Great stories are where the sun rises and sets in books, and there are many amazing books of poetry and stories written just for children by Black authors that need to be on your shelves, whether physical or online, for the year 2021. Let’s start with the poet that lit up the 2021 Inauguration Day – Amanda Gorman.
Amanda Gorman, the 22 year old poet who, in spoken word, made such a huge impact on the nation for the inauguration of the 46th president of the United States of America, Joseph Biden, will release a collection of poetry titled The Hill We Climb on September 21st.
Not only will Gorman release The Hill We Climb, but she will also be releasing a children’s book on that same day titled Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem. This title will be a lyrical picture book for children to enjoy while learning that they have the power to create change.
Released in the Fall of 2020, I Am Every Good Thing says it all. Written by Derrick Barnes and illustrated by Gordon C. James, the book is all about self confidence and being proud of who you are because you are every good thing.
From the familiar Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds is the book Stamped (For Kids) which explores and explains racism and antiracism, from its beginning to now. It’s not only about racism but how to stamp and stomp it out of your system when it tries to rear its ugly head.
This book will release on May 11, 2021.
Thank you, Omu! by author Oge Mora is a wonderful, award-winning tale about Grandmother’s soup which everyone wants! The soup is fabulous but when Omu shares her wonderful dish, will there be any left for herself?
Coloring book, please? At your service with I Need You to Know The ABC’s of Black Girl Magic by Lena McClain-Muhammed. Not only is the book educational, but it teaches beauty every skin tone from A to Z!
Finally, we have Hair Love by Matthew A Cherry, and this children’s book is all about the daughter and daddy relationship of love and also the brilliance and confidence of having kinky, one of a kind hair.