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Top 100+ Recommended African-American Children’s Books

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125 Important Children’s Books (just a few of many)


  1. A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara (2013-11-19)
  2. A Weed Is a Flower : The Life of George Washington Carver by Aliki (1988-04-15)
  3. Afro-Bets 1-2-3 Book by Cheryl Willis Hudson (1989-02-16)
  4. Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman (1991-09-02)
  5. And the Sun God Said: That’s Hip by Ernest Gregg (1972-01-01)
  6. Anna Carries Water by Olive Senior (2014-02-15)
  7. As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds (2016-05-03)
  8. Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions by Margaret Musgrove (1976-01-01)
  9. Aya: The Secrets Come Out: Volume Three by Marguerite Abouet (2009-09-29)
  10. Baby Says by John Steptoe (1988-04-20)
  11. Bad News For Outlaws: The Remarkable Life Of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson (2009-09-01)
  12. Beautiful Moon by Tonya Bolden (2014-11-04)
  13. Bird by Zetta Elliott (2008-10-28)
  14. Black Mother Goose Book by Elizabeth Murphy Oliver (1981-09-17)
  15. Black, White, Just Right! by Marguerite W. Davol (1993-01-01)
  16. Book of Black Heroes from A to Z: An Introduction to Important Black Achievers for Young Readers by Wade Hudson (2013-03-13)
  17. Boonoonoonous Hair by Olive Senior (2016-10-15)
  18. Bright Eyes, Brown Skin by Cheryl Willis Hudson (1990-11-01)
  19. Bronzeville Boys And Girls by Gwendolyn Brooks (2006-12-26)
  20. Brothers In Hope by Mary Williams (2005-04-28)
  21. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (2014-08-28)
  22. Chocolate Me! by Taye Diggs (2015-10-06)
  23. Come On, Rain! by Karen Hesse (1999-03-01)
  24. Coretta Scott by Ntozake Shange (2011-12-27)
  25. Cornrows by Camille Yarbrough (1997-01-27)
  26. Daddy Calls Me Man by Angela Johnson (2000-09-01)
  27. Daddy is a Monster … Sometimes by John Steptoe (1980-01-01)
  28. Dancing in the Wings by Debbie Allen (2003-12-01)
  29. Dave The Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill (2010-09-07)
  30. Daydreamers by Eloise Greenfield (1981-01-01)
  31. Don’t Let Auntie Mabel Bless the Table by Vanessa Newton (2010-09-22)
  32. Donavan’s Double Trouble by Monalisa DeGross (2007-12-26)
  33. Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson (2015-01-06)
  34. Everett Anderson’s Goodbye by Lucille Clifton (1988-07-15)
  35. Fly High!: The Story of Bessie Coleman by Louise Borden (2004-01-01)
  36. Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan (2016-09-13)
  37. Furqan’s First Flat Top – El Primer Corte de Mesita de Furqan by Robert Liu-Trujillo (2016-04-01)
  38. Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia (2015-04-21)
  39. Grandma’s Records by Eric Velasquez (2004-03-01)
  40. Grandpa, Is Everything Black Bad? by Sandy Lynne Holman (1998-06-01)
  41. Hair Dance! by Dinah Johnson (2007-09-04)
  42. Harlem’s Little Blackbird by Renée Watson (2012-10-23)
  43. Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine (2007-01-01)
  44. Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, And True Tales (Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner) by Virginia Hamilton (1995-11-01)
  45. How the Leopard Got His Claws by Chinua Achebe (2011-09-27)
  46. I Am Mixed by Garcelle Beauvais (2013-08-07)
  47. If I Only Had a Horn: Young Louis Armstrong by Roxane Orgill (2002-08-25)
  48. In Her Hands: The Story of Sculptor Augusta Savage by Alan Schroeder (2009-10-01)
  49. Jazz by Walter Dean Myers (2008-09-28)
  50. Jazz Age Josephine: Dancer, singer—who’s that, who? Why, that’s MISS Josephine Baker, to you! by Jonah Winter (2012-01-03)
  51. Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper (2016-02-01)
  52. Just an Overnight Guest by Eleanora E. Tate (1997-04-01)
  53. Just Us Women (Reading Rainbow Books) by Jeannette Caines (1984-05-23)
  54. Kevin And His Dad by Irene Smalls (1999-04-01)
  55. Kids Book of Wisdom: Quotes from the African American Tradition by Cheryl and Wade Hudson (1997-04-01)
  56. Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn It Out!: Games, Songs, and Stories from an African American Childhood by Patricia C. Mckissack (2017-01-10)
  57. Little Lion Goes to School by Kellie Magnus (2003-09-24)
  58. Ludell by Brenda Wilkinson (2014-10-14)
  59. Major Taylor, Champion Cyclist by Lesa Cline-Ransome (2004-01-01)
  60. Make A Joyful Sound: Poems for Children by African-American Poets by Deborah Shink (1996-02-01)
  61. March Book One by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin (2013-08-13)
  62. March Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin (2016-08-02)
  63. Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl by Tonya Bolden (2015-03-17)
  64. Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport (2007-12-28)
  65. Max and the Tag-Along Moon by Floyd Cooper (2013-06-13)
  66. Max Paints the House by Ken Wilson-Max (2003-02-20)
  67. Me & Neesie (reillustrated) by Eloise Greenfield (2005-01-01)
  68. Mirandy and Brother Wind by Patricia C. Mckissack (1997-01-13)
  69. Molly, by Golly!: The Legend of Molly Williams, America’s First Female Firefighter by Dianne Ochiltree (2012-09-01)
  70. Monster by Walter Dean Myers (2004-12-28)
  71. Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom (Caldecott Honor Book) by Carole Boston Weatherford (2006-09-28)
  72. Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale by John Steptoe (2008-07-01)
  73. My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete (2010-03-01)
  74. My First Trip to Africa by Atlantis T. Browder (1991-06-01)
  75. My Friend Maya Loves To Dance by Cheryl Willis Hudson (2010-04-01)
  76. Nappy Hair by Carolivia Herron (1998-12-07)
  77. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (2011-12-27)
  78. One Love by Cedella Marley (2011-09-21)
  79. One Million Men And Me by Kelly Starling Lyons (2014-10-15)
  80. One Word from Sophia by Jim Averbeck (2015-06-16)
  81. Only Passing Through by Anne F. Rockwell (2002-12-28)
  82. Our Children Can Soar: A Celebration Of Rosa, Barack, And The Pioneers Of Change by Michelle Cook (2012-01-03)
  83. Peeny Butter Fudge by Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison (2009-09-15)
  84. Please, Baby, Please by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee (2006-04-01)
  85. Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton by Don Tate (2015-09-01)
  86. Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes (2013-01-01)
  87. Precious and the Boo Hag by Patricia C. Mckissack (2005-01-01)
  88. Rice & Rocks by Sandra L. Richards (2016-08-23)
  89. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor (2016-01-05)
  90. Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream by Deloris Jordan and Roslyn M. Jordan (2003-11-01)
  91. She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story by Audrey Vernick (2010-10-19)
  92. Shortcut by Donald Crews (1996-09-20)
  93. Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney (2010-02-03)
  94. Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride by Andrea Davis Pinkney (2009-11-24)
  95. Something Beautiful by Sharon Dennis Wyeth (2002-01-08)
  96. Soul Looks Back in Wonder by Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Walter Dean Myers, Haki R. Madhubuti, Lucille Clifton and 8 others (1999-01-01)
  97. Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold (1991-01-16)
  98. The Adventures of Obi and Titi: The Hidden Temple of Ogiso (Volume 1) by Oyehmi Begho (2014-09-12)
  99. The Barber’s Cutting Edge by Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert (2004-01-16)
  100. The Blacker The Berry by Joyce Carol Thomas (2008-07-01)
  101. The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County by Janice N. Harrington (2007-03-20)
  102. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (2014-03-18)
  103. The Great Migration: An American Story by Jacob Lawrence (1995-09-15)
  104. The Great Migration: Journey To The North by Eloise Greenfield (2010-12-21)
  105. The Little Piano Girl: The Story of Mary Lou Williams, Jazz Legend by Ann Ingalls (2010-01-18)
  106. The Meanest Thing to Say by Bill Cosby (1997-09-01)
  107. The Middle Passage: White Ships/ Black Cargo by Tom Feelings (1995-11-01)
  108. The Negro Speaks Of Rivers by Langston Hughes (2009-01-06)
  109. The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson (2001-01-15)
  110. The People Could Fly Picture Book And Cd by Virginia Hamilton (2007-09-11)
  111. The Skin I’m In by Sharon G. Flake (2007-07-17)
  112. The Soul Brothers and Sister Lou by Kristin Hunter (2005-04-02)
  113. This Kid Can Fly: It’s about Ability (Not Disability) by Aaron Philip (2016-02-16)
  114. Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges (1999-09-01)
  115. Thunder Rose by Jerdine Nolen (2007-09-01)
  116. Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews (2015-04-14)
  117. Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford (2015-08-04)
  118. We Came to America by Faith Ringgold (2016-05-10)
  119. What Color Is My World?: The Lost History Of African-American Inventors by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld (2012-01-03)
  120. Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton (2016-05-03)
  121. Whose Knees Are These? by Jabari Asim (2006-03-01)
  122. Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman by Kathleen Krull (2000-02-01)
  123. Wings by Christopher Myers (2000-10-01)
  124. You Can Do It! by Tony Dungy (2008-07-08)
  125. Young Cornrows Callin Out the Moon by Ruth Forman (2007-03-01)










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