Lulu’s “T” 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


Dr. Carmen Tafolla~San Antonio, Texas

Picture Books

Baby Coyote and the Old Woman (2000) Bilingual

My House is Your House (2000) Bilingual

What Can You Do with a Rebozo? (2008) Bilingual

What Can You Do with a Paleta? (2009) Bilingual*


Verlyn Tarlton

Picture Books

Swift Walker: A Continental Journey (2015)*

Swift Walker: A Journey around the Ocean (2016)*

Swift Walker: A Space Adventure (2016)*


Natasha Anastasia Tarpley~Washington, D.C.

Picture Books

I Love My Hair! (1998)*

Joe-Joe’s First Flight (2003) Historical Fiction

Bippity Bop Barbershop (2009)

Destiny’s Gift (2010)


The Greek Goddesses, Book 1: Selma Takes the Stage (2016)

The Harlem Charade (2017)

Grown Folk

Girl in the Mirror: Three Generations of Black Women in Motion (1998)


Don Tate

Picture Books

Black All Around (2003)

It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw (2012) Biography

Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton (2015) Biography

Strong as Sandow: How Eugen Sandow Became the Starongest Man on Earth (2017) Biography


Debbie A. Taylor

Picture Book

Sweet Music in Harlem (2004)* Historical Fiction


Joyce Carole Thomas~Ponca City. Oklahoma (May 25, 1938-August 13, 2016)

Board Book

You are My Perfect Baby (1999)

Picture Books

Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea (1993)

Gingerbread Days (1995)

I Have Heard of a Land (1998) Historical Fiction

Cherish Me (1998)

The Bowlegged Rooster (2000)

Hush Songs: African American Lullabies (2000)

The Angel’s Lullaby (2001)

Joy! (2001)

Crowning Glory (2002)

The Gospel Cinderella (2004)

What’s the Hurry, Fox? (2004)

Shouting (2006)*

The Blacker the Berry (2008)*

In the Land of Milk and Honey (2012)


A Mother’s Heart, A Daughter’s Love: Poems for Us to Share (2001)


Marked by Fire (1982)

Grown Folks

House of Light (2001)

Education Skewed: A Closer Look at the Education of the “Minority” (2009)


Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

Picture Books

Mommy’s Khimar (2018)*


Duncan Tonatiuh~San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Picture Books (Bilingual)

The Princess and the Warrior: a Tale of Two Volcanoes (2001) Folklore

Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin (2010)*

Diego Rivera: His World and Ours (2011) Biography

Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrants Tale (2013)

Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation (2014) Biography

Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras (2015)

Danza!: Amalia Hernández and El Ballet Folklórico de México (2017) Biogaphy

Undocumented: A Worker’s Fight (2018)* Hisotrical Fiction

Soldier for Equality: José de la Luz Sáenz and the Great War Biography (September 2019)


Linda Trice~Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Picture Books

Kenya’s Word

Kenya’s Songs (2013)

Kenya’s Art (2016)*

Chapter Book

Charles Drew: Pioneer of Blood Plasma (1999) Biography


Quincy Troupe~St. Louis, Missouri

Picture Books

Take it to the Hoop, Magic Johnson (2001) Biography

Little Stevie Wonder (2005) Biography*


Alika Turner~Richmond, California

Picture Book

June Peters, You Will Change the World One Day (2015)*

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