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An Anthology of African American Poetry for Young People
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produced by Arna Bontemps, 1902-1973 (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 1990), 31 mins
Arna Bontemps’s readings of poems by Sterling Brown, Langston Hughes, and Claude McKay highlight this compilation. Chosen for their ability to engage and entertain children, the selections are drawn from Bontemps’s well-known book, Golden Slippers (Harpers). "These are kind and gentle poems." —AudioFile
produced by Arna Bontemps, 1902-1973 (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 1990), 31 mins
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It's Story Telling Time
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(Folkways Records, 1983), 46 mins

Linda Goss, award-winning "Traveling Storyteller," gathers kids around her for stories about a mischievous monkey who’s ready to start some trouble with a mango, a buzzard who tricks everyone on the mountain (except for the monkey) and a food fight between Brother Bear, Brother Fox and Brother Rabbit. Along thi...

(Folkways Records, 1983), 46 mins
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Afro-American Tales and Games
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(Folkways Records, 1980), 52 mins

A jingle of African bells, a dramatic call of "Sto--ry! Sto--rytelling ti--me! ie yie yie yie yie," and the journey begins! Linda Goss, award-winning "Traveling Storyteller," enchants children with African tales and games (and American storytelling, too). Among the characters she introduces is the lazy Jack Rabb...

(Folkways Records, 1980), 52 mins
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Echoes of Timbuktu and Beyond in Congo Square, U.S.A.
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produced by Bilal Abdurahman (Folkways Records, 1979), 56 mins

"Kings, Queens and lesser royal-emeshed in a web of til and toil; They crossed a sea in great despair from Timbuktu to Congo Square." This collection of music and poetry by Bilal Abdurahman is an investigation of the roots of African-American music. Abdurahman’s awareness of the unmistakable influences of Afr...

produced by Bilal Abdurahman (Folkways Records, 1979), 56 mins
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The Reason I Like Chocolate
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written by Nikki Giovanni, 1943- (Folkways Records, 1976), 20 mins

Nikki Giovanni reads her poems for children, many of which carry a child-like sensibility. These are sure to delight, with titles like "Parents Never Understand" and "James Shell’s Snowball Stand."

written by Nikki Giovanni, 1943- (Folkways Records, 1976), 20 mins
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Hopi Tales
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produced by Harold Courlander, 1908-1996 (Folkways Records, 1971), 49 mins
produced by Harold Courlander, 1908-1996 (Folkways Records, 1971), 49 mins
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Ghetto Reality
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(Folkways Records, 1969), 32 mins

Nancy Dupree initially found her elementary school music students in Rochester, NY resistant to participation in class. Once she dropped the standard literature (which asked "Mr. Bear" to "come and play") and began composing music that bore relevancy to contemporary society and to their very tuned-in and grownup...

(Folkways Records, 1969), 32 mins
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Been in the Storm So Long - Spirituals & Shouts, Children's Game Songs, and Folktales
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produced by Guy Carawan, 1927-2015 (Folkways Records, 1967), 44 mins

This recording was made over a period of two years to accompany a folklife study of the southern rural African-American community of Johns Island off the coast of South Carolina. Producer Guy Carawan documents the "rich oral tradition of folk expression" of Moving Star Hall, a central gathering place for communit...

produced by Guy Carawan, 1927-2015 (Folkways Records, 1967), 44 mins
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The Dream Keeper and Other Poems of Langston Hughes
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written by Langston Hughes, 1902-1967 (Folkways Records, 1955), 26 mins

You remember the counsel: "Hold fast to dreams—for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly..." Langston Hughes reads and comments on some of his most evocative poems about dreams, sailing away to new places and aging through life’s pleasures and obstacles.

written by Langston Hughes, 1902-1967 (Folkways Records, 1955), 26 mins
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The Glory of Negro History
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written by Langston Hughes, 1902-1967; produced by Langston Hughes, 1902-1967 and Moses Asch, 1905-1986 (Folkways Records, 1955), 53 mins

In this collection of prose and song, Langston Hughes narrates the history of the African-American people. Beginning with the struggles associated with slavery and punctuated with African chants and freedom songs sung by Brownie McGhee, Hilda Haynes and Leadbelly, Hughes imparts the glory and triumphs of African-...

written by Langston Hughes, 1902-1967; produced by Langston Hughes, 1902-1967 and Moses Asch, 1905-1986 (Folkways Records, 1955), 53 mins
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