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Fantastic Books for Kids by African American Authors

Posted about 12 days ago by Patti L

Posted in 101 Picture Book Challenge, Children and Parenting, Culture and Diversity and eBooks and Audiobooks | Tagged with African American History Month, African Americans, Black History Month, determination, discrimination, diversity , family, friendship, identity, inspiration, perseverance, picture books, school and stories for children
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman

Grace loves stories and especially acting out stories, playing every part herself if she is alone. Sometimes she is Dr. Grace, or a pirate, or Aladdin, or a fairy tale character. When her teacher announces the class will do the play "Peter Pan," Grace knows she wants the title role. Other students tell her she cannot play Peter because she is a girl and she is black. With the guidance of her mother and grandmother, Grace realizes she can be anything she wants to be, with hard work, determination, and belief in herself. Grace’s story inspires the reader to follow their dreams and bravely face the obstacles along the way.

"Amazing Grace" by Mary Hoffman is just one of the great books on the 101 Picture Book Challenge list.

Other books in the “Grace series” include:

Bravo, Grace! / Mary Hoffman ; illustrations by June Allan
Starring Grace / Mary Hoffman ; pictures by Caroline Binch
Encore, Grace! / Mary Hoffman ; pictures by June Allan
Bravo, Grace! / Mary Hoffman ; illustrations by June Allan
Princess Grace / by Mary Hoffman ; illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu
Grace at Christmas / written by Mary Hoffman ; illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu

More Picture Books by African American Authors:

Surf’s Up by Kwame Alexander

Surf’s Up by Kwame Alexander

Bro and Dude have very different ideas about how to spend the day at the beach. But as Bro continues to gasp and cheer as he reads his book (Moby Dick), Dude can't help but get curious. Before you can shout 'Surf's up!' both frogs are sharing the same adventure.

Freight Train by Donald Crews

Freight Train by Donald Crews

Brief text and illustrations trace the journey of a colorful train as it goes through tunnels, by cities, and over trestles.

Oh, Brother! by Nikki Grimes

Oh, Brother! by Nikki Grimes

Xavier is unhappy when his mother remarries and he suddenly has a new stepbrother, as well as a stepfather, in his home.

The People Could Fly: the Picture Book by Virginia Hamilton

The People Could Fly: the Picture Book by Virginia Hamilton

In this retelling of a folktale, a group of slaves, unable to bear their sadness and starvation any longer, calls upon the African magic that allows them to fly away.

Lottie Paris Lives Here by Angela Johnson

Lottie Paris Lives Here by Angela Johnson

Relates a day in the life of a little girl who lives with her Papa Pete in a house across from a park.

What a Truly Cool World! by Julius Lester

What a Truly Cool World! by Julius Lester

Discovering that making a world takes a lot of work, God calls on his secretary Bruce and the angel Shaniqua to help him create bushes, grass, flowers, and butterflies.

What is Given From the Heart by Pat McKissack

What is Given From the Heart by Pat McKissack

Despite their own poverty since Daddy died, Mama tells nine-year-old James Otis they need to help Sarah, whose family lost everything in a fire.

Jazz by Walter Dean Myers

Jazz by Walter Dean Myers

Illustrations and rhyming text celebrate the roots of jazz music.

Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You by Carole Boston Weatherford

Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You by Carole Boston Weatherford

Presents a dual narrative of the key moments in Dr. King's life, as a modern class learns about him and begins a school project inspired by his life and accomplishments.

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself but later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.


What is the 101 Picture Book Challenge?

101 Picture Book Challenge - Toledo Lucas County Public Library

The 101 Picture Book Challenge is for anyone at any age. Librarians hand picked the titles on the list which includes classics, new titles and everything in between.

To get started, register online. You can track your progress online or if you prefer a paper log booklet, pick one up at your neighborhood Library. The books are organized into categories but you can read the books in any order and at your own pace. When you read all 101 titles, you earn a free picture book (while supplies last).

This is the latest in a series of blog posts exploring some of the things we love about these books.

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