Groove Phi Groove African American Children's booklist

Verna Aardema

Verna Aardem & Susan Meddaugh

Chinua Achebe

​Debbie Allen

Kwame Alexander

David A. Adler

Sherman Alexie

Linda Jacobs Altman

Laurie Halse Anderson

Laurie Halse Anderson​​​

Laurie Halse Anderson

Maya Angelou

William H. Armstrong

Jabari Asim

Dianna Hattis Aston

​Jane Austen

Karen Beaumont

Sandra Belton

​Ali Benjamin

Colin Bootman

Omar N. Bradley

Becky Birtha

​William Wells Brown

Katheryn Russell-Brown

​Carol Rifka Brunt

​Ashley Bryan

​Octavia E. Butler

Barbara Swett Burt

Betty K. Bynum

Jeannette Caines

Kate Chopin

Agatha Christie

​Agatha Christie

Catherine Clinton

Paulo Coelho

Robert Coles​

​Suzanne Collins

​Suzanne Collins

​Suzanne Collins

James Fenimore Cooper

Misty Copeland

Donald Crews

Pat Cummings

Pat Cummings

Christopher Paul Curtis

Christopher Paul Curtis

Christopher Paul Curtis

Christopher Paul Curtis

Matt De La Peña

Kate DiCamillo

​Charles Dickens

Taye Diggs

Ten Memory

Dr. Seuss

A. Conan Doyle

Sharon M. Draper

Sharon M. Draper

Sharon M. Draper

Sharon M. Draper

​Sharon M. Draper

​Sharon M. Draper

Sharon M. Draper

Sharon M. Draper

​Sharon M. Draper

​Alexander Dumas

​Alexander Dumas

​Ralph Ellison

Sharon Flake

Sharon Flake

​Valerie Flournoy

​William Golding

​Jamie  Ford

Deborah Gregory

Matthew Gollub

Chantal Grosleziat

​John Green

​John Green

Bette Greene

Eloise Greenfield

Nikki Grimes

Nikki Grimes

​Nikki Grimes

Nikki Grimes

Nikki Grimes

​​Nikki Grimes

​​​​Nikki Grimes

Sheila Hamanaka

Virginia Hamilton

Virginia Hamilton

Virginia Hamilton

Virginia Hamilton

Virginia Hamilton
Virginia Hamilton

Virginia Hamilton

Virginia Hamilton

Virginia Hamilton

​Joyce Hansen

Lee Harper

Carolivia Herron

Karen Hesse

Carl Hiaasen

​S.E. Hinton

Mary Hoffman

Mary Hoffman

​Mary Hoffman

Sandy Lynne Holman

Deborah Hopkinson

​Deborah Hopkinson

Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard

Cheryll Willis Hudson

Cheryll Willis Hudson & B. G. Ford

​Zora Neale Hurston

Rachel Isadora

Rachel Isadora

Rachel Isadora

​​Rachel Isadora

​Rachel Isadora

Rachel Isadora

​Harriet Jacobs

​Ji-Li Jiang

Dolores Johnson

William Kamkwamba & Mealer

Ezra Jack Keats

Ezra Jack Keats

​Ezra Jack Keats

​Ezra Jack Keats

​Ezra Jack Keats

Ezra Jack Keats

Ezra Jack Keats

Daniel Keys

Sue Monk Kidd​

​Sue Monk Kidd

​Jeff Kinney

​Rudyard Kipling

​Rudyard Kipling

Virginia L. Kroll

​​Virginia L. Kroll

Paul Langan

Kathryn Lasky

Paintings by Jacob Lawrence

Julius Lester

Ellen Levin & Kadir Nelson

​Arnold Lobel

Jack London

​Lois Lowry

​Sonia Levitin, Cat Bowman Smith​

Kekla Magoon

Cedella Marley

​Joe Mathieu

Bill Martin & John Archambault

Margaret Mason

Jean Marzollo

Alexander McCall Smith

​Gerald McDermott

Alice McGill

Alice McGill

Alice McGill

Patricia C. & Fredrick L. McKissack

Patricia C. & Fredrick L. McKissack

Patricia C. & Fredrick L. McKissack
Patricia C. McKissack

​Patricia C. McKissack

Patricia C. McKissack & J. Pinkney

​Patricia C. McKissack & R. Isadora

Terry McMillan

Anna McQuinn

​Alice Mead

Angela Shelf Medearis

Angela Shelf Medearis

​Herman Melville

Phil Mendez

Kate Messner​

Tololwa M Mollel

​L.M. Montgomery

Toni & Slade Morrison

​Toni Morrison

​Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison

​Toni Morrison

​Jon Muth

Christopher Myers

Walter Dean Myers

​Walter Dean Myers

Walter Dean Myers

Walter Dean Myers 

Walter Dean Myers

​Walter Dean Myers

Lauren Myracle

​Kadir Nelson

​Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

G. Neri

G. Neri

​G. Neri

Jerdine Nolen

Jerdine Nolen

Bobby & Sherrie Norfolk

​Solomon Northup

Mary Norton

Jewell Parker Rhodes

Jewell Parker Rhodes

​Dianne Ochiltree

​Scott O'Dell

Elizabeth Murphy Oliver

Gary Paulsen

Gary Paulsen

Alexs Pate

Willie Perdomo

Andrea Davis Pinkney

Andrea Davis Pinkney

Brian Pinkney

Brian Pinkney​

Alan Schroeder, Jerry Pinkney

Virginia Hamilton, Jerry Pinkney

Robert D. San Souci & J. Pinkney

Sonia Levitin & Jerry Pinkney

Patricia Polish

Patricia Polish

​Hope Lynn Price

Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds

​Jason Reynolds

Pam Munoz Ryan

Ann Rinaaldi

Faith Ringgold

Faith Ringgold

​Faith Ringgold

Anne Rockwell

​Veronica Roth

​Louis Sachar

Robert D. San Souci

Robert D. San Souci

Robert D. San Souci

Robert D. San Souci

Anne Schraff

Maxine Rose Schur

Pete Seeger

​Maurice Sendak

Joseph Slate & L.B. Lewis

​Asali Solomon

Sister Souljah

John Steptoe

John Steptoe

Bettye Stroud​​

​Jonathan Swift

Lauren Tarshis

Natasha Anastasia Tarpley

Eleanora C. Tate

​Clifton L. Taulbert

Mildred D. Taylor

Mildred D. Taylor

Mildred D. Taylor

Mildred D. Taylor

​Mildred D. Taylor

Joyce Carol Thomas

Joyce Carol Thomas

​Joyce Carol Thomas

​Joyce Carol Thomas

Joyce Carol Thomas

Ann Turnbull

Mark Twain

Mark Twain

​Omar Tyree

Janice May Udry (Scholastic)

​Janice May Udry

Chris Van Allsburg

Jules Verne

​Jules Verne

​Malvina G. Vogel

Alice Walker

​Margaret Walker

Mildred Pitts Walter

​Mildred Pitts Walter

Kim Wayans and Kevin Knotts

H.G. Wells

​Kate Douglas Wiggin

​Deborah Wiles

Guard Williams

Vera B. Williams

Rita Williams-Garcia

Rita Williams-Garcia

Jeanette Winter

Virginia Euwer Wolf

Virginia Euwer Wolf​

Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson

​Jacqueline Woodson

Richard Wright

Sharon Dennis Wyeth​​​

Elizabeth Yates

Groove Phi Groove African American Children's Booklist
Groove Phi Groove African American Children's Booklist

​Children, Preteen, & Adolescent 


      We endeavor to effectuate a course of positive change from one generation to the next generation in lives of young children and young adults via engaging in and facilitating uplifting community service projects and activities.  Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte seeking to encourage families within his country to develop the next generation of scientists, forward thinkers, medics, and educators when he rightfully declared, "show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world." ~ He made this poignant proclamation seeking to encourage those of the lower classes to improve their stature in society and move his nation forward in a world which was rapidly expanding industrially. Our aim is to develop self-esteem and promote cultural awareness via a diverse reading list. We believe that education is the perfect vehicle to improve one's stature in society and that reading is the fundamental tool for a strong educational foundation. 

      Unlike most African American Booklist, our book recommendations are not limited to just Black authors, but include titles such as Fever 1796 which depicts a pre-adolescent protagonist whom comes to appreciate and value African Americans through her interactions with them as Yellow Fever radishes colonial Philadelphia.  It also includes books like The Secret Lives of Bees, in which a young white outcaste helps a wrongly incarcerate black woman break free of the of the oppressive bonds of a prejudice southern town. In addition books such as to Kill a Mockingbird, No Shame No Fear, The Alchemist and others, which demonstrate how leading characters overcome adversity through wit, self-discovery and courage.  Notwithstanding the bulk of the Booklist is overwhelmingly written by Black authors, but are not merely meant for Black readers.  Each book selected will impart some aspect of the black experience and resiliency to audiences of other nationalities and ethnic groups.  We hope you will purchase a book for children in need, whom abode in North Philadelphia; which is predominantly African American.  We also strongly encourage you to purchase a book for yourself or a family member.  Please note that each purchase enriches the lives of children, keeps the selection in print and supports an author whom seeks to enrich our community and nation at large.  ~ Enjoy

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Bringing The Rain to Kapiti Plain

Bimwili and the Zimwi

How Leopard Got His Spots

Dancing In The Wings 

Don't Throw It to Mo! (Mo Jackson)

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian

The Legend Of Freedom Hill

1793 Fever​​



I Know Why The Cage Bird Sings


Whose Toes are Those?

The Moon over Star

Pride and Prejudice (Illustrated Classics)
I Like Myself

From Miss Ida's Porch

The Thing About Jellyfish

Fish for The Grand Lady

A Soldier's Play

Lucky Beans

Clotel: The President's Daughter

Little Melba and Her Big Trombone

Tell The Wolves I'm Home

​Ashley Bryan’s ABC of African American Poetry


A Gift to Share

I'm a Pretty Little Black Girl!

Just Us Women

The Awakening

And Then There Were None

Murder On the Oreint Express

I, Too, Sing America

The Alchemist

The Story of Ruby Bridges


Hunger Games

​Catching Fire

The Last of the Mohicans (Illustrated Classics)


Jimmy Lee Did It

Clean Your Room, Harvey Moon!

The Mighty Miss Malone

Elijah of Buxton

Bud, Not Buddy

The Watsons Go To Birmingham 1963

Last Stop on Market Street

Because of Winn Dixie

A Tale of Two Cities (Illustrated Classics)

Chocolate Me!

The Oak Trees That Talk

Cat in the Hat (any in the Dr. Seuss series)

Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Illustrate Classic)

Tears of a Tiger

Copper Sun


Forged by Fire

Just Another Hero

The Battle of Jericho

Clubhouse Mysteries (any in series)

November Blues

​Stella by Starlight

The Count of Monte Cristo (Illustrated Classics)

​The Man in the Iron Mask (Illustrated Classics)

Invisible Man

The Skin I'm In

Money Hungry

​The Patchwork Quilt

​The Lord of The Flies

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Cheetah Girls (any in series)

The Jazz Fly *with CD

Songs From The Baobab *with CD

Looking For Alaska​

The Fault in Our Stars

Philip Hall Likes Me, I Reckon, Maybe

Me & Neesie

Wild Wild Hair

Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel

​Jazmin's Notebook

Meet Heaven Brown

​Road to Paris

​Bronx Masquerade

​Danitra Brown, Class Clown

All the Colors of the Earth


Second Cousins


Her Stories

Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush


The Mystery of Drear House


Zeely: An Eve Diamond Novel

Which Way To Freedom

To Kill A Mockingbird

Nappy Hair

Come On, Rain!


​The Outsiders

Amazing Grace
Starring Grace
Princess Grace

Grandpa, Is Everything Black Bad?

Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt

​Under The Quilt of Night

Virgie Goes to School With Us Boys

​​Aunt Flossie's Hats

Afro-Bets 1 2 3 Book

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Brown Eyes, Brown Skin

At The Crossroads


The Princess and the Pea

​The Twelve Dancing Princesses

​The Fisherman and His Wife

​Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

​Red Scarf Girl

The Best Bug to Be

The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind

Pet Show!

The Snowy Day


Regards To The Man on The Moon

Keats's Neighborhood: Ezra Jack Keats Treasury

A Letterto Amy

Whistle For Willie

Flowers for Alegernon

The Secret Life of Bees

The Invention of Wings

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (any in series)

​Jungle Book (Illustrated Classics)

​Captain Courageous (Illustrated Classic)

Masai and I

​Jaha and Jamil: An African Mother Goose

Bluford High - The Bully (any in the series)

Vision of Beauty

Great Migration - An American Story

Day of Tears

Henry's Freedom Box

​Frog and Toad (any in series)

The Call of The Wild

The Giver

Boom Town for California​

How It Went Down

One Love

​We're Different, We're the Same (Sesame Street)

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

These Hands

Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King

The No. 1 Lady's Detective Agency (Any in Series)

Anansi the Spider: Tales from the Ashanti

In the Hollow of Your Hand *with CD

Miles' Song

Here We Go Round

Miami Jackson (any in series)

Days of Jubilee

​The Dark 30: Southern Tales of the Supernatural

Mirandy and Brother Wind

Precious and the Boo Hag

Goin' Someplace Special

​Flossie & the Fox


Lola at the Library

The Junebug (any in series)

Harry's House

The Adventures of Sugar and Junior

Moby Dick (Illustrated Classics)

The Back Snowman

Long Road to Freedom

My Rows and Piles of Coins

Anne Green Gables (Illustrated Classic)

Penny Butter Fuddge

The Buest Eye

Tar Baby


​Song of Solomon

​Stone Soup




Darius & Twig


The Glory Field

Somewhere in the Darkness


Heart and Soul: The Story of African Americans 

​Almost to Freedom

Tru & Nelle

Ghetto Cowboy

​Yummy: Last Days of Southside Shorty

Big Jabe

Raising Dragons


12 Years A Slave

The Borrowers


Ninth Ward

​Molly, By Golly!

​Island of Blue Dolphins

Black Mother Goose Book


Brian's Winter 


Visiting Langston

Let It Shine!

​Bill Pickett

Max Found Two Sticks

The Adventures of Sparrowboy

MINTY A Story of Young Harriet Tubman


The Talking Eggs​

The Man Who Kept his Heart in a Bucket

Chicken Sunday

Pink and Say

​These Hands

The Boy in the Black Suit

When I Was The Greatest

​As Brave As You

​When Marian Sang

Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons

Tar Beach

Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky

​Dinner at Aunt Connie's House

When the Drum Sang

​Divergent (any in the series)


​The Boy and the Ghost

​The Faithful Friend

​Sukey and the Mermaid

The Talking Egg

Bluford High - Lost and Found (Any in Series)

When I Left My Village


Where The Wild Things Are

I Want To Be Free


The Coldest Winter Ever

Joy's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale

Baby Says

The Patchwork Path: A Quilt Map to Freedom​

Gulliver's Travels (Illustrated Classics)

Survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863

I Love My Hair!

Just An Overnight Guest

Once Upon A Time When We Colored

The Road To Memphis

​The Land

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Let The Circle be Unbroken

Logan Family Saga (vol 1-6)

The Blacker The Berry

In The Land of Milk and Honey

​Brown Honey in The Broomwheat Tea

Marked By Fire

I Have Heard of a Land

No Shame No Fear

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Classics)

​The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Classics)

Flyy Girl

What Mary Jo Shared

​Mary Jo's Grandmother


A Journey to the Center of the Earth (Classics)

Around the World in 80 Days (Illustrated Classics)

​The Secret Garden (Illustrated Classics)

The Color Purple


Alec's Primer

Because We Are

Amy HodgePodge (any in series)

​The Invisible Man (Illustrated Classics)

​Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

​Freedom Summer: 50th Anniversary

Penny and the Magic Puffballs: The adventures

A Chair for My Mother

One Crazy Summer

P.S. Be Elven

Follow the Drinking Gourd

Make Lemonade

True Believer​

Brown Girl Dreaming

The Other Side

Miracle's Boys


Rites of Passage


​Amos Fortune, Free Man

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