Lulu’s “B” List: Diverse Authors of Children’s Literature

*Lulu & Mom have enjoyed reading these books aloud together!

**Read by Mom only…Lulu needs to be a little bit older before enjoying this book!

All other titles are TO BE READ…Our list will be updated as we continue our Book Journey and discover new authors!

Books are categorized as follows: Picture Books, Early Readers, Poetry, Chapter Books (Elementary School Age), YA (Young Adult/Middle Grades), Grown Folks, Historical


Tracey Baptist~Trinidad

Angel’s Grace (2005)

The Jumbies (2015)**

Rise of the Jumbies (2017)**


Derrick Barnes~Kansas City, Missouri
Picture Book

Crown: An Ode To The Fresh Cut (2018)*

The King of Kindergarten (2019)

Early Readers

The Low-Down Bad-Day Blues (2004) Level 1 [K-1]

Stop, Drop, and Chill (2004) Level 2 [1]
Chapter Books

Ruby and the Booker Boys #1: Brand New School, Brave New Ruby (2008)

Ruby and the Booker Boys #2: Trivia Queen, 3rd-grade Supreme (2008)

Ruby and the Booker Boys #3: The Slumber Party Payback (2008)

Ruby and the Booker Boys #4: Ruby Flips for Attention (2009)

The Making of Dr. Truelove (2006)

We Could Be Brothers (2010)


Sandra Belton
Picture Books

From Miss Ida’s Porch (1993)

May’naise Sandwiches & Sunshine Tea (1994)

Pictures for Miss Josie (2003) Historical Bio.

Beauty, Her Basket (2003)*

Chapter Books

Ernestine & Amanda (1996)

Ernestine & Amanda: Summer Camp, Ready or Not! (1997)

Ernestine & Amanda: Members of the C.L.U.B (1998)

Ernestine & Amanda: Mysteries on Monroe Street (1998)

McKendree (2000)

Store-Bought Baby (2006)

The Tallest Tree (2008) Historical


Malorie Blackman~London, United Kingdom
Picture Books

A New Dress for Maya (1992)*

I Want a Cuddle (2001)

Sinclair, Wonder Bear (2005)
Early Readers

Space Race (1997)

The Monster Crisp-Guzzler (2002)
Chapter Books

Girl Wonder and the Terrific Twins (1991)

Betsy Biggalow Is Here! (1992)

Betsy Biggalow the Detective (1992)

Hurricane Betsy (1993)

Magic Betsy (1994)

Girl Wonder’s Winter Adventures (1992)

Betsy’s Birthday Surprise (1996)

Jack Sweettooth (2008)

Ellie and the Cat (2013)

My Friend’s a Gris-Kwok (2013)

A Dangerous Game (2018)

Grandpa Bert and the Ghost Snatchers (2018)

Noughts & Crosses (2001)


Richard Blanco~Madrid, Spain

One Today: The Inaugural Poem for President Barack Obama (2015)


Carmen Bogan
Picture Books

Granny, Who Is God? (2014)

Where’s Rodney? (2017)*


Lisa Bowen~Toronto
Picture Books

Eli’s 1st Winter Carnival (2016)

Gone Fishing with Daddy (2017)

Over at Grandma’s House (2017)*


Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Picture Books

Let Freedom Sing (2009)

Don’t Let Aunt Mabel Bless the Table (2010)

Grandma’s Purse (2018)*


Gwendolyn Brooks~Topeka, Kansas (June 7, 1917-December 3, 2000)
Picture Books

Bronzeville Boys and Girls (1956/2006)

The Tiger Who Wore White Gloves (1974)

Aloneness (1971)

We Are Shining (2017)*

Grown Folks

A Street in Bronzeville (1945) Poetry

Annie Allen (1949) Poetry

The Bean Eaters (1960) Poetry

The Near-Johannesburg Boy, and Other Poems (1986) Poetry

Blacks (1987) Poetry

Maud Martha (1992) Novel


Monica Brown
Picture Books

My Name is Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz (2004) Historical Bio.

My Name is Gabriela/ Me llamo Gabriela (2005) Bilingual

Chavela and the Magic Bubble (2008)

Pele, King of Soccer/ Pele El rey del futbol (2009) Bilingual

Waiting for the Biblioburro (2011)

Marisa McDonald Doesn’t Match/ Marisol no combina (2011) Bilingual

Marisol McDonald and the Clash Bash/ Marisol McDonald y la fiesta sin igual (2013) Bilingual*

Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos (2017) Historical Bio.
Chapter Books

Lola Levine is Not Mean! (2015)

Lola Levine Drama Queen (2016)

Lola Levine and the Ballet Scheme (2016)

Lola Levine and the Vacation Dream (2017)

Lola Levine Meets Jelly and Bean (2017)

Lola Levine and the Halloween Scream (2017)*


Tameka Fryer Brown

Around Our Way On Neighbors’ Day (2010)

My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood (2013)*


Janay Brown-Wood~Fresno, California

Imani’s Moon (2014)*

Grandma’s Tiny House (2017)*


Ashley Bryan~Bronx, New York
Picture Books

The Adventures of Aku (1976)

The Dancing Granny (1977)

Beat the Story-Drum, Pum-Pum (1980)

Turtle Knows Your Name (1989)

Beautiful Blackbird (2003)

Let it Shine (2007)

Can’t Scare Me! (2013)

Freedom Over Me (2016) Historical Fiction*

I Am Loved (2018)*


Howard Bryant
Picture Book

Sisters & Champions: The True Story of Venus and Serena Williams (2018)*


Hilda Eunice Burgos~New York City
Chapter Book

Ana Maria Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle (2018)


Grace Byers~Cayman Islands
Picture Book

I Am Enough (2018)*


Betty K. Bynum
Picture Books

I’m a Pretty Little Black Girl! (2013)

I’m a Lovely Little Latina! (2015)

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