16. Daddy Calls Me Man by Angela Johnson
17. Jamaica and Brianna by Juanita Havill
18. Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad by Ellen Levine
19. Jamal’s Busy Day by Wade Hudson
20. Keena Ford and the Secret Journal Mix-Up by Melissa Thomson
21. Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African-Americans by Kadir Nelson
22. Ruby and the Booker Boys #1: Brand New School, Brand New Ruby by Derrick Barnes
23. Bibbity Bop Barbershop by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
24. Nikki and Deja by Karen English
25. The Bat Boy and His Violin by Gavin Curtis
26. Bright Eyes, Brown Skin by Cheryl Willis Hudson
27. Full, Full, Full of Love by Trish Cooke
28. To Be a Slave by Julius Lester
29. President of the Whole Fifth Grade by Sherri Winston
30. Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles
31. The Stories Huey Tells by Ann Cameron
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Thanks-this is great! I was just thinking the other day about how hard it is to find books with non-white characters. We are white, but I want to expose my children to all types of characters and races. I want them to read books with characters who don’t always look like them. And I was also thinking how that must be frustrating for non-white parents because, I agree, children should also have books with characters in which they can see themselves. I’ve learned from my sister, a middle school literature teacher, that its hugely problematic in the publishing world-a novel will be about a person of color and yet, the publishers will put a white person on the cover. It’s ridiculous. But, thanks for this list! I’ll be sharing it.
Great collection! I’ll have to look for these at the library. All kids need to see diversity in the stories they read!
Kelly Greenawalt says
I’m write children’s books featuring black protagonists. Princess Truly and The Hungry Bunny Problem, Princess Truly and The Courageous Cape Chase, Princess Truly in I am Truly, and The Freckled Speckled Rainbow Dog Salon. If you are interested in reviewing any of these, hit me up on FB. I would love to send you a free digital review copy.
Selena Robinson says
Awesome! Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org! 🙂