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Davida Adedjouma

The Palm of My Heart: Poetry by African American Children 

John Agard

Wriggle Piggy Toes

The Calypso Alphabet 

Elizabeth Alexander

Praise Song for the Day 

Maya Angelou 

Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem 

Ysaye M. Barnwell

We Are One: Book and Musical 

Daniel Beaty 

Knock, Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me  

James Berry 

Celebration Song 

Rudine Sims Bishop 

Wonders: The Best Children’s Poems of Effie Lee Newsome 

Ashley Bryan

Ashley Bryan’s Puppets: Making Something from Everything 

Ashley Bryan’s ABC of African American Poetry 

Gwendolyn Brooks 

Bronzeville Boys and Girls 

Charisse Carney-Nunes

I Dream for You a World: A Covenant for Our Children 

Lucille Clifton

The Black B C’s 

Lesa Cline-Ransome

Benny Goodman and Teddy Wilson: Taking the Stage As the First Black-and-White Jazz Band in History  

Quilt Alphabet

Quilt Counting

Michelle Cook 

Our Children Can Soar: A Celebration of Rosa, Barack, and the Pioneers of Change 

Kwame Dawes

I Saw Your Face 

Leo Dillon

Rap a Tap Tap: Here’s Bojangles—Think of That 

Paul Laurence Dunbar 

Honey: The Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar

Karen English

Speak to Me (And I Will Listen between the Lines)

Tom Feelings 


Jan Spivey Gilchrist

My America

Nikki Giovanni

Spin a Soft Black Song 

Vacation Time: Poems for Children 

The Sun Is So Quiet    

Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat 

Knoxville, Tennessee      

Eloise Greenfield 

Honey, I Love 

Brothers & Sisters 

Honey, I Love and Other Poems 


In the Land of Words

When the Horses Ride By: Children in the Times of War

Brittney Monique Grimes

Poetry for a Child by a Child: Poems and Pictures

Nikki Grimes

Hopscotch Love

Aneesa Lee and the Weaver’s 

Shoe Magic 

A Pocketful of Poems 

It’s Raining Laughter   

Thanks a Million

Is It Far to Zanzibar?: Poems about Tanzania 

Monica Gunning 

Under the Breadfruit Tree: Island Poems 

America, My New Home

Not a Copper Penny in Me House 

Cheryl Willis Hudson 

Hands Can 

Wade Hudson

Pass It On: African American Poetry for Children 

Toyomi Igus

I See the Rhythm 

I See the Rhythm of Gospel 

Angela Johnson 

Daddy Calls Me Man

Those Building Men 

Barbara A. Kellom

Magic, Giggles and Love

Lessie Jones Little 

Children of Long Ago 

Tony Medina

Love to Langston 

I and I Bob Marley

Sundaira Morninghouse


Walter Dean Myers

Looking Like Me


Brown Angels: An Album of Pictures and Verse 

Isaac O. Olaleye

The Distant Talking Drum 

Eugene Useni Perkins

When You Grow Up: Poems for Children

Sandra L. Pinkney

A Rainbow All Around Me 

Read and Rise 

Belinda Rochelle

Words with Wings: A Treasury of African-American Poetry and Art 

Allison Samuels 

Christmas Soul: African American Holiday Stories 

Ntozake Shange

I Live in Music 

Charles R. Smith

I Am America 

I Am the World 

Short Takes: Fast-Break Basketball Poetry: Fast-Break Poetry

Brown Sugar Babies 

28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World 

Black Jack: The Ballad of Jack Johnson 

Hoop Kings 

Hoop Queens 

Jada Pinket Smith

Girls Hold Up This World 

Dorothy S. Strickland

Families: Poems Celebrating the African American Experience 

Don Tate

Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton 

Joyce Carol Thomas

The Blacker the Berry 

Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea 

I Have Heard of a Land 

A Mother’s Heart, A Daughter’s Love: Poems for Us to Share

Crowning Glory

Alice Walker

Langston Hughes, American Poet

There Is A Flower At The Tip Of My Nose Smelling Me 

Carole Boston Weatherford

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement

Michelle Obama: First Mom 

The Beatitudes: From Slavery to Civil Rights 

The Sound That Jazz Makes 

Birmingham: 1963