Award-Winning African American Books

All the excellent, award-winning books on this list celebrate African American people and culture -- and all are great picks for your kids.

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Last Stop on Market Street Book Poster Image
Tender story of Nana showing grandson city beauty via bus.
By Matt de la Peña
(2015)
(2015)
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Jazz on a Saturday Night Book Poster Image
Kids will groove to this toe-tapping treasure.
By Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon
(2008)
(2007)
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Rosa Book Poster Image
Spectacular illustrations spotlight Parks' historic protest.
By Nikki Giovanni
(2006)
(2006)
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Trombone Shorty Book Poster Image
Fun, upbeat story of a boy, a trombone, and jazz.
By Troy Andrews
(2016)
(2015)
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Firebird Book Poster Image
Soaring, rhythmic story for dancers with big dreams.
By Misty Copeland
(2014)
(2014)
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Henry's Freedom Box Book Poster Image
Heartrending but hopeful, true story of slave boy's escape.
By Ellen Levine
(2008)
(2008)
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My People Book Poster Image
Photos bring sparkling tone to simple poem of celebration.
By Langston Hughes
(2010)
(2009)
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I Have a Dream Book Poster Image
Stunning art amplifies meaning of King's words for kids.
By Kadir Nelson
(2013)
(2012)
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The Negro Speaks of Rivers Book Poster Image
Words and watercolors sing in a voice as deep as the river.
By Langston Hughes
(2010)
(2009)
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When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop Book Poster Image
Insightful, kid-friendly intro to the history of hip-hop.
By Laban Carrick Hill
(2013)
(2013)
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Gone Crazy in Alabama Book Poster Image
Harrowing tale of Gaither girls' summer in the South.
By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2015)
(2015)
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Bud, Not Buddy Book Poster Image
Well-crafted tale of an orphan's search for home.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(2004)
(1999)
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The Crossover Book Poster Image
Soaring, poignant, novel in verse hits all the right spots.
By Kwame Alexander
(2014)
(2014)
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Elijah of Buxton Book Poster Image
Humorous, powerful, masterful escaped-slave tale.
By Christopher Paul Curtis
(2007)
(2007)
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Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America Book Poster Image
Captivating storytelling makes these heroes relatable.
By Andrea Davis Pinkney
(2013)
(2012)
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Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans Book Poster Image
Beautifully illustrated account of African-American history.
By Kadir Nelson
(2011)
(2011)
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P.S. Be Eleven Book Poster Image
Tween coming-of-age set amid shifting family, '60s dynamics.
By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2013)
(2013)
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Brown Girl Dreaming Book Poster Image
Captivating poems depict coming-of-age in tumultuous 1960s.
By Jacqueline Woodson
(2014)
(2014)
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Ninth Ward Book Poster Image
Gripping story of a girl's bravery during Hurricane Katrina.
By Jewell Parker Rhodes
(2011)
(2010)
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One Crazy Summer Book Poster Image
A gem, with strong girl characters, '60s black history.
By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2010)
(2010)
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All American Boys Book Poster Image
Haunting tale of two boys' lives changed by police assault.
By Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely
(2015)
(2015)
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The Boy in the Black Suit Book Poster Image
Soul-gripping story of teen's grief and hope.
By Jason Reynolds
(2016)
(2015)
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How I Discovered Poetry Book Poster Image
Poet's moving memoir in free verse charts '50s childhood.
By Marilyn Nelson
(2015)
(2014)
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March: Book One Book Poster Image
Powerful graphic novel captures spirit of desegregation.
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
(2013)
(2013)
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Sounder Book Poster Image
Sharecropper boy finds hope, dignity amid racism, hardship.
By William H. Armstrong
(2010)
(1969)
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Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice Book Poster Image
Dramatic story of forgotten teen civil rights hero.
By Phillip M. Hoose
(2009)
(2009)
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Darius & Twig Book Poster Image
Quiet, sometimes poetic story of teens' scholarship quest.
By Walter Dean Myers
(2013)
(2013)
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Monster Book Poster Image
Provocative book about teen on trial for murder.
By Walter Dean Myers
(2003)
(1999)
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November Blues Book Poster Image
Gritty, honest look at teen pregnancy. Teens and up.
By Sharon M. Draper
(2008)
(2007)
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Piecing Me Together Book Poster Image
Powerful, insightful tale of self-awareness, power of art.
By Renee Watson
(2017)
(2017)
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Beloved Book Poster Image
Haunting Pulitzer Prize winner about slavery's impact.
By Toni Morrison
(2005)
(1987)
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The Color Purple Book Poster Image
Edgy tale of poor, abused woman's journey to independence.
By Alice Walker
(2011)
(1982)
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