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Julius Lester Books In Order

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Publication Order of Uncle Remus Books

with Jerry Pinkney
The Tales of Uncle Remus (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
More Tales of Uncle Remus (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Further Tales of Uncle Remus (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Last Tales of Uncle Remus (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Do Lord Remember Me (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
And All Our Wounds Forgiven (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Othello (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pharaoh's Daughter of Ancient Egypt (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When Dad Killed Mom (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Autobiography of God (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Time's Memory (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Day of Tears (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cupid (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Guardian (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Children's Books

To Be a Slave (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Basketball Game (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Taste of Freedom (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shining (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Picture Books

The Knee-High Man and Other Tales (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
John Henry (With: Jerry Pinkney) (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Man Who Knew Too Much (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sam and the Tigers (With: Jerry Pinkney) (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
From Slave Ship to Freedom Road (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Black Cowboy, Wild Horses (With: Jerry Pinkney) (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What a Truly Cool World (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Albidaro and the Mischievous Dream (With: Jerry Pinkney) (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ackamarackus (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Blues Singers (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Why Heaven Is Far Away (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Let's Talk about Race (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Old African (With: Jerry Pinkney) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hungry Ghosts (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Girl Who Saved Yesterday (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Collections

Black Folktales (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Two Love Stories (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Long Journey Home (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who I Am (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
This Strange New Feeling (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
How Many Spots Does A Leopard Have? (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When the Beginning Began (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Look Out Whitey! Black Power's Gon' Get Your Mama! (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Search for the New Land (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
All is Well (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lovesong: Becoming a Jew (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Falling Pieces of the Broken Sky (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Black and White (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
On Writing for Children and Other People (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ku Klux Klan: Its Origin (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Jerry Pinkney as Illustrator Books

Tales from Africa (By: Jerry Pinkney,Lila Green) (0)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ugly Duckling (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1843)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Little Match Girl (By: Hans Christian Andersen,Jerry Pinkney) (1845)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1894)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Education of Henry Adams (By: Jerry Pinkney,Henry Adams) (1918)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Early Autumn (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1927)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Flowering of New England (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1936)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lolita (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1955)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rabbit, Run (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1960)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Adventures of Spider (By: Jerry Pinkney,Joyce Cooper Arkhurst) (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year Around Book (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
This is Music for Kindergarten and Nursery School (By: Jerry Pinkney,Adeline McCall) (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Traveling Frog (By: Jerry Pinkney,V. M. Garshin) (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Book of Shapes & Sizes (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Beautiful Blue Jay, and other Tales of India (By: Jerry Pinkney,John W. Spellman) (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Even Tiny Ants Must Sleep (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Clock Museum (By: Jerry Pinkney,Ken. Sobol) (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Folktales and Fairytales of Africa (By: Jerry Pinkney,Lila Green) (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shoes, Pennies, and Rockets (By: Jerry Pinkney,Ralph Alan Dale) (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kostas the Rooster (By: Jerry Pinkney,Traudl) (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Twin Witches of Fingle Fu (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Juano and the Wonderful Fresh Fish. (By: Jerry Pinkney,Thelma. Shaw) (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Babushka and the Pig (By: Jerry Pinkney,Ann Trofimuk) (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Porcupine and the Tiger (By: Jerry Pinkney,Fern Powell) (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cora Annett's Homerhenry (By: Jerry Pinkney,Cora Annett) (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The King's Ditch (By: Jerry Pinkney,Francine Jacobs) (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Planet of Junior Brown (By: Jerry Pinkney,Virginia Hamilton) (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Femi and Old Grandaddie (By: Jerry Pinkney,Adjai Robinson) (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
JD (By: Jerry Pinkney,Mari Evans) (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kasho and the Twin Flutes. (By: Jerry Pinkney,Adjai Robinson) (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Prince Littlefoot (By: Jerry Pinkney,Berniece Freschet) (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mickey and Minny (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Great Minu (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Roots of Time (By: Jerry Pinkney,Margo Jefferson,Elliott P. Skinner) (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Song of the Trees (By: Jerry Pinkney,Mildred D. Taylor) (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wuthering Heights (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (By: Jerry Pinkney,Mildred D. Taylor) (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Yagua Days (By: Jerry Pinkney,Cruz Martel) (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Winthrop Covenant (By: Jerry Pinkney,Louis Auchincloss) (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gulliver's Travels (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Selected plays (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ji-Nongo-Nongo Means Riddles (By: Jerry Pinkney,Verna Aardema) (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
History of Tom Jones a Founding (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Childtimes: A Three-Generation Memoir (By: Jerry Pinkney,Eloise Greenfield,Lessie Jones Little) (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tonweya and the Eagles (By: Jerry Pinkney,Rosebud Yellow Robe) (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
These Thirteen (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
More Adventures of Spider (By: Jerry Pinkney,Joyce Cooper Arkhurst) (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Count on Your Fingers African Style (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Covenant (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Jahdu (By: Jerry Pinkney,Virginia Hamilton) (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rabbit Redux (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Monster Myths of Ancient Greece (By: Jerry Pinkney,William A. Wise) (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Apples On A Stick (By: Jerry Pinkney,Barbara Michels,Bettye White) (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Patchwork Quilt (By: Jerry Pinkney,Valerie Flournoy) (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Half a Moon and One Whole Star (By: Jerry Pinkney,Crescent Dragonwagon) (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wild Wild Sunflower Child Anna (By: Jerry Pinkney,Nancy White Carlstrom) (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pop-Up: Strange Animals of the Sea (By: National Geographic Society,Jerry Pinkney,Jane Heath Buxton) (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mirandy and Brother Wind (By: Jerry Pinkney,Patricia McKissack) (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Green Lion of Zion Street (By: Jerry Pinkney,Julia Fields) (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
More Tales of Uncle Remus (With: Jerry Pinkney) (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rabbit Makes a Monkey of Lion (By: Jerry Pinkney,Verna Aardema) (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Talking Eggs (By: Jerry Pinkney,Robert D. San Souci) (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Turtle in July (By: Jerry Pinkney,Marilyn Singer) (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Home Place (By: Jerry Pinkney,Crescent Dragonwagon) (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pretend You're a Cat (By: Jerry Pinkney,Jean Marzollo) (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In for Winter, Out for Spring (By: Jerry Pinkney,Arnold Adoff) (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Man Who Kept His Heart in a Bucket (By: Jerry Pinkney,Sonia Levitin) (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Their Eyes Were Watching God (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
David's Songs (By: Jerry Pinkney,Colin Eisler) (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Back Home (By: Jerry Pinkney,Gloria Jean Pinkney) (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Drylongso (By: Jerry Pinkney,Virginia Hamilton) (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Starlit Somersault Downhill (By: Jerry Pinkney,Nancy Willard) (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I Want to Be (By: Jerry Pinkney,Thylias Moss) (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New Shoes for Silvia (By: Jerry Pinkney,Johanna Hurwitz) (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sunday Outing (By: Jerry Pinkney,Gloria Jean Pinkney) (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
John Henry (With: Jerry Pinkney) (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Jungle Book (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tanya's Reunion (By: Jerry Pinkney,Valerie Flournoy) (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman (By: Jerry Pinkney,Alan Schroeder) (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sam and the Tigers (With: Jerry Pinkney) (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hired Hand (By: Jerry Pinkney,Robert D. San Souci) (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Black Cowboy, Wild Horses (With: Jerry Pinkney) (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Journeys with Elijah (By: Jerry Pinkney,Barbara Diamond Goldin) (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Aesop's Fables (By: Jerry Pinkney) (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Albidaro and the Mischievous Dream (With: Jerry Pinkney) (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Goin' Someplace Special (By: Jerry Pinkney,Patricia McKissack) (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Noah's Ark (By: Jerry Pinkney) (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Nightingale (By: Jerry Pinkney) (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
God Bless the Child (By: Jerry Pinkney,Billie Holiday,Arthur Herzog III) (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Old African (With: Jerry Pinkney) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Music from Our Lord's Holy Heaven Book and CD (By: Jerry Pinkney,Brian Pinkney,Myles C. Pinkney,Gloria Jean Pinkney) (2005)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ain't Nobody a Stranger to Me (By: Jerry Pinkney,Ann Grifalconi) (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The All-I'll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll (By: Jerry Pinkney,Patricia McKissack) (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Moon Over Star (By: Jerry Pinkney,Dianna Hutts Aston) (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sweethearts of Rhythm (By: Jerry Pinkney,Marilyn Nelson) (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Starlit Snowfall (By: Jerry Pinkney,Nancy Willard) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The First Adventures of Spider (By: Jerry Pinkney,Joyce Cooper Arkhurst) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Further Adventures of Spider: West African Folktales (By: Jerry Pinkney,Joyce Cooper Arkhurst) (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In Plain Sight (By: Jerry Pinkney,RichardJackson) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Christmas Boot (By: Jerry Pinkney) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation (By: Jerry Pinkney,Barry Wittenstein) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Home in the Barn (By: Margaret Wise Brown,Jerry Pinkney) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Little Mermaid (By: Jerry Pinkney) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Walk in the Woods (By: Jerry Pinkney,Nikki Grimes) (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

Places I Never Meant To Be(1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Treasury of Five-Minute Stories(2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I Am Jewish(2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Heart of a Man: Men's Stories for Women(2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Knowing Him by Heart: African Americans on Abraham Lincoln(2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Julius Lester was an American author who wrote children’s books, fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. During his career he was awarded with the Newberry Honor Medal. He also had his books listed as The New York Times Outstanding Book, National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, American Library Association Notable Book, National Jewish Book Award Finalist, and a National Book Award Finalist.

In addition to his work as an author, Lester was also a musician who recorded two albums. He was also an activist in civil rights. Julius was born in 1939 in St. Louis Missouri. His family would later move to Nashville where he would receive his BA from Fisk University. He majored in English and minored in Art and Spanish. After college, Lester would move to New York City where he performed as a folk singer and also worked as a photographer. He recorded two albums of original songs and folk music during his music career.

Lester was involved in SNCC, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and he participated in 1964 Mississippi Summer Project His experiences formed the basis of the 2014 documentary, The Folk Singer. During his time in New York he also hosted a radio show called Uncle Tom’s Cabin and co-hosted another show called Free Time.

In 1966, Lester wrote the essay “The Angry Children of Malcolm X” which is considered by many to be one of the definitive African-American statements of the time. This gained him a reputation which lead to him writing Look Out, Whitey! Black Power’s Gon’ Get Your Mama! in 1968. At the time he called it the first book about black power to be written from someone inside of the movement. As opposed to an intellectual outside of it commenting on it.

Lester became an associate professor at University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1975 and then become a full professor in 1977. He would stay at the university into the end of his career in 2003. He taught courses in multiple departments in his career, including Comparative Literature, Afro-American Studies, English, History, and Judaic Studies. During his career, Julius earned the university’s most prestigious awards: Distinguished Teacher’s Award, the Faculty Fellowship Award for Distinguished Research and Scholarship, and the Chancellor’s Medal. He was also named as the Massachusetts State Professor of the Year in 1986.

Despite all of his incredible output, the first book that Lester wrote was actually an instructional guide to playing the 12-string guitar that he co-authored with Pete Seeger. On top of his books, he also published more than 200 essays and book and film reviews. He wrote for publications such as The New York Times Book Review, The Boston Globe, The New Republic, and Village Voice.

Lester passed away in 2018 at the age of 78.

Day of Tears is a novel about a real footnote in history. On March 2nd and 3rd, 1859, the largest slave auction in American history took place. The event happened in Savannah, Georgia and more than four hundred slaves were sold on that day. The weather on those days was nonstop rain and it didn’t stop until the auction ended which led people to saying that the auction was a weeping time. Julius takes this premise and makes an incredible story out of it. The story includes many characters, including Emma, a slave, and her owner, Pierce. Emma is his daughters’ caretaker and she tries to teach them to have kind hearts. However, Pierce has debts that he needs to get right and decides to host the largest slave auction in American history.

Guardian is one of Julius Lester’s most poignant novels, a tale of what happens when one group of people is able to take away the humanity of another group of people. Ansel is just fourteen-years-old, but he knows what is right and what is true. However, it can often be dangerous to choose honesty so he chooses to stay silent. An innocent man dies which leaves Ansel feeling the burden of that decision.

Do Lord Remember Me is another novel from Lester. Reverend Joshua Smith Sr. is known in the South as the Singing Evangelist and one white reporter has coined him “the Colored Billy Graham”. The reverend is in a fieldstone house in Nashville composing his own obituary on the day which will be the last of his life. The book follows the Reverend as he looks back at his life from beginning to end, from his childhood in Mississippi to the civil rights movement, and from humiliation to triumph.

And All Our Wounds Forgiven is Lester’s re-envisioning of the Martin Luther King Jr. story. The story follows a man named John Calvin Marshall who graduates from Harvard in 1965 and is prepared to enter into a life of teaching. However, history has other plans for him. Marshall becomes a leader who wants to move his people and others to change their minds, but he also must deal with his own impulses along the way. Lester paints a human portrait of his character in this story.

When Dad Killed Mom is the story of Jenna and Jeremy, two siblings who lost their mother. They each knew that their parents’ marriage as in trouble, but they could have never predicted what ended up happening with them. The two are in school when they are pulled from class and told their father shot their mother. With mom dead and dad in jail, the two are left to pick up the pieces. The children are being drawn apart and they are overwhelmed in their grief, anger, confusion, and guilt. The children find their new lives in free fall as their father is about to stand trial. The book is filled with raw and honest emotions. It can be a bit disturbing to read with such heavy subject matter, but the story is well written and explores the relationships between parents and their children.

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