Book List for Black Girls

Young readers

  • Kamla and Kate, Jamila Gavin
  • Aditi and the One-Eyed Monkey, Suniti Namjoshi
  • Tara on the Shikara, Sigrun Srivastava
  • Mala, Gita Wolf & Annouchka Gravel Galouchko
  • Lao Lao of Dragon Mountain, Margaret Bateson-Hill & Francesca Pelizzoli
  • The Jessame Stories, Julia Jarman
  • More Jessame Stories, Julia Jarman
  • Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World, Cynthia Chin-Lee
  • Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale, John Steptoe
  • Amazing Grace, Mary Hoffman
  • I Can Do it Too!, Karen Baicker

Older children

  • The Wheel of Surya, Jamila Gavin
  • The Eye of the Horse, Jamila Gavin
  • The Track of the Wind, Jamila Gavin
  • Island’s End, Padma Venkatraman
  • Noughts and Crosses, Malorie Blackman
  • Checkmate, Malorie Blackman
  • Roll of thunder hear my cry, Mildred Taylor
  • Let the circle be unbroken, Mildred Taylor
  • The midnight robber, Nalo Hopkinson
  • Harriet’s Daughter, Marlene Nourbese Philip
  • The Kayla Chronicles, Sherri Winston
  • Annie Allen, Gwendolyn Brooks

At least aged 14 -16

  • Persepolis: The Story of an Iranian Childhood, Marjane Satrapi
  • Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return, Marjane Satrapi
  • The Other Side of Truth, Beverley Naidoo
  • We Got Issues! A Young Woman’s Guide to a Bold, Courageous and Empowered Life, Edited by Rha Goddess and JLove Calderon
  • Purple Hibiscus, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Wide Sargaso Sea, Jean Rys
  • The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan
  • Long Road to Nowhere, Amryl Johnson
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
  • The Color Purple – Alice Walker
  • Annie John – Jamaica Kincaid
  • Zami: A New Spelling of My Name – Audre Lorde
  • Possessing the Secret of Joy – Alice Walker
  • Assata : An Autobiography – Assata Shakur
  • Aya de Yopougon, Marguerite Abouet and drawn by Clément Oubrerie
  • We Sinful Women – Contemporary Urdu Feminst Poetry, Kishwar Naheed
  • As a Black Woman, Maud Sulter
  • The fat black woman’s poems, Grace Nichols
  • A Dangerous Knowing: Four Black Women Poets.  Barbara Burford, Gabriela Pearse, Grace Nichols & Jackie Kay
  • The Conversations of Cow, Sunita Namjoshi
  • Baby Ji, Abha Dawesar

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