• My mission as an author is to mine the past for family stories, fading traditions, and forgotten struggles.
    Carole Boston Weatherford
  • In most literature, the lives of the people that I knew did not exist. My mother, for instance, was nowhere in the literature, and she was all over my heart, so why shouldn’t she be in literature.
    Alice Walker
  • To me, reading is like breathing; both are essential to life.
    Patricia McKissack
  • It’s strange that we have a population of school children that is majority nonwhite but their books are majority white. We need heroes of color in all different genres. It’s also valuable for white readers to be able to meet people in books that are different than themselves. That can be a way of expanding their minds and experiences.
    Kekla Magoon
  • I think most authors would agree that making that connection with readers is paramount.
    Wade Hudson
  • I read a lot, but books didn't really touch me, probably because there weren't a lot of books for or about young black children. That's not to say that blacks have to read 'black' books, but you do need to read something that really touches you to develop that love for books.
    Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection, we can see our own lives and experiences as part of the larger human experience. Reading, then, becomes a means of self-affirmation, and readers often seek their mirrors in books.
    Rudine Sims Bishop
  • It's personal. When I draw a little child, he looks like I did.
    Brian Pinkney
  • It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.
    Maya Angelou
  • When a child opens a book and sees a face that looks like them, they know that they matter.
    Debbie Allen

November 24, 2017

35 Books to Put a Bow on This Giving Season

During the giving season, books are always fun gifts for readers of all ages. Great books can generate fun discussions or contentious debates. That’s why book […]
November 24, 2017

Book Giveaway! Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

Black Children’s Books and Authors is giving away three copies of an awesome book just in time for the gift-giving season. You can enter to win […]
November 7, 2017

10 Middle and YA Books that Recognize Blacks in the Military

There are countless children’s books about Harriet Tubman who is mostly known for escaping slavery and fearlessly returning to the South to liberate others via the […]
October 23, 2017

What’s Your Story?: Aisha Toombs

“What’s Your Story?” is a guest post feature on BCBA web. Authors-traditional and self-published-are invited to write about their books, writing journey, creative process, inspiration, rewards […]
October 23, 2017

30 Books for Picture Book Month

Author and storyteller, Dianne de Las Casas, founded Picture Book Month to celebrate print picture books. She believed that “There’s nothing like the physical page turn […]
October 23, 2017

November/December 2017 New Releases

Before She Was Harriet – Lesa Cline-Ransome, Illustrator – James E. Ransome    A lush and lyrical biography of Harriet Tubman, written in verse and illustrated […]
September 28, 2017

October 2017 New Book Releases

That Is My Dream! – Langston Hughes, Illustrator – Daniel Miyares To fling my arms wide In some place of the sun,  To whirl and to […]
September 11, 2017

35 Books for National Arts in Education Week

Children’s books can be used to complement almost any classroom lesson whether the subject is language, math, science, social studies, or the arts. Educators can use […]