New List! Best-Selling Children’s Books

Best-Selling Children's Books

We’ve Just Added an Additional Category to Our Popular Best Sellers List—Children’s Books! 

Over the years, there has always been a great deal of demand for more information about children’s books, and we are very pleased and excited to share it with you.  We also plan to provide additional articles and information related to children’s literature.

As an advocate for literacy and Black literature we know that books for children are critical for developing a lifelong interest in reading, learning, and interpreting information.  Books that reflect our images help our children understand that they are important and matter.

Black children’s literature helps children of all backgrounds understand and appreciate our culture; it also helps them better understand their own cultures.

Which Children’s Books Mean the Most to You?

Just an Overnight Guest by Eleanora E. Tate is a Classic Children’s book which was turned into a film and is kept in print by Just Us Books
Just an Overnight Guest by Eleanora E. Tate is a Classic Children’s book and is kept in print by Just Us Books

We are compiling a list of the 100 most important children’s books.  If you would like to contribute to this effort please share any titles you feel are important, in the comments section below.  Please include the title, author’s name and description of why you believe the book is important.

The list we are compiling will not be based upon popularity, like a bestsellers list.  This list will be a curated list of books, that may even be obscure, but deserve increased attention and a place on every child’s bookshelf. has always been an advocate for chidlren’s literature and literacy.  We share information on the reading rates of our youth, publish information on industry trends, promote events and much more.

Look out for a children’s book category on our fall 2015 Power List as well.

We were previously unable to provide more detail on this category of literature as it was simply too labor intensive.  One of the immediate benefits of our website redesign is the ability to easily display books in wide variety of ways; our best-selling children’s books list is just one example.  In fact, check out our greatly improved coverage of the The Coretta Scott King Award winning books. Look out for even more improvements over coming months from

Finally, if you believe in what we are trying to accomplish, please support our efforts.  Consider a paid subscription to our eNewsletter, make your book purchases though (the commisions generated help support the website),  or even sponsor the promotion of an author you enjoy on our website.  Good Black writers are often overlooked, because there are just so few platforms covering their work.

If websites and physical stores that promote Black literature are going to survive (there are not many left), you, dear reader, have to support us.  This is the only way our stories will be recorded and shared.


Troy D. Johnson is the President, founder and webmaster of, LLC (The African American Literature Book Club). Launched in March of 1998, has grown to become the largest and most frequently visited website dedicated to books and films by and about people of African descent.

13 thoughts on “New List! Best-Selling Children’s Books

  • September 26, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    I Love ME! Book Series by Author Julia R. Davis – “I Love me….because I’m DiFFERENT”, “I Love Me And My BIG Hair”, “I love me and my BIG DREAMS”, “I Have Cancer and I Love Me!”, “I love me and my WHEELCHAIR” and “I have Autism and I Love ME!” – books encouraging children to love themselves just as they are.

  • September 30, 2015 at 7:17 am

    This is great AALBC! I send out the same encouragement and recommendations on my social media pages. I’ve always recommended Make a Joyful Sound. This book brought endless hours of fun and recitation for and from my children. One particular poem stuck, Hey Black Child! This is a poem we all still recite to this day, even though my children are now 26, 21 and 20 respectively. Also, the Afro-Bet series by Cheryl Willis Hudson and husband Wade Hudson. This series is educational and shows the creativity that can go into teaching our children about their numbers and letters. And last but certainly not least is the Little Bill series by Bill Cosby. Again, endless hours of reading and supportive material for raising well adjusted children. One thing that stood out for me as a parent, was the Prefaces by Dr. Alvin F. Poussaint at the beginning of the books. It gave you the scientific perspective about the lessons that the children were going to be taught with the particular book. It was a very comprehensive series. Classics!

    Rosheena Beek
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  • October 4, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    Mildred Taylor’s books: Roll of Thunder, etc.
    Rosa Guy’s books, Lucille Clifton’s books – especially about Everett Anderson, Nikki Grimes’ books, Bryan Collier’s books and Kwame Alexander’s books…to name a few.

  • October 19, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    The entire TWINLAND children’s book series by E E Pritchett, MD are recommended for the children’s book list!

    Just Noah, Just Judah

    A He and A She

    Welcome To Twinland

    • October 19, 2015 at 2:39 pm

      Hi TeNeka, the links to “Books” on the website does not go anywhere. Are you the author? Post the books ISBN13 if you get a chance,

  • December 8, 2015 at 12:41 am

    hey troy i have an idea. i’m gonna write a book called “i fucking hate all niggers”. do you think that would sell well?


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