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.

The organization accomplishes this by collaborating with authors, illustrators, publishers, booksellers, educators, consumers, and corporate entities interested in promoting literacy. The organization also achieves its goals through a variety of activities like book fairs, book signings, workshops, author/illustrator in-school visits, educating consumers on trends in youth literature, guidance on establishing home libraries, and advocacy initiatives to promote multicultural literature around the country.
I read to see me
Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati

Founder, The African American Children’s Book Project

The African American Children’s Book Project  has supported the literary needs of the nation since 1992. The non-profit was formed to promote and preserve children’s literature written by and about African Americans. Since its inception we have emphasized that A BOOK OPENS UP A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITIES.

We collaborate with authors, illustrators, publishers, booksellers, educators, consumers and corporate entities interested in literacy.  Our programs stress the role that access and choice play in building lifelong readers.  Our stellar programs include:  book fairs, book signings, workshops, I Read To See Me (author/illustrator virtual/in-school visits), educating consumers on trends/resources in youth literature, guidance on establishing home libraries and advocacy initiative to promote Black literature around the world.

Our audience was broaden this past year when  many – from all communities – reached out to get a better understanding of how to teach their children about social justice issues.  From the beginning we’ve understood reading  about Black History is the  ideal way to teach social justice to ALL children. Our programs are also  about opening the pages of books to create life long readers.

We are gearing up for The 29th Annual African American Children’s Book Fair which is one of the oldest and largest single-day events for diverse children’s books in the country. The featured authors/illustrators have produced some of the best books of our generation. Parents who attended as children now bring their children because they know the power of reading books that reflect their images. The event also showcases books that celebrate the vast contributions of  Black  Americans to this country.

 This year, some parents have called the African American Children’s Book Fair “a lifesaver” for their children who turned to home libraries, curate over the years from attending the African American Children’s Book Fair, to get a reprieve from electronics — while still learning. 

Mark you calendar for Saturday, February 6, 2021 – 11:00-3:00PM.

The 29th Annual African American Children's Book Fair will be held virtually on Saturday, February 6, 2021. Hosted by the African American Children’s Book Project (AACBP), the Book Fair is one of the oldest and largest single-day events for children's books in the country, with an average yearly attendance of more than 3,500.

The African American Children’s Book Fair has supported the literary needs of the community since 1992 — featuring nationally celebrated bestselling authors and illustrators, many of whom have won some of the most prestigious American Library Association awards. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are prepared to pivot and present the book fair virtually to continue to engage readers in a safe way.

The virtual Book Fair is being hosted on

Feb 6, 2021

read@theafricanamericanchildrensbookproject.org

Registration starts January 8, 2021

2021 Participants

TAMI CHARLES

BRYAN COLLIER

TORREY MALDONADO

CHARNELLE PINKNEY BARLOW

FLOYD COOPER

CAROLE BOSTON WEATHERFORD

JERRY CRAFT

IBI ZOBOI

OLUGBEMISOLA RHUDAY-PERKOVICH

PAULA CHASE HYMAN

DERRICK BARNES

ERIC VELASQUEZ

KELLY STARLING LYONS

JERRY PINKNEY

SHARON G. FLAKE

TRICIA ELAM WALKER

WADE HUDSON

CHERYL WILLIS HUDSON

RENÉE WATSON

LYNNETTE MAWHINNEY

PAMELA M.TUCK

LEAH HENDERSON

APRIL HARRISON

E. B. LEWIS

FREDERICK JOSEPH

GORDON C. JAMES

ANDREA DAVIS PINKNEY

BRIAN PINKNEY

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