18 Bestselling Children’s Books for July/August - 2021
Our bestsellers list has been published continuously since 1998 and is the most visible list focused on Black Books in existence. You will learn about books selling well, in the Black community, that may never show up on lists published by corporate entities. Spread the word about our list; don’t let one or two lists, we don’t control, determine which books are important.
Sales for this period also include sales from AAALBC’s Black Wall Street Book Store, a pop-up bookstore which began operating on Black Wall Street, in Tulsa OK, in August of 2021.
Fiction: Sales this period were dominated by writers with decades of experience, including contemporary authors Jewel Parker Rhodes and Terry McMillan and venerable writers, no longer with us, like John Oliver Killens and Donald Goines.
Nonfiction: There was a excellent mix of classic titles from Black writers and important new books from non-Black writers like Richard Rothstein whose research on how governments deliberately imposed racial segregation on metropolitan areas nationwide adversely impacting Black Americans.
Children’s Books: Children’s books were strongly influenced by our Black Wall Street Bookstore’s sales which focused on Oklahoma related stories including the top three selling books, Unspeakable, Opal’s Greenwood Oasis, and Papa’s Free Day Party
Poetry: The impressive anthology of Black poetry, African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song, which includes poetry from the colonial period to the present, make our list for the second time this year.
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by Carole Boston WeatherfordAdd to Cart
Opal’s Greenwood Oasis
by Quraysh Ali Lansana and Najah-Amatullah HyltonAdd to Cart
Papa’s Free Day Party
by Marilyn NelsonAdd to Cart
by Lupita Nyong’oAdd to Cart
by John SteptoeAdd to Cart
Baby Young, Gifted, and Black
by Jamia WilsonAdd to Cart
Do Not Disturb! Meditating…
by Adijah & Atiya BrabhamAdd to Cart
by Mechal Renee RoeAdd to Cart
by Derrick BarnesAdd to Cart
I Can Be Anything! Don’t Tell Me I Can’t
by Leo & Diane DillonAdd to Cart
Jump at the Sun
by Alicia D. WilliamsAdd to Cart
Life Doesn’t Frighten Me
by Maya AngelouAdd to Cart
Little Lion Goes to School
by Kellie MagnusAdd to Cart
Carla and Monica’s Safari of a Lifetime
by Monica R. Guillemin and Carla McMichaelAdd to Cart
by Sharon Dennis WyethAdd to Cart
Whose Knees Are These?
by Jabari AsimAdd to Cart
Your Name Is a Song
by Jamilah Thompkins-BigelowAdd to Cart
Letters to a Young Brother
by Hill HarperAdd to Cart
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