​​Kwame Alexander

Laurie Halse Anderson

William H. Armstrong

​Jane Austen

​Ali Benjamin

Elisha Carbone

Elisha Carbone

Elisha Carbone

Agatha Christie

​Agatha Christie

​Suzanne Collins

Suzanne Collins

​Suzanne Collins

James Fenimore Cooper

Christopher Paul Curtis

Christopher Paul Curtis

Christopher Paul Curtis

Christopher Paul Curtis

​Charles Dickens

​Kate DiCamillo

A. Conan Doyle

Sharon M. Draper

​Sharon M. Draper

​Sharon M. Draper

Sharon M. Draper

​Sharon M. Draper

​Alexander Dumas

​Alexander Dumas

Sharon Flake

Sharon Flake

​Jamie  Ford

Deborah Gregory

Bette Greene

​Nikki Grimes

Nikki Grimes

Nikki Grimes

​​Nikki Grimes

Virginia Hamilton

Virginia Hamilton

Virginia Hamilton
Virginia Hamilton

Virginia Hamilton

Virginia Hamilton

Virginia Hamilton

​Joyce Hansen

Carl Hiaasen

Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard

​Harriet Jacobs

​Ji-Li Jiang

Sue Monk Kidd

​Jeff Kinney

​Rudyard Kipling

​Rudyard Kipling

Julius Lester

Jack London

Alexander McCall Smith

Alice McGill

Alice McGill

Alice McGill

Patricia C. & Fredrick L. McKissack

​Herman Melville

Phil Mendez

Kate Messner

​L.M. Montgomery

Lauren Myracle

Alexs Pate

Sonia Levitin & Jerry Pinkney

​Ann Rinaaldi

Louis Sachar

Lauren Tarshis

Theodore Taylor

Joyce Carol Thomas

​Joyce Carol Thomas

Ann Turnbull

Mark Twain

Mark Twain

Jules Verne

​Jules Verne

​Malvina G. Vogel

Mildred Pitts Walter

​Mildred Pitts Walter

H.G. Wells

​Kate Douglas Wiggin

Rita Williams-Garcia

Rita Williams-Garcia

Virginia Euwer Wolf

Virginia Euwer Wolf

Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson

​Jacqueline Woodson

Sharon Dennis Wyeth​​

Elizabeth Yates

Groove Phi Groove African American Children's Booklist


1793 Fever​​​


Pride and Prejudice (Illustrated Classics)

The Thing About Jellyfish

Blood on the River: James Town, 1607

Stealing Freedom

​Storm Warriors

And Then There Were None

​Murder on the Orient Express


Hunger Games

​Catching Fire

The Last of the Mohicans (Illustrated Classics)

The Mighty Miss Malone

Elijah of Buxton

Bud, Not Buddy

The Watsons Go To Birmingham 1963

A Tale of Two Cities (Illustrated Classics)​​

Because of Winn Dixie

Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Illustrate Classic)

Tears of a Tiger*

Just Another Hero*

The Battle of Jericho*

November Blues*

​Stella by Starlight

The Count of Monte Cristo (Illustrated Classics)

​The Man in the Iron Mask (Illustrated Classics)

The Skin I'm In*

Money Hungry*

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Cheetah Girls (any in series)

Philip Hall Likes Me, I Reckon, Maybe

​Jazmin's Notebook

Meet Heaven Brown

​Road to Paris

​Bronx Masquerade


Second Cousins

Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush


The Mystery of Drear House


Zeely: An Eve Diamond Novel

Which Way To Freedom


Virgie Goes to School With Us Boys

​Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl*

​Red Scarf Girl

The Secret Life of Bees*

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (any in series)

​Jungle Book (Illustrated Classics)

​Captain Courageous (Illustrated Classic)​

Day of Tears

The Call of The Wild

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

In the Hollow of Your Hand *with CD

Miles' Song

Here We Go Round

​The Dark 30: Southern Tales of the Supernatural

Moby Dick (Illustrated Classics)

The Back Snowman

Long Road to Freedom

Anne Green Gables (Illustrated Classic)



The Man Who Kept his Heart in a Bucket

Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons


Survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863

The Cay

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)

A Journey to the Center of the Earth (Classics)

Around the World in 80 Days (Illustrated Classics)

​The Secret Garden (Illustrated Classics)

Alec's Primer

Because We Are

​The Invisible Man (Illustrated Classics)

​Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

One Crazy Summer

P.S. Be Elven

Make Lemonade

True Believer​

Brown Girl Dreaming

The Other Side

Miracle's Boys



​Amos Fortune, Free Man


The book selections below are comprised of the Great Illustrated Classics which introduce students to titles such as Pride and Prejudice, A Tale of Two Cities, Moby Dick, The Cay and Modern Classics such as 1793 Fever, The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 and The Skin I'm in by Sharon Flake.  These selections introduce complex narratives which challenge the reader to process how a misguided transcends their prejudices and come to appreciate the difference between ethnic and social groups.  In addition the the authors of these books compel the reader to examine right and wrong in a subtle and deft manner, which allows the reader to examine the power of forgiveness while demonstrating the ability to change despite the influence of social prejudices.  

      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

​Children, Preteen, & Adolescent 


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