Book Series, Part 1: Picture Books

A book series is comprised of two or more books that have certain characteristics in common. Some series are written by the same author and generally feature the same characters, settings, and a progression of events. An example is Mildred D. Taylor’s Logan family stories, which include Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry—the second and most popular book in that series. In the American Girl series, however, various authors explore different characters. Authors Connie Rose Porter and Denise Lewis Patrick penned the stories of Black American girls Addy and Cecile, respectively. Still, a series can have books that function alone, ones that can be read in any order the reader chooses (e.g. the Max series by Ken Wilson-Max).

The first of our three part series on series feature picture books. Part two will cover chapter and middle grade series.  And part three, teen and young adult series. Happy Reading!

Book Series

Ronde & Tiki Barber

By My Brother’s Side (2004)

Game Day (2005)

Teammates (2006)

Garcelle Beauvais

I Am Mixed (2013)

I Am Living in 2 Homes (2014)

I Am Awesome (2015)

Faustin Charles

The Selfish Crocodile (1999)

Selfish Crocodile Book of Words (2012)

The Selfish Crocodile Book of Numbers (2012)

The Selfish Crocodile Book of Colours (2013)

Lucille Clifton

Some of the Days of Everett Anderson (1970)

Everett Anderson's Christmas Coming (1971)

Everett Anderson's Year (1974)

Everett Anderson's Friend (1976)

Everett Anderson's 1-2-3 (1977)

Everett Anderson's Goodbye (1983)

Everett Anderson's Nine Month Long (1987)

One of the Problems of Everett Anderson (2001)

Pat Cummings

Clean Your Room, Harvey Moon (1991)

Harvey Moon, Museum Boy (2008)

Jean Alicia Elster

Just Call Me Joe Joe (2001)

I Have a Dream, Too! 2002)

I'll Fly My Own Plane (2002)

I’ll Do the Right Thing (2003)

Valerie Flournoy

The Patchwork Quilt #1 (1985)

Tanya's Reunion #2 (1995)

Bernette Ford

No More Diapers for Ducky! (2005)

No More Bottles for Bunny! (2007)

No More Dummy for Piggy! (2008)

No More Pacifier for Piggy! (2008)

No More Blanket for Lambkin! (2009)

No More Hitting for Little Hamster! (2011)

No More Biting for Billy Goat! (2013)

Nikki Grimes

Meet Danitra Brown (1984)

Danitra Brown Leaves Town (2001)

Danitra Brown, Class Clown (2005)

Spike Lee

Please, Baby, Please (2002)

Please, Puppy, Please (2005)

Fredrick & Patricia McKissack

Messy Bessey's Closet (1989)

Messy Bessey's Garden (1991)

Messy Bessey's School Desk (1998)

Messy Bessey and the Birthday Overnight (1998)

Messy Bessey's Holidays (1999)

Messy Bessey's Family Reunion (2000)

Isabell Monk

Hope (1999)

Family (2001)

Blackberry Stew (2004)

Jerdine Nolen

Plantzilla (2002)

Plantzilla Goes to Camp (2006)

Cynthia G. Williams

Enid and the Church Fire (1999)

Enid and the Dangerous Discovery (1999)

Enid and the Homecoming (2000)

Enid and the Great Idea (2000)

Ken Wilson-Max

Max (1998)

Max Loves Sunflowers (1999)

Max's Money (1999)

Max's Letter (1999)

Max Paints the House (2000)

Max's Starry Night (2003)

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