Picture Books by Black Authors or Illustrators

All children love seeing faces like theirs within the pages of their picture books. While for many years it was often challenging to find books starring kids of color, there has fortunately been a large increase in the number of diverse books published in recent years. A study by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison found that over 11% of children's books starred black characters in 2018, compared to just 3.3% in 2012. Greater diversity in books not only gives children of color an opportunity to see themselves in stories but also helps broaden the perspective of all children by fostering children's sense of empathy and connection with characters who might look different from themselves. 

A Child's Introduction to African American History: The Experiences, People, and Events That Shaped Our Country (A Child's Introduction Series) Cover Image
By Jabari Asim, Lynn Gaines (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780316436427
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - January 2nd, 2018

Rosa Cover Image
By Nikki Giovanni, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780312376024
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Published: Square Fish - December 26th, 2007

Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom Cover Image
By Shane W. Evans, Shane W. Evans (Illustrator)
$9.89
ISBN: 9781250056757
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Published: Square Fish - January 13th, 2015

Blue Sky White Stars Cover Image
By Sarvinder Naberhaus, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780803737006
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Published: Dial Books - June 13th, 2017

The Snowy Day Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780670654000
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers -

I Believe I Can Cover Image
By Grace Byers, Keturah A. Bobo (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062667137
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Published: Balzer + Bray - March 3rd, 2020

The Day You Begin Cover Image
By Jacqueline Woodson, Rafael López (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399246531
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - August 28th, 2018

Firebird Cover Image
By Misty Copeland, Christopher Myers (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399166150
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2014

The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read Cover Image
By Rita Lorraine Hubbard, Oge Mora (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524768287
Availability: Backordered
Published: Schwartz & Wade - January 7th, 2020

Young Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present Cover Image
By Jamia Wilson, Andrea Pippins (Illustrator)
$23.99
ISBN: 9781786031587
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Published: Wide Eyed Editions - February 1st, 2018

The Undefeated Cover Image
By Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328780966
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Published: Versify - April 2nd, 2019