"Gwendolyn Brooks grew up on the South Side of Chicago, reading constantly and writing poetry from a very young age. Nurtured by her parents, who celebrated her gift with words, she would ultimately write twenty collections of poetry, and a novel, giving voice to the urban Black experience and becoming the first Black writer to win the prestigious Pulitzer Prize"--From dust jacket
"Sarah E. Goode was one of the first African-American women to get a US patent. Working in her furniture store, she recognized a need for a multi-use bed and through hard work, ingenuity, and determination, invented her unique cupboard bed. She built more than a piece of furniture. She built a life far away from slavery, a life where her sweet dreams could come true." --Amazon.com
Ever since she was a young girl, Lil Hardin played music with a beat. She jammed at home, at church, and even at her first job in a music store. At a time when women's only place in jazz was at the microphone, Lil earned a spot playing piano in Chicago's hottest band.
Presents the life of blues legend Muddy Waters, describing how he persisted with his interest in music despite a lack of encouragement from his family and record producers, leading him to Chicago where he was able to record his unique country blues sound
When they are forced to leave their Mississippi farm, young Cassie and her family head north to Chicago in search of a better life, but never lose their blues- playing roots. Includes Author's Note and short biographies of 11 blues artists
"A Chinese American girl's Auntie Yang discovers soybeans- a favorite Chinese food-growing in Illinois, leading her family to a soybean picnic tradition that grows into an annual community event. Includes author's note and glossary"--Provided by publisher