Children & YA Black Authors We Love!

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Little Man, Little Man

James Baldwin

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Brave Ballerina

Michelle Meadows

A lyrical picture book biography of Janet Collins, the first African American principal dancer at the Metropolitan Opera House.Janet Collins wanted to be a...

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Mae Among the Stars

Roda Ahmed

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Ibi Zoboi

Pride and Prejudice gets remixed in this smart, funny, gorgeous retelling of the classic, starring all characters of color, from Ibi Zoboi, National Book Award...

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Lullaby (For a Black Mother)

Langston Hughes

“My little dark baby, / My little earth-thing, / My little love-one, / What shall I sing / For your lullaby?" With a few...

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Life Doesn't Frighten Me (Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition)

Maya Angelou, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sara Jane Boyers

Shadows on the wallNoises down the hallLife doesn't frighten me at all Maya Angelou's brave, defiant poem celebrates the courage within each of us, young...

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Woke Baby

Mahogany L. Browne

For all the littlest progressives, waking up to seize a new day of justice and activism.Woke babies are up early. Woke babies raise their...

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On the Come Up

Angie Thomas

This is the highly anticipated second novel by Angie Thomas, the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning The Hate U Give.Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to...

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Children of Blood and Bone

Tomi Adeyemi

InstantNew York Times BestsellerNew York Times Notable Children's Books of 2018TIME Top 10 Best YA and Children's Books of 2018NPR's Book Concierge 2018 Great...

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Odd One Out

Nic Stone

From the New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin comes an honest and touching depiction of friendship, first love, and everything in between....

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Akata Warrior

Nnedi Okorafor

The newest novel by the author of Akata Witch and the forthcoming Marvel comic book series about Shuri, Black Panther's sister!“The most imaginative, gripping, enchanting...

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Grandad Mandela

Ambassador Zindzi Mandela, Zazi and Ziwelene Mandela, Zondwa Mandela

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Hidden Figures

Margot Lee Shetterly

Based on the New York Times bestselling book and the Academy Award–nominated movie, author Margot Lee Shetterly and illustrator Laura Freeman bring the incredibly inspiring...

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What Is Given from the Heart

Patricia C. McKissack

This final, magnificent picture book from three-time Coretta Scott King Award winner and Newbery Honor author Patricia McKissack is a poignant and uplifting celebration...

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Oscar Lives Next Door

Bonnie Farmer

Long before Oscar Peterson became a virtuoso jazz pianist, he was a boy who loved to play the trumpet. When childhood tuberculosis weakened his...

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Dream Big, Little One

Vashti Harrison

This beautifully illustrated board book edition of instant bestseller Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History showcases women who changed the world and is...

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Black Women Who Dared

Naomi M. Moyer

Inspirational stories of ten Black women and women’s collectives from Canadian and American history. Included are leaders and groundbreakers who were anti-slavery activists, business...

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Please, Baby, Please

Spike Lee, Tonya Lewis Lee

Go back to bed, baby, please, baby, please. Not on your HEAD, baby baby baby, please!... From moments fussy to fond, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker...

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Happy to Be Nappy (Board Book) Happy to Be Nappy

Bell Hooks

Happy to be nappy!Happy with hair all short and strong.Happy with locks that twist and curl.Just all girl happy!Happy to be nappy hair!Legendary author...

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The Snowy Day Board Book

Ezra Jack Keats

Winner of the 1963 Caldecott Medal!   No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than The...

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My Hair is a Garden

Cozbi A. Cabrera

After a day of being taunted by classmates about her unruly hair, Mackenzie can’t take any more and she seeks guidance from her wise...

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Don't Touch My Hair!

Sharee Miller

An entertaining picture book that teaches the importance of asking for permission first as a young girl attempts to escape the curious hands that...

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One Crazy Summer

Rita Williams-Garcia

In this Newbery Honor novel, New York Times bestselling author Rita Williams-Garcia tells the story of three sisters who travel to Oakland, California, in...

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Jason Reynolds

A National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read. Ghost wants...

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Betty Before X

Ilyasah Shabazz, Renee Watson

Betty Before Xis a powerful middle-grade fictionalized account of the childhood activism of Betty Shabazz, Malcolm X’s wife, written by their daughter Ilyasah Shabazz.In...

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Brown Girl Dreaming

Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson's National Book Award and Newbery Honor winner, now available in paperback with 7 all-new poems.Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for...

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The Crossover

Kwame Alexander

Now in paperback! Winner of the Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award, and aNYT bestseller! Basketball and heartache share the court in this slam-dunk novel in...

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