30 Great Children’s Books By Black Authors

Children’s literature is a powerful way to instill a love of reading, encourage creativity and nurturing empathy in young minds. What better way to accomplish this than by including books written by Black authors that celebrate diversity, resilience, and cultural heritage? Here are 30 fantastic children’s books written by Black authors:

1. “Corduroy” by Don Freeman

2. “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats

3. “Whistle for Willie” by Ezra Jack Keats

4. “Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson

5. “One Crazy Summer” by Rita Williams-Garcia

6. “Please, Baby, Please” by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee

7. “Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race” by Margot Lee Shetterly

8. “I Love My Hair!” by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley

9. “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry!” by Mildred D. Taylor

10. “The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963” by Christopher Paul Curtis

11. “Bud, Not Buddy” by Christopher Paul Curtis

12. “Gone Crazy in Alabama” by Rita Williams-Garcia

13. “Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History” by Vashti Harrison

14. “(Baby) Hair Love” by Matthew A. Cherry and Vashti Harrison

15. “Sulwe” by Lupita Nyong’o and Vashti Harrison

16. “Ada Twist, Scientist” by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts

17. “I Am Enough” by Grace Byers

18. “Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut” by Derrick Barnes and Gordon C James

19. “Ghost Boys” by Jewell Parker Rhodes

20. “Mommy’s Khimar” by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

21. “Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat” by Javaka Steptoe

22. “From the Desk of Zoe Washington” by Janae Marks

23. “Take a Picture of Me, James Van Der Zee!” by Andrea J. Loney and Keith Mallett

24. “How High the Moon” by Karyn Parsons

25. “The Parker Inheritance” by Varian Johnson

26. “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale” by John Steptoe

27. “Tar Beach” by Faith Ringgold

28. “Skin Again” by bell hooks and Chris Raschka

29. “New Kid” by Jerry Craft

30. “Let the Children March” by Monica Clark-Robinson and Frank Morrison

Each book on this list offers young readers engaging stories and illustrations that are both educational and entertaining. By incorporating narratives that promote understanding, inclusion, and empathy, children will gain valuable insights into the diverse world around them and learn to appreciate the richness of our collective histories while fostering a lifelong love for reading. Happy reading!

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