I would love some recommendations for children’s books with Asian and/or Latinx authors and characters. Both are African American women. My 12-year-old just eats them up. Thank you for this list COJ, there are so many good choices here! Thanks for including some for older kids! Thank you for reading! I went to college with the author, Ti, and would love to see her get a wave of books sold, plus the reviews are great! Mahogany books (mahoganybooks.com) is a black-owned bookstore which has a great selection, and have an online store. Really great list here and I greatly appreciate the way you linked to independent bookstores rather than amazon! And I love that they link to an independent bookstore. I also love Islandborn by Junot Diaz and Leo Espinosa! My nephews loved Beautful Blackbird and The book helped my son heal from the loss of so many people and things this year. An oldie but goodie and my absolute favorite Jacqueline Woodson picture book: The Other Side (illustrations by E.B. Thank you so much for not linking to Amazon and for choosing Mahogany Books. Thank you for reading. “Shuri: A Black Panther Novel” by Nic Stone. For Love of the Game. I would suggest Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea, by Meena Harris. Please check out books by Yuyi Morales, Duncan Tonatiuh, Matt de la Peña, Alma Flor Ada, Isabel Quintero and Juana Martinez-Neal. That is so interesting to hear. Be cautious and do your research when searching #Ownvoices authors – I’ve come across so many reading lists who include books featuring Black characters by white authors and claim they are written by Black authors. Get breaking news coverage as events unfold. The author will be reading a book a day on Instagram Live. Yes, Ashley Bryan is wonderful! I heartily recommend it. This list of Black children’s books by Black authors are ones which you may want to get for the kiddos in your life. Welcome! Thank you Omu by the same author is lovely as well. I have noticed your shift to inclusivity over the past couple of years. I loved it so much I stole a copy from my school library that I still have today. by Matthew Paul Turner and David Catrow | Feb 28, 2017. She loves when CJ closes his eyes and feels the music :). I am leading a Summer Reading Book Club on ‘New Kid’ and told students NOT to order the audio book because it’s a graphic novel. I heard great positive things about it. I’m sorry for my mistake. I LOVE that these are linked to Mahogany Books in DC. I saw that reader comment on Friday and love how you have quickly remedied the situation come Monday! LOVE LOVE LOVE Anna hibiscus series in our house. Saving this for gift ideas for my niece and nephew! 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! It’s a beautiful book! Love this! Here are 15 we like…, Any others to add to the list? Kevin Lewis writes fun picture books for young kids who like vehicles! There are also many great videos of her talking about her work and inspiration. https://www.vashtiharrison.com/little-leaders, https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/575904/akissi-tales-of-mischief-by-marguerite-abouet-and-mathieu-sapin/. Highly recommend. He writes in a fantastic rhythm with great stories and messages. Same here! Hardcover $6.90 $ 6. Many, though not all, of the authors share the identities of the characters. I don’t have kids of my own but am always looking for gift ideas for friends’ kids. Jason Reynolds. We loved The Magnificent Maya Tibbs series by Crystal Allen. I would add Belle, the last mule at Gee’s Bend and The Green Book by Calvin Ramsey…I read these to my 3rd and 4th graders every year. We also sometimes earn an affiliate commission on the sales of products we link to. Also check out the books adapted from Bob Marley songs by his daughter Cedella! His artwork is distinctive, simple and beautiful. My kids are white, and they definitely need to learn about their own whiteness and about the challenges that people of color face, but I also want them to be able to read books with children of color as the protagonists, given that still the vast majority of children’s books are illustrated with white kids. Thank you so much for this list. 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 He is a gifted artist, writer, and illustrator who calls a small island in Maine his home. Walker, Dr. Wangari Maathai, and Junko Tabei) and they are beautifully written and designed. The Jaden Toussaint series by Marti Dumas is fabulous, particularly for kids who love music. Ghost by Jason Reynolds is a great book, my 11-year-old son loved to read, who is not a big reader and I also could not stop reading it. “Black Brother, Black Brother” by Jewell Parker Rhodes. One of my all-time favorite kids’ books. “Ways to Make Sunshine” by Renée Watson. I submitted “Freight Train” last night but it must not have gone through. Great list! Love this!! Don’t miss Kelly Starling Lyons… She’s an amazing author. Just laughed out loud at the description of “please baby please.” As a mother of a spirited 19 month old with an affinity for climbing I probably udder those words 100 times per day. His latest You Matter is an essential read for children and adults alike. 8 Lists of 100 African American Books by School Grades, K-8 by PimaLib_AngelaH June 27, 2018 A collaboration with a teacher from TUSD on how to best serve the African-American students by encouraging them to read more led to the idea of making a reading list of books … Chugga Chugga Choo-Choo was one of my son’s very favorite books when he was around age 3. Bruce Pascoe is the author of Dark Emu and Sally Morgan is the author of My Place. Additionally, Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson (she has so many other excellent MG/YA books as well!) His goal? Nathaniel Talking by Eloise Greenfield. 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). Anything by Brandy Colbert is worth a read – her YA and MG books focus on black stories that aren’t centered around pain and violence. 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!! I second this recommendation. Christian Robinson is wonderful too! Please, Baby, Please comes in a board book! A book written by Ashley Sirah Chea and illustrated by Vanessa Newton. Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission. A source for books representing racially diverse, LGBTQ+, and other currently underrepresented identities in children’s books is Ourshelves.com. Feast for 10 is one of my kids favorites and now as a 4 yo, he helps me read the numbers. Then as for chapter fun chapter books: anyone a fan of the Little Shaq series by Shaquille O’Neal? We’d love to hear…. I would love to see some of the fashion posts you do with a focus on black designers:) Or some of the posts you do about where to buy affordable art with a focus on black artists. Someone may have already posted this, but if you missed it, watch the KidsLit4BlackLives Rally from last Thursday, put on by the Brown Bookshelf (https://thebrownbookshelf.com/). I just ordered four books for my kids (ages 0-4). Elizabeth Acevedo is a Dominican-American author of YA books – I’ve been enjoying her books recently! Leo Learns to Swim is another. Lovely book about consent which my kids have asked for again and again. oooh, I was coming to ask the same thing – thank you for the suggestion! For independent reading, here are two early reader series to check out: Polly Diamond and Mia Mayhem. My 5th grade daughter’s teacher is currently reading “The Watsons Go to Birmingham” to them every day in their Zoom conference. One of my daughters is really into space and NASA ;). Anything written or illustrated by Christian Robinson!! Racial segregation repulsed me but the amazing writing style drew me in. They are not books about black children or race or ethnicity, they are great stories about a boy growing up on a game preserve in Africa. (written by Clifton L. Taulbert). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/March_(comics). Thank you for the list, and thank you for not linking to Amazon, but to Mahogany. by Oge Mora, anything illustrated by Christian Robinson, and Bedtime for Sweet Creatures by Nikki Grimes. But it seems like everything is picture books or for middle readers (ie, fourth grade or so)? We just watched Trombone Shorty on Storyline Online, what a great book! Just found this awesome app called “We Read Too” that has a huge list of books featuring BOPOC characters divided into age ranges from picture book to YA. I haven’t read it yet but it is high on my list! While my pre-teens boys have no problem reading picture books or books about girls, it’s nice to have characters they feel closer connections to immediately. (shelved 73 times as childrens-chapter-books) avg rating 4.18 — 1,428,650 ratings — published 1952 Jul 19, 2018 - Explore Shaneka B's board "Children books by African American Authors", followed by 115 people on Pinterest. I don’t think Ezra Jack Keats is Black (despite featuring Black children in his books). Yes! A lovely delight. My daughter loves them. We second The Watsons Go To Birmingham! I came here to suggest the March graphic novels by Congressman John Lewis. I don’t know if anyone has mentioned this already in the comments, but our family would HIGHLY recommend the Audio Version of the book of New Kid as well. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your California Privacy Rights (each updated 1/1/20). I am a librarian and I am constantly recommending Ghost to students. Only one author is Black, and over half of the authors are white. A companion book to “Finding Langston.” Cline-Ransome adds depth to Lymon’s character and details his family’s struggles and experiences during America’s Great Migration. Years ago, we wrote a post about books featuring characters of color, but a reader pointed out that some of those authors were white. Sharon M. Draper has two novels that would make good read aloud for a 6-7 year old: Out of My Mind and Blended. Along the way they face the harsh trials of the journey west, but if they can make it to California, they have a chance at a better life. I am taking notes and saving books on a wishlist, but would love to capture these resources and refer to them again and again in the future. :), Dancing in the Wings by Debbie Allen! I can’t wait to read them together! The Akimbo books by Alexander McCall Smith are wonderful. <3. I think it might be good for a wide range of ages, but might be particularly well suited for pre-teen boys! Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea (!) if it takes into account the wonderful suggestions in the comments. When God Made You. Great for middle readers (4th-8th grade). 42 Amazing Books Written By Black Authors. Sorry, I should have added that you could probably read the Rebel Girls series to a child around the age of 7-8 (some words will be difficult for them to read on their own). When I was 12 I read ‘Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry’. Roda Ahmed. We have been doing it together with my son’s kindergarten class! We actually can get better at this. Today, we wanted to feature great children’s books written by Black authors. My daughter LOVES Ghost and the other two books on the bottom row of recommendations: Brown Girl Dreaming and New Kid. So amazing. This page has a lot of great early chapter book recs! 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 … It has only three words in it, yet manages to beautifully capture the love between a baby and his older brother. For middle and large humans, Mae Jemison’s memoir ‘Find Where The Wind Goes’ is a good read. https://www.mahoganybooks.com/children/, They also curate bundles, such as this one for young readers: Explore newly released children's chapter books by Black authors, available at Onondaga County Public Libraries. He is a very, very special person and his books are so, so beautiful (his fine art, too which is in museums and galleries)—and—consider this—despite publishing amazing books for years and having the heart of a true artist, he’s never won a Caldecott. I still stand by my sentiment that saying “some of those authors were white” is a missed opportunity. We had that book when my now-nine-year-old twins were babies and seeing this comment, I got hit with a wave of nostalgia! View Gallery 20 Photos 1 of 20 ‘Hair Love’ by Matthew A. Cherry. Agreed Rose. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander. Also, he is FANTASTIC. Anything by Christian Robinson – Leo, last stop on market street, rain, carmela full of wishes – so many good ones! I love that some of these books have a clear lesson related to race, and some are simply books. – author Meena Harris, Kamala’s niece, just released it last week. Become an exceptional fencer. Both are big hits with my two year old. My daughter and I love Eva Chen’s books. Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold, a 1991 Caldecott winner. 17 Books Every Black Child Should Read It's World Book Day! 1 - 20 of 1014 results Grid View Grid. A diverse range of classics, contemporary must-reads, and memoirs you'll definitely wanna fill your time with! Her stories are based in West Africa and awesome. His autobiography “Words to My Life’s Song” tells of the racism he encountered throughout this life, his unwavering creativity and how he is always making the world a more beautiful place. This is awesome — thank you so much!!! In order to grow our small business, Cup of Jo earns revenue in a few different ways. Mac Barnett. He burst onto the kiddy lit scene back in the 1960s with his fabulous books about little kids doing ordinary stuff. I hope Atinuke writes more!! Ryan does her best to overcome life’s struggles, even when her dad has to find a new job or her classmates tease her for having a boy’s name. Three of the four currently released titles features a woman of color (Madame C.J. Donald Crews’ board books are essential though. Vashti Harrison’s Little Leaders books on exceptional men and women in Black history are so good. They are board books and so fun to sing together! Visit www.onlib.org or call (315) 435-1900 to check them out! It’s a sweet, intergenerational story–-great for young kids to read with their grandparents! I also enjoyed his autobiography for children which is inspiring. Shop their recommendations on children's books … For older readers, the “Children of Blood and Bone” books by Tomi Adeyemi stand out. Another great Black owned book store is Eye See Me out of St. Louis: “A Snowy Day” and “Whistle for Willie” are the two that stand out in my mind the most, but there are more. And that’s powerful. Has anyone signed up for it? Spotlight on Black Authors and Characters: Books for Ages 0-8; Don’t Judge a Book By Its Color; 57 Children’s Books Featuring Black Protagonists; Books with Black Characters for Kids 8-12; Powerful Picture Books Teaching Children About African American History; Remember Reading Podcast: Monster by Walter Dean Myers Kelsey has finished writing her second book and is looking for a publisher. The animated short for Hair Love is wonderful! My little guy is 8 months, I want to be sure that the books I’m reading to him, and he’s chewing on (ha), have POC faces. 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). 7 Travel-Themed Children’s Books By Black Authors Your Family Needs February 3, 2020 Destinations , Lifestyle , Lifestyle , Product Reviews , Reviews , Travel Tips When I started my blogging journey nearly four years ago my goal was to inspire parents to travel the world with their kids while providing tips to make it easier and affordable . Please baby please was one of my boys’ favorites. I got chills reading The Undefeated with my kids! He has been making books for decades. Anti-Racist Baby, a board book (!) The characters are 10-12, but the stories are fine for younger kids. 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. My son had it memorized very quickly! Many of these lists have all been picture books and girl-centric. http://www.ala.org/rt/emiert/cskbookawards/coretta-scott-king-book-awards-all-recipients-1970-present. It is a book I wish I could have had for my children when they were little! You are obviously working hard to be responsive to current events, and it’s appreciated. Hope this helps! By Cara Luddy, Communications Assistant at Central Library. “Catching a Storyfish” by Janice Harrington! the paperboy – dav pilkey, I have sent this list to my local library! Anything by Vanessa Brantley Newton– She is an amazing illustrator and writer and just a totally inspiring person altogether. Being honest and forthright about our past mistakes is a painful but important part of unlearning racism. My third grader also loved From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks. Yes! Beautiful prose about the Stolen Generation. I would also check out anything by Jason Reynolds and Kwame Alexander. I think that’s telling and is, in its own way, a form of injustice and privilege. by Daniel Bernstrom. My son is a big fan of Kwame Alexander’s books (Crossover, Rebound, Booked). Alberta is the only Black girl in her school’s senenth grade. Looking back that book opened my view on the world and society and I think it is ESSENTIAL reading for ALL young teenagers and adults. For a older kids (I read these out loud to my 5 1/2 year old) the “Dragons in a Bag” series by Zetta Elliot are great. Bestselling authors, Vashti Harrison and Renee Watson, say books about black resilience, joy and self-love are of the utmost importance. I just bought the first 3 books for my 8 year old from Ashay by the Bay bookstore <3. I looked at his website (https://dontate.com/) and he is also a founding member of a blog called The Brown Bookshelf, which is dedicated to promoting youth literature created by black authors (per his website). Her books include Zeely, The House of Dies Drear, MC Higgins the Great, The Planet of Junior Brown, and The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales. It’s a beautiful tribute to the diversity and beauty of city life through the great stage that we urban dwellers know so well… the bus! Hi Jamie, 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). Small Black Children's Book Authors Worth Supporting For The Munchkins: 10 Children’s Books By Burgeoning Black Authors To Add To Your Kiddies’ Libraries Posted on June 16, 2020 - … Victoria Aveyard Cassandra Clare Sarah Dessen John Green Sarah J ... African Americans - Kids Fiction: Books. These books are must-reads to add to your 2019 list of books … 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. This is a mix of current and older titles. She has done many varied and interesting things in her life, and sprinkles good life lessons and advice throughout. The great Virginia Hamilton, who died in 2002, wrote 35 books for children and young adults. Are any of these board books? “The Day You Begin” by Jacqueline Woodson is so beautiful, Yes! Looking at original post from 2016, I am incorrect that all but one author on the original list is white. Came here to comment the same! Anything by Nicola Yoon, Angie Thomas, Jewell Parker Rhodes, Nic Stone, Kwame Alexander. As we actively work to diversify our children’s libraries and literary experiences, please think about adding books about children of color with disabilities as well. © 2020 Advance Local Media LLC. He wrote of the 2017-2018 Texas Bluebonnet books, Whoosh!, about Lonnie Johnson, the creator of the Super Soaker (it was my school’s favorite Bluebonnet book that year). One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia as well as her other books are good for middle readers. Children’s books with female characters, and five books to teach kids kindness. Featuring Black characters at the forefront, these stories have positive role models that inspire and empower. We love any children’s book illustrated by Kadir Nelson! We love ONE DAY IN THE EUCALYPTUS, EUCALYPTUS TREE and GATOR, GATOR, GATOR! We read it with our second grader and it prompted such good dialogue. Lewis, is Little Cliff and the Cold Place. It’s not enough to read books about Black women – we need to support Black women and nonbinary artists and authors. For a middle grade reader, I’d recommend From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks. My phone is going to give out any minute so this one I am adding in haste (but possibly is on the list)… As many as half the people killed by police are disabled, and a third are Black and disabled. We get quarterly book boxes, one of my daughter’s favorite books from the box is Baby Goes to Market by Atinuke. I second Pat Mora! This is my 21 month old’s current favorite. Its about diversity, love, family and skin tone with playful poems for kids to read. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/22/police-killings-disabled-black-people-mental-illness. Me and Neesie, received the Newbery Honor and the Coretta Scott King Author Award! Black Children's Books: Our Favorite Stories For African American Youngsters Bedtime reading is one of our favorite childhood memories. Would love to see more young adult options!! Some of our family’s faves are “Freight Train,” “Shortcut” & “Night at the Fair.”. We have The Snowy Day as a board book and that’s a forever favorite. 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. And Fremantle Press also has an Indigenous charter. 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. Thank you for purchasing from independent booksellers and especially supporting minority-owned businesses. As always, thank you. More more more said the baby is a sweet simple one my kids loved. The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander is a picture book that celebrates Black excellence and won the 2020 Caldecott Medal as well as a Newbery Honor. Believe the author and illustrator is also white. http://nanasbookshelf.com/where-to-buy/. Does anyone have suggestions for books about black children by POC that are early chapter books? Does anyone know about a black or indigenous book similar store in Canada? I loved this book as a kid. Thank you. It may be a lot of work, but I would love a list to books like this similar (or within) your shop page, esp. I was introduced to them in the late 1980s via a children’s literature class. Link to the rally: https://youtu.be/fElXu_MdRrs, Donald Crews is a wonderful Black illustrator and author. Slightly breaks and re-heals my heart each time as a working parent. As Olive Kitteridge said, "There's no such thing as a simple life." We’ve had that book home from the library a few times. Know that everyone feels it and appreciates it, even folks who are not black themselves! Thank you for creating this list. We have been reading the Rebel Girls new chapter book series. Thanks for the list! Librarian here – Mia Mayhem is a great early reader chapter book series by Kara West and Leeza Hernandez. What’s more, they tell important stories in straightforward, yet gentle ways that open kids eyes to the world around them. He questions where he really belongs and how it affects his friendships. Also, PET is a newer release by a black non-binary author. Freight Train by Donald Crews! She’s so mischievous – reminds me of why I loved Pippi Longstocking or Ramona Quimby or Matilda! The reason I got so much out of this book is because I had an amazing teacher who was happy to discuss all the themes I was reading about. We love Anna Hibiscus’s adventures, too, and Atinuke’s picture books! 90 $11.99 $11.99. I think my daughter is going to love that book. https://crystalallenbooks.com/books.php. I think it’s important to support books whose authors represent the communities portrayed in their books! Easter Parade to name a few. ? he’s still making picture books and was the 1st Black person to publish a book as an author and an illustrator. This one is for older elementary, but I cannot highly enough recommend Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor. I just finished ‘Brown Girl Dreaming’ last night. See more ideas about books, childrens books, picture book. Also check out his youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzW_SBxroAj5hclD4q5KwZw. Andrea Pinkney wrote a book about Ezra Jack Keats called a Poem for Peter. It’s my go-to birthday gift for little people :). Try Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke. Was just coming here to say illustrator Christina Robinson is AMAZING!! Subscribe to syracuse.com. One of my favorite books growing up as a child was Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters, by John Steptoe. Her chapter on The Angry Black … There are so many more, enjoy! http://christineaplatt.com/book-author/christine-platt/ The author will be doing read-alouds on Instagram Live of her book Mae Among the Stars. Thanks for including books for kids of all ages! I’d also recommend The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas for middle school and up. The whole thing is incredible! Personal fave: Mia Mayhem – Breaks Down Walls. He came and did an author visit at my elementary school library in January 2019 and the kiddos LOVED him. I love Atinuke’s books! She launched a campaign, using the hashtag #1000BlackGirlBooks, to collect 1,000 books featuring black female protagonists and donate them to a school in … 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. Christopher Myers is a profilic writer of sports-themed chapter books. Peekaboo Morning and Leo Loves Baby Time are great and come in board book. Magabala books is a wholly Indigenous publisher with EXCELLENT children’s books as well as books for all ages. Activity & Novelty Books Board Books Boxed Sets Chapter Books Guided Reading Levels Media Tie-In Middle Grade Books Picture Books Spanish Language Test Preparation Browse All Children’s Chapter Books It’s about a black 8 year old girl who finds out she’s not a super klutz, she’s a super hero! We have the big board book and it’s one of my sons favorites! My 12 year old daughter Kelsey Thomas has written a epic fantasy called “Call of the Wolves”. My Daddy and I, My 8 year old son loves The Clubhouse Mystery series. 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. 19 empowering books with Black characters It’s important that children have access to diverse books, and young readers will love these tales of daring heroes, brave kids and great friendships. Other YA authors: Sherri L Smith, Ibi Zoboi, Steph Keuhn are just a few other authors to check out. Check them out here. Don Tate is an author and illustrator, and a lovely person in general. Christine Platt! Great for kids ages 8-12. An accessible and inspiring story about the impact dedicated individuals – and even children – can have shaping our communities. Incorrect Book The list contains an … That’s where we’ve been trying to purchase from also. But when she receives a letter from her biological father in prison, she becomes determined to prove his innocence. Lewis). She won every major children’s literature award and the American Library Assn gives an annual award in her memory. She wrote “How Old is Grandma?”. Since many black families are dealing with grief this year, I suggest “My Forever Guardian” by Kristina Jones. Really well done and an interesting, unexpected plot twist. This is one of my very favorite books from childhood. I’ve been thinking recently about how the concept of “growth mindset” can apply to white people learning how to be anti-racist. Suitable, and I’d encourage, for tweens/teens to also view. I wanted to thank cupofjo for their continued inclusion of BPOC on the blog. All of Kwame Alexander’s books. Thanks for the links! I read the third book in the March series first and loved it. Kaba is a leading organizer and educator for racial justice, -one of our all-time family favorites! “From the Desk of Zoe Washington” by Janae Marks. Next, I’ll be looking for Ghost. 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. He makes amazing art—puppets of beach refuse, stained glass windows out of beach glass, cut paper illustrations using his mother’s sewing scissors. If you’d like some Australian content. “Please Baby Please” is a treasured family favorite. May I suggest The Soil is Good by Tori Johnson-Jones? 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! And I so appreciate how Marguerite Abouet wrote them to dismantle the “violent, impoverished Africa” trope, and gave a healthy, beautiful, communal, nuanced narrative that has been missing in literature. 1-16 of over 8,000 results for "childrens books by black authors" Best Seller in Children's Christian Social Issues Fiction. I love this so much. Thank you! Thank you for featuring books written by black authors- and thanks for naming how you didn’t do that last time. Rita Williams Garcia is a magician! https://www.amazon.com/My-Forever-Guardian-Healing-friends/dp/1734814217/ref=nodl_, Love this list! Jason Reynolds is always a fantastic writer but he really excels with that series. I would love to see more discussion on CoJ around how White families can discuss Whiteness and White privilege with their children. Another black-owned bookstore (in the SF Bay Area) is Ashay by the Bay (www.ashaybythebay.com). I do love A Snowy Day regardless…, oh my gosh I completely forgot about A Snowy Day! Yes! The Watson’s Go to Birmingham or Bud Not Buddy)! Also, a great resource for books written or illustrated by POC is the ALA’s Coretta Scott King Award list. I think it’s great that you are taking this post as an opportunity to highlight authors of color! I really liked the previous post about black businesses.

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