My mommy’s khimar – wonderful story about a little girl and the scarves her mother wears https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Mommys-Khimar/Jamilah-Thompkins-Bigelow/9781534400597. Please check out Cree Wins the Day (linking on Amazon, sorry: https://www.amazon.com/Cree-Wins-Day-Lora-Bynum/dp/0692872736/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=cree+wins+the+day&qid=1591724388&sr=8-1). 14 Genius Tips for Living in a Small Space, This Cozy Minnesota Home Will Make You Want a Candelabra. We feature only items we genuinely love and want to share, and this is an arrangement between the retailer and Cup of Jo (readers never pay more for products). Would love to see more young adult options!! Thank you for creating this list. Easter Parade to name a few. Librarian here – Mia Mayhem is a great early reader chapter book series by Kara West and Leeza Hernandez. And yes, Ezra Jack Keats was white. Walker, Dr. Wangari Maathai, and Junko Tabei) and they are beautifully written and designed. We have Baby Goes to Market and B is for Baby. My 9 year old son and I read Ghost together and I enjoyed it as much as he did and it lead to so many good conversations. She sets off on a quest to discover why the heart-shaped herb that gives the Black Panther incredible powers is dying. Tar Beach made a big impression on me when I was a kid, especially in my school of mostly non-black students. thank you so much Ka, I did a little research and I love his work and his life is inspiring. Please keep sharing. As a call out, some of the books below will feature biracial children. Explore newly released children's chapter books by Black authors, available at Onondaga County Public Libraries. Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea (!) Inspirational for young women. Rita Williams Garcia is a magician! Then as for chapter fun chapter books: anyone a fan of the Little Shaq series by Shaquille O’Neal? For kids a little older, When I Get Older: the Story Behind “Wavin’ Flag” by K’naan is a beautiful and timely story about K’naan’s own life as a refugee from Somalia – first to New York, then to Toronto. The Watson’s Go to Birmingham or Bud Not Buddy)! An accessible and inspiring story about the impact dedicated individuals – and even children – can have shaping our communities. You are obviously working hard to be responsive to current events, and it’s appreciated. In order to grow our small business, Cup of Jo earns revenue in a few different ways. However, I think that saying “some of those authors were white” about the original post is shirking responsibility on your end. My daughter loves them. Thank you!! Mac Barnett. She has done many varied and interesting things in her life, and sprinkles good life lessons and advice throughout. His latest You Matter is an essential read for children and adults alike. “King and the Dragonflies” by Kacen Callender. A lovely delight. oooh, I was coming to ask the same thing – thank you for the suggestion! Children Book authors and avid readers contributed their favorite children’s Books to a list of the, “Top 150 Recommended African-American Children’s Books.” AALBC.com: Selling Black Books Since 1997 ★ Black Books are for Everyone AALBC.com: Selling Black Books Since 1997 ★ All but one author on your original list was white! Stephen Colbert had him on a few months ago. Matthew Paul Turner’s books are delightful & make me cry each time I read them. Peekaboo Morning and Leo Loves Baby Time are great and come in board book. From topics of self-love to finding encouragement, here are 20 children’s books by Black authors that any child will enjoy. I read this book over and over and over again as a kid, and have such vivid, visceral memories as a 9-year-old empathizing and trying to contemplate what growing up Black in the Jim Crow South might’ve been like and feeling like the main character Cassie was one of my friends. It is such a great book as is the rest of that series – Patina, Lu and Sunny. Nice list. Bonus – it gets kids acquainted with our (maybe) future VP. I read With the Fire on High and Poet X earlier this year and currently have Clap When You Land on hold at my library :), All of Ashley Bryan’s books are phenomenal. https://www.simonandschuster.com/authors/Ashley-Bryan/706174. Vashti Harrison’s Little Leaders books on exceptional men and women in Black history are so good. donald crews is a favorite in our house (kids are 4 & 2)—freight train, ten black dots, and flying are frequently pulled from the shelves. My third grader also loved From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks. 42 Amazing Books Written By Black Authors. The writing level is appropriate for upper elementary, but our entire family ended up listening to it as a read-aloud book because we were all interested. Did you read along with the text? One of my all-time favorite kids’ books. When God Made You. http://nanasbookshelf.com/where-to-buy/. Spam or Self-Promotional The list is spam or self-promotional. I haven’t field tested it with a teenager, but I feel that it would have been a useful read for me in my college years. I’m sorry for my mistake. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. Jason Reynolds is always a fantastic writer but he really excels with that series. by Oge Mora, anything illustrated by Christian Robinson, and Bedtime for Sweet Creatures by Nikki Grimes. One of my daughters is really into space and NASA ;). I love Grandma’s Tiny House by JaNay Brown-Wood, Grandma’s Purse by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, Brown Baby Lullaby by Tameka Fryer Brown, both Saturday and Thank You, Omu! I was introduced to them in the late 1980s via a children’s literature class. We bought a bunch of new books by Black authors and our favorites are ,” Mufaro’s beautiful daughters,” (its won a caldecott award and was by the 1st Black children’s illustrator) and a new one, “A good kind of trouble” for my 13 year old and she loves it!! For Love of the Game. Sam and the tigers by Julius Lester (a retelling and reimagining of an old racist book that he turns into a beautiful story about a smart and brave black boy). Thanks for the list! She chose New Kid as her Christmas gift to her cousins this past year because she wanted to share the love! Parents with kids who love vehicles can appreciate a genuinely entertaining vehicle book… ;). the paperboy – dav pilkey, I have sent this list to my local library! Look up illustrator Shane Evans’ books. Me and Neesie, I love that some of these books have a clear lesson related to race, and some are simply books. She won every major children’s literature award and the American Library Assn gives an annual award in her memory. Katherine Johnson’s autobiography ‘Reaching for the Moon’ is also good. I loved it so much I stole a copy from my school library that I still have today. Really well narrated and entertaining. Has anyone signed up for it? Lewis, is Little Cliff and the Cold Place. ron’s big mission – rose blue Just Us Women by Jeanette Caines is a very sweet book about a girl and her aunt. He is a gifted artist, writer, and illustrator who calls a small island in Maine his home. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor Set in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, this is the story of one African-American family’s struggle to maintain their integrity, pride, and independence in the face of racism and social injustice. She writes beautiful historical fiction. And Fremantle Press also has an Indigenous charter. Jason Reynolds. Anything by Nicola Yoon, Angie Thomas, Jewell Parker Rhodes, Nic Stone, Kwame Alexander. We have been doing it together with my son’s kindergarten class! Thank you so much for this list. This was a missed opportunity for you to model that process. Does anyone know about a black or indigenous book similar store in Canada? Some folks were looking for baby books and Gabrielle Union wrote Welcome to the Party which looks very sweet. when you can discuss them confidently then you really begin to learn skills from literature and put in place the courage and bravery the author has taught you. The Akimbo books by Alexander McCall Smith are wonderful. what a character! Hosted by … Add on our preference for chapter books that are representative of our culture and it’s just plain difficult. Thank you for reading! I just finished ‘Brown Girl Dreaming’ last night. Lewis). by Matthew Paul Turner and David Catrow | Feb 28, 2017. He has an amazing read-along and creative YouTube series right now. Please check out books by Yuyi Morales, Duncan Tonatiuh, Matt de la Peña, Alma Flor Ada, Isabel Quintero and Juana Martinez-Neal. I love Atinuke’s books! This is one of my very favorite books from childhood. Just want to add Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon (more for high schoolers), Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston, Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, and Crossover by Kwame Alexander. Any book by or illustrated by Kadir Nelson is a treasure to own. He has been making books for decades. All of Kwame Alexander’s books. The author will be doing read-alouds on Instagram Live of her book Mae Among the Stars. We have The Snowy Day as a board book and that’s a forever favorite. We had checked it out from the library but my daughter asked me to buy the book this week because she plans to re-read it “lots, mom.” So much to like about this book as Zoe navigates friendships, pursues a passion for baking, and learns about/works to correct inequality in the criminal justice system. We also loved the Anna Hibiscus series (early chapter books) by Atinuke about a delightful, elementary school aged girl in contemporary Africa (& a bit in Canada). My phone is going to give out any minute so this one I am adding in haste (but possibly is on the list)… It’s important for children to see themselves reflected in the books they read and in the authors that write those books. Mae Among The Stars by Roda Ahmed – inspired by the life of the first African American woman to travel in space, Mae Jemison, this is my #1 go-to book gift for little humans! We actually can get better at this. Agreed Rose. The author will be reading a book a day on Instagram Live. Another oldie but goodie favorite, also illustrated by the wonderful E.B. -one of our all-time family favorites! Beautiful prose about the Stolen Generation. Kelsey has finished writing her second book and is looking for a publisher. My Daddy and I, 17 Books Every Black Child Should Read It's World Book Day! From historical and cultural traditions to STEM subjects and finances, Black authors address every subject in this list of children’s books we’ve curated. New chapter books for kids by Black authors Updated Jul 15, 2020; Posted Jul 15, 2020 Explore newly released children's chapter books by Black authors, available at … I really like ‘Baby Goes to the Market’ and ‘B is for Baby’ by Atinuke. Her stories are based in West Africa and awesome. Max and the Tag Along Moon is one of our favorites! If you are looking for books for older kids, check out Harriette Robinet. I must say reading the book is half the story ( pun!!!) here are a few of our ***heart-thumping favorite*** picture books (age 0-7) featuring main characters who are Black: the chicken chasing queen of lamar county – janice harrington Here’s another one about learning disabilities, Nelson Beats the Odds by Ronnie Sidney II. If you’d like some Australian content. What’s more, they tell important stories in straightforward, yet gentle ways that open kids eyes to the world around them. Really great list here and I greatly appreciate the way you linked to independent bookstores rather than amazon! My 5.5 yo watched it and couldn’t stop hugging me after that. This is awesome — thank you so much!!! But it seems like everything is picture books or for middle readers (ie, fourth grade or so)? Anything by Christopher Paul Curtis (e.g. Only one author is Black, and over half of the authors are white. My 8 year old son loves The Clubhouse Mystery series. And I love that they link to an independent bookstore. Great list! My 12 year old daughter Kelsey Thomas has written a epic fantasy called “Call of the Wolves”. The author has several other books as well. Read on for 25 middle grade books by Black authors across all genres: mystery, fantasy, historical fiction, graphic novel, contemporary, memoir, and verse. Don Tate is an author and illustrator, and a lovely person in general. Yes Jason Reynolds! Thank you for all of these suggestions. I have noticed your shift to inclusivity over the past couple of years. Ghost is fantastic. Hope this helps! I’d bet many of your readers here have checked his books out from the library and/or would recognize them even if they didn’t realize he was the author. Looking at original post from 2016, I am incorrect that all but one author on the original list is white. if it takes into account the wonderful suggestions in the comments. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia as well as her other books are good for middle readers. :-). His Caldecott winning The Lion & the Mouse is a family favorite, but he has so many other wonderful books , and many, if not most are written by black authors. Donte decides to take matters into his own hands after being continuously bullied at school. An easier read — Khalil’s Way by David Miller. Love this! Thanks for including some for older kids! The book helped my son heal from the loss of so many people and things this year. I still stand by my sentiment that saying “some of those authors were white” is a missed opportunity. We second The Watsons Go To Birmingham! Adding a book to the list by a friend’s grandmother. I saw that reader comment on Friday and love how you have quickly remedied the situation come Monday! Seems to be flying under the radar but is totally charming. While it’s wonderful and necessary to have diverse and affirming representations of BIPOC kids and communities (which we need more of, especially given the diversity problem in children’s literature), it’s also critical that families (and specifically white families) have access to stories that explicitly name and deal with Whiteness and White privilege, that provide parents with tools and resources to start talking with children about these topics from a young age. Julian is a Mermaid, by Jessica Love. Our 12-year-old son just finished Miles Morales Spider-Man, which my husband and I also read. His books are great, but this post is about books my Black authors, which Keats is not. I love this so much. Don’t forget books by Ezra Jack Keats. Pat Mora is an amazing Chicana writer, and all her books have Latinx characters. Don’t miss Kelly Starling Lyons… She’s an amazing author. 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