Area stores that specialize in children's books carry a fair number of titles on black history, as well as books that feature African-American characters. Public libraries are well-stocked with such books, and the Enoch Pratt Free Library has published a pamphlet called "The Black Experience in Books for Young Adults," that lists more than 50 fiction and non-fiction titles.
Here are some other resources:
* The African-American Literature Service in Columbia specializes in books for children and young adults. Owner Barbara Carney does seminars for schools and churches and organizes book fairs. Collectors can also order first editions of contemporary books by black authors. For more information, call 301-964-6451.
* Afro-Am Distributing Co. offers books and educational materials for parents, teachers and librarians. It includes books on Hispanic and American Indian culture. For more information, write to Afro-Am Distributing Co., 819 South Wabash Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60605, or call 312-922-1147.
* The Heritage Key is a mail-order catalog featuring multicultural books and toys from Africa, Asia and Latin America. For a free catalog, write to The Heritage Key, 10116 Scoville Ave., Sunland, Calif. 91040, or call 818-951-1438.