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Black Voices: Chapter Books

By Lisa T.
February 13, 2021

We’ve gathered some recent stellar children’s literature by Black authors, from early readers to chapter books. How about celebrating Black History Month by reading a title by a Black author that is new to you? And, keep reading Black books all year long . . . there are so great books!

Black books matter.  From learning to read to reading to learn, all kids need books that reflects their own lived experience, as well as books that depict a multiplicity of cultures, skin colors, and points of view.  Read diverse books with your kids! Thank you!

Early Readers

We are finally seeing some early reader series being published that feature culturally authentic Black protagonists.  We share a few great new series, plus a fun stand alone from the Elephant & Piggie Like Reading series.

Ty’s Travels: All Aboard! by Kelly Starling Lyons, illustrated by Nina Mata.
Follow the everyday adventures of imaginative Ty and his family in this new series. Also in series, Ty’s Travels:  Zip Zoom!

Meet Yasmin! by Saadia Faruqi, illustrated by Hatem Aly
Loveable Yasmin gains confidence in her own skills and creative abilities in these sweet tales. Yasmin series

Ana & Andrew:  A Day at the Museum by by Christine Platt, illustrated by Sharon Sordo
Ana and Andrew visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Ana & Andrew series

It’s Shoe Time! by Bryan Collier
Shoes are clamoring to be selected by a young girl for her “Daddy and Me Day” in this humorous tale.

CHAPTER BOOKS

From fantasy to humor to realistic fiction, something for every reader!  So many great writers here!  The first few titles on the list are just right for early elementary age readers.

YOUNG TEENS

Middle school stories . . . exploring identity, confronting injustice, embarking on otherworldly adventures, surviving school and friendship drama and more.

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