Bestselling Black Caribbean Picture Books

Shout out to Jamaican-Canadian author Olive Senior and Antiguan-Barbudan-American illustrator Laura James on making the African American Literary Club’s Top 133 African American Children’s Books as determined by authors, industry professionals, and readers with both Bounounous Hair and Anna Carries Water.

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Also Antiguan-Barbudan-American Ashley Bryan, illustrator of African American poet Nikki Giovanni’s I am Loved, and writer and illustrator of his own Freedom Over Me.


Also Jamaican Kellie Magnus’ Little Lion Goes to School with illustrator Michael Robinson is on the list – shout out to her.


Don’t forget to check out other Caribbean books for children and specifically our list posted here of Antiguan and Barbudan children’s books.

As with all content on, except otherwise noted, this is written by Joanne C. Hillhouse (author of The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight 10th Anniversary Edition and Other Writings, Oh Gad!, Musical Youth, With Grace, and Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure). All Rights Reserved. If you enjoyed it, check out my page on WordPress, and/or Facebook, and help spread the word about Wadadli Pen and my books. You can also subscribe to the site to keep up with future updates. Thanks.


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One response to “Bestselling Black Caribbean Picture Books

  1. Reblogged this on jhohadli and commented:
    This list is from 2018 but you know books don’t go stale.

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