Black Kids on Covers

This is a wonderful time in children’s book publishing, where the faces of black girls and boys on covers is not an anomaly. When I was a kid, I almost never saw myself on the cover of a book, and certainly not ones as spectacular as those upcoming in the next few months. There was a time in this industry when publishers believed having a black person on a cover meant the book wouldn’t sell. (If you haven’t heard Justine Larbalestier’s battle to get a black girl on her cover for LIAR, you can read all about it here.) But that seems to be a thing of the past. Below are upcoming novels with black girls and boys on the cover that we’re all excited about.  

Tomi Adeyemi’s CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE, a young adult fantasy based in African mythology. (March 2018)

 

Dhonielle Clayton’s THE BELLES, a young adult fantasy about a group of young women who control how people look. (February 2018)

 

David Barclay Moore’s THE STARS BENEATH OUR FEET, a middle grade novel about 12-year-old Lolly, dealing with the gang-related death of his brother. (September 2017)

 

Justina Ireland’s DREAD NATION, a young adult novel which reimagines the civil war with children trained to kill zombies. (April 2018)

 

Ilyasah Shabazz with Renée Watson’s BETTY BEFORE X, a middle grade novelized nonfiction book about activist Betty Shabazz as a young girl. (January 2018)

 

Jason Reynolds’ MILES MORALES SPIDER-MAN is a novelized version of Marvel’s newest super hero, who is half African-American and half Puerto Rican. (August 2017)

 

Kheryn Callendar’s HURRICANE CHILD, an MG magical realism about a girl who can see things others can’t. (March 2018)

 

And my own RISE OF THE JUMBIES, the second in a middle grade fantasy series about a girl who must fight mythological Caribbean creatures. (September 2017)

Feel free to add more upcoming titles you’re excited about in the comments.

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10 Responses to Black Kids on Covers

  1. […] a follow-up to Tuesday’s Black Kids on Covers post, here’s a look back at one of the authors included as she discusses her first two novels […]

  2. wroteit82 says:

    Hey,
    I just want to say that you all creating this website is a dream for me. I’ve been scourging the Internet books for black teens and young adults and it has been a struggle. Even today, I still find it hard to find books with girls with natural hair and cocoa skin. The fact that you made this place where I can find books like these makes me very happy. Thank you so much. Please keep it going.

  3. Hey,

    Just want to inform everyone of a Dr. Seuss inspired book titled Mango in a tree. It depicts two African American girls on the cover and promotes literacy through rhyming words

  4. Hi Tracey!

    What a beautiful compilation of books?! Please can you add my children’s book “Kareemah and the Black Mermaids”? https://www.blackmermaids.com/children-s-book

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