150 Important Children’s Books

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


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