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Publication Order of Uncle Remus Books

with Jerry Pinkney
The Tales of Uncle Remus (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
More Tales of Uncle Remus (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Further Tales of Uncle Remus (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Tales of Uncle Remus (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

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

Publication Order of Children's Books

Publication Order of Picture Books

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

Publication Order of Collections

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

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

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

Publication Order of Jerry Pinkney as Illustrator Books

Tales from Africa (By: Jerry Pinkney,Lila Green) (0)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ugly Duckling (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1843)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Little Match Girl (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1845)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1894)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Education of Henry Adams (By: Jerry Pinkney,Henry Adams) (1918)Description / Buy at Amazon
Early Autumn (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1927)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Flowering of New England (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lolita (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rabbit, Run (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Adventures of Spider (By: Jerry Pinkney,Joyce Cooper Arkhurst) (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Year Around Book (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
This is Music for Kindergarten and Nursery School (By: Jerry Pinkney,Adeline McCall) (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Traveling Frog (By: Jerry Pinkney,V. M. Garshin) (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Book of Shapes & Sizes (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Beautiful Blue Jay, and other Tales of India (By: Jerry Pinkney,John W. Spellman) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Even Tiny Ants Must Sleep (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Clock Museum (By: Jerry Pinkney,Ken. Sobol) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Folktales and Fairytales of Africa (By: Jerry Pinkney,Lila Green) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shoes, Pennies, and Rockets (By: Jerry Pinkney,Ralph Alan Dale) (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kostas the Rooster (By: Jerry Pinkney,Traudl) (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Twin Witches of Fingle Fu (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Juano and the Wonderful Fresh Fish. (By: Jerry Pinkney,Thelma. Shaw) (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
Babushka and the Pig (By: Jerry Pinkney,Ann Trofimuk) (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Porcupine and the Tiger (By: Jerry Pinkney,Fern Powell) (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cora Annett's Homerhenry (By: Jerry Pinkney,Cora Annett) (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
The King's Ditch (By: Jerry Pinkney,Francine Jacobs) (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Planet of Junior Brown (By: Jerry Pinkney,Virginia Hamilton) (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Femi and Old Grandaddie (By: Jerry Pinkney,Adjai Robinson) (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
JD (By: Jerry Pinkney,Mari Evans) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kasho and the Twin Flutes. (By: Jerry Pinkney,Adjai Robinson) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prince Littlefoot (By: Jerry Pinkney,Berniece Freschet) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mickey and Minny (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great Minu (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Roots of Time (By: Jerry Pinkney,Margo Jefferson,Elliott P. Skinner) (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Song of the Trees (By: Jerry Pinkney,Mildred D. Taylor) (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wuthering Heights (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (By: Jerry Pinkney,Mildred D. Taylor) (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Yagua Days (By: Jerry Pinkney,Cruz Martel) (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Winthrop Covenant (By: Jerry Pinkney,Louis Auchincloss) (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gulliver's Travels (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Selected plays (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ji-Nongo-Nongo Means Riddles (By: Jerry Pinkney,Verna Aardema) (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
History of Tom Jones a Founding (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Childtimes: A Three-Generation Memoir (By: Jerry Pinkney,Eloise Greenfield,Lessie Jones Little) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tonweya and the Eagles (By: Jerry Pinkney,Rosebud Yellow Robe) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
These Thirteen (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
More Adventures of Spider (By: Jerry Pinkney,Joyce Cooper Arkhurst) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Count on Your Fingers African Style (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Covenant (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Jahdu (By: Jerry Pinkney,Virginia Hamilton) (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rabbit Redux (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Monster Myths of Ancient Greece (By: Jerry Pinkney,William A. Wise) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Apples On A Stick (By: Jerry Pinkney,Barbara Michels,Bettye White) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Patchwork Quilt (By: Jerry Pinkney,Valerie Flournoy) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Half a Moon and One Whole Star (By: Jerry Pinkney,Crescent Dragonwagon) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wild Wild Sunflower Child Anna (By: Jerry Pinkney,Nancy White Carlstrom) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pop-Up: Strange Animals of the Sea (By: National Geographic Society,Jerry Pinkney,Jane Heath Buxton) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mirandy and Brother Wind (By: Jerry Pinkney,Patricia McKissack) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Green Lion of Zion Street (By: Jerry Pinkney,Julia Fields) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
More Tales of Uncle Remus (With: Jerry Pinkney) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rabbit Makes a Monkey of Lion (By: Jerry Pinkney,Verna Aardema) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Talking Eggs (By: Jerry Pinkney,Robert D. San Souci) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Turtle in July (By: Jerry Pinkney,Marilyn Singer) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Home Place (By: Jerry Pinkney,Crescent Dragonwagon) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pretend You're a Cat (By: Jerry Pinkney,Jean Marzollo) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
In for Winter, Out for Spring (By: Jerry Pinkney,Arnold Adoff) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Man Who Kept His Heart in a Bucket (By: Jerry Pinkney,Sonia Levitin) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Their Eyes Were Watching God (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
David's Songs (By: Jerry Pinkney,Colin Eisler) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Back Home (By: Jerry Pinkney,Gloria Jean Pinkney) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Drylongso (By: Jerry Pinkney,Virginia Hamilton) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Starlit Somersault Downhill (By: Jerry Pinkney,Nancy Willard) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Want to Be (By: Jerry Pinkney,Thylias Moss) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Shoes for Silvia (By: Jerry Pinkney,Johanna Hurwitz) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sunday Outing (By: Jerry Pinkney,Gloria Jean Pinkney) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
John Henry (With: Jerry Pinkney) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Jungle Book (By: Jerry Pinkney) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tanya's Reunion (By: Jerry Pinkney,Valerie Flournoy) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman (By: Jerry Pinkney,Alan Schroeder) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sam and the Tigers (With: Jerry Pinkney) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hired Hand (By: Jerry Pinkney,Robert D. San Souci) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Black Cowboy, Wild Horses (With: Jerry Pinkney) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Journeys with Elijah (By: Jerry Pinkney,Barbara Diamond Goldin) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Aesop's Fables (By: Jerry Pinkney) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Albidaro and the Mischievous Dream (With: Jerry Pinkney) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Goin' Someplace Special (By: Jerry Pinkney,Patricia McKissack) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Noah's Ark (By: Jerry Pinkney) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Nightingale (By: Jerry Pinkney) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
God Bless the Child (By: Jerry Pinkney,Billie Holiday,Arthur Herzog III) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Old African (With: Jerry Pinkney) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Music from Our Lord's Holy Heaven Book and CD (By: Jerry Pinkney,Brian Pinkney,Myles C. Pinkney,Gloria Jean Pinkney) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ain't Nobody a Stranger to Me (By: Jerry Pinkney,Ann Grifalconi) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The All-I'll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll (By: Jerry Pinkney,Patricia McKissack) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Moon Over Star (By: Jerry Pinkney,Dianna Hutts Aston) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sweethearts of Rhythm (By: Marilyn Nelson) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Starlit Snowfall (By: Jerry Pinkney,Nancy Willard) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The First Adventures of Spider (By: Jerry Pinkney,Joyce Cooper Arkhurst) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Further Adventures of Spider: West African Folktales (By: Jerry Pinkney,Joyce Cooper Arkhurst) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Plain Sight (By: Jerry Pinkney,RichardJackson) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Christmas Boot (By: Jerry Pinkney) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation (By: Jerry Pinkney,Barry Wittenstein) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Home in the Barn (By: Margaret Wise Brown,Jerry Pinkney) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Billie Holiday: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations (By: Billie Holiday,Khanya Mtshali) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Little Mermaid (By: Jerry Pinkney) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Walk in the Woods (By: Jerry Pinkney,Nikki Grimes) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Places I Never Meant To Be(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Treasury of Five-Minute Stories(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Am Jewish(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Knowing Him by Heart: African Americans on Abraham Lincoln(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

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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