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.
Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati

Founder, The African American Children’s Book Project

I’m a literary consultant and have extensive experience in doing book-driven events. My company, The Literary Media and Publishing Consultants, has produced events all around the country under the banner of The Literary Café™ for adult authors. I looked around the community and saw wonderful book-driven events for adults, but nothing for our children. I asked around town and kept hearing that Black people don’t buy books for their children. I was horrified because I knew that in my circle, people bought books for their kids. This simply wasn’t true. I was on a mission .

Another issue is this myth that African Americans don’t read and won’t buy books for their children – especially hard cover. This is totally absurd. Access is the issue. Publishers and booksellers have to think out of the box. Go to the people – church bookstores, social and civic organizations. Here you will find a willing audience – willing to invest in their children.

African American consumers also need to be pro-active. When you walk into your local bookstore, if you don’t see African-American children’s titles on the shelves ask for some recommendations. Publishing is a business. Get your family and friends to buy at the location. If the bookstore knows they have an audience for African-American children’s books, you’ll see the difference.

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 African American Children’s Book Fair is one of the oldest and largest single-day events for African-American 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 young readers in a safe way.

The virtual Book Fair is being hosted on

Feb 6, 2021

read@theafricanamericanchildrensbookproject.org

Registration starts January 1, 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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