African/ African American Children's Books

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Lee & Low Books is the top publisher of African American children's books. Find award-winning books about black history and culture for young readers of all ages, including picture books, middle grade, and young adult novels. Our collections feature a wide range of genres, including nonfiction biographies of important figures in Black history and culture including Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, Wangari Maathai, Paul Robeson, Bob Marley, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, and many more; page-turning fiction featuring African American main characters; and poetry. Jump in and find the perfect book for every reader!

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Frederick Douglass

By William Miller

Illustrated by Cedric Lucas

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In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall

By various poets

Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe

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Joshua's Masai Mask

By Dakari Hru

Illustrated by Anna Rich

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John Lewis in the Lead

By Jim Haskins

Illustrated by Benny Andrews

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Knockin' On Wood

By Lynne Barasch

Illustrated by Lynne Barasch

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Elizabeti's Doll

By Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen

Illustrated by Christy Hale

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The Bus Ride

By William Miller

Illustrated by John Ward

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Joe Louis, My Champion

By William Miller

Illustrated by Rodney S. Pate

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Grandma's Purple Flowers

By Adjoa J. Burrowes

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Destiny's Gift

By Natasha Anastasia Tarpley

Illustrated by Adjoa J. Burrowes

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The Jones Family Express

By Javaka Steptoe

Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe

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Love to Langston

By Tony Medina

Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

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The Legend of Freedom Hill

By Linda Jacobs Altman

Illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright

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Chess Rumble

By G. Neri

Illustrated by Jesse Joshua Watson

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Drumbeat in Our Feet

By Patricia A. Keeler

Illustrated by Patricia A. Keeler