Great Books for the Classroom by Black Authors

In this Unabridged Podcast discussion, we recommend some books by Black authors that we think would be a great fit in the classroom. We talk about recommendations for Kid Lit, Middle Grade, and YA Lit, and we touch on books by several of our favorite authors, including Jacqueline Woodson, Kwame Alexander, and Ibi Zoboi.

Bookish Check-in

Ashley - Anna Solomon’s The Book of V

Sara - Sandhya Menon's When Dimple Met Rishi


Our Recommendations

-Kid Lit
*Quvenzhané Wallis’s A Night Out with Mama
*Kwame Alexander’s The Undefeated, illustrated by Kadir Nelson
-Middle Grade
*Jerry Craft’s New Kid
*Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming and Harbor Me


-YA Lit

*Ibi Zoboi's American Street and Pride: A Pride and Prejudice Remix

*Renee Watson’s Piecing Me Together


Give Me One - Movie to Watch with Your Kids

Ashley - Shrek series

Jen - Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Sara - Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse


Other Mentions

Nic Stone's works, including Dear Martin, Odd One Out, Jackpot, Clean Getaway, Shuri
Kwame Alexander's works, including the Crossover series (including The Crossover, Booked, Rebound), Solo, and Swing
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
Elizabeth Acevedo's The Poet X
Angie Thomas's On the Come Up
Angie Thomas's Concrete Rose (January 2021)
Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying
Jacqueline Woodson's The Day You Begin
Jason Reynolds's Miles Morales: Spider-Man


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