Lulu’s “N” 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


Marilyn Nelson~Cleveland, Ohio


Carver: A Life in Poems (1997)

A Wreath for Emmett Till (2005)

Miss Crandall’s School for Young ladies and Little Misses of Color: Poems (2007)

Snook Alone (2010)

How I Discovered Poetry (2014)

My Seneca Village (2015)


Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Picture Books

Mayfield Crossing (1993)

Beyond Mayfield (1999)

Almost to Freedom (2003) Historical*

Juneteenth (2005) Historical

Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reaves, Deputy U.S. Marshall (2009) Historical Bio.

Who Will I Be Lord (2009)

The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore (2015) Historical Bio.

Don’t Call me Grandma (2016)*

Dream March: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the March on Washington (2017) Historical Bio.


Jerdine Nolan~Crystal Springs, Mississipi

Picture Books

Harvey Potter’s Balloon Farm (1994)

Raising Dragons (1998)*

In My Momma’s Kitchen (1999)

Big Jabe (2000)

Plantzilla (2002)

Lauren McGill’s Pickle Museum (2003)*

Thunder Rose (2003)

Hewitt Anderson’s Great Big Life (2005)

Plantzilla Goes to Camp (2006)

Pitching in for Eubie (2007)

Christmas in the Time of Billy Lee (2010)

Irene’s Wish (2014)

Chapter Books

Eliza’s Freedom road (2011)

Calico Girl (2017)

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