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The 30th Annual African American Children's Book Fair – LIVE and IN PERSON will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th Arch Street on Saturday, February 26, 2022, from 1:00 to 4 p.m. Hosted by the African American Children’s Book Project, the book fair is one of the oldest and largest single-day events for children's books in the country. Games, prizes and promotional give-aways will highlight the afternoon. A wide selection of affordable Black children’s books will be available for purchase.

Support The African American Children's Book Project

Click the button to purchase books of our 2021 participants. Proceed of your purchase supports the activities of The African American Children's Book Project. Our bookseller is the Literary Cafe - Books & Events who specializes in Black children's books - preschool to young adult, hosting and producing literary events.

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THE AFRICAN AMERICAN CHILDREN’S BOOK PROJECT BEST PICTURE BOOKS OF 2021

The titles in The African American Children’s Book Project Best Picture Books of 2021 run the gamut from fiction to non-fiction. The list has books that will make you smile, books that will enlightened you and books that will enrich your life. All of the books have one thing in common they are written and illustrated by Black literary creators. To order copies of the books listed go to: bookshop.org/shop/theliterarycafe.

A Day for Rememberin: Inspired by the True Events of the First
Memorial Day
– Leah Henderson (author), Floyd Cooper (Illustrator) – Harry N. Abrams

The Electric Slide and Kai 
– by Kelly J. Baptist (author), Darnell Johnson (Illustrator) – Lee and Low

Your Legacy: A Bold Reclaiming of Our Enslaved History 
– by Schele Williams (author), Tonya Engel (Illustrator) – Harry N. Abrams 

Alaina and the Great Play
– by Eloise Greenfield  (author), Colin Bootman (Illustrator) – Alazar Press

DREAM STREET
–  by Tricia Elam Walker (author), Ekua Holmes (Illustrator) – Anne Schwartz Books

Nina: A Story of Nina Simone
– by Traci N. Todd (author), Christian Robinson (Illustrator) – G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The Me I Choose To Be Hardcover
– by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley (author), Regis and Kahran Bethencourt (artist) – Little Brown and Company

When Langston Dances 
– by Kaija Langley  (Author), Keith Mallett (Illustrator) – Denene Milner Books

Soul Food Sunday Hardcover
– Winsome Bingham (author), C. G. Esperanza (Illustrator) – Harry N. Abrams

The People Remember
– by Ibi Zoboi (Author), Loveis Wise (Illustrator)
–  Balzer + Bray

Bright Brown Baby 
– by Andrea Davis Pinkney  (Author), Brian Pinkney (Illustrator)
– Orchard Books

Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre Hardcover
– by Carole Boston Weatherford  (Author), Floyd Cooper (Illustrator)
– Carolrhoda

Pigskins to Paintbrushes: The Story of Football-Playing Artist Ernie Barnes 
– by Don Tate  (Author and Illustrator)

Remember to Dream, Ebere 
– by Cynthia Erivo  (Author), Charnelle Pinkney Barlow (Illustrator)
– Little Brown Books

C Is for Country Hardcover
– by Lil Nas X  (Author), Theodore Taylor III (Illustrator)
– Random House Books

We Shall Overcome 
– by Bryan Collier (Illustrator) – Orchard Books

Shirley Chisholm Is a Verb
– by Veronica Chambers (Author), Rachelle Baker (Illustrator) – Dial

Jump at the Sun: The True Life Tale of Unstoppable Storycatcher Zora Neale Hurston 
– by Alicia D. Williams  (Author), Jacqueline Alcántara (Illustrator)
– 
Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books 

Saving the Day: Garrett Morgan’s Life-Changing Invention of the Traffic Signal (A Sweet Blackberry Book)
by Karyn Parsons (author) ,R. Gregory Christi (Illustrator)
– Little Brown Books

THE 30TH ANNUAL AFRICAN AMERICAN
CHILDREN’S BOOK FAIR
PARTICIPANTS 

Below are the creators of the best children’s books of our generation.
To purchase their books click on our bookstore link.

If you would like to host one of the participants featured below virtually or live-in person please email us at read@theafricanamericanchildrensbookproject.org  

ERIC BATTLE

PAULA CHASE

NANCY DEVARD

JUDY ALLEN DODSON

C.J. FARLEY

SUNDEE T. FRAZIER

LEAH HENDERSON

EKUA HOLMES

CHERYL WILLIS HUDSON

WADE HUDSON

GORDON C. JAMES

CHRISTINE KENDALL

KAIJA LANGLEY

E B LEWIS

KELLY STARLING LYONS

KEKLA MAGOON

TORREY MALDONADO

DAVID MILLER

KARYN PARSONS

BAPTISTE PAUL

JASON REYNOLDS

OLUGBEMISOLA RHUDAY-PERKOVICH

NATASHA TARPLEY

ADREA THEODORE

BRITTANY J. THURMAN

TINA WELLS

SCHELE WILLIAMS

IBI ZOBOI

Past Participants Black Books Are 2021

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JUDY ALLEN DODSON

TRACEY BAPTISTE

WINSOME BINGHAM

PAULA CHASE

TRICIA ELAM WALKER

TONYA ENGEL

C.J. FARLEY

R. GREGORY CHRISTIE

THEANNE GRIFFITH

NIKKI GRIMES

EKUA HOLMES

WADE HUDSON

KAIJA LANGLEY

VARIAN JOHNSON

JANAE MARKS

GREG NERI

JEWELL PARKER RHODES

CHARLES R. SMITH, JR.

NATASHA TARPLEY

DON TATE

TRACI N. TODD

SCHELE WILLIAMS

IBI ZOBOI

ELIZABETH ZUNON

Moderators

SUSAN BROWNE

DR. JACQUELINE DOUGE

DINAH JOHNSON

VANESSE LLOYD-SGAMBATI

KELLY STARLING LYONS

OLUGBEMISOLA RHUDAY-PERKOVICH

CAROLE BOSTON WEATHERFORD

Support The African American Children's Book Project

Click the button to purchase books of all of the book fair authors and illustrators. Proceed of your purchase supports the activities of The African American Children's Book Project. Our bookseller is the Literary Cafe - Books & Events who specializes in Black children's books - preschool to young adult, hosting and producing literary events.

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SPONSORS

To learn more about our celebrated sponsors and their activities, click on the logo. If you would like to be a sponsor for our upcoming events contact:
The Literary Media and Publishing Consultants – info@theliterarycafe.org or call (215) 878-BOOK.

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ABOUT THE PROJECT

The African American Children’s Book Project was created in 1992 to promote and preserve children’s literature written by or about African Americans.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The African American Children’s Book Project was created in 1992 to promote and preserve children’s literature written by or about African Americans.

I read to see me
Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati

Founder, The African American Children’s Book Project

The African American Children’s Book Project (AACBP) has supported the literary needs of children since 1992. The non-profit was created to promote and preserve children’s literature written by or about African Americans. The AACBP believes A BOOK OPENS UP A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITIES.

At AACBP, we know that early access to books plays an important role in building lifelong readers. We collaborate with authors, illustrators, publishers, booksellers, educators, consumers, libraries, non-profits and corporations to promote literacy programs across the country.

Our stellar programs include:

  • Book fairs
  • Book signings
  • Workshops
  • I Read To See Me program (author/illustrator virtual/in-school visits)
  • Educating consumers on trends/resources in youth literature
  • Guidance on establishing home libraries
  • Advocacy initiatives to promote Black literature around the world

On Saturday February 5 , 2022, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., we will host the 30th Annual African American Children’s Book Fair — one of the oldest and largest single-day events for diverse children’s books in the country. The featured authors and illustrators have produced some of the best books of our generation that celebrate the achievements and contributions of Black Americans in this country.

Parents who attended the book fair as youth now bring their children because they know the power of reading books that reflect their culture and heritage.

During 2020, many parents called the African American Children’s Book Fair “a lifesaver” for their children who turned to home libraries, curated over the years from attending the African American Children’s Book Fair, to get a reprieve from electronics — while still learning. Parents and teachers also reached out to the AACBP for recommendations on age-appropriate books to teach children about race and social justice issues.

ON OUR RADAR
Floyd Cooper

CELEBRATE FLOYD COOPER DAY ON MAY 6TH

May 6, 2022 is FLOYD COOPER DAY! During the May 2022 Children’s Book Week (May 1-7) the first annual Floyd Cooper Day will be held to celebrate his inspiring and powerful work as an award-winning illustrator and author. Cooper was  a celebrated children’s book illustrator and author who explored the Black experience in stories rooted in history.  He died on July 15, 2021 but his memory and work lives on. Over 30 years and  100 titles, he illustrated children’s stories that not only carried his earthy and golden pastel impressions of Black life, but that also strived to recount chapters of Black history that he felt weren’t taught enough in classrooms—if they were taught at all.

Crystal Allen will be reading from his book JUNETEENTH FOR MAZIE in Galveston on the same spot where the declaration was made in 1865! 

Click on our bookstore to find a complete list of his titles in print.

Floyd Cooper Day is sponsored by:

 Friends of Floyd Cooper • The Brown Bookshelf • the Highlights Foundation • The African American Children’s Book Project
• Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader
.

BLACK BOOKS ARE – COMING December 4, 2021
11:00-3:00 pm EST


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