133 Important Children’s Books

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  1. A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara
  2. A Weed Is a Flower : The Life of George Washington Carver by Aliki
  3. Afro-Bets 1-2-3 Book by Cheryl Willis Hudson
  4. Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
  5. And the Sun God Said: That’s Hip by Ernest Gregg
  6. Anna Carries Water by Olive Senior
  7. As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds
  8. Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions by Margaret Musgrove
  9. Aya: The Secrets Come Out: Volume Three by Marguerite Abouet
  10. Baby Says by John Steptoe
  11. Bad News For Outlaws: The Remarkable Life Of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
  12. Beautiful Moon by Tonya Bolden
  13. Bird by Zetta Elliott
  14. Black Mother Goose Book by Elizabeth Murphy Oliver
  15. Black, White, Just Right! by Marguerite W. Davol
  16. Book of Black Heroes from A to Z: An Introduction to Important Black Achievers for Young Readers by Wade Hudson
  17. Boonoonoonous Hair by Olive Senior
  18. Bright Eyes, Brown Skin by Cheryl Willis Hudson
  19. Bronzeville Boys And Girls by Gwendolyn Brooks
  20. Brothers In Hope by Mary Williams
  21. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  22. Chike And The River by Chinua Achebe
  23. Chocolate Me! by Taye Diggs
  24. Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia
  25. Come On, Rain! by Karen Hesse
  26. Coretta Scott by Ntozake Shange
  27. Cornrows by Camille Yarbrough
  28. Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes
  29. Daddy Calls Me Man by Angela Johnson
  30. Daddy is a Monster … Sometimes by John Steptoe
  31. Dancing In The Wings by Debbie Allen
  32. Dave The Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill
  33. Daydreamers by Eloise Greenfield
  34. Don’t Let Auntie Mabel Bless the Table by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
  35. Donavan’s Double Trouble by Monalisa DeGross
  36. Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson
  37. Everett Anderson’s Goodbye by Lucille Clifton
  38. Fly High!: The Story of Bessie Coleman by Louise Borden
  39. Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan
  40. Furqan’s First Flat Top – El Primer Corte de Mesita de Furqan by Robert Liu-Trujillo
  41. Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia
  42. Grandma’s Records by Eric Velasquez
  43. Grandpa, Is Everything Black Bad? by Sandy Lynne Holman
  44. Hair Dance! by Dinah Johnson
  45. Harlem’s Little Blackbird by Renée Watson
  46. Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine
  47. Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, And True Tales by Virginia Hamilton
  48. How the Leopard Got His Claws by Chinua Achebe
  49. I Am Loved by Nikki Giovanni
  50. I Am Mixed by Garcelle Beauvais
  51. If I Only Had a Horn: Young Louis Armstrong by Roxane Orgill
  52. In Her Hands: The Story of Sculptor Augusta Savage by Alan Schroeder
  53. Jazz by Walter Dean Myers
  54. Jazz Age Josephine: Dancer, singer—who’s that, who? Why, that’s MISS Josephine Baker, to you! by Jonah Winter
  55. Jump Back, Honey: The Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar by Paul Laurence Dunbar
  56. Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper
  57. Just an Overnight Guest by Eleanora E. Tate
  58. Just Us Women by Jeannette Caines
  59. Kevin And His Dad by Irene Smalls
  60. Kids Book of Wisdom: Quotes from the African American Tradition by Cheryl Willis Hudson and Wade Hudson
  61. Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn It Out!: Games, Songs, and Stories from an African American Childhood by Patricia C. Mckissack
  62. Little Lion Goes to School by Kellie Magnus
  63. Little Man, Little Man: A Story of Childhood by James Baldwin
  64. Ludell by Brenda Wilkinson
  65. Major Taylor, Champion Cyclist by Lesa Cline-Ransome
  66. Make A Joyful Sound: Poems for Children by African-American Poets by Deborah Shink
  67. March Book One by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
  68. March Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
  69. Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl by Tonya Bolden
  70. Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport
  71. Max and the Tag-Along Moon by Floyd Cooper
  72. Max Paints the House by Ken Wilson-Max
  73. Me & Neesie (reillustrated) by Eloise Greenfield
  74. Mirandy and Brother Wind by Patricia C. Mckissack
  75. Molly, by Golly!: The Legend of Molly Williams, America’s First Female Firefighter by Dianne Ochiltree
  76. Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
  77. Monster by Walter Dean Myers
  78. Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford
  79. Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale by John Steptoe
  80. My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete
  81. My First Trip to Africa by Atlantis T. Browder
  82. My Friend Maya Loves To Dance by Cheryl Willis Hudson
  83. Nappy Hair by Carolivia Herron
  84. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
  85. One Love by Cedella Marley
  86. One Million Men And Me by Kelly Starling Lyons
  87. One Word from Sophia by Jim Averbeck
  88. Only Passing Through by Anne F. Rockwell
  89. Our Children Can Soar: A Celebration Of Rosa, Barack, And The Pioneers Of Change by Michelle Cook
  90. Peeny Butter Fudge by Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison
  91. Please, Baby, Please by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee
  92. Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton by Don Tate
  93. Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes
  94. Precious and the Boo Hag by Patricia C. Mckissack
  95. Rice & Rocks by Sandra L. Richards
  96. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
  97. Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream by Deloris Jordan and Roslyn M. Jordan
  98. She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story by Audrey Vernick
  99. Shortcut by Donald Crews
  100. Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney
  101. Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride by Andrea Davis Pinkney
  102. Something Beautiful by Sharon Dennis Wyeth
  103. Soul Looks Back in Wonder by Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Walter Dean Myers, Haki R. Madhubuti, Lucille Clifton and 8 others
  104. Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold
  105. The Adventures of Obi and Titi: The Hidden Temple of Ogiso (Book 1) by O.T. Begho
  106. The Barber’s Cutting Edge by Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert
  107. The Blacker The Berry by Joyce Carol Thomas
  108. The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County by Janice N. Harrington
  109. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  110. The Great Migration: An American Story by Jacob Lawrence
  111. The Great Migration: Journey To The North by Eloise Greenfield
  112. The Little Piano Girl: The Story of Mary Lou Williams, Jazz Legend by Ann Ingalls
  113. The Meanest Thing to Say by Bill Cosby
  114. The Middle Passage: White Ships/ Black Cargo by Tom Feelings
  115. The Negro Speaks Of Rivers by Langston Hughes
  116. The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson
  117. The People Could Fly Picture Book by Virginia Hamilton
  118. The Skin I’m In by Sharon G. Flake
  119. The Soul Brothers and Sister Lou by Kristin Hunter
  120. Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy by Tony Medina
  121. This Kid Can Fly: It’s about Ability (Not Disability) by Aaron Philip
  122. Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges
  123. Thunder Rose by Jerdine Nolen
  124. Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews
  125. Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford
  126. We Came to America by Faith Ringgold
  127. What Color Is My World?: The Lost History Of African-American Inventors by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld
  128. Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton
  129. Whose Knees Are These? by Jabari Asim
  130. Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman by Kathleen Krull
  131. Wings by Christopher Myers
  132. You Can Do It! by Tony Dungy
  133. Young Cornrows Callin Out the Moon by Ruth Forman