11 Bestselling Children’s Books for November/December - 2019

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Important Note: In September 2019, we stopped selling books as an Amazon affiliate. This is the first reporting period that AALBC bestsellers list includes only books that we have sold directly. Since dropping Amazon our sales have increased overall, but the number of books on our bestsellers list is lower because a only a single copy of most titles was sold. Previously our bestseller list also included ebooks and books that were used or out of print. Today our bestsellers list reflects new, physical books, sold at retail prices.

Fiction: Sales of fiction titles were led the 7th book in Wahida Clark’s Thug Series. Wahida is now tied for 4th place on AALBC’ list of all-time bestselling authors. Other top selling books were boosted by the popularity of titles on the Go on Girl! book club’s reading list.

Nonfiction: The last book published by Toni Morrison, before her passing; The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations is the only Nonfiction title to make our list this period.

There were many titles that would have have made our list this period but we simply could not secure new copies to fulfill orders for these books. Frances Cress Welsing’s classic, The Isis Papers, would have been #1 on our list this period. Claud Anderson, Anthony Browder, and Na’im Akbar (#2 on AALBC’s list of all-time bestselling author) would all have two on more titles in this bestsellers list. We are working hard to secure copies of these very popular titles.

Children’s Books: Children’s books, which on our list includes everything from board books to YA novels, continues to dominate sales. We have and will continue to increase our focus on books for young people as a result of this surge in interest.

Poetry: Poetry book sales were insufficient to generate a bestsellers list this period. Check out Tyehimba Jess’s Pulitzer Prize winning book of poetry, Olio. It is really quite a unique book of poetry — check it out!

View a printer-friendly version and a collage of the book covers. Also, check out links to more great books. Enjoy


Book cover of Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o


by Lupita Nyong’o

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Book cover of What Color Is My World?: The Lost History Of African-American Inventors by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld

What Color Is My World?

by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld

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Book cover of The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander

The Undefeated

by Kwame Alexander

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Book cover of Bad News For Outlaws: The Remarkable Life Of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Bad News For Outlaws

by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

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Book cover of Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes


by Derrick Barnes

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Book cover of Shortcut by Donald Crews


by Donald Crews

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More About our Bestsellers List

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, which we don’t control, determine which books are important.

We collect our bestselling titles from all our sales channels. The majority of our sales come from this website and our in-person events. We also include sales generated through our affiliate relationships, including Bookshop.org, Libro.fm (audiobooks), Black History 365 Education, and Amazon.com*.

We aggregate all formats of a book sold (print, ebook, and audio) into one format, usually the most popular print format

*For a few years, we actively boycotted Amazon but have discontinued this practice, as many of our authors have made their books exclusively available from Amazon. While we discourage giving Amazon the exclusive right to sell a book, we do not want this to be a reason to exclude an author from our site. Amazon also has an effective monopoly on eBooks and out-of-print books, which we highlight on this site.

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