Featured Book Recommendations: Part 1 


InferCabulary celebrates African-American authors and characters

A good story captures a character’s experience, a moment in history, worlds that are new, old, or make believe, and so much more. The power of storytelling is that narratives can inform readers about unique experiences, cultures, and perspectives.  It is also essential for people of all ages to see themselves represented on the page and on screen.

At InferCabulary, we encourage teachers to use stories as a method to reinforce vocabulary development for young readers. Teachers can assign words to students through our extensive catalog of Tier Two and academic words organized by specific books. The teacher simply finds their book title, and can assign words by chapter from that book to ensure students are familiar with the background knowledge, vocabulary, and concepts prior to reading the book.  Check out our word list filter here

We’ve been intentional to have our extensive book collection includes a diverse range of voices, stories, and perspectives. To support educators who are engaging in current discussions about social justice and social justice education, we are highlighting books with word lists available in our program that amplify the stories and voices of Black and/or African-American authors and characters:

Book Title Author
The Watsons Go to Birmingham Christopher Paul Curtis
Freedom School, Yes! Amy Littlesugar, Floyd Cooper
Freedom on the Menu  Carole Boston Weatherford
Alvin Ailey  Andrea Davis Pinkney
Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story From The Underground Railroad  Ellen Levine
Slave Dancer  Paula Fox
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry  Mildred D Taylor
Bud, Not Buddy  Christopher Paul Curtis
John Henry  Julius Lester
Elijah of Buxton  Christopher Paul Curtis
Booked  Kwame Alexander
The Beast Side: Living and Dying While Black in America  D. Watkins
A Raisin in the Sun  Lorraine Hansberry
The Bluest Eye  Toni Morrison
Their Eyes Were Watching God  Zora Neale Hurston
Glory Be  Augusta Scattergood
Harbor Me   Jacqueline Woodson
Monster  Walter Dean Myers
To Kill a Mockingbird  Harper Lee
Pink and Say Patricia Polacco
We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball  Kadir Nelson
The Crossover Kwame Alexander
Fences  August Wilson
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings  Maya Angelou
Song of Solomon  Toni Morrison
The Hate You Give  Angie Thomas
Chains  Laurie Halse Anderson
Brown Girl Dreaming  Jacqueline Woodson
Copper Sun Sharon M. Draper
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks  Rebecca Skloot
Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman  Carol Boston Weatherford
Trouble the Water  Frances O’Roark Dowell