Black Authors & Illustrators

Popular fiction and movie adaptations often explore themes similar to those found in classic literature.  These and more recommendations by female authors are now on display and available to borrow.

IfYouLike 1a      the help

the color purple     to kill a mockingbird     IfYouLike 1b

Additional recommendations include:

If you liked…Twilight…then you might like…

If you liked…The Hunger Games…then you might like…

If you liked…The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants…then you might like…

Stop by the Library to see what we recommend!


By Jacqueline Woodson; illustrated by E.B. Lewis

Format: print

View in the Library Catalog

Author Chat with Jacqueline Woodson (NYPL)

Author’s Website

Illustrator’s Website

Interview with the Illustrator


By Walter Dean Myers

Format: print

View in the Library Catalog

Children’s Book Envoy Defines His Mission – New York Times article about Myers’s role as national ambassador for young people’s literature.

To Do Well In Life, You Have To ‘Read Well’ – NPR Interview

About the Artist
“Walter Dean Myers is the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of more than eighty books for children and young adults, including Sunrise Over Fallujah, Fallen Angels, Monster, Somewhere in the Darkness, Slam!, Jazz, and Harlem. Mr. Myers has received two Newbery Honors, five Coretta Scott King Awards, and the inaugural recipient of the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. In addition, he was the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award and the 1994 recipient of the American Library Association’s Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring an author for a “significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature.” He is considered one of the preeminent writers for children.” Read more…

By Ellen Levine; illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Format: print

View in the Library Catalog

Art of Kadir Nelson

Interview with Kadir Nelson

The Author Reads Henry’s Freedom Box Aloud

About the Artist
“Kadir Nelson is an award-winning American artist whose works have been exhibited in major national and international publications, institutions, art galleries, and museums. Nelson earned a Bachelor’s degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York and has since created paintings for a host of distinguished clients including Sports Illustrated, The Coca-Cola Company, The United States Postal Service, Major League Baseball, and Dreamworks SKG where he worked as a visual development artist creating concept artwork for feature films, “Amistad”, and “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron”. Many of Nelson’s paintings are in the collections of notable institutions and public collections, including the U.S. House of Representatives and the National Baseball Hall of Fame, as well as in the private collections of actors, professional athletes, and musicians.”

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