Top 147 Recommended African-American Children’s Books
Children book authors, industry professionals, and avid readers contributed their favorite children’s books to this list. We know children and young readers will enjoy most, if not all, of these books, as they have already brought joy to countless children. We recommend printed books for young readers, or when reading to a child. Some of these books are decades old, but are still in print due to their significance. Others are brand new, reflecting contemporary voices and themes.
The titles below are currently listed in order of publication date (newest to oldest). A list, even one with 147 books, can not possibly capture all the great titles available. You can always discover other excellent tiles on the list of Coretta Scott King Award Winning Books and elsewhere on AALBC.com. Here is a printable list of all the books on this list and a beautiful collage of the books covers.
If you feel strongly about uplifting children through books please read and share, “Ten Steps to Promote Diversity in Children’s Literature.” You can also find a wide variety of books for children on AALBC, and be sure to check out The Brown Book Shelf (who contributed to this list).