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ABOUT THE PROJECT

The African American Children’s Book Project was created in 1992 to promote and preserve children’s literature written by or about African Americans.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The African American Children’s Book Project was created in 1992 to promote and preserve children’s literature written by or about African Americans.

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Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati

Founder, The African American Children’s Book Project

The African American Children’s Book Project (AACBP) has supported the literary needs of children since 1992. The non-profit was created to promote and preserve children’s literature written by or about African Americans. The AACBP believes A BOOK OPENS UP A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITIES.

At AACBP, we know that early access to books plays an important role in building lifelong readers. We collaborate with authors, illustrators, publishers, booksellers, educators, consumers, libraries, non-profits and corporations to promote literacy programs across the country.

Our stellar programs include:

  • Book fairs
  • Book signings
  • Workshops
  • I Read To See Me program (author/illustrator virtual/in-school visits)
  • Educating consumers on trends/resources in youth literature
  • Guidance on establishing home libraries
  • Advocacy initiatives to promote Black literature around the world

On February 6, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., we will virtually host the 29th Annual African American Children’s Book Fair — one of the oldest and largest single-day events for diverse children’s books in the country. The featured authors and illustrators have produced some of the best books of our generation that celebrate the achievements and contributions of Black Americans.

Parents who attended the book fair as youth now bring their children because they know the power of reading books that reflect their culture and heritage.

During 2020, many parents called the African American Children’s Book Fair “a lifesaver” for their children who turned to home libraries, curated over the years from attending the African American Children’s Book Fair, to get a reprieve from electronics — while still learning. Parents and teachers also reached out to the AACBP for recommendations on age-appropriate books to teach children about race and social justice issues.

The 29th Annual African American Children's Book Fair will be held virtually on Saturday, February 6, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hosted by the African American Children’s Book Project (AACBP), the book fair is one of the oldest and largest single-day events for children's books in the country.

The virtual Book Fair is being hosted on

Feb 6, 2021

read@theafricanamericanchildrensbookproject.org

2021 Participants

TAMI CHARLES

BRYAN COLLIER

TORREY MALDONADO

CHARNELLE PINKNEY BARLOW

FLOYD COOPER

CAROLE BOSTON WEATHERFORD

JERRY CRAFT

IBI ZOBOI

OLUGBEMISOLA RHUDAY-PERKOVICH

PAULA CHASE HYMAN

DERRICK BARNES

ERIC VELASQUEZ

KELLY STARLING LYONS

JERRY PINKNEY

GLORIA JEAN PINKNEY

TRICIA ELAM WALKER

WADE HUDSON

CHERYL WILLIS HUDSON

RENÉE WATSON

LYNNETTE MAWHINNEY

PAMELA M.TUCK

LEAH HENDERSON

APRIL HARRISON

E. B. LEWIS

FREDERICK JOSEPH

GORDON C. JAMES

ANDREA DAVIS PINKNEY

BRIAN PINKNEY

SHARON G. FLAKE

EKUA HOLMES

J. DILLARD

DHONIELLE CLAYTON

DON TATE

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THE BEST CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOKS OF 2020

Our signature event, The African American Children’s Book Fair, is one of the largest single-day gatherings for diverse children’s books in the country. 

Picture books are one of the most popular categories purchased at this event, and they are a great way to teach Black history and explain the importance of social justice. Many of these books are included in THE AFRICAN AMERICAN CHILDREN’S BOOK PROJECT BEST PICTURE BOOKS OF 2020. 

For more information, visit The African American Children’s Book Project or email  

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(215) 878-BOOK

read@theafricanamericanchildrensbookproject.org

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