Lulu’s “M” 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


Patricia McKissack~Smyrna, Tennessee (August 9, 1944-April 7, 2017)

Picture Books

Flossie & the Fox (1986)*

Mirandy and Brother Wind (1988)*

A Million Fish…more or less (1992)

Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters (1994) Historical

Ma Dear’s Aprons (1997)

The Honest-to-Goodness Truth (2000)

Going Someplace Special (2001)

Precious and the Boo Hag (2005)

Porch Lies (2006)

The All-I’ll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll (2007)

Stitchin’ and Pullin’ (2008)

Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout (2017)


Never Forgotten (2011)

Early Reader

Messy Bessey (1997)

Messy Bessey’s School Desk (1998)

Amistad: The Story of a Slave Ship (2005) [Level 3] Historical

Chapter Books

The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural (1992)

Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I a Woman? (1992) Historical Fiction

Rebels Against Slavery: American Slave Revolts (1996) Historical

Run Away Home (1997) Historical Fiction

A Picture of Freedom (1997) Historical Fiction

Color Me Dark (2000) Historical

Tippy Lemmey (2003)

Slave Girl (2003) Historical Fiction

Miami Jackson Gets it Straight (2004)

Loved Best (2005)

Abby Takes A Stand (2005) Historical Fiction

Friendship For Today (2007)

A Song for Harlem (2007) Historical Bio.


Zindzi, Zazi, and Ziwelene Mandela

Picture Book

Grandad Mandela (2018)*


Maurie J. Manning

Picture Books

The Aunts Go Marching (2003)

Kitchen Dance (2008)*

Laundry Day (2012)


Cedella Marley~Kingston, Jamaica

Picture Books

The Boy from Nine Miles: The Early Life of Bob Marley (2002) Historical Bio.

One Love (2011)*

Every Little Thing: Based on the Song ‘Three Little Birds’ by Bob Marley (2012)*


Ziggy Marley~Kingston, Jamaica

Picture Book

I Love You Too (2014)*


Wynton Marsalis~New Orleans, Louisiana

Picture Book

Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp!: A Sonic Adventure (2012)*


Jazz A-B-Z (2005)


Juana Martinez-Neal~Lima, Peru

Picture Books

La Madre Goose (2016)

La Princesa and the Pea (2017)

Alma and How She Got Her Name (2018)*

Babymoon (2019)

Fry Bread (2019)


Meg Medina

Picture Books

Mango, Abuela, and Me (2015)*

Tía Isa Wants A Car (2011)*


Milagros: Girl from Away (2008)

The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind (2012)

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass (2013)

Merci Suárez Changes Gears (2018)


Sharee Miller

Picture Books

Princess Hair (2017)*

Don’t Touch My Hair! (2018)


Margaree King Mitchell

Picture Books

Uncle Jed’s Barbershop (1993)* Historical

Granddaddy’s Gift (1997) Historical

When Grandmama Sings (2012)* Historical


Marissa Montes

Picture Books

Egg-napped! (1999)

Juan Bobo Goes to Work (2000)

Los Gatos Black on Halloween (2006)


Pat Mora~El Paso, Texas

Picture Books

A Birthday Basket for Tía (1992)

Pablo’s Tree (1994)

Tomás and the Library Lady (1997) Historical Bio.

Dona Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart (2005) Historical

Gracias/Thanks (2005) Bilingual*

?Marimbal!: Animales From A to Z (2006)

Sweet Dreams/Dulces sueños (2008) Bilingual

Book Fiesta: Celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day (2008) Bilingual

A Piñata in a Pine Tree: A Latino Twelve Days of Christmas (2009)

I Pledge Allegiance (2014)

Bookjoy, Wordjoy (2018)


Yuyi Morales~Mexico

Picture Books (Bilingual)

Just a Minute!: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book (2003)*

Little Night Nochecita (2006)

Just in Case: A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book (2008)

Niño Wrestles the World (2013)*

Viva Frida (2014)* Historical Bio.*

Rudas: Niños Horrendous Hermanitas (2016)

Dreamers/ Soñadores (2018)


Toni Morrison~Ohio

Picture Books (With son, Slade Morrison)

The Big Box (1999)

The Box of Mean People (2002)

Who’s Got Game? The ant or The Grasshopper? (2003)

Who’s Got Game? The Poppy or The Snake? (2003)

Who’s Got Game? The Lion or The Mouse? (2003)

Peeny Butter Fudge (2009)*

Little Cloud and Lady Wind (2010)

The Tortoise Or The Hare (2010)

Please, Louise (2014)


Tia & Tamara Mowry

Chapter Books

Twintuition: Double Vision (2015)

Twintuition: Double Trouble (2016)

Twintuition: Double Dare (2017)

Twintuition: Double Cross (2018)


Naomi Moyer

Picture Book

Black Women Who Dared (2018) Historical Bio.


Walter Dean Myers~(August 12, 1937-July 1, 2014)

Picture Books

Where Does the Day Go? (1969)

The Blues of Flats Brown (2000)

Blues Journey (2003)

Jazz (2006)*

Ida B. Wells: Let The Truth Be Told (2008) Historical Bio.

Muhammad Ali the People’s Champion (2009)

Looking for the Easy Life (2011)*


Looking Like Me (2009)*

We Are American: A Tribute from the Heart (2011)

Chapter Books

Malcolm X (1993) Historical Bio.


It Ain’t All for Nothin’ (1978)

The Young Landlords (1979)

Hoops (1981)

Scorpions (1988)

Somewhere in the Darkness (1992)

The Glory Field (1994)

Slam (1996)

Monster (1999)

Bad Boy (2001)

Harlem Summer (2007)

The Cruisers (2010)

All the Right Stuff (2012)

Darius & Twig (2013)

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