Celebrating Black Excellence: 5 Must-Read Children’s Books by Black Authors

Children's Books by Black Authors
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The power of representation cannot be overstated, especially for young minds navigating their way through the world. That’s why it’s crucial to celebrate and amplify Black excellence in children’s literature. From inspiring stories of perseverance to vivid depictions of rich cultural heritage, these five must-read children’s books by Black authors offer a powerful and uplifting perspective on life. Get ready to dive into a world of imagination, empathy, and sheer brilliance as we explore some of the best works from Black literary giants!

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Brown Girl Dreaming is a novel written by Jacqueline Woodson and published in 2005. It tells the story of Celie, a black girl living in the South during the 1930s. Celie is forced to leave her home due to racial discrimination and joins a traveling show as an extra. She struggles with her identity and falls in love with one of the performers, Mr. Hudson. The book has been widely acclaimed and has been adapted into an award-winning film released in 2013.

The novel is thought-provoking and discusses themes such as self-esteem, racism, and identity. It has been praised for its emotional content and its portrayal of African American life during the 1930s. Brown Girl Dreaming is perfect for readers ages 8-12 and it is sure to engage them with its exciting plot and characters.

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

If you love reading books about kids with big personalities, then you’ll love Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce. This novel follows the misadventures of a lovable, troublemaker named Nate who is always making things happen. From getting into all sorts of mischief to outsmarting adults and school bullies, this book is sure to keep you entertained.

Another great book by Lincoln Peirce is The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! In this story, Nick Jr’s famous cat takes a trip down memory lane and shares all his favorite facts with eager young readers. From learning about ancient Egypt to recalling devious deeds of mice, this fun read is sure to delight fans of learning stories.

If you’re looking for more exciting reads that will challenge your intelligence and keep you entertained throughout, then check out some of Lincoln Peirce’s other books like Beezus and Ramona or Go Dog Go!. These stories will have you puzzling over complicated plots and laughing out loud as your favorite characters fumble their way through life.

The Cheetah Girls series by Deborah Harkness

Deborah Harkness, author of the best-selling trilogy The Chronicles of Narnia, has written a new series of books for young readers about three high school girls who travel back in time to ancient Egypt. The girls are the Cheetah Girls, and their mission is to prevent the first cataclysm that doomed civilization.

The books are based on exciting mythology and beautifully drawn illustrations by Tony Fucile. They’re sure to captivate students of all ages, and they’ll learn about ancient Egyptian culture while enjoying an entertaining read.

The first book in the series, The Cheetah Girls Save Pharaohs’ Tomb, was released in February and has already received rave reviews. Library Journal called it “an enormously satisfying adventure” and Kirkus Reviews said it was “a rollicking good time.”

So if you’re looking for a great children’s book that celebrates black excellence, check out Deborah Harkness’s The Cheetah Girls series!

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

When Gregorio, a Mexican immigrant, is fired from his job at the local grocery store, he has to find another way to support his family. One day, he sees a little girl throwing a tantrum in the checkout line. Her mother is trying to buy her some candy and the girl is refusing to stop crying. Gregorio finds himself drawn to the girl and her defiant attitude, so he decides to buy her all of the candy she wants. The girl’s name is Isabel and she’s everything Gregorio never expected: smart, beautiful, and talented. She becomes his new inspiration and together they discover wonders beyond their wildest dreams.

“Wonder” tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a Mexican immigrant named Gregorio and a young American named Isabel who share an unbreakable bond through their extraordinary talents. Written by R.J. Palacio, whose previous books include “The Stars My Destination” and “The Grapes of Wrath”, “Wonder” is an inspiring tale about finding your place in the world and seizing opportunities no matter what obstacles are in your way.


In celebration of Black excellence, here are five must-read children’s books by black authors. Whether you are looking for a fun and educational read that celebrates the unique contributions of people of color, or you want to introduce your kids to some amazing writers, these books are perfect for you! Happy reading!