Lulu’s “G” 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


Gabi Garcia~Mexico

Picture Books

Listening to My Body (2016)*

Listening with My Heart (2017)*

I Can Do Hard Things (2018)*


Cynthia Leonor Garza~Texas

Picture Books

Lucia the Luchadora (2017)*

Lucia the Luchadora and the Million Masks (2018)


Nikki Giovanni~Knoxville, Tennessee

Picture Books

Rosa (2005) Historical Bio.

The Grasshopper’s Song (2008)

Early Reader

The Girls in the Circle (2004) Level 2


Spin a Soft Black Song: Poems for Children (1987)

Knoxville, Tennessee (1994)

The Sun is So Quiet (1996)

The Genie in the Jar (1996)

Hip Hop Speak to Children: A Celebration of Poetry With a Beat (2008)

I Am Loved: A Poetry Collection (2018)*


Whoopi Goldberg

Picture Book

Whoopi’s Big Book of Manners (2006)*

Chapter Books

Sugar Plum Ballerinas: Plum Fantastic (2008)

Sugar Plum Ballerinas: Toeshoe Trouble (2009)

Sugar Plum Ballerinas: Perfectly Prima (2010)

Sugar Plum Ballerinas: Terrible Terrel (2010)

Sugar Plum Ballerinas: Sugar Plums to the Rescue! (2011)

Sugar Plum Ballerinas: Dancing Diva (2012)


Sarai Gonzalez

Chapter Books (With Monica Brown)

Sarai and the Meaning of Awesome (2018)*

Sarai in the Spotlight (2018)

Sarai Saves the Music (2018)

Sarai Around the World (2019)


Shauntay Grant~Halifax, Nova Scotia

Picture Books

Apples and Butterflies (2012)

The Walking Bathroom (2018)

Africville (2018)


Up Home (2008)

City Speaks in Drums (2016)


Brittany Green~Chicago, Illinois

Picture Book

Little Black Girl (2018)


Eloise Greenfield

Picture Books

Me & Nessie (1975)

Africa Dream (1977)

Mary McLeod Bethune (1977)

Grandmama’s Joy (1980)

Grandpa’s Face (1988)

Daddy and I–(1991)

Night on Neighborhood Street (1991)

Kia Tanisha (1997)

PAR-TAY!: Dance of the Veggies (And Their Friends) (2018)


Daydreamers (1981)

Nathaniel Talking (1988)

In the Land of words: New and Selected Poems (2003)

The Friendly Four (2006)

Brothers & Sisters: Family Poems (2008)

The Great Migration: Journey to the North (2010) Historical

Chapter Books

Rosa Parks (1973) Historical Bio.

Koya Delaney and the Good Girl Blues (1992)


Paul Robeson (1975) Historical Bio.

Talk about a Family (1978)


Nikki Grimes~New York City, New York

Picture Books

Meet Danitra Brown (1994)*

Wild, Wild Hair (1997)

C Is For City (2002)

Danitra Brown Leaves Town (2002)

Danitra Brown Class Clown (2005)

Welcome Precious (2006)

Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope (2008)*


From a Child’s Heart (1993)

Come Sunday (1996)

A Dime a Dozen (1998)

Hopscotch Love (1999)

Shoe Magic (2000)

Is it far to Zanzibar? (2000)

A Pocketful of Poems (2001)

Stepping Out With Grandma Mac (2001)

Under the Christmas Tree (2002)*

It’s Raining Laughter (2005)

Thanks A Million (2006)

Poems in the Attic (2015)

Chapter Books

Talkin’ About Bessie (2002) Historical Bio.

Make way for Dyamonde Daniel (2009)

Rich: A Dyamonde Daniel Book (2009)

Almost Zero (2010)

Halfway to Perfect (2012)

Chasing Freedom (2015) Historical Bio.

One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance (2017)


Jazmin’s Notebook (1998)

Bronx Masquerade (2002)

What Is Goodbye (2004)

The Road to Paris (2006)

Planet Middle School (2011)

Words with Wings (2013)

Garvey’s Choice (2016)

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