Black Authors : Children's Literature that Reflects African American Culture

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    Children's Literature
    that Reflects
    African American Culture

    This website is maintained by
    Pam Petty
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    These books are alphabetized by author's last name. Each book is linked to Amazon.com where you may read reviews or order the books. The books contained in this list represent children's literature currently available and are not necessarily recommended by the author of this site for multicultural studies. If you find books on this page that you feel do not accurately represent African Americans, please email me and let me know your objections. Thank you.

    A
    The Fortune-Tellers
    by Lloyd Alexander, Trina Schart Hyman (Illustrator)
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    Paperback - 32 pages Reprint edition (October 1997)
    Puffin; ISBN: 0140562338

    Kofi and His Magic
    by Maya Angelou, Margaret Courtney-Clarke (Photographer), marga Courtney-Clarke, Margaret
    Courtney-Clark (Photographer)
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    Hardcover - 44 pages (November 1996)
    Clarkson Potter; ISBN: 0517704536

    Life Doesn't Frighten Me
    by Maya Angelou, Jean Michel Basquiat (Illustrator), Sara Jane Boyers (Editor), Jean Michael
    Basquiat (Photographer)
    Reading level: All Ages
    Hardcover (September 1998)
    Stewart Tabori & Chang; ISBN: 1556702884

    My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken, and Me
    by Maya Angelou, Margaret Courtney-Clarke (Photographer), marga Courtney-Clarke
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    Hardcover - 1 pages 1 Ed edition (November 1994)
    Crown Pub; ISBN: 0517596679

    B
    Samuel's Choice
    by Richard J. Berleth, James Watling (Illustrator), Judith Mathews (Editor)
    Reading level: Ages 9-12
    School & Library Binding - 40 pages (June 1990)
    Albert Whitman & Co; ISBN: 0807572187

    More Than Anything Else
    by Marie Bradby, Chris K. Soentpiet (Illustrator)
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    Library Binding (September 1995)
    Orchard Books; ISBN: 0531087646

    Smoky Night
    by Eve Bunting, David Diaz (Illustrator)
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    Paperback - 36 pages Reprint edition (April 1999)
    Harcourt Brace; ISBN: 0152018840

    Black Stars in Orbit : Nasa's African American Astronauts
    by Khephra Burns, William Miles
    Reading level: Ages 9-12
    Paperback - 72 pages 1 Ed edition (January 1995)
    Gulliver Books; ISBN: 0152002766

    C
    Masai and I
    by Nancy Carpenter (Illustrator), Virginia L. Kroll
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    School & Library Binding - 32 pages (September 1992)
    Simon & Schuster (Juv); ISBN: 0027511650

    Mandela : From the Life of the South African Statesman
    by Floyd Cooper
    Reading level: Ages 9-12
    School & Library Binding - 34 pages (September 1996)
    Philomel Books; ISBN: 0399229426

    F
    The Patchwork Quilt
    by Valerie Flournoy, Jerry Pinkey (Illustrator)
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    School & Library Binding - 32 pages (April 1985)
    E P Dutton; ISBN: 0803700970

    G
    Teammates
    by Peter Golenbock, Paul Bacon (Illustrator)
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    Hardcover - 32 pages (March 1990)
    Harcourt Brace; ISBN: 0152006036

    Amazing Grace : The Story of the Hymn
    by Linda Granfield, Janet Wilson (Illustrator)
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    Hardcover - 32 pages (March 1997)
    Tundra Books; ISBN: 0887763898

    For the Love of the Game : Michael Jordan and Me
    by Eloise Greenfield, Jan Spivey Gilchrist (Illustrator)
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    Library Binding - 32 pages (January 1997)
    HarperCollins Children's Books; ISBN: 0060272996

    Grandpa's Face
    by Eloise Greenfield, Floyd Cooper (Illustrator)
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    School & Library Binding - 30 pages (November 1988)
    Philomel Books; ISBN: 0399215255

    Honey, I Love (Let's Read Aloud)
    by Eloise Greenfield, Jan Spivey Gilchrist (Illustrator)
    Reading level: Baby-Preschool
    Hardcover (January 1995)
    Harperfestival; ISBN: 0694005797

    Meet Danitra Brown
    by Nikki Grimes, Floyd Cooper (Illustrator)
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    Hardcover - 1 pages (April 1994)
    Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Books; ISBN: 0688120733

    H
    Her Stories : African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, and True Tales
    by Virginia Hamilton, Leo Dillon (Illustrator), Diane Dillon (Illustrator)
    Reading level: Ages 9-12
    School & Library Binding - 112 pages (October 1995)
    Scholastic Trade; ISBN: 0590473700

    Many Thousand Gone : African Americans from Slavery to Freedom
    by Virginia Hamilton, Leo Dillon (Illustrator), Diane Dillon (Illustrator)
    Reading level: Ages 9-12
    Paperback (December 1995)
    Knopf; ISBN: 0679879366

    The People Could Fly : American Black Folktales
    by Virginia Hamilton, Leo Dillon (Illustrator), Diane Dillon (Illustrator)
    Reading level: Ages 9-12
    Paperback Reprint edition (January 1993)
    Knopf; ISBN: 0679843361

    Amazing Grace
    by Mary Hoffman, Caroline Binch (Illustrator)
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    Hardcover - 1 pages (September 1991)
    Dial Books for Young Readers; ISBN: 0803710402

    Boundless Grace : Sequel to Amazing Grace
    by Mary Hoffman, Caroline Binch (Illustrator)
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    Hardcover - 1 pages (May 1995)
    Dial Books for Young Readers; ISBN: 0803717156

    Grandpa, Is Everything Black Bad?
    by Sandy Lynne Holman, Lela Kometiani (Illustrator), Sandy Holman Lynne
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    Library Binding (June 1998)
    Culture Co Op; ISBN: 0964465507

    Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt
    by Deborah Hopkinson, James Ransome (Illustrator)
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    Paperback 1 edition (August 1995)
    Random House (Merchandising); ISBN: 0679874720
    J

    The Leaving Morning (Orchard Paperbacks)
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    Paperback 1 edition (March 1996)
    Orchard Books; ISBN: 0531070727

    When I Am Old With You
    by Angela Johnson, David Soman (Illustrator)
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    Paperback - 32 pages Reprint edition (March 1993)
    Orchard Books; ISBN: 0531070352

    Lift Ev'Ry Voice and Sing
    by James Weldon Johnson, Jan Spivey Gilchrist (Illustrator)
    Reading level: All Ages
    School & Library Binding (January 1995)
    Scholastic Trade; ISBN: 0590469827

    K
    Goggles
    by Ezra Jack Keats
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    School & Library Binding - 40 pages Reprint edition
    (November 1998)
    Viking Childrens Books; ISBN: 0670880620

    Peter's Chair
    by Ezra Jack Keats
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    School & Library Binding - 40 pages Reprint edition
    (August 1998)
    Viking Childrens Books; ISBN: 0670880647

    Wilma Unlimited : How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman
    by Kathleen Krull, David Diaz (Illustrator)
    Reading level: Ages 9-12
    Hardcover - 40 pages (May 1996)
    Harcourt Brace; ISBN: 0152012672

    L
    Black Cowboy, Wild Horses : A True Story
    by Julius Lester, Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    Hardcover - 40 pages 1 Ed edition (May 1998)
    Dial Books for Young Readers; ISBN: 0803717873

    John Henry (Caldecott Honor Book)
    by Julius Lester, Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    Hardcover - 1 pages Caldec hon edition (October 1994)
    Dial Books for Young Readers; ISBN: 0803716060

    Sam and the Tigers : A New Telling of Little Black Sambo
    by Julius Lester, Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator), Helen Story of littl Bannerman
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    Hardcover - 1 pages (September 1996)
    Dial Books for Young Readers; ISBN: 0803720289

    M
    Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King
    by Jean Marzollo, J. Brian Pinkney (Illustrator)
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    School & Library Binding - 1 pages (January 1993)
    Scholastic Trade; ISBN: 0590440659

    Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters
    by Pat McKissack, John Thompson, Patricia McKissack, Fredrick L. McKissack (Contributor),
    Frederick L. McKissack
    Reading level: Ages 9-12
    School & Library Binding - 68 pages (October 1994)
    Scholastic Trade; ISBN: 0590430270

    Ma Dear's Aprons
    by Pat McKissack, Floyd Cooper (Illustrator), Patricia McKissack
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    School & Library Binding (April 1997)
    Atheneum; ISBN: 0689810512

    A House by the River
    by William Miller, Cornelius Van Wright (Illustrator), Ying-Hwa Hu (Illustrator)
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    Hardcover - 32 pages (April 1997)
    Lee & Low Books; ISBN: 1880000482

    Zora Hurston and the Chinaberry Tree (Reading Rainbow Book)
    by William Miller, Cornelius Van Wright (Illustrator), Ying-Hwa Hu (Illustrator)
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    Paperback 1 edition (April 1996)
    Lee & Low Books; ISBN: 1880000334

    The Black Snowman
    by Phil Mendez, Carole Byard (Illustrator)
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    Paperback Reprint edition (October 1991)
    Scholastic Trade; ISBN: 0590448730

    I Want to Be (Picture Puffins)
    by Thylias Moss, Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    Paperback - 32 pages Reprint edition (February 1998)
    Puffin; ISBN: 0140562869

    Harlem : A Poem (Caldecott Honor Book)
    by Walter Dean Myers, Christopher Myers (Illustrator)
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    School & Library Binding - 32 pages (March 1997)
    Scholastic Trade; ISBN: 0590543407

    P
    Chicken Sunday
    by Patricia Polacco, Edward Miller (Illustrator), Stuart J. Murphy
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    Paperback - 32 pages Reprint edition (January 1998)
    Paper Star; ISBN: 0698116151
    R
    Secret Signs : Along the Underground Railroad
    by Anita Riggio (Illustrator)
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    School & Library Binding - 32 pages (January 1997)
    Boyds Mills Pr; ISBN: 1563975556

    Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky
    by Faith Ringgold, J. Davis (Editor)
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    Paperback 1 edition (December 1995)
    Crown Pub; ISBN: 0517885433

    Dinner at Aunt Connie's House
    by Faith Ringgold (Illustrator)
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    Paperback 1 edition (September 1996)
    Hyperion Press; ISBN: 0786811501

    Tar Beach
    by Faith Ringgold
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    Hardcover - 32 pages (January 1991)
    Crown Pub; ISBN: 0517580306
    S
    The Faithful Friend (Caldecott Honor Book, Y1996, No 3)
    by Robert D. San Souci, Brian Pinkney (Illustrator), J. Brian Pinkney (Illustrator)
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    School & Library Binding (March 1995)
    Simon & Schuster (Juv); ISBN: 0027861317

    A Place Called Freedom
    by Scott Russell Sanders, Thomas B. Allen (Illustrator)
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    School & Library Binding (June 1997)
    Atheneum; ISBN: 0689804709

    Sam (Paperstar)
    by Ann Herbert Scott, Symeon Shimin (Illustrator)
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    Paperback Reprint edition (June 1996)
    Paper Star; ISBN: 069811387X

    The Day Gogo Went to Vote : South Africa, 1994
    by Elinor Batezat Sisulu, Sharon R. Wilson (Illustrator),
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    Hardcover - 32 pages (April 1996)
    Little Brown & Co (Juv Trd); ISBN: 0316702676


    In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall : African Americans Celebrating Fathers
    by Javaka Steptoe (Illustrator)
    Reading level: Ages 9-12
    Hardcover - 32 pages 1 Ed edition (November 1997)
    Lee & Low Books; ISBN: 1880000318

    Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters : An African Tale
    by John Steptoe, Clarita Kohen (Translator)
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    Hardcover - 32 pages (May 1987)
    Lothrop Lee & Shepard; ISBN: 0688040454


    Y
    Cornrows
    by Camille Yarbrough, Carole Byard (Illustrator)
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    Paperback - 48 pages (February 1997)
    Paper Star; ISBN: 0698114361

    Little Tree Growin' in the Shade
    by Camille Yarbrough, Camille Yarbough, Tyrone Geter (Illustrator)
    Reading level: Ages 9-12
    Hardcover (January 1996)
    Putnam Publishing Group; ISBN: 0399212043

    Miz Berlin Walks
    by Jane Yolen, Floyd Cooper (Illustrator)
    Reading level: Ages 4-8
    School & Library Binding - 32 pages (September 1997)
    Philomel Books; ISBN: 0399229388



    Related Readings:

    Rosa Lee : A Mother and Her Family in Urban America
    by Leon Dash
    Paperback - 288 pages (September 1997)
    Plume; ISBN: 0452278961

    There Are No Children Here : The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America
    by Alex Kotlowitz
    Paperback - 323 pages Reissue edition (February 1992)
    Anchor; ISBN: 0385265565

    The Ditchdigger's Daughters : A Black Family's Astonishing Success Story
    by Yvonne S. Thornton, Jo Coudert
    Paperback (May 1996)
    Plume; ISBN: 0452276195

    When We Were Colored
    by Clifton L. Taulbert
    Paperback - 153 pages Reprint edition (May 1995)
    Penguin USA (Paper); ISBN: 0140244778

    Internet Sites relating to African American cultures:

    A LINK TO AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURE (7-12)
    The Afro-American Almanac: "The Afro-American Almanac is an on-line presentation of the African in America. A historical perspective of a nation, its people, and its cultural evolution." You'll find games, folktales, trivia, biographies, books, links and more.
    http://www.toptags.com/aama/



    No attempt has been made to evaluate the literary quality of each work nor its appropriateness in terms of cultural content. It is left to teachers to determine each book's appropriateness/relevance to his/her children and curriculum.
     
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    Maggie's American Dream: The Life and Times of a Black Family


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