kim, a 26-year-old woman living in the Bronx—as the book's first chapter and expands into a graphic novel with short stories about these vibrant and relatable new characters.

In expanding the story of Kim and her friends, the authors pay tribute to Black sisterhood through portraits of shared, yet deeply personal experiences of Black hair care. From self-care to spilling the tea at an hours-long salon appointment to healing family rifts, the stories are brought to life through beautifully drawn characters and different color palettes reflecting the mood in each story.

At times touching, quiet, triumphant, and laugh out loud funny, the stories of Wash Day Diaries pay a loving tribute to Black joy and the resilience of Black women.


Click for more detail about Together We Ride by Valerie Bolling Together We Ride

by Valerie Bolling
Chronicle Books (Apr 26, 2022)
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Hair Love finds its match in this endearing narrative that paints a vivid picture of the beautiful bond between a father and his daughter.

The Adventure of Learning to Ride

Every child’s journey of learning to ride a bike is filled with moments of trepidation, exhilaration, and eventual triumph. With her father by her side, guiding and encouraging her, and her furry friend cheering her on, our young protagonist discovers the joy and freedom that cycling offers. This story captures the myriad emotions from nervousness to sheer happiness that accompany this memorable milestone.

A Celebration of Parent-Child Moments

This tale isn’t just about learning to ride a bike. It’s a celebration of the irreplaceable moments shared between a parent and child. The narrative radiates warmth, love, and the indescribable joy of achieving together.

Why This Book Stands Out:

  • Nostalgia for Parents: This book brings back cherished memories of a pivotal childhood experience, making it a treasure for parents to share with their budding cyclists.
  • Engaging Read Aloud: The rhythmic and spirited text is bound to captivate listeners, making it a delightful pick for story-time.
  • An Ideal Gift for Dads: Celebrate Father’s Day or a special occasion with this heartwarming portrayal of a father-daughter journey. It’s a gift that’ll tug at his heartstrings!

Who Will Love This Book?

Whether you’re hunting for the perfect Father’s Day present, marking the significant milestone of learning to ride, or simply want a touching story to share, this book is for:

  • Those seeking a special Father’s Day surprise.
  • Budding young cyclists gearing up for their first ride.
  • Grandparents eager to relive cherished memories.
  • Parents keen to bond over a heartfelt story.
  • Educators and teachers looking for an inspiring read for their pupils.
  • Librarians on the lookout for touching tales of family and achievement.


Click for more detail about Spike by Spike Lee Spike

by Spike Lee
Chronicle Chroma (Nov 17, 2021)
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Spike Lee is a world-renowned, Academy Award-winning filmmaker, a cultural icon, and one of the most prominent voices on race and racism for more than three decades. His prolific career has included over 35 films, including his directorial debut She’s Gotta Have It (1986), his seminal masterpiece Do the Right Thing (1989), and more recently, his Oscar-winning film BlacKkKlansman (2018). Spike Lee’s provocative feature films, documentaries, commercials, and music videos, have shone the spotlight on significant stories and have made an indelible mark in both cinematic history and in contemporary society.

This career-spanning monograph titled SPIKE is a visual celebration of his life and career to date. The custom bold, typographic design is inspired by the LOVE/HATE brass rings that Radio Raheem wore in Do the Right Thing and that Spike Lee wore at the 2019 Academy Awards. The gold foil deboss on SPIKE on the vibrant fuchsia front cover is a bold and beautiful, eye-catching design.

Image from the book Spike

Featuring hundreds of never-before-seen photographs by David Lee, Spike’s brother and long-time still photographer, SPIKE the book, includes behind-the-scenes, insider images that underscore his creative process and his significant impact on the culture at large. From his critically acclaimed film Malcolm X (1992) starring Denzel Washington, to his recent film Da 5 Bloods (2020) featuring the late Chadwick Boseman, Spike Lee’s work continues to resonate now more than ever. Also included here are his beloved commercials with Michael Jordan for Nike, which helped launch the billion-dollar Jordan brand product empire, as well as his music videos with Prince and Michael Jackson. This is a must-have collector’s item and ideal gift for any cinephile and fan of one of the most prominent and influential filmmakers in history.


Click for more detail about Bibliophile: Diverse Spines by Jamise Harper and Jane Mount Bibliophile: Diverse Spines

by Jamise Harper and Jane Mount
Chronicle Books (Nov 02, 2021)
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It’s time to diversify your reading list.

This richly illustrated and vastly inclusive collection uplifts the works of authors who are often underrepresented in the literary world. Using their keen knowledge and deep love for all things literary, coauthors Jamise Harper (founder of the Diverse Spines book community) and Jane Mount (author of Bibliophile) collaborated to create an essential volume filled with treasures for every reader:

  • Dozens of themed illustrated book stacks—like Classics, Contemporary Fiction, Mysteries, Cookbooks, and more—all with an emphasis on authors of color and authors from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • A look inside beloved bookstores owned by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color
  • Reading recommendations from leading BIPOC literary influencers

Diversify your reading list to expand your world and shift your perspective. Kickstart your next literary adventure now!

EASY TO GIFT: This portable guide is packed with more than 150 colorful illustrations is a perfect gift for any booklover. The textured paper cover, gold foil, and ribbon marker make this book a special gift or self-purchase.

DISCOVER UNSUNG LITERARY HEROES: The authors dive deep into a wide variety of genres, such as Contemporary Fiction, Classics, Young Adult, Sci-Fi, and more to bring the works of authors of color to the fore.

ENDLESS READING INSPIRATION: Themed book stacks and reading suggestions from luminaries of the literary world provide curated book recommendations. Your to-read list will thank you.

Perfect for: bookish people; literary lovers; book club members; Mother’s Day shoppers; stocking stuffers; followers of #DiverseSpines; Jane Mount and Ideal Bookshelf fans; Reese’s Book Club and Oprah’s Book Club followers; people who use Goodreads.com; readers wanting to expand/decolonize their book collections; people interested in uplifting BIPOC voices; antiracist activists and educators; grads and students; librarians and library patrons wanting to expand/decolonize their book collections; people interested in uplifting BIPOC voices; antiracist activists and educators; grads and students; librarians and library patrons


Click for more detail about From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg’s Kitchen by Snoop Dogg From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg’s Kitchen

by Snoop Dogg
Chronicle Books (Oct 23, 2018)
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From Crook to Cook sold 205,000 copies in 2020, nearly twice as many as it had sold in 2019. —Tyrrell Mahoney, the president of Chronicle Books

Looking for cookbooks with a little more personality? Welcome to tha Boss Dogg’s Kitchen.The first cookbook and recipe book from Tha Dogg, From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg’s Kitchen. You’ve seen Snoop Dogg work his culinary magic on VH1’s Emmy-nominated Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party, and now Tha Dogg’s up in your kitchen…with his first cookbook.

Recipe book that delivers 50 recipes straight from Snoop’s own collection: Snoop’s cookbook features OG soul food cookbook staples like Baked Mac & Cheese and Fried Bologna Sandwiches with Chips, and new takes on classic weeknight faves like Soft Flour Tacos and Easy Orange Chicken. And it don’t stop…Snoop’s giving a taste of the high life with remixes on upper echelon fare such as Lobster Thermidor and Filet Mignon. But we gotta keep it G with those favorite munchies too, ya know? From chewy Starbursts to those glorious Frito BBQ Twists, you should have an arsenal of snacks that’ll satisfy. And of course, no party is complete without that Gin and Juice and other platinum ways to entertain.

If you’re a fan of celebrity books and cookbooks such as Bob’s Burgers, Magnolia Table Cookbook, Margaritaville cookbook, Thug Kitchen cookbook, or the Gilmore Girls Eat Like a Gilmore; the Snoop Dogg cookbook has got you covered - complete with epic stories and behind-the-scenes photos that bring his masterpieces to life.


Click for more detail about We Inspire Me: Cultivate Your Creative Crew to Work, Play, and Make (Book for Creatives, Book for Artists, Creative Guide) by Andrea Pippins We Inspire Me: Cultivate Your Creative Crew to Work, Play, and Make (Book for Creatives, Book for Artists, Creative Guide)

by Andrea Pippins
Chronicle Books (Oct 02, 2018)
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The best thing a creative person can have is a crew of friends, allies, and mentors to support them. Packed with inspiration and ideas from author-illustrator Andrea Pippins, this is a one-of-a-kind handbook for doers and makers looking to expand and nourish their creative community. Drawing on her own network of talented artists, designers, and friends, Pippins offers tips on how to: reach out to your heroes; use your art or work to empower your community; learn about a new culture and shake up your perspective; take a class, join a team, plan brunch—have fun! And she delivers her advice in style. Colorful pages feature patterns, portraits, and hand-lettered quotes alongside tips for fostering genuine connections and supportive relationships.


Click for more detail about March: 30 Postcards to Make Change and Good Trouble by Marcus Guillory March: 30 Postcards to Make Change and Good Trouble

by Marcus Guillory
Chronicle Books (Feb 27, 2018)
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These postcards showcase the words and artwork of MARCH, the New York Times bestseller about the life of Congressman John Lewis.

Featuring a special essay by Andrew Aydin on the power of written engagement, this book of postcards invites civic involvement and makes a special gift for activists, comics fans, and collectors alike.


Click for more detail about Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case by Patricia Hruby Powell Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case

by Patricia Hruby Powell
Chronicle Books (Jan 31, 2017)
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From acclaimed author Patricia Hruby Powell comes the story of a landmark civil rights case, told in spare and gorgeous verse. In 1955, in Caroline County, Virginia, amidst segregation and prejudice, injustice and cruelty, two teenagers fell in love. Their life together broke the law, but their determination would change it. Richard and Mildred Loving were at the heart of a Supreme Court case that legalized marriage between races, and a story of the devoted couple who faced discrimination, fought it, and won.


Click for more detail about One Love (Board Book) by Cedella Marley One Love (Board Book)

by Cedella Marley
Chronicle Books (Sep 09, 2014)
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Now in board book for the first time, One Love brings Bob Marley’s most beloved song to life for a new generation. Readers will delight in dancing to the beat and feeling the positive groove of change when one girl enlists her friends, family, and community to help transform her neighborhood for the better.


Click for more detail about Josephine: The Dazzling Life Of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell Josephine: The Dazzling Life Of Josephine Baker

by Patricia Hruby Powell
Chronicle Books (Jan 14, 2014)
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Coretta Scott King Book Award, Illustrator, Honor

In exuberant verse and stirring pictures, Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinson create an extraordinary portrait for young people of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker, the woman who worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest stages in the world. Meticulously researched by both author and artist, Josephine’s powerful story of struggle and triumph is an inspiration and a spectacle, just like the legend herself.


Click for more detail about The Moon Ring by Randy DuBurke The Moon Ring

by Randy DuBurke
Chronicle Books (Feb 26, 2013)
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In the light of a blue moon, the second full moon in a month, Maxine discovers something amazing in the grass: a magical moon ring! Ahead lies a night of adventure beyond anything Maxine could have imagined, as she is whisked around the globe, from the ice floes of Antarctica to the sunbaked African savannah to the neon lights of New York City. Is it all just a dream? Only Maxine and her grandmother know for sure. Playful illustrations make this exciting adventure story one that children will ask for over and over again! Plus, this version includes audio and a read-along setting.


Click for more detail about Every Little Thing by Cedella Marley Every Little Thing

by Cedella Marley
Chronicle Books (Sep 12, 2012)
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Bob Marley’s songs are known the world over for their powerful message of love, peace, and harmony. Now a whole new generation can discover one of his most joyous songs in this reassuring picture book adaptation written by his daughter Cedella and exuberantly illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. This upbeat story reminds children that the sun will always come out after the rain and mistakes are easily forgiven with a hug. Every family will relate to this universal story of one boy who won’t let anything get him down, as long as he has the help of three very special little birds. Including all the lyrics of the original song plus new verses, this cheerful book will bring a smile to faces of all ages—because every little thing’s gonna be all right!


Click for more detail about Best Shot In The West: The Adventures Of Nat Love by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack Best Shot In The West: The Adventures Of Nat Love

by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack
Chronicle Books (Jan 18, 2012)
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From acclaimed authors Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick L. McKissack Jr. comes a thrilling biography of an unforgettable man told in compelling graphic novel form. Born into slavery in 1854, Nat Love, also known as Deadwood Dick, grew up to become the most famous African-American cowboy in the Old West. A contemporary and acquaintance of Bat Masterson and Billy the Kid, Nat was widely known as an expert roper and driver, a crack shot, and a real Wild West character. Featuring lively full-color artwork by Randy DuBurke, Best Shot in the West is an exhilarating mix of high-interest historical fiction and nonstop adventure.


Click for more detail about One Love by Cedella Marley One Love

by Cedella Marley
Chronicle Books (Sep 21, 2011)
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Adapted from one of Bob Marley’s most beloved songs, One Love brings the joyful spirit and unforgettable lyrics of his music to life for a new generation. Readers will delight in dancing to the beat and feeling the positive groove of change when one girl enlists her community to help transform her neighborhood for the better. Adapted by Cedella Marley, Bob Marley’s first child, and gorgeously illustrated by Vanessa Newton, this heartwarming picture book offers an upbeat testament to the amazing things that can happen when we all get together with one love in our hearts.


Click for more detail about Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston’s Flour Bakery + Cafe by Joanne Chang Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston’s Flour Bakery + Cafe

by Joanne Chang
Chronicle Books (Oct 20, 2010)
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Every day 1,500 Bostonians can’t resist buying sweet, simple treats such as Homemade Pop-Tarts, from an alumna of Harvard with a degree in economics. From Brioche au Chocolat and Lemon Raspberry Cake to perfect croissants, Flour Bakery-owner Joanne Chang’s repertoire of baked goods is deep and satisfying. While at Harvard she discovered that nothing made her happier than baking cookies leading her on a path that eventually resulted in a sticky bun triumph over Bobby Flay on the Food Network’sThrowdown. Almost 150 Flour recipes such as Milky Way Tart and Dried Fruit Focaccia are included, plus Joanne’s essential baking tips, making this mouthwatering collection an accessible, instant classic cookbook for the home baker.


Click for more detail about I Can Do It Too! by Karen Baicker I Can Do It Too!

by Karen Baicker
Chronicle Books (Jun 23, 2010)
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This heartwarming story reminds us how satisfying it is to grow up surrounded by love. I Can Do It Too! affirms a little girl’s growing independence as she, too, can begin to do all the things she sees her parents, relatives and neighbors do: pouring juice at breakfast, strumming a guitar, and even riding a bike! The simple cadence of text and direct-to-the-heart art result in a book as warm and generous as its message, providing reading pleasure for toddlers, older siblings, and the grown-ups who love them.


Click for more detail about Noah’s Ark by Jerry Pinkney Noah’s Ark

by Jerry Pinkney
Chronicle Books (Oct 01, 2002)
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(Caldecott Honor Book) For 40 days and 40 nights rain poured from the heavens, enveloping the world. Only Noah had been warned by God of the great floodand only Noah could save life on earth. This powerful story of salvation has fascinated people of all ages for centuries. Now, four-time Caldecott Honor-recipient Jerry Pinkney captures all the courage, drama, and beauty of this ancient parable in rich, glorious paintings. Full of sensitive detail and emotion, his art brings new life and meaning to an important message of peace. This elegant edition of Noah’s Ark promises to give readers strength and hope for many years to come.


Click for more detail about Story Painter: The Life of Jacob Lawrence by John Duggleby Story Painter: The Life of Jacob Lawrence

by John Duggleby
Chronicle Books (Oct 01, 1998)
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The paintings of Jacob Lawrence tell stories. Stories of enslavement and freedom, of human migration and renaissance, of struggle and of triumph. A collection of these stunning paintings provides the backdrop for this exceptional biography which tells the story of one of our finest living painters-from his family’s experience in the great migration North, to his growing up in the midst of the Harlem Renaissance, to his rise as one of the most renowned painters of African American life. With over twenty-five full-color reproductions and an insightful glossary, not only is this an easy-to-read, engaging biography, it’s also an excellent starting point for discussions about American history. Awards and honors for Story Painter: 1998 CCBC Choices, Biography/Autobiography 1999 IRA/CBC Notable Trade Books—Social Studies 1999 Carter G. Woodson Award 1999 Parents’ Guide/Children’s Media award, non-fiction category Publishers Weekly, starred review Smithsonian Notable Award Parent Council Ltd. - Gold