In Honor of Juneteenth

Today is Juneteenth, an important day in American history. Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas marking the end of slavery in the United States.

Are you not familiar with the holiday? Here are some book, television and film recommendations to learn more about Juneteenth.

Come Juneteenth
By Ann Rinaldi
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By Rachel Grack

By Ralph Ellison

By Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

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Juneteenth for Mazie
By Floyd Cooper

Juneteenth: Freedom Day
By Muriel Miller Branch

Juneteenth Texas: Essays in African-American Folklore
By Francis Abernethy

Let’s Celebrate Emancipation Day & Juneteenth
By Barbara deRubertis

Slavery and the Making of America
The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Up from Slavery
Whispers of Angels: A Story of the Underground Railroad

Happy Pride Month from the Pratt!

In honor of Pride Month, there’s a new Free to Bmore Podcast spotlighting 50 years of Pride. It’s been half a century since the Stonewall Uprising kicked off Pride marches across the world. In the episode, LGBTQ + community members discuss how far the movement for equal rights has come, and how much further there is to go. Give it a listen here.

The Pratt staff had a great time over the weekend at Baltimore Pride 2019! You might have saw us walking in the Pride Parade on Saturday, June 15. In case you didn’t, here are a few pictures.

Check out what’s on our reading list this LGBTQ + Pride Month.

I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves
By Ryan O’Connell
It Gets Better
By Dan Savage

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It’s Not Like It’s a Secret
By Misa Sugiura

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Love and Resistance: Out of the Closet into the Stonewall Era
By Jason Baumann

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Outsiders: Why Difference is the Future of Civil Rights
By Zachary Kramer
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Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States
By Samantha Allen

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Redefining Realness
By Janet Mock

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Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
By Becky Albertalli

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Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story
By Jacob Tobia

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Sister Outsider
By Audre Lorde

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Something True
By Karelia Stetz-Waters

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Sugar Run
By Mesha Maren

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The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali
By Sabina Khan

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Tomorrow Will Be Different
By Sarah McBride

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Trans Like Me
By CN Lester

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What if it’s Us
By Becky Alberalli

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Books that Dad will Love

To all of the dads, uncles, grandfathers, and father figures out there, wishing you all the happiest Father’s Day this weekend. In honor of the holiday, we’ve compiled a list of books highlighting the different aspects and perspectives on fatherhood. Hope you enjoy them!

A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger than Basketball
By Dwayne Wade

In this moving and triumphant memoir, Wade shares his inspiring thoughts about fathers and sons, the gratifying responsibilities of being a dad to his two sons, and recounts his growing up years and memorable rise to the top of professional basketball.

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Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey through His Son’s Addiction
By David Sheff

What had happened to my beautiful boy? To our family? What did I do wrong? Those are the wrenching questions that haunted David Sheff’s journey through his son Nic’s addiction to drugs and tentative steps toward recovery.

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Hair Love
By Matthew A. Cherry

When Daddy steps in to style Zuri’s hair for an extra special occasion, he has a lot to learn. But he loves Zuri, and he’ll do anything to make her and her hair happy. Tender and empowering, Hair Love is an ode to loving your natural hair — and a celebration of daddies and daughters everywhere.

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Make sure to add these books to your reading list!

A Father’s Law
By Richard Wright

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A Gathering of Old Men
By Ernest J. Gaines

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Between the World and Me
By Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Calico Joe
By John Grisham
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Dad’s Playbook
By Tom Limbert


Dreams from My Father
By Barack Obama
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Franklin Barbecue
By Aaron Franklin

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Good Talk, Dad
By Bill Geist

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Not My Father’s Son
By Alan Cumming
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Promise Me, Dad
By Joe Biden

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Rich Dad Poor Dad
By Robert T. Kiyosaki

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The Beautiful Struggle
By Ta-Nehisi Coates

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New for Young Readers: Read Along Books

We’re excited to add Read Along books to the shelves of Enoch Pratt Free Library. Young readers don’t have to miss out on the fun of the Pratt’s Summer Challenge if they are still learning to read. With a simple push of a button, young readers can enjoy these new books with attached speakers that transform the print book into an all-in one read- along.

Here are some of our favorite picks. Check them out!

A Perfectly Messed-Up Story
By Patrick McDonnell
Bulldozer’s Big Day
By Candace Fleming
By Neil Gaiman
Goodnight Moon
By Margaret Wise Brown

By Nancy Willard
Have You Seen Elephant
By Davis Barrow
Hey Black Child
By Useni Eugene Perkins
Humpback Whales
By Christina Leaf
Jabari Jumps
By Gaia Cornwall
Maya’s Blanket
By Monica Brown

Si llevas un ratón a la escuela
By Laura Joffe Numeroff

What’s New for Kids this June

School is almost out of session so that means it’s a great time to stop by your local branch of Enoch Pratt Free Library. Visit for a family film night, storytime fun, and of course to pick up books to read for the 2019 Summer Challenge.

Check out what children’s books are new to our shelves!

The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown
By Marc Barnett

This exceptional picture book artfully plays with form and language to vividly bring to life one of greatest children’s book creators who ever lived: Margaret Wise Brown.

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Juana & Lucas: Big Problemas
By Juana Medina

When her mami meets someone new, Juana worries that everything will change in a humorous, heartwarming follow-up to the Pura Belpré Award–winning Juana & Lucas.

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By Fiona Woodcock

Hello! Are you ready for a brilliant day? A brother and sister enjoy a day full of spills, thrills, and silly adventures in this playful story comprised only of words that contain a double L (such as spills, thrills, and silly)!

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Red: A Crayon’s Story
By Michael Hall

A blue crayon mistakenly labeled as “red” suffers an identity crisis in this picture book by the New York Times–bestselling creator of My Heart Is Like a Zoo. This funny, heartwarming, colorful picture book about finding the courage to be true to your inner self.

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Also new this month:

Freedom Fire (Dactyl Hill Squad Series #2)
By Daniel Jose Older

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My Papi Has a Motorcycle
By Isabel Quintero

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Leer en español
Out There
By Tom Sullivan

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