10 Bestselling Children’s Books for September/October - 2023

AALBC’s Bestselling Book SealOur bestsellers list has been published continuously since 1998 and is the most visible list focused on Black Books in existence. More ▶

Fiction:
Voices of the Harlem Renaissance makes our bestsellers list for the 19th time! Only 7 other books have accomplished this feat.

Nonfiction:
Edited by Jericho Brown How We Do It: Black Writers on Craft, Practice, and Skill; debuted on at #3 on our list and now tops the nonfiction list.

Children’s Books:
Jelani’s Key by D. Amari Jackson was the top selling book of all titles this period, largely on the strength of sales during a book signing at Sankofa Bookstore and Cafe on October 28th.

Poetry:
Poetry sales were topped by Life On Mars: Poems by Tracy K. Smith, the 12-year-old collection of poems won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

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#1

Book cover of Jelani’s Key by D. Amari Jackson

Jelani’s Key

by D. Amari Jackson

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#3

Book cover of Treasure Island: Runaway Gold by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Treasure Island

by Jewell Parker Rhodes

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#4

Book cover of Black Girls by Dominique Furukawa

Black Girls

by Dominique Furukawa

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#5

Book cover of Black Mother Goose Book by Elizabeth Murphy Oliver

Black Mother Goose Book

by Elizabeth Murphy Oliver

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#6

Book cover of I Promise by Lebron James

I Promise

by Lebron James

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#7

Book cover of Swim Team by Johnnie Christmas

Swim Team

by Johnnie Christmas

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#8

Book cover of The Mermaid Princesses: A Sister Tale by Maya Cameron-Gordon

The Mermaid Princesses

by Maya Cameron-Gordon

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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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