117 Important Children’s Books

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  1. A Boy and His Mirror by Marchánt Davis
  2. A Child’s Introduction to Jazz: The Musicians, Culture, and Roots of the World’s Coolest Music by Jabari Asim
  3. A Crown So Cursed by L.L. McKinney
  4. A Dream So Dark by L.L. McKinney
  5. A Family Prayer by Shay Youngblood
  6. A Flag for Juneteenth by Kim Taylor
  7. A Hero Like Me by Angela Joy and Jen Reid
  8. A Song for Juneteenth by Zetta Elliott
  9. A Walk in the Woods by Nikki Grimes
  10. All Aboard the Schooltrain: A Little Story from the Great Migration by Glenda Armand
  11. An American Story by Kwame Alexander
  12. An Earth Song (Petite Poems) by Langston Hughes
  13. Baby, Sleepy Baby by Atinuke
  14. Big by Vashti Harrison
  15. Big Tune: Rise of the Dancehall Prince by Alliah L. Agostini
  16. Birmingham, 1963 by Carole Boston Weatherford
  17. Breaking the Chains: African-American Slave Resistance by William L. Katz
  18. Breaking to the Beat! by Elizabeth Acevedo
  19. Can We Please Give the Police Department to the Grandmothers? by Junauda Petrus
  20. Cape by Kevin Johnson
  21. Chaos Theory by Nic Stone
  22. Colin Kaepernick: Change the Game by Colin Kaepernick and Eve L. Ewing
  23. Come Home Safe by Brian Buckmire
  24. Coretta’s Journey: The Life and Times of Coretta Scott King by Alice Faye Duncan
  25. Cornrows (2023) by Camille Yarbrough
  26. Curlfriends: New in Town (a Graphic Novel) by Sharee Miller
  27. Dear Star Baby by Malcolm Newsome
  28. Dreamer by Akim Aliu and Greg Anderson Elysée
  29. Ellie Engle Saves Herself by Leah Johnson
  30. Fadya and the Song of the River by Laura Nsafou
  31. Figure It Out, Henri Weldon by Tanita S. Davis
  32. Flipflopi: How a Boat Made from Flip-Flops Is Helping to Save the Ocean by Linda Ravin Lodding and Dipesh Pabari
  33. Forgive Me Not by Jennifer Baker
  34. Fresh Juice by Robert Liu-Trujillo
  35. Garvey’s Choice: The Graphic Novel by Nikki Grimes
  36. Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America by Carole Boston Weatherford
  37. Happy with My Nappy by Gina Jarrell
  38. Harlem at Four by Michael Datcher
  39. Hey Otter! Hey Beaver! by Brian Pinkney
  40. History Comics: Rosa Parks & Claudette Colvin: Civil Rights Heroes by Tracey Baptiste
  41. Honest June: Secrets and Spies by Tina Wells
  42. How Do You Spell Unfair?: Macnolia Cox and the National Spelling Bee by Carole Boston Weatherford
  43. How to Be a (Young) Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi and Nic Stone
  44. How to Write a Poem by Kwame Alexander
  45. Hurry, Kate, or You’ll Be Late! by Janice N. Harrington
  46. I Am Big by Itah Sadu
  47. I Want to Be Big! by Tiffany Golden
  48. I’m Going to Have a Good Day!: Daily Affirmations with Scarlett by Tiania Haneline and Scarlett Gray Smith
  49. Ice Cream Man: How Augustus Jackson Made a Sweet Treat Better by Glenda Armand
  50. Invincible: Fathers and Mothers of Black America by Wade Hudson
  51. Invisible Son by Kim Johnson
  52. Jackie Ormes Draws the Future: The Remarkable Life of a Pioneering Cartoonist by Liz Montague
  53. Jelani’s Key by D. Amari Jackson
  54. Jump In! by Shadra Strickland
  55. Juneteenth by Van G. Garrett
  56. Just Jerry: How Drawing Shaped My Life by Jerry Pinkney
  57. Justice Rising: 12 Amazing Black Women in the Civil Rights Movement by Katheryn Russell-Brown
  58. Ketanji: Justice Jackson’s Journey to the U.S. Supreme Court by Kekla Magoon
  59. Little Daymond Learns to Earn by Daymond John
  60. Little Rosetta and the Talking Guitar: The Musical Story of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the Woman Who Invented Rock and Roll by Charnelle Pinkney Barlow
  61. Little Troublemaker Makes a Mess by Luvvie Ajayi
  62. Looking for Happy by Ty Chapman
  63. Madam C. J. Walker Builds a Business by Denene Millner
  64. Mary Can! by Mary J. Blige
  65. Matchmaker #3 by Kelly Starling Lyons
  66. Mermaid and Pirate by Tracey Baptiste
  67. My Baba’s Garden by Jordan Scott
  68. My Red, White, and Blue by Alana Tyson
  69. Nic Blake and the Remarkables: The Manifestor Prophecy by Angie Thomas
  70. Nigeria Jones by Ibi Zoboi
  71. Not an Easy Win by Chrystal D. Giles
  72. Now Let Me Fly: A Portrait of Eugene Bullard by Brahm Revel
  73. Once in a Blue Moon by Sharon G. Flake
  74. Plátanos Are Love by Alyssa Reynoso-Morris
  75. Promise Boys by Nick Brooks
  76. Put Your Shoes On & Get Ready! by Raphael G. Warnock
  77. Remember Us by Jacqueline Woodson
  78. Repeat After Me: Big Things to Say Every Day by Jazmyn Simon and Dulé Hill
  79. Rock, Rosetta, Rock! Roll, Rosetta, Roll!: Presenting Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the Godmother of Rock & Roll by Tonya Bolden
  80. Rooting for Plants: The Unstoppable Charles S. Parker, Black Botanist and Collector by Janice N. Harrington
  81. Salat in Secret by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
  82. Sandy Toes: A Summer Adventure by Shauntay Grant
  83. School Trip by Jerry Craft
  84. See You on the Other Side by Rachel Montez Minor
  85. She Persisted: Dorothy Height by Kelly Starling Lyons
  86. Simon B. Rhymin’ Gets in the Game by Dwayne Reed
  87. Stacey’s Remarkable Books by Stacey Abrams aka Selena Montgomery
  88. Sugar Plum Ballerinas Sugar Plums to the Rescue! #5 by Whoopi Goldberg
  89. Sun Keep Rising by Kristen R. Lee
  90. The (Young) Antiracist’s Workbook: Questions for Changemakers by Ibram X. Kendi and Nic Stone
  91. The Artivist by Nikkolas Smith
  92. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
  93. The Bronx Is My Home by Alyssa Reynoso-Morris
  94. The Courage of the Little Hummingbird: A Tale Told Around the World by Leah Henderson
  95. The Enchanted Bridge by Zetta Elliott
  96. The Everlasting Rose (the Belles Series, Book 2) by Dhonielle Clayton
  97. The Green Piano: How Little Me Found Music by Roberta Flack and Tonya Bolden
  98. The Kindest Red: A Story of Hijab and Friendship by Ibtihaj Muhammad
  99. The Making of Butterflies by Zora Neale Hurston and Adapted by Ibram X. Kendi
  100. The Mermaid Princesses: A Sister Tale by Maya Cameron-Gordon
  101. The Night Before Freedom: A Juneteenth Story by Glenda Armand
  102. The Noisy Classroom Goes to the Museum by Angela Shanté
  103. The Playbook by Kwame Alexander
  104. The Rhythm of Time by Questlove and S. A. Cosby
  105. The Smallest Spot of a Dot: The Little Ways We’re Different, the Big Ways We’re the Same by Linsey Davis
  106. There Was a Party for Langston by Jason Reynolds
  107. To Boldly Go: How Nichelle Nichols and Star Trek Helped Advance Civil Rights by Angela Dalton
  108. Track Star #4 by Kelly Starling Lyons
  109. Ty’s Travels: Camp-Out by Kelly Starling Lyons
  110. Wash Day by Tiffany Golden
  111. We Are All So Good at Smiling by Amber McBride
  112. We Are Here by Tami Charles
  113. What Does Brown Mean To You? by Ron Grady
  114. You Are My Pride: A Love Letter from Your Motherland by Carole Boston Weatherford
  115. You Gotta Meet Mr. Pierce!: The Storied Life of Folk Artist Elijah Pierce by Carmella Van Vleet and Chiquita Mullins Lee
  116. You So Black by Theresa tha S.O.N.G.B.I.R.D.
  117. Young, Gifted and Black Too: 52 Black Heroes to Celebrate and Discover by Jamia Wilson