During our Black Voices: Pushing for Change in Children’s Book Publishing webinars, the wonderful panelists shared numerous resources. Although this is not an exhaustive list of all the great people and organizations in Black children’s literature, we have compiled a Black Voices: Pushing for Change in Children’s Book Publishing Resource List so you can easily find the books, publishers, organizations, conferences, and reading materials suggested by the panelists.

The Authors Guild thanks all our panelists for giving their time and knowledge to this series, with special thanks to Judy Allen Dodson and Kelly Starling Lyons, our Authors Guild Raleigh-Durham Regional Ambassadors, for organizing these events. 

Publishing Companies and Imprints Owned or Operated by BIPOC:

Just Us Books

Lee & Low Books


Denene Millner Books

Make Me a World



Hush Harbour 

Arte Público Press


Reflection Press

Blood Orange Press

Akashic Books 

Organizations and Blogs: 

The Brown Bookshelf

28 Days Later  

Generations Book Club

African American Children’s Book Project 

African American Literature Book Club

We Need Diverse Books

The Conscious Kid

Helping Kids Rise 

Here Wee Read

Black Children’s Books and Authors



Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators 

The Authors Guild


Cooperative Children’s Book Center

Read by 4th

Book Fairs and Conferences:

African American Children’s Book Fair (Philadelphia) 

African American Children’s Book Fair (Baltimore)

Kweli: The Color of Children’s Literature Conference

National Conference of African American Librarians

Beautiful Blackbird Festival

Black Book Festival (London)

Articles, Books, and Talks: 

The Brown Bookshelf’s Call to Action 

“Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors” by Rudine Sims Bishop

“Who Can Tell My Story” by Jacqueline Woodson 

“Where Are the People of Color in Children’s Books?” by Walter Dean Myers

“The Apartheid of Children’s Literature” by Christopher Myers

“Black Creators for Children” by Dianne Johnson-Feelings

“Kwame Alexander on Children’s Books and the Color of Characters”

“Using Media to Talk with Children About Race” by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

“Why ‘The Talk’ About Race Isn’t Limited to Black Families” by Patrice Gaines

“Our Modern Minstrelsy” by Kekla Magoon 

“Minstrelsy Is the New Black” by Zetta Elliott

The Dark Fantastic by Ebony Elizabeth Thomas

Jerry Craft’s Coretta Scott King acceptance speech

Other Resources: 

Just Us YouTube series

Liberation Library


Social Justice Books

Teaching for Change

The Walter Grants from WNDB

The Horn Book 

Coretta Scott King Book Awards 

People’s Institute: Undoing Racism workshops

Lee & Low New Voices Award 

Lee & Low New Visions Award 


Latest Books by Black Voices Panelists

Acoustic Rooster’s Barnyard Boogie Starring Indigo Blume by Kwame Alexander

A Ride to Remember by Sharon Langley, illustrated by Floyd Cooper

Escape from…Hurricane Katrina by Judy Allen Dodson (Available at Follett Book Fairs)

A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart by Zetta Elliott, illustrated by Noa Denmon

The Talk: Conversations About Race, Love & Truth edited by Cheryl Willis Hudson and Wade Hudson

What Lane? by Torrey Maldonado

Tiara’s Hat Parade by Kelly Starling Lyons, illustrated by Nicole Tadgell

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

A Few Classic Books by Black Creators

The Best Time of Day by Valerie Flournoy, illustrated by George Ford 

Bright Eyes, Brown Skin by Cheryl Willis Hudson and Bernette Ford, illustrated by George Ford 

The Hundred Penny Box by Sharon Bell Mathis, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon

Stevie by John Steptoe

Something on My Mind by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Tom Feelings

When I Am Old with You by Angela Johnson, illustrated by David Soman

Beautiful Blackbird by Ashley Bryan

I Love My Hair! by Natasha Tarpley, illustrated by E.B. Lewis

Aunt Flossie’s Hat (and Crab Cakes Later) by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard, illustrated by James E. Ransome

The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis

Monster by Walter Dean Myers

Honey, I Love by Eloise Greenfield, illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist

Everett Anderson series by Lucille Clifton, illustrated by Ann Grifalconi

The Middle Passage by Tom Feelings 

The Skin I’m In by Sharon G. Flake

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis 

Clean Your Room, Harvey Moon! by Pat Cummings

Other Books Mentioned by Panelists

Layla’s Happiness by Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie, illustrated by Ashleigh Corrin 

The First Part Last by Angela Johnson 

African by Peter Tosh and Rachel Moss

Furqan First Flat Top / El Primer Corte de Mesita de Furqan by Robert Liu-Trujillo

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James

Bedtime Bonnet by Nancy Redd, illustrated by Nneka Myers

Panelists from the Black Voices: Pushing for Change in Children’s Book Publishing

 Kwame Alexander

Floyd Cooper

Jalissa Corrie

Judy Allen Dodson 

Zetta Elliott

Cheryl Hudson

Wade Hudson

Troy Johnson

Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati

Torrey Maldonado

Dr. Kim Parker

Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Quressa Robinson

Kelly Starling-Lyons

*This list includes resources mentioned during our Black Voices series. It is not exhaustive.

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