Excellent Middle Grade Books by Black Authors and good books for kids ages 8 -12. These are great books with stories about Black lives, experiences, and culture.
Talking about race with our children is not just important, it’s vital. I am deeply committed to raising kids that are strong and vocal advocates for social justice. Having deep and difficult conversations with kids about race and racism is necessary.
Books are the best tools I’ve found to open the conversation. Reading books by Black authors offers kids an authentic window into the experience of being Black and opens the door for more empathy and understanding about prejudice and discrimination. Books are also a great way to learn more about Black culture and foster true appreciation for it.
These Middle Grade Books by Black authors span a variety of genres and offer a broad glimpse into Black lives. There’s historical fiction about slavery and the Civil Rights Movement. There’s also realistic contemporary fiction about police violence and modern day racism. And, there are plenty of books on this list that are just about fun and adventure, because it’s important to see Black literary characters in a broad and comprehensive way that includes joy, not just struggle.
This is not a comprehensive list of Middle Grade Books by Black Authors; these are just the ones that we have read and loved. I always get my children’s input when I create a book list like this, so these are books that have both a kid and parent endorsement. The first 10 books on this list are our most favorite, the rest are in no particular order. We’ll add to this list as we read more.
The links in this post are Amazon affiliate links and I do earn a small percentage (at no cost to you) when you purchase through these links. Because I’d like to do more to support Black authors, ALL of the money earned from the sale of these books will be donated to Black Table Arts.
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