Verna Aardema

Verna Aardema & Susan Meddaugh

Chinua Achebe

​Debbie Allen

David A. Adler

Linda Jacobs Altman​

Jabari Asim

Dianna Hattis Aston

Karen Beaumont

Sandra Belton

Colin Bootman

Becky Birtha

Katheryn Russell-Brown

​Ashley Bryan

Barbara Swett Burt

Betty K. Bynum

Jeannette Caines

Catherine Clinton

Robert Coles

​​Misty Copeland

Donald Crews

Pat Cummings

Pat Cummings

Christopher Paul Curtis

Christopher Paul Curtis

Matt De La Peña

​Charles Dickens

Taye Diggs

Ten Memory

Dr. Seuss

A. Conan Doyle​

​​Sharon M. Draper

Sharon M. Draper

​Sharon M. Draper

​Alexander Dumas

​Alexander Dumas​​

​​Valerie Flournoy​​

Deborah Gregory

Matthew Gollub

Chantal Grosleziat

Eloise Greenfield

Nikki Grimes

Nikki Grimes

​Nikki Grimes​

​​​​Nikki Grimes

Sheila Hamanaka

Virginia Hamilton

Virginia Hamilton

Carolivia Herron

Karen Hesse

Mary Hoffman

Mary Hoffman

​Mary Hoffman

Sandy Lynne Holman

Deborah Hopkinson

​Deborah Hopkinson

Cheryll Willis Hudson

Cheryll Willis Hudson & B. G. Ford

Rachel Isadora

Rachel Isadora

Rachel Isadora

​​Rachel Isadora

​Rachel Isadora

Rachel Isadora

Dolores Johnson

Ezra Jack Keats

Ezra Jack Keats

​Ezra Jack Keats

​Ezra Jack Keats

​Ezra Jack Keats

Ezra Jack Keats

Ezra Jack Keats

​Jeff Kinney

​Rudyard Kipling

​Rudyard Kipling

Virginia L. Kroll

​​Virginia L. Kroll

Kathryn Lasky

Paintings by Jacob Lawrence

Ellen Levin & Kadir Nelson

​Arnold Lobel

​Sonia Levitin, Cat Bowman Smith

Cedella Marley

​Joe Mathieu

Bill Martin & John Archambault

Margaret Mason

Jean Marzollo

​Gerald McDermott

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

Anna McQuinn

​Alice Mead

Angela Shelf Medearis

Angela Shelf Medearis

Tololwa M Mollel

​L.M. Montgomery

Toni & Slade Morrison

​Jon Muth

Christopher Myers

Lauren Myracle

​Kadir Nelson

​Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Jerdine Nolen

Jerdine Nolen

Bobby & Sherrie Norfolk

​Mary Norton

​Dianne Ochiltree

Elizabeth Murphy Oliver

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

Patricia Polish

Patricia Polish

​Hope Lynn Price

Pam Munoz Ryan

Ann Rinaaldi

Faith Ringgold

Faith Ringgold

​Faith Ringgold

Anne Rockwell

Robert D. San Souci

Robert D. San Souci

Robert D. San Souci

Robert D. San Souci

Maxine Rose Schur

Pete Seeger

​Maurice Sendak

Joseph Slate & L.B. Lewis

John Steptoe

John Steptoe

Bettye Stroud​​

​Jonathan Swift

Natasha Anastasia Tarpley

Eleanora C. Tate

Joyce Carol Thomas

Joyce Carol Thomas

​Joyce Carol Thomas

Joyce Carol Thomas

Mark Twain

Mark Twain

Janice May Udry (Scholastic)

​Janice May Udry

Chris Van Allsburg

Jules Verne

​Jules Verne

​Malvina G. Vogel

Mildred Pitts Walter

Kim Wayans and Kevin Knotts

H.G. Wells

​Kate Douglas Wiggin

​Deborah Wiles

Guard Williams

Vera B. Williams

Jeanette Winter

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

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

Bimwilli and the Zimwi

How Leopard Got His Spots

Dancing In The Wings 
Don't Throw It to Mo! (Mo Jackson)

The Legend Of Freedom Hill

Whose Toes are Those?

The Moon over Star
I Like Myself

From Miss Ida's Porch

Fish for The Grand Lady

Lucky Beans

Little Melba and Her Big Trombone

​Ashley Bryan’s ABC of African American Poetry

A Gift to Share

I'm a Pretty Little Black Girl!

Just Us Women

I, Too, Sing America

The Story of Ruby Bridges


Jimmy Lee Did It

Clean Your Room, Harvey Moon!

Bud, Not Buddy

The Watsons Go To Birmingham 1963

Last Stop on Market Street

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)


Clubhouse Mysteries (any in series)

​Stella by Starlight

The Count of Monte Cristo (Illustrated Classics)

​The Man in the Iron Mask (Illustrated Classics)

​The Patchwork Quilt

Cheetah Girls (any in series)

The Jazz Fly *with CD

Songs From The Baobab *with CD​

Me & Neesie

Wild Wild Hair

Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel

​Jazmin's Notebook

​Danitra Brown, Class Clown

All the Colors of the Earth


Her Stories

Nappy Hair

Come On, Rain!

Amazing Grace
Starring Grace
Princess Grace

Grandpa, Is Everything Black Bad?

Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt

​Under The Quilt of Night

​​Aunt Flossie's Hats

Afro-Bets 1 2 3 Book

Brown Eyes, Brown Skin

At The Crossroads


The Princess and the Pea

​The Twelve Dancing Princesses

​The Fisherman and His Wife

The Best Bug to Be

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

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

Vision of Beauty

Great Migration - An American Story

Henry's Freedom Box

​Frog and Toad (any in series)​

Boom Town for California​​

One Love

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

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

These Hands

Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King

Anansi the Spider: Tales from the Ashanti

Miami Jackson (any in series)

Days of Jubilee

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

My Rows and Piles of Coins

Anne Green Gables (Illustrated Classic)

Penny Butter Fuddge

​Stone Soup



Heart and Soul: The Story of African Americans 

​Almost to Freedom

Big Jabe

Raising Dragons


The Borrowers

​Molly, By Golly!

Black Mother Goose Book

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​

Chicken Sunday

Pink and Say

​These Hands

​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​

​The Boy and the Ghost

​The Faithful Friend

​Sukey and the Mermaid

The Talking Egg

When I Left My Village


Where The Wild Things Are

I Want To Be Free

Joy's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale

Baby Says

The Patchwork Path: A Quilt Map to Freedom​

Gulliver's Travels (Illustrated Classics)

I Love My Hair!

Just An Overnight Guest

The Blacker The Berry

In The Land of Milk and Honey

​Brown Honey in The Broomwheat Tea

I Have Heard of a Land

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Classics)

​The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Classics)

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)*

Alec's Primer

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

Follow the Drinking Gourd

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

      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

The book selections below are comprised of Illustrated, Picture and Beginner reading books.  The books with an asterisk* indicate advance reader books.  All of the books listed contain protagonists whom convey strong values, inclusiveness, social consciousness and promote self-esteem.  Use the links below to toggle to other suggested books selected to meet grade levels associate with School Settings: Middle and High School.


​Children, Preteen, & Adolescent 

Groove Phi Groove African American Children's booklist

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Groove Phi Groove African American Children's Booklist