Lulu’s “W” List: Diverse Authors of Children’s Literature

๐Ÿ”–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


Quvenzhanรฉ Wallis~Houma, Louisiana

Picture Book

๐Ÿ”–A Night Out with Mama (2017)

Chapter Books

Shai & Emmie Star in Break an Egg! (2017)

Shai & Emmie Star in To the Rescue! (2018)

Shai & Emmie Star in Dancy Pants! (2018)

Mildred Pitts Walters~DeRidder, Louisiana

Picture Books

๐Ÿ”–Ty’s One-Man Band (1980)

My Mama Needs Me (1983)

Brother to the Wind (1985)

Two and Too Much (1993)

Alec’s Primer (2005) Biography

Chapter Books

Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World (1986)

Have a Happy…: A Novel about Kwanzaa (1989)

Mariah Keeps Cool (1990)

Mariah Loves Rock (1990)

Suitcase (1999)

Ray and the Best Family Reunion Ever (2002)


Because We Are (1983)

Mississippi Challenge (1992)

The Girl on the Outside (1992) Historical Fiction

Second Daughter: The Story of a Slave Girl (1996)


Kwanzaa: A Family Affair (1995)

Charles Waters~Philadelphia


๐Ÿ”–Can I Touch Your Hair? (2018)


Renee Watson

Picture Books

A Place Where Hurricanes Happen (2010) Historical Fiction

Harlem’s Little Blackbird (2012) Biography

Chapter Books

Betty Before X (2018) Biography

Some Places More Than Others (September 2019)


What Momma Left Me (2010)

This Side of Home (2015)

**Piecing Me Together (2017)

Watch Us Rise (2019)


Carole Boston Weatherford~Baltimore, Maryland

Picture Books

Juneteenth Jamboree (1995) Historical

Seabiscuit: Wild Pony on the Outer Banks (2001)

The Sound that Jazz Makes (2001)
Jazz Baby (2002)

๐Ÿ”–Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins (2004) Historical

Negro League Scrapbook (2005) Historical

Jesse Owens: Fastest Man Alive (2006) Biography

Dear Mr. Rosenwald (2006) Historical Fiction

Champions on the Bench: The Cannon Street YMCA All-Stars (2006) Historical Fiction

I, Matthew Henson: Polar Explorer (2007) Biography

Before John was a Jazz Giant (2008) Biography

๐Ÿ”–Racing Against the Odds: The Story of Wendell Scott, Stock Car Racing’s African-American Champion (2009) Biography

First Pooch: The Obamas Pick a Pet (2009) Biography

๐Ÿ”–Oprah: The Little Speaker (2010) Biography

Obama: Only in America (2010) Biography

Michelle Obama: First Mom (2010) Biography

Sugar Hill: Harlem’s Historical Neighborhood (2014) Historical

Leontyne Price: Voice of a Century (2014) Biography

The Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hammer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement (2015)

Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America (2015) Biography

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom (2016) Biography

๐Ÿ”–Freedom in Congo Square (2016) Historical

The Legendary Lena Horne (2017) Biography

Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library (2017) Biography

Dorothea Lange: The Photographer Who Found the Faces of the Depression (2017) Biography

Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You (2018) Biography

The Roots of Rap: 16 bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop (2019) Historical

Remember the Bridge: Poems of the People (2002) Historical

Sidewalk Chalk: Poems of the City (2006)
Birmingham, 1963 (2007) Historical

Becoming Billie Holiday (2008) Biography

The Beatitudes: From Slavery to Civil Rights (2009)

You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen (2016)

๐Ÿ”–In Your Hands (2017)

Chapter Books

Great African-American Lawyers: Raising the Bar of Freedom (2003) Biographies


Jamie Wilson

๐Ÿ”–Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 25 Heroes from the Past and Present (2018) Biographies


Jacqueline Woodson

Picture Books

The Other Side (2001)

Visiting Day (2002)

Our Gracie Aunt (2002)

๐Ÿ”–Coming Home Soon (2004)

Show Way (2005) Historical

๐Ÿ”–We Had a Picnic This Sunday Past (2007)

๐Ÿ”–Each Kindness (2012)

๐Ÿ”–Pecan Pie baby (2013)

๐Ÿ”–This is Rope: A Story from the Great Migration (2017) Historical Fiction

๐Ÿ”–The Day You Begin (2018)

Locomotion (2003)

Peace, Locomotion (2009)

**Brown Girl Dreaming (2014)


The Dear One (1991)

Maizon at Blue Hill (1992)

I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This (1994)

Way Out of No Way (1996)

The House You Pass on the Way (1997)

If You Come Softly (1998)

Lena (1999)

Miracle’s Boys (2000)

Hush (2002)

Behind You (2004)

Feathers (2007) Historical Fiction

After Tupac and D Foster (2008)

If You Come Softly and Behind You (2010)

**Harbor Me (2018)

Grown Folks

Autobiography of a Family Photo (1995)

From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun (1995)

Beneath a Meth Moon (2012)

**Another Brooklyn (2016)


Kenya Wright

Picture Books

๐Ÿ”–Dream Big (2017)

Magic Elephants (2017)

The Imaginary Dad (2017)

Still Like a Tree (2017)


Sharon Dennis Wyeth

Picture Books

๐Ÿ”–Always My Dad (1994)

Something Beautiful (1998)

A Piece of Heaven (2002)


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