Black History Month: African American Writers

To celebrate Black History month this February, the Library is featuring the works of African American authors in a weekly blog post.  Each week we’ll highlight authors from our different collections including children’s literature, young adult fiction, adult fiction and nonfiction, and poetry.

This week we honor a few of the African American authors and illustrators from our Children’s Literature collection.

Jacqueline Woodson
Author Jacqueline Woodson is a  “four-time Newbery Honor winner, a four-time National Book Award finalist, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner” (Source: Penguin Random House)  She is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.  Woodson writes books for all ages; her long list of works include picture books, middle grade readers, poetry, and young adult and adult fiction

Here is a selection of Woodson’s works that can be found in our Children’s Literature collection in Rockefeller Hall.

Andrea Davis Pinkney
Andrea Davis Pinkney is a publisher, editor and an award-winning author of over twenty books for children.   “Her books have been awarded multiple Coretta Scott King Book Awards, Jane Addams Children’s Literature Honor citations, four NAACP Image Award nominations, the Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor medal, as well as several Parenting Publication Gold Medals, and American Library Association Notable Book citations” (Source: Andrea Davis Pinkney).  Pinkney has collaborated on several books with her husband, award-winning illustrator Brian Pinkney.

Here is a selection of books by Andrea Davis Pinkney that can be found in our Children’s Collection.

Kadir Nelson
Kadir Nelson is a critically acclaimed artist and Coretta Scott King Award winning author and illustrator of children’s books.  One of Nelson’s recent collaboration includes illustrating Miles Morales: Spider-Man written by award-winning children’s and young adult author Jason Reynolds.

Below is a selection of books written or illustrated by Kadir Nelson that can be found in our Children’s Collection.


Rita Williams-Garcia
Rita Williams-Garcia is an award-winning author of nine novels for young adults and middle grade readers.  Each book in her three book series featuring the Gaither Sisters, was the recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award.  Her recent work Clayton Byrd Has Gone Underground is on the 2017 National Book Award Longlist for Young People’s Literature.

Below are works by Williams-Garcia that be found in our Children’s Collection.


Kwame Alexander
Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and award-winning author of 25 books.  Alexander has written books for all ages, including his Newbury Award winning middle-grade reader The Crossover (Source: Kwame Alexander).

Below are works by Alexander that be found in our Children’s Collection.