Black History Spotlight for Kids and Teens

This February, we want to shine light on the new books highlighting Black heritage and history. Take a look at what’s new in Children and Young Adult literature.

For Children:

The Secret Garden of George Washington Carver
By Gene Barretta

Gene Barretta’s moving words and Frank Morrison’s beautiful paintings tell the inspiring life and history of George Washington Carver, from a baby born into slavery to celebrated botanist, scientist, and inventor. His passion and determination are the seeds to this lasting story about triumph over hardship: a tale that begins in a secret garden.

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Hair Love
By Matthew Cherry

Zuri’s hair has a mind of its own. It kinks, coils, and curls every which way. Zuri knows it’s beautiful. When Daddy steps in to style it for an extra special occasion, he has a lot to learn. But he LOVES his Zuri, and he’ll do anything to make her — and her hair — happy.

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Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History
By Vashti Harrison

This beautifully illustrated board book highlights true stories of black men in history. The exceptional men featured include artist Aaron Douglas, civil rights leader John Lewis, dancer Alvin Ailey, lawman Bass Reeves, tennis champion Arthur Ashe, and writer James Baldwin.

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Brave. Black. First.
By Cheryl Willis Hudson

Published in partnership with curators from the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, this illustrated biography compilation captures the iconic moments of fifty African American women whose heroism and bravery rewrote the American story for the better.

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For Young Adults:

Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism and You
By Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi

This remarkable reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future through a gripping, fast-paced, and energizing narrative by beloved award-winner Jason Reynolds.

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When You Were Everything
By Ashley Woodfolk

It’s been twenty-seven days since Cleo and Layla’s friendship imploded. Now Cleo wants to erase every memory, good or bad, that tethers her to her ex-best friend. Despite budding friendships with other classmates–and a raging crush on a gorgeous boy named Dom–Cleo’s turbulent past with Layla comes back to haunt them both.

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New in Nonfiction this February

Ranging from self-help and dating, to history and commentary on race, there’s so many great books available to read at the Pratt. Check them out!

Boys & Sex
By Peggy Orenstein

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Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies
By Tara Schuster

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Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It
By Kamal Ravikant

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Me and White Supremacy
By Layla F. Saad

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Supreme Models
By Marcellas Reynolds

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Taking Sexy Back
By Alexandra H. Soloman

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The State Vs. Albert “Prodigy” Johnson
By Prodigy Jonson

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The Toni Morrison Book Club
By Juda Bennet

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Tubman Travels
By Jim Duffy

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Us Against the World
By David and Tamela Mann

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Venus Noire
By Robin Mitchell

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You Can Only Yell at Me for One Thing at a Time
By Patricia Marx

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What’s New in Romance in time for Valentine’s Day

You won’t need Cupid to fall in love with one of these fiction novels! Take a look at what’s new in Romance for Valentine’s Day.

The Worst Best Man
By Mia Sosa

A wedding planner left at the altar? Yeah, the irony isn’t lost on Carolina Santos, either. But despite that embarrassing blip from her past, Lina’s offered an opportunity that could change her life. There’s just one hitch: she has to collaborate with the best (make that worst) man from her own failed nuptials.

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Love, Unscripted
By Owen Nicholls

A cinema buff, Nick always fancied himself the Tom Hanks of his own romantic comedy. For four blissful years, things are perfect with Ellie until she leaves. Peppered with references to beloved movies, this novel explores how even a hopeless romantic can learn that in real life, love isn’t, shouldn’t be like what we see in the movies.

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Also new this month:

By Nikki-Michelle

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The Sea Glass Cottage
By RaeAnne Thayne

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The Sinner
By J.R. Ward

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Let’s Focus on Fiction

We’re very excited about what’s hitting the Pratt shelves this month. We hope that you are too! Stop by your local branch and check out one of these fiction new releases.

A Long Petal of the Sea
By Isabel Allende

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Daughters of a King: A Tale of Love, Money & Drugs
By Kelsi McMeans
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Deep State
By Chris Hauty

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Hi Five
By Joe Ide

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Into the Fire
By Gregg Hurwitz

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Last Train to Helsingør
By Heidi Amsinck

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Queen of Bones
By Teresa Dovalpage

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The Lost Book of Adana Moreau
By Michael Zapata

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By Stuart Woods

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Let’s Get Down to Business

Are you kicking off the New Year with a new business? The Pratt can help! Budding entrepreneurs and business owners will appreciate these books.

How to Write an Exceptional Business Plan
By Ashley Cheeks

Every great business starts with a great idea but it can be tough turning that idea into a concrete business plan. Ashley Cheeks teaches entrepreneurs how to clarify your business strategy, maximize your odds for bank and lender funding, and create a strong impression when pitching to investors.

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Starting a Business: All-In-One for Dummies
By Bob Nelson

Featuring new content that reflects the latest laws, business climate, and startup considerations, this book offers important practical advice entrepreneurs need to start any type of business from the ground up.

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Taxes for Small Business
By Mark Smith

If you are ready to take control over your own business and taxes, or you are starting up a new small business, this book will help you get started! Learn how to file your taxes with the proper paperwork and when you need to have your paperwork into the IRS office.

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Looking to learn more?
Stop by the Central Library for these events in February.

Small Business 101
Monday, February 10 at 5pm
Central Library

The Haysbert Center for Entrepreneurship is offering this workshop to assist entrepreneurs and small business owners with methods to securing capital, creating a business plan, marketing, and more.

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Business and Nonprofit Resource Fair
Saturday, February 22 at 10am
Central Library

This free event is an opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs and nonprofits to connect, learn, and discover local resources.

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