Lulu’s “J” 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


Aminate Jalloh

Picture Book

The Biggest Little Brother (2017) (Find over 100 African Picture Books on Jalloh’s website)


Angela Johnson~Tuskegee, Alabama

Picture Books

Do Like Kyla (1990)*

When I Am Old With You (1990)

Tell Me a Story Mama (1991)

One of Three (1991)

The Leaving Morning (1992)

Julius (1993)*

The Girl Who Wore Snakes (1993)

Rain Feet (1994)

Mama Bird, Baby Birds (1994)

Joshua’s Night Whispers (1994)

Joshua by the Sea (1994)

Shoes Like Moss Alice’s (1995)

Daddy Calls Me Man (1997)

The Rolling Store (1997)

Heaven (1998)

The Wedding (1999)

Down the Winding Road (2000)

I Dream of Trains (2003) Historical*

Just Like Josh Gibson (2004)

Violet’s Music (2004)

Lily Browns Paintings (2007)*

Wind Flyers (2010)

The Day Ray Got Away (2010)

Lottie Paris Lives Here (2011)*

Lottie Paris and the Best Place (2013)*

All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom (2014) Historical


The Other Side (1998)

Gone From Home (1998)

Chapter Books

Maniac Monkeys on Magnolia Street (1998)

When Mules Flew on Magnolia Street (2000)


Dinah Johnson~Charleston, South Carolina

Picture Books

All Around Town: The Photographs of Richard Samuel Roberts (1998)

Sunday Week (1999)

Quinnie Blue (2000)

Hair Dance! (2007)

Black Magic: A Celebration of African American Spirit! (2010)


Sitting Pretty: A Celebration of Black Dolls (2000)


The Best of the Brownies’ Book (1996)


Dolores Johnson

Picture Books

Now Let Me Fly: The Story of A Slave Family (1993) Historical Fiction

Seminole Diary: Remembrances of a Slave (1994) Historical

The Children’s Book of Kwanzaa: A Guide to Celebrate the Holiday (1997)

Grandma’s Hands (1998)

We Play Music (1992)

Onward: A Photobiography of African-American Polar Explorer Matthew Henson (2006) Historical Bio.


Varian Johnson~Florence, South Carolina

Chapter Books

The Great Green Heist (2014)

To Catch a Cheat (2016)

Fall of the Beast Spirit Animals Series: The Return (2016), The Wildcat’s Claw (2017)

American Girl Gabriela: Time for Change (2017)

The Parker Inheritance (2018)


Adenike Jones

Picture Book

Renae’s Magical Wellington Boots (2018)

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