I still stand by my sentiment that saying “some of those authors were white” is a missed opportunity. Waheed’s unique style breaks many of the traditional rules of poetry, but she leverages her creative approach for maximum effect. I buy this for every late elementary kid in my world, and I recommend for adults too! 27,522 ratings — It’s a perfect piece of writing — gut wrenching but necessary and also loving and bold in ways that we all need. — Gabby Rivera (TED Talk: The story of Marvel’s first queer Latina superhero), Kindred by Octavia E. Butler The animated short for Hair Love is wonderful! Wonderful author, she’s 91 now and Jan Spivey Gilchrist. I am the author of the best-selling book Dirty Diversity: A Practical Guide to Foster an Equitable and Inclusive Workplace for All. donald crews is a favorite in our house (kids are 4 & 2)—freight train, ten black dots, and flying are frequently pulled from the shelves. published 1996, avg rating 3.25 — Read 1 011 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. From Roxane Gay to Michelle Obama to Ta-Nehisi Coates, these writers are making an impact. Smith, a writer for The Nation, has written an uplifting, hopeful, and, at times, funny tale about what it means to be a young Black man in the 21st century. published 2017, avg rating 3.74 — Sharon M. Draper has two novels that would make good read aloud for a 6-7 year old: Out of My Mind and Blended. Love this! As we actively work to diversify our children’s libraries and literary experiences, please think about adding books about children of color with disabilities as well. published 2017, avg rating 4.22 — Love! Here, she tells the tale of a Black woman who begins involuntarily traveling through time — to the antebellum South. This delightful, insightful collection of Winfrey’s essays (from her magazine) cover a wide range of topics, including joy, resilience, gratitude, awe, clarity and power. 50 Amazing Books By Black Authors From The Past 5 Years. Great list! — Eve Abrams (TED Talk: The human stories behind mass incarceration), salt. He is a very, very special person and his books are so, so beautiful (his fine art, too which is in museums and galleries)—and—consider this—despite publishing amazing books for years and having the heart of a true artist, he’s never won a Caldecott. I’m from New Jersey where she remains a touchy subject for many, and when my mother told me she was once stopped on the highway by police officers looking for Assata, it hit me just how close to home this story was. 250 ratings — Sam and the tigers by Julius Lester (a retelling and reimagining of an old racist book that he turns into a beautiful story about a smart and brave black boy). https://www.amazon.com/My-Forever-Guardian-Healing-friends/dp/1734814217/ref=nodl_, https://www.simonandschuster.com/authors/Ashley-Bryan/706174, https://aucklanduniversitypress.co.nz/mophead-how-your-difference-makes-a-difference/, https://www.amazon.com/Cree-Wins-Day-Lora-Bynum/dp/0692872736/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=cree+wins+the+day&qid=1591724388&sr=8-1, https://www.mahoganybooks.com/9780593110416, https://www.mahoganybooks.com/9780316453691, https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Mommys-Khimar/Jamilah-Thompkins-Bigelow/9781534400597, https://www.jerrypinkneystudio.com/frameset.html, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/22/police-killings-disabled-black-people-mental-illness, https://socialjusticebooks.org/booklists/, http://www.ala.org/rt/emiert/cskbookawards/coretta-scott-king-book-awards-all-recipients-1970-present, https://www.whatdowedoallday.com/multicultural-early-chapter-books-for-kids/, http://christineaplatt.com/book-author/christine-platt/, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzW_SBxroAj5hclD4q5KwZw, https://www.vashtiharrison.com/little-leaders, John Derian Lives in a Sea Captain’s House, Behind the Scenes: Making a Magazine Cover. Some folks were looking for baby books and Gabrielle Union wrote Welcome to the Party which looks very sweet. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander. These are the ways we support Cup of Jo, and allow us to run the site and engage with this community we truly love. Coates’s writing is excellent, and he describes how understanding starts with communication — not assumption. published 2010, avg rating 4.51 — 120,693 ratings — Thank you for featuring books written by black authors- and thanks for naming how you didn’t do that last time. The great Virginia Hamilton, who died in 2002, wrote 35 books for children and young adults. This is a story about white middle-class Christianity and its power to perpetuate privilege and racial hostility. Coates seems to understand that we can’t be hopeful if we can’t see what might need to change. Please check out the A Kids Book About (insert a whole bunch of compelling topics) series (https://akidsbookabout.com/), founded by Portland author Jelani Memory, who wrote the first one, A Kids Book About Racism for his kids only, and then the whole company sprouted from there. He is a gifted artist, writer, and illustrator who calls a small island in Maine his home. Just laughed out loud at the description of “please baby please.” As a mother of a spirited 19 month old with an affinity for climbing I probably udder those words 100 times per day. published 2008, avg rating 4.43 — Magabala books is a wholly Indigenous publisher with EXCELLENT children’s books as well as books for all ages. — Dolly Chugh (TED Talk: How to let go of being a “good” person and become a better person), Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon I’d bet many of your readers here have checked his books out from the library and/or would recognize them even if they didn’t realize he was the author. If you are looking for books for older kids, check out Harriette Robinet. I read that to my son on many nights when he was younger. I think it’s important to support books whose authors represent the communities portrayed in their books! published 2019, avg rating 3.95 — Faith Ringgold is an incredible artist and author. 38,764 ratings — Freight Train by Donald Crews! Dark Emu is well regarded and available in kids, middle, and adult reader formats. 2,649 ratings — ❤️. We rely on readers like you to uphold a free press. 1,364 ratings — -one of our all-time family favorites! This millennial coming-of-age memoir offers a progressive look at Black masculinity. — Reniqua Allen (TED Talk: The story we tell about millennials and who we leave out). It’s so important that we recognize the implications of our beliefs both in how they affect ourselves as well as others. He burst onto the kiddy lit scene back in the 1960s with his fabulous books about little kids doing ordinary stuff. My mommy’s khimar – wonderful story about a little girl and the scarves her mother wears https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Mommys-Khimar/Jamilah-Thompkins-Bigelow/9781534400597. It has only three words in it, yet manages to beautifully capture the love between a baby and his older brother. Fun fact, he’s from Minneapolis. https://www.simonandschuster.com/authors/Ashley-Bryan/706174. Rita Williams Garcia is a magician! Whether consisting of a single sentence or multiple pages, her poems tackle topics from love to race to feminism in ways that feel like they always touch me at my core. It’s a wonderful book about a Black child with autism. There are also many great videos of her talking about her work and inspiration. It is such a great book as is the rest of that series – Patina, Lu and Sunny. No domination by Grisham or Baldacci or Turow. The two also collaborated on a few more Children’s books; such as, She won every major children’s literature award and the American Library Assn gives an annual award in her memory. I love Atinuke’s books! I'm Still Here book. published 2011, avg rating 4.39 — https://www.eyeseeme.com/, Highly recommend Mariame Kaba’s Missing Daddy. 1,607 ratings — :-). My son is a big fan of Kwame Alexander’s books (Crossover, Rebound, Booked). 386,184 ratings — I was introduced to them in the late 1980s via a children’s literature class. (She also struggles with understanding her magical powers, which I can also relate to.) 40,894 ratings — I am the founder of BWG Business. It has the power to look into readers’ souls and know them. published 2017, avg rating 4.20 — My kids have been watching regularly during quarantine and particularly love hearing Oprah read the Hula Hoopin Queen. published 2003, avg rating 3.66 — I would love to see more discussion on CoJ around how White families can discuss Whiteness and White privilege with their children. In this compelling collection, award-winning author Ward looks to James Baldwin’s seminal book The Fire Next Time for comfort and counsel. See our must-read list, featuring black authors such as Maya Angelou, Alice Walker & Ben Okri. published 2017, avg rating 4.15 — Jacqueline Woodside has a lot of picture books on topic. Duplan’s writing is bold and dangerous, rough and intelligent, angelic and humble. They are board books and so fun to sing together! You are obviously working hard to be responsive to current events, and it’s appreciated. Lovely book about consent which my kids have asked for again and again. 17,948 ratings — 6,958 ratings — I’m sorry, I made a mistake in my post! Seems to be flying under the radar but is totally charming. In this world, there are people who can sense and control the planet’s activity, and they are feared, shunned and used by society for their powers.