Virtual Book Club

For the past few years, I’ve facilitated book clubs for girls. We’ve read dozens of picture books that celebrate literary treasures by black children’s book creators of today and the past. Sometimes, I get emails from parents, community group leaders and teachers asking me to recommend good books about kids of color. Below, I posted one of our reading lists. If you don't see a month listed, that means we went on a related field trip instead.

The book selections are grouped by age range – lower elementary and upper elementary. Please join us in reading these titles and saluting the wonderful authors and illustrators who created them. If you enjoy a particular selection, please post a review on Amazon.com. Your feedback may help keep a good book in print.

Also, to find more great reads, please check out The Brown Bookshelf, a site created by a team of authors and illustrators dedicated to raising awareness of African-American children’s literature. I'm honored to be part of that group. I created a few Listmania lists below that offer more wonderful books to consider sharing with young people you love too. There's also a list of resources where you can find more multicultural kidlit recommendations.

Finally, I just started a new service, children's book club consulting. Would you like to start a book club for kids that introduces them to children’s books by black authors and illustrators, but you don’t know where to begin? I can help. We’ll discuss themes, reading level, mission and then I’ll create a year-long reading list for your club complete with fun extension activities and links to reviews, discussion guides (if available) and author and illustrator web sites. If you're interested, contact me at email@kellystarlinglyons.com.

Here’s to celebrating children’s literature every day.

Happy Reading!

Kelly

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KELLY’S AMAZON LISTMANIA LISTS:

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RESOURCES FOR MULTICULTURAL BOOKS:

The Brown Bookshelf: http://www.thebrownbookshelf.com/
Just Us Books: http://justusbooks.com/
Lee & Low: http://www.leeandlow.com/
Cinco Puntos Press: http://www.cincopuntos.com/
Shen's Books: http://shens.com/
American Indians in Children's Literature: http://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.blogspot.com/
Cooperative Children's Book Center: http://ccbc.education.wisc.edu/
Teaching for Change: http://www.teachingforchange.org/
Reading is Fundamental: http://www.rif.org/us/literacy-resources/multicultural/2013-2014-steam-multicultural-booklist.htm
Crazy QuiltEdi: http://campbele.wordpress.com/
Fledgling: https://zettaelliott.wordpress.com/category/history/
CBC Diversity: http://www.cbcdiversity.com/
Diversity in YA: http://www.diversityinya.com/
Birthday Party Pledge: http://birthdaypartypledge.com/
Sweet Honey Child Book Club: http://sweethoneychildbookclub.tumblr.com/

LOWER ELEMENTARY BOOK CLUB PICKS:

September

 

Ruby & the Booker Boys: Brand New School, Brave New Ruby by Derrick Barnes,

illustrated by

Vanessa Brantley Newton

November

Little Diva
by LaChanze,
illustrated by Brian Pinkney

My Friend Maya Loves to Dance

My Friend Maya Loves to Dance

by Cheryl Willis Hudson,
illustrated by Eric Velasquez

December

Chita's Christmas Tree

Chita's Christmas Tree

by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard, illustrated by Floyd Cooper


 

February

Oprah, The Little Speaker
by Carole Boston Weatherford,
illustrated by London Ladd

Just Like Josh Gibson

Just Like Josh Gibson
by Angela Johnson,
illustrated by Beth Peck

 

April

Around My Way

on Neighbor's Day
by Tameka Fryer Brown,

illustrated by

Charlotte Riley-Webb

The Jazz of Our Street

 

 

 

 

 

Jazz of Our Street
by Fatima Shaik,

illustrated by E.B. Lewis

 

June

Looking Like Me

Looking Like Me
by Walter Dean Myers,

illustrated by Christopher Myers

Keep Climbing, Girls

Keep Climbing, Girls
by Beah E. Richards,

illustrated by

R. Gregory Christie

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UPPER ELEMENTARY BOOK CLUB PICKS:

September

Ruby & the Booker Boys: Trivia Queen, Third Grade Supreme
by Derrick Barnes,
illustrated by

Vanessa Brantley Newton

 

 

November

Lucky Beans

by Becky Birtha,

illustrated by Nicole Tadgell

Ruth and the Green Book (Carolrhoda Picture Books)

Ruth & the Green Book

by Calvin Ramsey,

illustrated by Floyd Cooper

December

Chita's Christmas Tree

Chita's Christmas Tree
by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard, illustrated by Floyd Cooper

 

February

 

Bad News for Outlaws

by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson,

illustrated by

R. Gregory Christie

Product Details

When Marian Sang

by Pamel Munoz Ryan,

illustrated by Brian Selznick

 

April

The Broken Bike Boy and the Queen of 33rd Street

(first half of the book)
by Sharon Flake

 

 

June

The Broken Bike Boy and the Queen of 33rd Street

(second half of the book)
by Sharon Flake