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!

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