The 536 Most Critically Acclaimed Books Published from 0 to 2018 by Genre (Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Children’s)

The goal of this list is to highlight books praised by the global Black community. This list will grow as we incorporate additional sources. Sources used to compile this list include, but are not limited to, these awards.

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261 Fiction Titles

  1. An American Marriage: A Novel by Tayari Jones (2018)
  2. The Yearning by Mohale Mashigo (2017)
  3. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (2017)
  4. Stay with Me: A novel by Ayobami Adebayo (2017)
  5. A Kind of Freedom: A Novel by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton (2017)
  6. Come Let Us Sing Anyway by Leone Ross (2017)
  7. The Changeling: A Novel by Victor Lavalle (2017)
  8. The Wide Circumference of Love: A Novel by Marita Golden (2017)
  9. Sycorax’s Daughters by Kinitra D. Brooks, Linda Addison, and Susana Morris (Editors) (2017)
  10. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (2017)
  11. High Cotton: A Novel by Darryl Pinckney (2017)
  12. Version Control by Dexter Palmer (2017)
  13. Swing Time by Zadie Smith (2016)
  14. Behold the Dreamers: A Novel by Imbolo Mbue (2016)
  15. Another Brooklyn: A Novel by Jacqueline Woodson (2016)
  16. The Underground Railroad: A Novel by Colson Whitehead (2016)
  17. Here Comes the Sun: A Novel by Nicole Dennis-Benn (2016)
  18. Insurrections: Stories by Rion Amilcar Scott (2016)
  19. Homegoing: A Novel by Yaa Gyasi (2016)
  20. I Almost Forgot about You by Terry McMillan (2016)
  21. The Book of Harlan by Bernice L. McFadden (2016)
  22. Freshwater Road by Denise Nicholas (2016)
  23. The Perfect Find by Tia Williams (2016)
  24. The Ex Chronicles by Sharon Lucas, Cheryl Cloyd Robbins and Others (2016)
  25. The Sellout by Paul Beatty (2016)
  26. Second House from the Corner by Sadeqa Johnson (2016)
  27. Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta (2015)
  28. Provenance: A Novel by Donna Drew Sawyer (2015)
  29. Ghost Summer: Stories by Tananarive Due (2015)
  30. Mama’s Boy by ReShonda Tate Billingsley (2015)
  31. Secret Indiscretions by Trice Hickman (2015)
  32. One Righteous Man: Samuel Battle and the Shattering of the Color Line in New York by Arthur Browne (2015)
  33. The Star Side of Bird Hill by Naomi Jackson (2015)
  34. The Summer of my Fifteenth Year by Geri Spencer Hunter (2015)
  35. Stand Your Ground: A Novel by Victoria Christopher Murray (2015)
  36. Jezebel’s Daughter by Jacquelin Thomas (2015)
  37. Loving Day: A Novel by Mat Johnson (2015)
  38. And Sometimes I Wonder About You: A Leonid Mcgill Mystery (Leonid Mcgill Mysteries) by Walter Mosley (2015)
  39. God Help the Child: A Novel by Toni Morrison (2015)
  40. The Fishermen: A Novel by Chigozie Obiama (2015)
  41. The Turner House by Angela Flournoy (2015)
  42. Welcome to Braggsville: A Novel by T. Geronimo Johnson (2015)
  43. Ruby by Cynthia Bond (2015)
  44. Saint Monkey: A Novel by Jacinda Townsend (2015)
  45. The Family Business 3 by Carl Weber and Treasure Hernandez (2015)
  46. Bibsy by Brenda Ross (2015)
  47. Driving The King: A Novel by Ravi Howard (2015)
  48. Citizens Creek: A Novel by Lalita Tademy (2014)
  49. A Brief History Of Seven Killings: A Novel by Marlon James (2014)
  50. We Didn’t Know Any Gangsters by Brian Gilmore (2014)
  51. My Steps Are Ordered by Michelle Lindo-Rice (2014)
  52. Troublemaker by Trice Hickman (2014)
  53. What's Done In the Dark by ReShonda Tate Billingsley (2014)
  54. Land Of Love And Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique (2014)
  55. Forty Acres: A Novel by Dwayne Alexander Smith (2014)
  56. Momma Gone by Nina Foxx (2014)
  57. Nine Years Under by Sheri Booker (2014)
  58. Forever An Ex by Victoria Christopher Murray (2014)
  59. Black Lotus by K’wan (2014)
  60. The Prodigal Son (Reverend Curtis Black #11) by Kimberla Lawson Roby (2014)
  61. Unforgettable by Delaney Diamond (2014)
  62. An Untamed State by Roxane Gay (2014)
  63. The Residue Years by Mitchell S. Jackson (2014)
  64. Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean by Peekash Press (2014)
  65. Til The Well Runs Dry by Lauren Francis-Sharma (2014)
  66. A Wanted Woman by Eric Jerome Dickey (2014)
  67. Hold Me In Contempt by Wendy Williams (2014)
  68. A Letter for My Mother by Nina Foxx (2014)
  69. Easier Said Than Done by Nikki Woods (2014)
  70. Paradise by Toni Morrison (2014)
  71. Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel by Helen Oyeyemi (2014)
  72. Fortune & Fame by ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray (2014)
  73. The Fix by K’wan (2014)
  74. A Deeper Love Inside by Sister Souljah (2014)
  75. Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile (2014)
  76. Animal 2: The Omen by K’wan (2013)
  77. Anybody's Daughter by Pamela Samuels Young (2013)
  78. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis (2013)
  79. Who Asked You? by Terry McMillan (2013)
  80. Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin (2013)
  81. Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin (2013)
  82. The Perfect Marriage by Kimberla Lawson Roby (2013)
  83. Murderville 3: The Black Dahlia by Ashley Antoinette and JaQuavis Coleman (2013)
  84. Claire Of The Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat (2013)
  85. The Returned by Jason Mott (2013)
  86. The Good Lord Bird by James McBride (2013)
  87. A Family Affair by ReShonda Tate Billingsley (2013)
  88. The Other Side of Divine by Vanessa Davis Griggs (2013)
  89. Never Say Never by Victoria Christopher Murray (2013)
  90. Three Strong Women: A novel by Marie NDiaye (2013)
  91. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2013)
  92. Little Green by Walter Mosley (2013)
  93. A House Divided (Reverend Curtis Black #10) by Kimberla Lawson Roby (2013)
  94. The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat (2013)
  95. Friends & Foes by ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray (2013)
  96. The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore (2013)
  97. Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi (2013)
  98. Justify My Thug by Wahida Clark (2013)
  99. The Man In 3B by Carl Weber (2013)
  100. Home by Toni Morrison (2013)
  101. Sinners & Saints by ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray (2012)
  102. The Cartel 4 by Ashley Antoinette and JaQuavis Coleman (2012)
  103. Animal by K’wan (2012)
  104. The Cutting Season: A Novel by Attica Locke (2012)
  105. This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz (2012)
  106. The Cartel by Ashley Antoinette and JaQuavis Coleman (2012)
  107. The Family Business by Carl Weber (2012)
  108. Z-Rated: Chocolate Flava 3 by Zane (2012)
  109. The Devil In Silver: A Novel by Victor Lavalle (2012)
  110. Destiny’s Divas: A Novel by Victoria Christopher Murray (2012)
  111. Freeman by Leonard Pitts Jr. (2012)
  112. Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones (2012)
  113. The Reverend’ss Wife (Reverend Curtis Black #9) by Kimberla Lawson Roby (2012)
  114. Payback Ain't Enough by Wahida Clark (2012)
  115. Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward (2012)
  116. An Accidental Affair by Eric Jerome Dickey (2012)
  117. Maintenance Man II: Money, Politics & Sex: Everyone Has A Price by Michael Baisden (2012)
  118. Fifty Shades of Gray by E L James (2012)
  119. Gathering of Waters by Bernice L. McFadden (2012)
  120. Passing Love by Jacqueline E. Luckett (2012)
  121. Open City by Teju Cole (2012)
  122. Sleeping With The Enemy by Wahida Clark and Kiki Swinson (2011)
  123. The Complete Fiction of Nella Larsen: Passing, Quicksand, and The Stories by Nella Larsen (2011)
  124. I Dreamt I Was in Heaven - The Rampage of the Rufus Buck Gang by Leonce Gaiter (2011)
  125. The Hot Box by Zane (2011)
  126. The Sexy Part of the Bible (Akashic Urban Surreal Series) by Kola Boof (2011)
  127. Cane by Jean Toomer (2011)
  128. Be Careful What You Pray For (Reverend Curtis Black #7) by Kimberla Lawson Roby (2010)
  129. How To Read The Air by Dinaw Mengestu (2010)
  130. Midnight: A Gangster Love Story by Sister Souljah (2010)
  131. The Cartel 3 by Ashley Antoinette and JaQuavis Coleman (2010)
  132. Tumbling: A Novel by Diane McKinney-Whetstone (2010)
  133. Glorious by Bernice L. McFadden (2010)
  134. Perfect Peace: A Novel by Daniel Black (2010)
  135. How To Escape From A Leper Colony: A Novella And Stories by Tiphanie Yanique (2010)
  136. The Long Fall: The First Leonid McGill Mystery by Walter Mosley (2010)
  137. Beneath The Lion’s Gaze: A Novel by Maaza Mengiste (2010)
  138. Wench: A Novel by Dolen Perkins-Valdez (2010)
  139. Buying Time (Angela Evans Series No. 1) by Pamela Samuels Young (2009)
  140. The Cartel 2 by Ashley Antoinette and JaQuavis Coleman (2009)
  141. Dying for Revenge by Eric Jerome Dickey (2009)
  142. Big Machine: A Novel by Victor Lavalle (2009)
  143. Trading Dreams at Midnight: A Novel by Diane McKinney-Whetstone (2009)
  144. Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead (2009)
  145. The Heart of a Woman by Maya Angelou (2009)
  146. What Looks LIke Crazy On an Ordinary Day (Idlewild) by Pearl Cleage (2009)
  147. The Best of Everything (Reverend Curtis Black #6) by Kimberla Lawson Roby (2009)
  148. A Mercy by Toni Morrison (2008)
  149. The Bond by Sampson Davis, George Jenkins and Rameck Hunt (2008)
  150. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (2008)
  151. Uncle Tom’s Children (P.S.) by Richard Wright (2008)
  152. Knots by Nuruddin Farah (2008)
  153. Orange Mint And Honey: A Novel by Carleen Brice (2008)
  154. Like Trees, Walking: A Novel by Ravi Howard (2008)
  155. Tryin' To Sleep In The Bed You Made by Virginia Deberry and Donna Grant (2008)
  156. Brother, I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat (2007)
  157. New England White: A Novel by Stephen L. Carter (2007)
  158. Casanegra by Blair Underwood, Tananarive Due, and Steven Barnes (2007)
  159. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (2007)
  160. Thug Matrimony by Wahida Clark (2007)
  161. Love and Lies(Reverend Curtis Black #4) by Kimberla Lawson Roby (2007)
  162. A Killing in This Town: A Novel by Olympia Vernon (2007)
  163. They Tell Me Of A Home: A Novel by Daniel Black (2006)
  164. The Known World by Edward P. Jones (2006)
  165. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (2006)
  166. Fortunate Son: A Novel by Walter Mosley (2006)
  167. I Got Somebody in Staunton: Stories by William Henry Lewis (2006)
  168. Some People, Some Other Place by J. California Cooper (2006)
  169. Wild Stars Seeking Midnight Suns: Stories by J. California Cooper (2006)
  170. Voices from the Other Side by Brandon Massey, Eric Jerome Dickey, and Tananarive Due, L. A. Banks (2006)
  171. The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah (2006)
  172. Jump at the Sun: A Novel by Kim McLarin (2006)
  173. Mama by Terry McMillan (2005)
  174. Leaving Cecil Street: A Novel by Diane McKinney-Whetstone (2005)
  175. Shades of Black: Crime and Mystery Stories by African-American Authors by Eleanor Taylor Bland (2005)
  176. The Darkest Child: A Novel by Delores Phillips (2005)
  177. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry (2004)
  178. Hottentot Venus: A Novel by Barbara Chase-Riboud (2004)
  179. Beloved by Toni Morrison (2004)
  180. Jazz by Toni Morrison (2004)
  181. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison (2004)
  182. Tar Baby by Toni Morrison (2004)
  183. Kindred by Octavia Butler (2004)
  184. How Stella Got Her Groove Back by Terry McMillan (2004)
  185. Dark Matter: Reading the Bones by Sheree Renee Thomas (2004)
  186. Douglass’ Women: A Novel by Jewell Parker Rhodes (2003)
  187. The Color Purple by Alice Walker (2003)
  188. The Emperor of Ocean Park by Stephen L. Carter (2003)
  189. Bruised Hibiscus by Elizabeth Nunez (2003)
  190. Devil In A Blue Dress (Easy Rawlins Mysteries) by Walter Mosley (2002)
  191. West of Rehoboth: A Novel by Alexs D. Pate (2002)
  192. John Henry Days by Colson Whitehead (2002)
  193. The Life of Langston Hughes: Volume II: 1941-1967, I Dream a World (Life of Langston Hughes, 1941-1967) by Arnold Rampersad (2002)
  194. The Future Has a Past by J. California Cooper (2001)
  195. Flyy Girl by Omar Tyree (2001)
  196. Sugar: A Novel by Bernice L. McFadden (2001)
  197. Where I’m Bound: A Novel by Allen Ballard (2000)
  198. Step into a World: A Global Anthology of the New Black Literature by Kevin Powell (2000)
  199. Sally Hemings: A Novel by Barbara Chase-Riboud (2000)
  200. Just Above My Head by James Baldwin (2000)
  201. Captain Blackman (Black Art Movement) by John A. Williams (2000)
  202. Something’s Wrong with Your Scale!: A Romantic Comedy by Van Whitfield (2000)
  203. The Wake of the Wind: A Novel by J. California Cooper (1999)
  204. What A Woman’s Gotta Do by Evelyn Coleman (1999)
  205. Manchild in the Promised Land by Claude Brown (1999)
  206. The Street: A Novel by Ann Petry (1999)
  207. Jubilee by Margaret Walker (1999)
  208. The Healing (Bluestreak) by Gayl Jones (1999)
  209. Standing at the Scratch Line by Guy Johnson (1998)
  210. Homemade Love by J. California Cooper (1998)
  211. A Do Right Man by Omar Tyree (1998)
  212. Middle Passage by Charles Johnson (1998)
  213. Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat (1998)
  214. My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due (1998)
  215. Only Twice I've Wished for Heaven by Dawn Turner Trice (1998)
  216. The View From Here by Brian Keith Jackson (1998)
  217. The Hand I Fan With by Tina McElroy Ansa (1997)
  218. Sister, Sister by Eric Jerome Dickey (1997)
  219. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange (1997)
  220. Big Girls Don't Cry by Connie Briscoe (1997)
  221. Push: A Novel by Sapphire (1997)
  222. Silent Conspiracy by Lee E. Meadows (1997)
  223. And This Too Shall Pass: A Novel by E. Lynn Harris (1997)
  224. 2nd Time Around (A B-Boy Blues Novel #2) by James Earl Hardy (1996)
  225. Some Love, Some Pain, Sometime: Stories by J. California Cooper (1996)
  226. Mumbo Jumbo by Ishmael Reed (1996)
  227. Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat (1996)
  228. The Blacker The Berry… by Wallace Thurman (1996)
  229. Knowing by Rosalyn McMillan (1996)
  230. The Wedding: A Novel by Dorothy West (1996)
  231. If He Hollers Let Him Go by Chester Himes (1995)
  232. Serpent’s Gift by Helen Elaine Lee (1995)
  233. Brothers and Sisters by Bebe Moore Campbell (1995)
  234. The Return of Simple by Langston Hughes (1995)
  235. Your Blues Ain't Like Mine: A Novel by Bebe Moore Campbell (1995)
  236. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (1995)
  237. Billy by Albert French (1995)
  238. Sisters & Lovers: A Novel by Connie Briscoe (1995)
  239. A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines (1994)
  240. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (1994)
  241. B-Boy Blues by James Earl Hardy (1994)
  242. Bailey's Cafe by Gloria Naylor (1993)
  243. Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine by Bebe Moore Campbell (1993)
  244. Maud Martha by Gwendolyn Brooks (1992)
  245. A Gathering of Old Men by Ernest Gaines (1992)
  246. In My Father’s House by Ernest Gaines (1992)
  247. Waiting To Exhale by Terry McMillan (1992)
  248. Baby of the Family by Tina McElroy Ansa (1991)
  249. The Piano Lesson (1930s Century Cycle) by August Wilson (1990)
  250. The Best of Simple by Langston Hughes (1990)
  251. The Ways of White Folks: Stories by Langston Hughes (1990)
  252. A Different Drummer by William Melvin Kelley (1990)
  253. The Spook Who Sat by the Door by Sam Greenlee (1989)
  254. Corregidora by Gayl Jones (1987)
  255. Elbow Room by James Alan McPherson (1986)
  256. Fences (1950s Century Cycle) by August Wilson (1986)
  257. The Man Who Cried I Am by John A. Williams (1985)
  258. Praisesong For The Widow by Paule Marshall (1984)
  259. The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor (1983)
  260. The Chaneysville Incident: A Novel by David Bradley (1981)
  261. Annie Allen by Gwendolyn Brooks (1971)
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135 Nonfiction Titles (top)

  1. Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston and Deborah G. Plant (2018)
  2. Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News by Kevin Young (2017)
  3. We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2017)
  4. Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman (2017)
  5. Fifty-Five Unemployed and Faking Normal by Elizabeth White (2016)
  6. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah (2016)
  7. I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi (2016)
  8. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (2016)
  9. March Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin (2016)
  10. Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi (2016)
  11. Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson (2016)
  12. The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice by Patricia Bell-Scott (2016)
  13. Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes (2015)
  14. You Are Wonderfully Made: 12 Life-Changing Principles for Teen Girls to Embrace by Gwen Richardson and Sylvia Richardson (2015)
  15. Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America by Wil Haygood (2015)
  16. Negroland: A Memoir by Margo Jefferson (2015)
  17. The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami (2015)
  18. Regina Anderson Andrews, Harlem Renaissance Librarian by Ethelene Whitmire (2015)
  19. Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015)
  20. Spectacle: The Astonishing Life Of Ota Benga by Pamela Newkirk (2015)
  21. The Light Of The World: A Memoir by Elizabeth Alexander (2015)
  22. Ordinary Light: A Memoir by Tracy K. Smith (2015)
  23. Soul Food Love: Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family by Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams (2015)
  24. 101 Scholarship Applications - 2015 What It Takes To Obtain A Debt-Free College Education by Gwen Richardson (2015)
  25. Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland (2014)
  26. James Baldwin: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations by James Baldwin (2014)
  27. Yearning: Race, Gender, and Cultural Politics by bell hooks (2014)
  28. Rainbow in the Cloud: The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou by Maya Angelou (2014)
  29. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson (2014)
  30. Who We Be: The Colorization of America by Jeff Chang (2014)
  31. Digest (Stahlecker Selections) by Gregory Pardlo (2014)
  32. Justice While Black: Helping African-American Families Navigate and Survive the Criminal Justice System by Robbin Shipp and Nick Chiles (2014)
  33. Fire Shut Up In My Bones by Charles M. Blow (2014)
  34. Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success: Discovering Your Gift and the Way to Life's Riches by Steve Harvey (2014)
  35. Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities by Craig Steven Wilder (2014)
  36. Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxane Gay (2014)
  37. 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse by J.J. Smith (2014)
  38. Mayor For Life: The Incredible Story of Marion Barry Jr. by Marion Barry Jr. and Omar Tyree (2014)
  39. The Man from Essence: Creating a Magazine for Black Women by Edward Lewis (2014)
  40. Unbreak My Heart: A Memoir by Toni Braxton (2014)
  41. Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remix by Bryant Terry (2014)
  42. Searching For Sarah Rector: The Richest Black Girl In America by Tonya Bolden (2014)
  43. Forgiveness: 21 Days to Forgive Everyone for Everything by Iyanla Vanzant (2013)
  44. Bartlett's Familiar Black Quotations by Retha Powers (2013)
  45. Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup (2013)
  46. Letters to an Incarcerated Brother: Encouragement, Hope, and Healing for Inmates and Their Loved Ones by Hill Harper (2013)
  47. Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid by Nikki Giovanni (2013)
  48. Kansas City Lightning: The Rise And Times Of Charlie Parker by Stanley Crouch (2013)
  49. Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward (2013)
  50. March Book One by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin (2013)
  51. Lies of a Real Housewife: Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil by Angela Stanton, Anthony Whyte, and Alveda King (2013)
  52. The Butler: A Witness to History by Wil Haygood (2013)
  53. High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society by Carl Hart (2013)
  54. Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers by Frank X. Walker (2013)
  55. Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou (2013)
  56. Living and Dying in Brick City: An E.R. Doctor Returns Home by Sampson Davi and Lisa Frazier Page (2013)
  57. Where Did Our Love Go: Love and Relationships in the African-American Community by Gil Robertson (2013)
  58. The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks by Jeanne Theoharis (2013)
  59. Sugar in the Blood: A Family's Story of Slavery and Empire by Andrea Stuart (2013)
  60. Shred: The Revolutionary Diet: 6 Weeks 4 Inches 2 Sizes by Ian K. Smith (2012)
  61. Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery by Deborah Willis and Barbara Krauthamer (2012)
  62. Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney (2012)
  63. Obama Talks Back: Global Lessons - A Dialogue With America’s Young Leaders by Barack Obama and Gregory Reed (2012)
  64. Across That Bridge by John Lewis (2012)
  65. Things I Should Have Told My Daughter by Pearl Cleage (2012)
  66. The Tithing Hoax: Exposing The Lies, Misinterpretations & False Teachings About Tithing by R. Renee and Cynthia Harper (2012)
  67. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (2012)
  68. Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey and Denene Millner (2011)
  69. My Song: A Memoir by Harry Belafonte and Michael Shnayerson (2011)
  70. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson (2011)
  71. Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, And Black Women In America by Melissa V. Harris-Perry (2011)
  72. One Day It'll All Make Sense by Common (2011)
  73. Who’s Afraid Of Post-Blackness?: What It Means To Be Black Now by Touré (2011)
  74. The Wealth Cure: Putting Money In Its Place by Hill Harper (2011)
  75. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell (2011)
  76. Malcolm X: A Life Of Reinvention by Manning Marable (2011)
  77. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (2011)
  78. The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore (2011)
  79. Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist At Work (The Toni Morrison Lecture Series) by Edwidge Danticat (2010)
  80. The Cross of Redemption: Uncollected Writings by James Baldwin and Randall Kenan (2010)
  81. John Oliver Killens: A Life Of Black Literary Activism by Keith Gilyard (2010)
  82. Brainwashed by Tom Burrell (2010)
  83. Sistergirl Devotions: Keeping Jesus in the Mix on the Job by Carol Mackey (2010)
  84. Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou (2009)
  85. The Hemingses Of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed (2009)
  86. Letters to a Young Sister: DeFINE Your Destiny by Hill Harper (2009)
  87. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (2009)
  88. Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, And Commitment by Steve Harvey and Denene Millner (2009)
  89. In Search Of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2009)
  90. Michelle Obama: Meet The First Lady by David Bergen Brophy (2009)
  91. That Mean Old Yesterday: A Memoir by Stacey Patton (2008)
  92. One Drop: My Father’s Hidden Life--A Story Of Race And Family Secrets by Bliss Broyard (2008)
  93. Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits by Deborah Willis (2008)
  94. Reposition Yourself: Living Life Without Limits by T. D. Jakes (2008)
  95. A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah (2008)
  96. Sweet Release: The Last Step to Black Freedom by James Davison Jr. (2008)
  97. The Women Who Raised Me: A Memoir by Victoria Rowell (2008)
  98. Standing Tall: A Memoir Of Tragedy And Triumph by C. Vivian Stringer and Laura Tucker (2008)
  99. Ralph Ellison: A Biography by Arnold Rampersad (2007)
  100. Supreme Discomfort: The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas by Kevin Merida and Michael Fletcher (2007)
  101. Black Boy by Richard Wright (2007)
  102. Friends: A Love Story by Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance (2007)
  103. The Covenant In Action by Tavis Smiley (2007)
  104. Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present by Harriet A. Washington (2007)
  105. The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner and Quincy Troupe (2006)
  106. The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream by Barack Obama (2006)
  107. The Covenant with Black America by Tavis Smiley (2006)
  108. Is Bill Cosby Right?: Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind? by Michael Eric Dyson (2006)
  109. Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster by Michael Eric Dyson (2006)
  110. The ISIS Papers: The Keys to the Colors by Frances Cress Welsing (2004)
  111. Speak, So You Can Speak Again: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston by Lucy Hurston (2004)
  112. Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama (2004)
  113. What Next: A Memoir Toward World Peace by Walter Mosley (2003)
  114. A Little Yellow Dog by Walter Mosley (2002)
  115. The Life of Langston Hughes: Volume I: 1902-1941, I, Too, Sing America (Life of Langston Hughes, 1902-1941) by Arnold Rampersad (2002)
  116. On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker by A’Lelia Bundles (2001)
  117. W.E.B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century 1919-1963 by David Levering Lewis (2000)
  118. In the Meantime: Finding Yourself and the Love You Want by Iyanla Vanzant (1999)
  119. The New Negro: Voices Of The Harlem Renaissance by Alain Locke (1999)
  120. Blues People: Negro Music in White America by Amiri Baraka (1999)
  121. Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol by Nell Irvin Painter (1997)
  122. Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America—An Anthology by Herb Boyd and Robert L. Allen (1996)
  123. The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson (1995)
  124. W. E. B. Du Bois, 1868-1919: Biography of a Race by David Levering Lewis (1994)
  125. Volunteer Slavery: My Authentic Negro Experience by Jill Nelson (1994)
  126. The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois (1994)
  127. Race Matters by Cornel West (1994)
  128. Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Young Black Man In America by Nathan McCall (1994)
  129. Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America; Sixth Revised Edition by Lerone Bennett (1993)
  130. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (1992)
  131. Stolen Legacy: Greek Philosophy Is Stolen Egyptian Philosophy by George G. M. James (1992)
  132. Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a Race from 4500 B.C. to 2000 A.D. by Chancellor Williams (1992)
  133. Miles: The Autobiography by Miles Davis and Quincy Troupe (1990)
  134. The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley by Malcolm X, Alex Haley and Attallah Shabazz (1987)
  135. They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America by Ivan Van Sertima (1976)
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124 Children’s Titles (top)

  1. Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina Young Readers Edition by Misty Copeland (2017)
  2. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (2017)
  3. Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes (2017)
  4. Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia (2017)
  5. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (2016)
  6. Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan (2016)
  7. Ghost: Running for His Life or From It? by Jason Reynolds (2016)
  8. Rice & Rocks by Sandra L. Richards (2016)
  9. We Came to America by Faith Ringgold (2016)
  10. As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds (2016)
  11. Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton (2016)
  12. Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper (2016)
  13. Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford (2016)
  14. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor (2016)
  15. Chocolate Me! by Taye Diggs (2015)
  16. Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton by Don Tate (2015)
  17. Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford (2015)
  18. One Word from Sophia by Jim Averbeck (2015)
  19. Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia (2015)
  20. Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews (2015)
  21. P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia (2015)
  22. Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Peña (2015)
  23. Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson (2015)
  24. X: A Novel by Ilyasah Al-Shabazz (2015)
  25. Beautiful Moon by Tonya Bolden (2014)
  26. One Million Men And Me by Kelly Starling Lyons (2014)
  27. The Adventures of Obi and Titi: The Hidden Temple of Ogiso (Book 1) by O.T. Begho (2014)
  28. Firebird by Misty Copeland (2014)
  29. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (2014)
  30. Little Melba And Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown (2014)
  31. Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh (2014)
  32. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (2014)
  33. Josephine: The Dazzling Life Of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell (2014)
  34. Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up To Become Malcolm X by Ilyasah Al-Shabazz (2014)
  35. Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson (2013)
  36. Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream For Me by Daniel Beaty (2013)
  37. A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara (2013)
  38. I’m a Pretty Little Black Girl! by Betty K. Bynum (2013)
  39. I Am Mixed by Garcelle Beauvais (2013)
  40. Max and the Tag-Along Moon by Floyd Cooper (2013)
  41. Book of Black Heroes from A to Z: An Introduction to Important Black Achievers for Young Readers by Wade Hudson (2013)
  42. Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson (2013)
  43. Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes (2013)
  44. Fifty Cents And A Dream: Young Booker T. Washington by Jabari Asim (2012)
  45. Harlem’s Little Blackbird by Renée Watson (2012)
  46. I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King, Jr. (2012)
  47. Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson (2012)
  48. The Diary Of B. B. Bright, Possible Princess by Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams (2012)
  49. I, Too, Am America by Langston Hughes (2012)
  50. No Crystal Stair by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson (2012)
  51. Ellen’s Broom by Kelly Starling Lyons (2012)
  52. Our Children Can Soar: A Celebration Of Rosa, Barack, And The Pioneers Of Change by Michelle Cook (2012)
  53. What Color Is My World?: The Lost History Of African-American Inventors by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld (2012)
  54. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (2011)
  55. One Love by Cedella Marley (2011)
  56. Chike And The River by Chinua Achebe (2011)
  57. The Great Migration: Journey To The North by Eloise Greenfield (2010)
  58. She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story by Audrey Vernick (2010)
  59. Jimi: Sounds Like A Rainbow: A Story Of The Young Jimi Hendrix by Gary Golio (2010)
  60. Dave The Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill (2010)
  61. Yummy: The Last Days Of A Southside Shorty by G. Neri (2010)
  62. The Rock And The River by Kekla Magoon (2010)
  63. My Friend Maya Loves To Dance by Cheryl Willis Hudson (2010)
  64. Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World by Mildred Pitts Walter (2010)
  65. My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete (2010)
  66. Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney (2010)
  67. Standing Against the Wind by Traci L. Jones (2010)
  68. Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson (2010)
  69. Peeny Butter Fudge by Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison (2009)
  70. Bad News For Outlaws: The Remarkable Life Of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson (2009)
  71. The Negro Speaks Of Rivers by Langston Hughes (2009)
  72. Bird by Zetta Elliott (2008)
  73. Jazz by Walter Dean Myers (2008)
  74. Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything in It by Sundee T. Frazier (2008)
  75. You Can Do It! by Tony Dungy (2008)
  76. Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale by John Steptoe (2008)
  77. The Blacker The Berry by Joyce Carol Thomas (2008)
  78. We Are The Ship: The Story Of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson (2008)
  79. Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport (2007)
  80. The People Could Fly Picture Book by Virginia Hamilton (2007)
  81. Thunder Rose by Jerdine Nolen (2007)
  82. The Skin I’m In by Sharon G. Flake (2007)
  83. Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine (2007)
  84. Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford (2006)
  85. Please, Baby, Please by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee (2006)
  86. Whose Knees Are These? by Jabari Asim (2006)
  87. Let The Lion Eat Straw by Ellease Southerland (2005)
  88. Brothers In Hope by Mary Williams (2005)
  89. Monster by Walter Dean Myers (2004)
  90. Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl by Tonya Bolden (2004)
  91. Major Taylor, Champion Cyclist by Lesa Cline-Ransome (2004)
  92. Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream by Deloris Jordan and Roslyn M. Jordan (2003)
  93. Max Paints the House by Ken Wilson-Max (2003)
  94. Beautiful Blackbird by Ashley Bryan (2003)
  95. Only Passing Through by Anne F. Rockwell (2002)
  96. Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush by Virginia Hamilton (2001)
  97. Daddy Calls Me Man by Angela Johnson (2000)
  98. Dancing In The Wings by Debbie Allen (2000)
  99. A Hero Ain’t Nothin But a Sandwich by Alice Childress (2000)
  100. Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman by Kathleen Krull (2000)
  101. Black Hands, White Sails: The Story of African-American Whalers by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick. McKissack (1999)
  102. Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges (1999)
  103. Kevin And His Dad by Irene Smalls (1999)
  104. Soul Looks Back in Wonder by Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Walter Dean Myers, Haki R. Madhubuti, Lucille Clifton and 8 others (1999)
  105. Grandpa, Is Everything Black Bad? by Sandy Lynne Holman (1998)
  106. Kids Book of Wisdom: Quotes from the African American Tradition by Cheryl Willis Hudson and Wade Hudson (1997)
  107. Cornrows by Camille Yarbrough (1997)
  108. Mirandy and Brother Wind by Patricia C. Mckissack (1997)
  109. Circle of Gold by Candy Dawson Boyd (1996)
  110. Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, And True Tales by Virginia Hamilton (1995)
  111. The Middle Passage: White Ships/ Black Cargo by Tom Feelings (1995)
  112. The Great Migration: An American Story by Jacob Lawrence (1995)
  113. Black, White, Just Right! by Marguerite W. Davol (1993)
  114. Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman (1991)
  115. Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold (1991)
  116. Now Is Your Time! The African-American Struggle for Freedom by Walter Dean Myers (1991)
  117. Bright Eyes, Brown Skin by Cheryl Willis Hudson (1990)
  118. Afro-Bets 1-2-3 Book by Cheryl Willis Hudson (1989)
  119. Everett Anderson’s Goodbye by Lucille Clifton (1988)
  120. A Weed Is a Flower : The Life of George Washington Carver by Aliki (1988)
  121. Just Us Women by Jeannette Caines (1984)
  122. Black Mother Goose Book by Elizabeth Murphy Oliver (1981)
  123. Daydreamers by Eloise Greenfield (1981)
  124. Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions by Margaret Musgrove (1976)
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16 Poetry Titles (top)

  1. Cannibal by Safiya Sinclair (2016)
  2. Collected Poems: 1974–2004 by Rita Dove (2016)
  3. Olio by Tyehimba Jess (2016)
  4. Voyage of the Sable Venus: and Other Poems by Robin Coste Lewis (2015)
  5. Wild Hundreds by Nate Marshall (2015)
  6. How to Be Drawn by Terrance Hayes (2015)
  7. Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (Pitt Poetry Series) by Ross Gay (2015)
  8. Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine (2014)
  9. The Big Smoke (Poets, Penguin) by Adrian Matejka (2013)
  10. Life On Mars: Poems by Tracy K. Smith (2011)
  11. White Egrets: Poems by Derek Walcott (2011)
  12. Head Off & Split: Poems by Nikky Finney (2011)
  13. Acolytes: Poems by Nikki Giovanni (2007)
  14. Carver: A Life in Poems by Marilyn Nelson (2001)
  15. The Essential Etheridge Knight (Pitt Poetry Series) by Etheridge Knight (1986)
  16. Thomas and Beulah by Rita Dove (1986)
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