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The 484 Most Critically Acclaimed Books Published from 1971 to 2017 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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234 Fiction Titles


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


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


  1. A Hero Ain’t Nothin But a Sandwich by Alice Childress (2000)
  2. The Diary Of B. B. Bright, Possible Princess by Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams (2012)
  3. Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney (2010)
  4. Daddy Calls Me Man by Angela Johnson (2000)
  5. Only Passing Through by Anne F. Rockwell (2002)
  6. Beautiful Blackbird by Ashley Bryan (2003)
  7. Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan (2016)
  8. She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story by Audrey Vernick (2010)
  9. Cornrows by Camille Yarbrough (1997)
  10. Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford (2016)
  11. Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom (Caldecott Honor Book) by Carole Boston Weatherford (2006)
  12. Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford (2015)
  13. One Love by Cedella Marley (2011)
  14. Kids Book of Wisdom: Quotes from the African American Tradition by Cheryl and Wade Hudson (1997)
  15. Afro-Bets 1-2-3 Book by Cheryl Willis Hudson (1989)
  16. Bright Eyes, Brown Skin by Cheryl Willis Hudson (1990)
  17. My Friend Maya Loves To Dance by Cheryl Willis Hudson (2010)
  18. Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton (2016)
  19. Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream For Me by Daniel Beaty (2013)
  20. Dancing In The Wings by Debbie Allen (2000)
  21. Salt in His Shoes: Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream by Deloris Jordan and Roslyn M. Jordan (2003)
  22. Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton by Don Tate (2015)
  23. Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport (2007)
  24. Black Mother Goose Book by Elizabeth Murphy Oliver (1981)
  25. Let The Lion Eat Straw by Ellease Southerland (2005)
  26. Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine (2007)
  27. Daydreamers by Eloise Greenfield (1981)
  28. The Great Migration: Journey To The North by Eloise Greenfield (2010)
  29. Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold (1991)
  30. We Came to America by Faith Ringgold (2016)
  31. Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper (2016)
  32. Max and the Tag-Along Moon by Floyd Cooper (2013)
  33. Yummy: The Last Days Of A Southside Shorty by G. Neri (2010)
  34. I Am Mixed by Garcelle Beauvais (2013)
  35. Jimi: Sounds Like A Rainbow: A Story Of The Young Jimi Hendrix by Gary Golio (2010)
  36. My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete (2010)
  37. Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up To Become Malcolm X by Ilyasah Al-Shabazz (2014)
  38. X: A Novel by Ilyasah Al-Shabazz (2015)
  39. A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara (2013)
  40. Kevin And His Dad by Irene Smalls (1999)
  41. Fifty Cents And A Dream: Young Booker T. Washington by Jabari Asim (2012)
  42. Whose Knees Are These? by Jabari Asim (2006)
  43. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (2014)
  44. Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson (2012)
  45. Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson (2010)
  46. As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds (2016)
  47. Ghost: Running for His Life or From It? by Jason Reynolds (2016)
  48. Just Us Women (Reading Rainbow Books) by Jeannette Caines (1984)
  49. Thunder Rose by Jerdine Nolen (2007)
  50. One Word from Sophia by Jim Averbeck (2015)
  51. Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale by John Steptoe (2008)
  52. The Blacker The Berry by Joyce Carol Thomas (2008)
  53. Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson (2013)
  54. Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson (2013)
  55. We Are The Ship: The Story Of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson (2008)
  56. What Color Is My World?: The Lost History Of African-American Inventors by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld (2012)
  57. Little Melba And Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown (2014)
  58. Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman by Kathleen Krull (2000)
  59. The Rock And The River (Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award For New Talent) by Kekla Magoon (2010)
  60. Ellen’s Broom (Coretta Scott King Honor - Illustrator Honor Title) by Kelly Starling Lyons (2012)
  61. One Million Men And Me by Kelly Starling Lyons (2014)
  62. Max Paints the House by Ken Wilson-Max (2003)
  63. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (2014)
  64. Dave The Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill (2010)
  65. I, Too, Am America by Langston Hughes (2012)
  66. Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes (2013)
  67. The Negro Speaks Of Rivers by Langston Hughes (2009)
  68. Soul Looks Back in Wonder by Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Walter Dean Myers, Haki R. Madhubuti, Lucille Clifton and 8 others (1999)
  69. Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson (2015)
  70. Major Taylor, Champion Cyclist by Lesa Cline-Ransome (2004)
  71. Everett Anderson’s Goodbye by Lucille Clifton (1988)
  72. Black, White, Just Right! by Marguerite W. Davol (1993)
  73. I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King, Jr. (2012)
  74. Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman (1991)
  75. Brothers In Hope by Mary Williams (2005)
  76. Our Children Can Soar: A Celebration Of Rosa, Barack, And The Pioneers Of Change by Michelle Cook (2012)
  77. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor (2016)
  78. Firebird by Misty Copeland (2014)
  79. The Adventures of Obi and Titi: The Hidden Temple of Ogiso (Volume 1) by Oyehmi Begho (2014)
  80. Mirandy and Brother Wind by Patricia C. Mckissack (1997)
  81. Josephine: The Dazzling Life Of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell (2014)
  82. Harlem’s Little Blackbird by Renée Watson (2012)
  83. Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia (2015)
  84. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (2011)
  85. P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia (2015)
  86. Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges (1999)
  87. Rice & Rocks by Sandra L. Richards (2016)
  88. Grandpa, Is Everything Black Bad? by Sandy Lynne Holman (1998)
  89. The Skin I’m In by Sharon G. Flake (2007)
  90. Please, Baby, Please by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee (2006)
  91. Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything in It by Sundee T. Frazier (2008)
  92. Chocolate Me! by Taye Diggs (2015)
  93. The Middle Passage: White Ships/ Black Cargo by Tom Feelings (1995)
  94. You Can Do It! by Tony Dungy (2008)
  95. Beautiful Moon by Tonya Bolden (2014)
  96. Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl by Tonya Bolden (2004)
  97. Standing Against the Wind by Traci L. Jones (2010)
  98. Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews (2015)
  99. Bad News For Outlaws: The Remarkable Life Of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson (2009)
  100. No Crystal Stair by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson (2012)
  101. Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, And True Tales (Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner) by Virginia Hamilton (1995)
  102. Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush by Virginia Hamilton (2001)
  103. The People Could Fly Picture Book And Cd by Virginia Hamilton (2007)
  104. The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales by Virginia Hamilton (1993)
  105. Book of Black Heroes from A to Z: An Introduction to Important Black Achievers for Young Readers by Wade Hudson (2013)
  106. Jazz by Walter Dean Myers (2008)
  107. Monster by Walter Dean Myers (2004)
  108. Now Is Your Time! The African-American Struggle for Freedom by Walter Dean Myers (1991)
  109. Bird by Zetta Elliott (2008)
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13 Poetry Titles (top)


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