HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
  • LibraryThing
  • Book discussions
  • Your LibraryThing
  • Join to start using.

What are popular Black Kids Picture Books?

African/African American Literature

Join LibraryThing to post.

This topic is currently marked as "dormant"—the last message is more than 90 days old. You can revive it by posting a reply.

1QuiltVA
Oct 30, 2012, 7:10pm Top

Hello!

What are the popular African American themed children's picture books? Is it the text or illustrations which makes it popular?

Thank you, Kyra
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pr55889FMCc

2lizamichelle1
Oct 31, 2012, 4:50pm Top

I don't know of any "popular" books, but I know of some that I have read or own.

There is Nikki Grimes "Dyamonde Daniel" series. She also does poetry, but I am not a big poetry fan in general.

I recently read a young adult book, Zahrah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor. I enjoyed it and plan to read other books by her.

I just realized you wanted PICTURE books, lol. I see what I have at home to recommend.

3eromsted
Oct 31, 2012, 8:38pm Top

LibraryThing is good at making lists. You might try this one.

4.Monkey.
Nov 1, 2012, 11:29am Top

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats was always a favorite of mine. It's a Caldecott Medal book, simple story but Keats was a true artist and the images are just fabulous to look at (in all his books, but that one is most well-known). He was a real pioneer of the multicultural aspect in children's lit, along with the urban setting, and his distinct collage artwork.

I know I've seen plenty of others, but I can't recall any titles, and none of them jump out at me.

5aalbc
Feb 15, 2013, 9:10am Top

Here is a list of Keats titles: http://aalbc.it/ejkeats

6CurrerBell
Feb 15, 2013, 6:08pm Top

I don't know that this is specifically a "picture book," but what about the poetry anthology edited by Nikki Giovanni, Hip Hop Speaks to Children? It does have a lot of pictures in it, and it's got the added bonus of coming with a CD of readings.

7MaureenRoy
Aug 9, 2013, 11:19am Top

From the Librarything Sustainability Group, there's a picture book you may want to consider. It's about a 14-year-old Malawi youth who brought a source of electricity to his rural family:

The Boy who harnessed the wind

It is an autobiography. Here is the author's blog:

http://williamkamkwamba.typepad.com/williamkamkwamba/2009/04/my-book-the-boy-who...

8lorax
Sep 8, 2014, 4:55pm Top

I'd like to bump this thread. I'm looking for picture books for my toddler featuring African-American characters; we've read The Snowy Day and a couple of Keats' other books, but I'd like something a little more recent. Some of his favorites are Please, Baby, Please and Squeak, Rumble, Whomp Whomp Whomp!

9avaland
Edited: Apr 19, 2015, 6:26am Top

>8 lorax: The first picture book that comes to my mind is Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale by John Steptoe, but it not new by any means.

HERE's a list of the Coretta Scott King award winner. The illustrator award is usually a picture book, but not always for toddlers.

HERE's a list that might be helpful from the Carnegie Library.

HERE's a list from Amazon. It's a mixed list of chapter books and picture books.

10lorax
Apr 20, 2015, 10:26am Top

>9 avaland:

Thanks. I'm familiar with the Coretta Scott King award, and we have a few of them, but usually it's not quite what I'm looking for; my kid's two, and what I want is "kids who happen to be black doing kid things", rather than "This is a book that teachers will read to their classes during Black History Month" and the latter seems to be what wins the awards. The Carnegie Library list is more what I'm looking for - we've found a lot of those but not all of them, so thank you.

11southernbooklady
Apr 20, 2015, 10:32am Top

I highly recommend Grandmama's Joy, about a little girl trying to cheer up her grandmother. It's one of my very favorite children's books for the sheer reality of emotions.

About

This topic is not marked as primarily about any work, author or other topic.

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 142,558,986 books! | Top bar: Always visible