Shop til You Drop – African American Book List, Part 2

Posted by Rita Lorraine

Hi Everybody,
We’re baaaaack! Back with a second wonderful list of books written by, for an about African Americans that you can add to your shopping list. Click here if you missed Shop til You Drop – African American Book List, Part I.


More Illustrated Books with African American Characters,

THIS LIST COMPILED BY THE VERY GENEROUS LAURA SCOTT OF FARMINGTON COMMUNITY LIBRARY. USED WITH PERMISSION. Please note, some books titles in Laura’s list are duplicates to those in Part I’s book list, so I’ve deleted them from this list.

Thanks, Laura!

1. Bryan, Ashley. Ashley Bryan: Words to My Life’s Song. Atheneum.

2. Greenfield, Eloise. Illus. by George Ford. Paul Robeson. Lee and Low.

3. Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux. Illus. R. Gregory Christie. Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bess Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall. CarolRhoda.

4. Shange, Ntozak. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. Coretta Scott. Katherine Tegen Books.

5. Hoose, Phillip M. Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice. Melanie Kroupa Books.

6. Pinkney, Andrea Davis. Illus. Brian Pinkney. Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp-Stride. Hyperion.

7. Rockwell, Anne. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. Open The door To Liberty! A Biography of Toussaint L’Ouverture. Houghton Mifflin.

8. Shelton, Paula Young. Child of the Civil Rights Movement. Schwartz and Wade.


9. Hughes, Langston. Illustrated by E.B. Lewis. The Negro Speaks of Rivers. Hyperion.

10. Hughes, Langston.Photographs by Charles R. Smith Jr. My People. Atheneum.

11. Isadora, Rachel and Grimm Bros. Hansel and Gretel. Putnam.

12. Moore, Clement. Illus. Rachel Isadora. The Night Before Christmas. Putnam.

13. Obama, Barack. illustrated by Kadir Nelson. Change Has Come: An Artist Celebrates Our American Spirit. Simon and Schuster.

14. Nelson, Marilyn. Illus. Jerry Pinkney. Sweethearts of Rhythm: The Story of The Greatest All-Girl Swing Band in The World. Dial.


Picture Books

15. Blue, Rose and Corinne J. Naden Illus. by Don Tate. Ron’s Big Mission. Dutton.

16. Cherie, Tonya. Illus. Cozbi A. Cabrera. Most Loved in All the World. Houghton Mifflin. (December 2008).

17. Demas, Corinne. Illus. by Noah. Z. Jones. Always in Trouble. Scholastic.

18. Evans, Shane. Olu’s Dream. Katherine Tegen Books.

19. Grimes, Nikki. Illus. by R. Gregory Christie. Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel. Putnam.

20. Malaspina, Ann. Illus.Colin Bootman. Finding Lincoln. Albert Whitman.

21. Morrison, Toni and Slade. Illus. by Joe Cepeda. Peeny Butter Fudge. Simon and Schuster.

22. Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux. Illus. Sean Qualls. Who Will I Be, Lord? Random House.

23. Paul, Chris. Illus. Frank Morrison. Long Shot: Never too Small to Dream Big. Simon and Schuster.

24. Slate, Joseph. Illustrated E.B. Lewis. I Want to Be Free. Putnam.

25. Turner-Denstaedt, Melanie. Illus. Frank Morrison. The Hat That Wore Clara B. FSG.

Check out these websites...

Check out these websites...

Suggested Web sites:

The Brown Bookshelf

Lee and Low Books with African/American Interest

Brown Sugar and Spice: African American Books

Well, that’s all I have for you…but isn’t it wonderful? Here’s hoping you absolutely enjoy Black History Month, and that you don’t just read books by, for and about African Americans during Black History Month, but throughout the entire year!

Best wishes and happy reading,

Rita Lorraine

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