Updated: Mar 7, 2020
by Anne Berkley
Check out part 2 of our African American Children’s books written by African American authors. Join us weekly for new features and mentions as we prepare for International Children’s Book Day on April 2nd. Authors both far and wide will be gathered on our list of exceptional reads for your little one. A combination of reading materials for both boys and girls, we’re looking to expand your little one’s reading library this Spring. Support, like and share your favorite titles, contact your favorite authors and most importantly, leave a review!
1. Little Brother by Khalid White
Blkmpwr's book celebrating childhood literacy.Join Jelani, Kenya and their little brother, Khari, as they laugh, play and learn about responsibility.Perfect for readers Pre K-3rd grade.For the culture, by the culture, celebrating the culture.
2. When I Grow Up by Tonika Dew Evans
When I Grow Up is a stunningly illustrated poem that inspires readers to dream and believe in all they can achieve and become. Turning the pages of this book will encourage children to aspire to greatness and allow parents to see the power of their words in the shaping of their children's lives.
3. Nathaniel English in Leaders of the Revolution by Michelle Person
Rubbery chicken...macaroni soup...burnt tuna casserole... What's a kid got to do around here to get a decent lunch in the school cafeteria? Nathaniel and his friends aren't sure but they are willing to try anything!
The third book in the Nathaniel English series, Leaders of the Revolution follows 5th grade, Nathaniel, as he searches for solutions to his present-day problems by learning about important historical figures of the past. Thanks to his mother's in-home library, Nathaniel is exposed to information that his teachers don't share, helping him to develop a strong sense of self and determine his place in this world. Inspired by the actions of Toussaint L'Ouverture, Nathaniel and his friends fight to make their voices heard on the timeless and ever-important issue of school lunch. Leaders of the Revolution tells the story of the Haitian Revolution and the importance of standing up for what you believe in!
4. The Adventures of Kai of the Daddyman by Michelle Person
Pointy sticks, shiny earrings, and strange balls. Kai is learning about the world every day a little at a time. Sometimes it's scary, sometimes it's fun, and sometimes it's confusing. But with her Daddyman by her side, it's always an adventure!
5. Kai and The Daddyman: The Adventures Continue by Michelle Person
Kai and the Daddyman are back with three brand new adventures. Kai is a little older, but her Daddyman is never far away. Going to the park and taking a bath has never been more fun. And when Kai doesn't feel well it's the Daddyman to the rescue! Charming and endearing, The Adventures Continue is one you will want to read again and again!
6. Nathaniel English in The King of Video Games by Michelle Person
Nathaniel English is the king of video games. His mom thinks he should be more like Mansa Musa the king of Mali. That sounds fine to Nathaniel. There's only one problem. Nathaniel has no idea who Mansa Musa is!
7. Stan and the Man by Stanley Tucker
It is the story of Stan and his father, who has passed away but left a huge impression on Stan and the man he has now become. Stan is the Founder of Leap For Literacy an organization that provides books to children who wouldn't otherwise have them to read in their own homes. He also encourages children to do acts of kindness, 39 of them - the age his Dad was when he passed away.