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Celebrating African American Voices in Children’s Literature

Explore this curated book list by talented African American authors and illustrators from Scholastic Librarian Deimosa Webber-Bey -- for all ages.
on February 23, 2018
 

In the latest installment of our Facebook Live video series, Live from Our Library, Scholastic Librarian Deimosa Webber-Bey shares her favorite book selections that highlight African-American voices, across all age groups. If you're searching for the perfect title for your child during Black History Month, or any time of year, take a look at her picks below.

 

You can also watch the Live Chat here:

 

 

 

Preschool

 


Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena; Illustrated by Christian Robinson


Gaston by Kelly Dipucchio; Illustrated by Christian Robinson

 


Josephine by Patricia Hruby Powell; Illustrated by Christian Robinson
 

The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade by Justin Roberts; Illustrated by Christian Robinson
 

Antoinette by Kelly Dipucchio; Illustrated by Christian Robinson
 

Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

 

Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglas by Dean Robbins; Illustrated by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls

 

The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano by Margarita Engle; Illustrated by Sean Qualls

 

The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage by Selina Alko; Illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko

 

Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson and Sean Qualls
 

3rd - 5th Grade

 

The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis

 

Rise of the Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

 

As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds  

 

Miles Morales: A Spider-Man Novel by Jason Reynolds
 

Middle School

 

Martin Rising: Requiem for a King by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney

 

Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not-So-Fabulous Life (Series) by Rachel Renee Russell

 

Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound by Andrea Davis Pinkney

 

Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America by Andrea Davis Pinkney; Illustrated by Brian Pinkney

 

The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney; Illustrated by Shane W. Evans

High School

 

Love is the Drug by Alaya Dawn Johnson

 

Toning the Sweep by Angela Johnson
 


All This and Heaven Too by Angela Johnson
 

Deimosa’s Favorites

 

No Crystal Stair A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson; Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

 

Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson; Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

 


The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson; Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie


To find more book recommendations, visit the Scholastic Parents Facebook Page.

 

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