There are amazing resources for picture books by Black creators – the links are below. Please visit them! I’m going to share the names of a few Black picture book authors and illustrators with the titles of some of their amazing books. Please click on the titles for more information and to purchase. This is NOT an all-inclusive list. A way you can support Black Lives? Buy books by Black creators.
Here are some authors/illustrators who have created picture books I love:
Kelly Starling Lyons author – Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon, illustrated by Laura Freeman; Tiara’s Hat Parade, illustrated by NIcole Tadgell; Sing a Song, illustrated by Keith Mallett
Alice Faye Duncan author – A Song for Gwendolyn Brooks illustrated by Xia Gordon; Honey Baby Sugar Child illustrated by Susan Keeter; Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop illustrated by P. Gregory Christie
Here are some excellent resources for finding more pictures books by Black authors and illustrators:
31 Children’s Books to Support Conversations on Race, Racism, and Resistance
Just Us Books – publishing house founded and run by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County: Black Joy Booklist for Children and Young Adults
Please feel free to share your favorite books by Black authors and illustrators in the comments below. Thank you!