Parents | Raising readers & learners.

Home of Parent & Child Magazine

Scholastic Parents: Raise a Reader

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:






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.


About this blog

In the Raise a Reader blog, get advice, tips, and resources from our expert contributors on helping your child read at every age and stage. Each week, find book recommendations, literacy activities, and more to spark your reader's interests.

Blogs We Love

Play and learning ideas for kids of all ages.
Literacy resources to reach all growing readers.

Find Just-Right Books