Top 150 recommended African American Children’s Books

African American children’s books

The above linked article talks about the top 150 African American children’s books. You know I will get to these, but not immediately. They are part of a series of diversity in children’s books, but I am having difficulty getting to the website with the full article.

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

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