We’re committed to keeping you aware of books that are written by African American authors or contain a majority of African American characters.
Shelftalker: World Full of Color List: A growing list (300+) of picture books, middle grades and young adult novels revolved around characters of color but not about race. Compiled by Elizabeth Bluemle, President, Association of Booksellers for Children
Young Adult Library
Publishers/Imprints Dedicated to Multi-Cultural Children’s Literature
*in alphabetical order
Award-winning literary fiction and non-fiction. Primarily picture books to middle grade.
Children’s Book Press (Lee & Low)
Multi-cultural books with a special emphasis on picture books and early readers. Focus includes African American, Latino, Asian American, Latino and Native American.
Multi-cultural popular fiction with books centering primarily on African American, Latino and Caucasian characters.
Jump At The Sun
Award-winning literary fiction and non-fiction ranging from picture books to young adult.
Just Us Books
Wide range of Afro-centric picture books, chapter books and some young adult.
Kimani Tru YA
Multi-cultural popular fiction, many of them series books, focused primarily on African American characters.
Lee & Low
Children’s books ranging from PB to Young Adult with a special focus on multi-cultural including African American, Latino, Asian, Native American, and Middle Eastern.