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 clubs are so popular.  But mostly, a good book can create lasting memories, inspire budding writers, and serve as windows and mirrors for developing children and young adults. There were some amazing books released in 2017—from picture books to young adult titles ranging from poetry to science fiction. If someone you know hasn’t picked up one yet, now is the perfect time to get it for them, stick a bow on one, and slide it under the tree. Some of the books on this list have received a lot of buzz, especially those inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. Others have flown under the radar but have received great reviews nonetheless. Here’s hoping that you find an excellent choice for the readers in your life. All selections are 2017 releases. Our stories matter. Happy Holidays!

Hey Black Child – Useni Eugene Perkins, Bryan Collier | Purchase

Princess Hair – Sharee Miller | Purchase 

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut – Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James | Purchase   

The Three Billy Goats Gruff Jerry Pinkney | Purchase 

My Daddy Rules the World: Poems About Fathers – Hope Anita Smith | Purchase 

Where’s Rodney?Carmen Bogan, Illustrator – Floyd Cooper | Purchase 

Grandma’s Tiny House – JaNay Brown-Wood, Priscilla Burris | Purchase   

Sleep Well, Siba and SabaNansubuga Nagadya Isdahl, Sandra Van Doorn | Purchase   

Schomburg: The Man Who Built a LibraryCarole Boston Weatherford, Eric Velasquez | Purchase   

The Watcher – Nikki Grimes, Bryan Collier | Purchase 

Jake the Fake Keeps It Real – Craig Robinson & Adam Mansbach, Keith Knight | Purchase 

Jada Jones: Rock Star (Jada Jones) – Kelly Starling Lyons, Vanessa Brantley-Newton | Purchase 

Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest Episode 5: Mission Star-Power (Book 5)Marti Dumas, Stephanie Parcus | Purchase 

Gabriela: Time for Change (Girl of the Year 2017, Book 3) – Varian Johnson | Purchase 

Twintuition: Double Dare (Twintuition, Book 3)Tia & Tamera Mowry | Purchase 

Clayton Byrd Goes UndergroundRita Williams-Garcia | Purchase 

One Shadow on the WallLeah Henderson | Purchase 

City Kids: The Ghosts in the Castle (Book 3) – Zetta Elliott | Purchase 

The Stars Beneath Our Feet – David Barclay Moore | Purchase

The Rise of the Jumbies (Book 2) – Tracey Baptiste | Purchase  

Out of Wonder Kwame Alexander,‎ Chris Colderley,‎ & Marjory Wentworth, Ekua Holmes | Purchase 

The Harlem Charade – Natasha Tarpley | Purchase 

Mango Delight – Fracaswell Hyman | Purchase   

Pathfinders: The Journeys of 16 Extraordinary Black Souls – Tonya Bolden | Purchase 

I Am Alfonso JonesTony Medina,‎ Stacey Robinson,‎ John Jennings | Purchase 

Allegedly – Tiffany D. Jackson | Purchase  

American Street – Ibi Zoboi | Purchase

Piecing Me Together – Renee Watson | Purchase 

The Hate U Give Angie Thomas | Purchase

How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War ChildSandra Uwiringiyimana, Abigail Pesta | Purchase

Calling My NameLiara Tamani | Purchase  

The Prey of GodsNicky Drayden | Purchase 

Dear Martin – Nic Stone | Purchase 

Miles Morales: Spider-Man – Jason Reynolds | Purchase  

Little & Lion – Brandy Colbert | Purchase  


Your thoughtful donation will support our mission to promote awareness of children’s and young adult literature by Black authors. Thank you!

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