So on instagram, I mentioned to a fellow book lover & educator, (shoutout to @woketeachersbelike) that I had read two children’s books last year but did not include them in the list in my I’ve Been Gathering Myself post. She asked why not and I didn’t have a good answer but I mused that I would do a separate post and thus, this is post is born! Here are some Children’s books that are written by Authors of Color that I either have in my personal collection, purchased for my students in the past or have found in searches!

  • Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o, illustrated by Vashti Harrison
  • Freedom Soup by Tami Charles
  • Little Leaders by Vashti Harrison
  • Little Dreamers by Vashti Harrison
  • Dream Big, Little One by Vashti Harrison
  • Think Big, Little One by Vashti Harrison
  • Little Legends by Vashti Harrison
  • Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy & Theresa Howell
  • Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter by Kenard Pak
  • Little Mole’s Wish by Sang-Keun Kim
  • The Kindergartener’s Handbook: Bilingual (English/Mandarin) by Dayna Martin
  • Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry
  • Festival Of Colors by Surishtha Sehgal
  • The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad with S.K. Ali
  • I’m A Pretty Black Girl by Betty K. Bynum
  • MMMMM! Soup Joumou by Carline Smothers
  • Fanmi Mwen (My Family) by Carline Smothers (in Kreyol)
  • Auntie Luce’s Talking Paintings by Francie Latour
  • Aisha the Great by Aisha Doris
  • Good Night, Wiggly Toes by Roda Ahmed
  • Mae Among The Stars by Roda Ahmed
  • ABC And Me by Roda Ahmed
  • Malcolm Little by Ilyasah Shabazz
  • Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz with Renee Watson
  • Radiant Child by Javaka Steptoe
  • A Is For All The Things You Are: A Joyful ABC Book by Anna Forgerson Hindley
  • You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen by Carole Boston Weatherford
  • Zora And Me by Victoria Bond & T.R. Simon
  • Baby Goes To Market by Atinuke
  • Please, Baby, Please by Spike Lee & Tonya Lewis Lee
  • Please, Puppy, Please by Spike Lee & Tonya Lewis Lee
  • Giant Steps To Change The World by Spike Lee & Tonya Lewis Lee
  • The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
  • I Am Enough by Grace Byers
  • Woke Baby by Mahogany L. Browne

So here are just a few books…hopefully I can come up with a more comprehensive list in the future, and I know more books are coming out this year! I hope this helps you find books for your [favorite] little ones or classrooms/centers! *kool-aid smile*

By the way, the title of this post is a Martin (the show) reference, in case you were wondering (*looking at those born after the late 90’s/early 2000’s*), lol! Have a great rest of your week!

Published by bookishgirlmagic

I’m reader who has a fierce love for books written by authors of color & belief in the importance of supporting them! My mission is to amplify their voices and work so this generation and all the others after them will have literature that will reflect them.

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