16 Bestselling Children’s Books for September/October - 2019

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Children’s books outsold all other categories this period. The #1 bestselling book this period is the awarding winning I Can Be Anything! Don’t Tell Me I Can’t by Leo & Diane Dillon. Wonderfully illustrated and “Brimming with joy and enthusiasm, Zoe playfully explores all the things she can be. A world of opportunities are within her reach, from becoming an archeologist to becoming U.S. President!’

Fiction sales were led by the final book in the Wolf Queen series, The Promise of Aferi. The author, Cerece Rennie Murphy, brings us another epic fantasy/historical novel.

Nonfiction sales was led by Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing by Joy DeGruy Leary. Originally published in 2005 this book helps us understand the generational, epigenetic and genetic, influences on our psyches after hundreds of years of extreme trauma.

Not enough poetry books were sold to generate a bestsellers list, however A Fortune for Your Disaster by Hanif Abdurraqib and the National Book Award finalist, The Tradition by Jericho Brown, sold this period and are worth checking out.

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Book cover of Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o


by Lupita Nyong’o

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Book cover of Sing to the Moon by Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl

Sing to the Moon

by Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl

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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 I Am Loved by Nikki Giovanni

I Am Loved

by Nikki Giovanni

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Book cover of Black Mother Goose Book by Elizabeth Murphy Oliver

Black Mother Goose Book

by Elizabeth Murphy Oliver

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Book cover of Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

Mommy’s Khimar

by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

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Book cover of Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

Hidden Figures

by Margot Lee Shetterly

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Book cover of Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford


by Carole Boston Weatherford

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Book cover of So Tall Within: Sojourner Truth’s Long Walk Toward Freedom by Gary D. Schmidt

So Tall Within

by Gary D. Schmidt

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