Black Lives Matter: Champaign-Urbana

Engaging in collective action against anti-Black racism in Champaign-Urbana


February 2018

Book List!


Community Book Drive Book List

Below is a list of books that we would like folks to donate for the drive.  We are primarily interested in books by Black and poc (person of color) authors, featuring Black and poc characters.  We will also accept books that have visible ethnic representation, as well as representation across the spectrums of Blackness, ability, gender, religion, etc.

Monetary Donations for the book drive can be made through the Donate link within the “Get Involved” tab.

We plan to Distribute Books at the following locations: Don Moyers Boys and Girls Club, Douglass Community Center, Crisis Nursery, Courage Connections, Cunningham Kids, DREAAM House, Kendall-Gill House, and Canaan Academy.  If you would like to have books donated to a particular group or organization please contact us.


The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor Lavalle

Black Panthers for Beginners by Herb Boyd

Happy to Be Nappy by Bell Hooks

Thunder Rose by Jerdine Kadir Nelson

Don’t Let Auntie Mabel Bless the Table by Vanessa Newton

Momma, Where Are You From? by Marie Bradby/ Chris Soentpiet

How Many Stars in the Sky? by Lenny Hort/James E. Ransome

Peeny Butter Fudge by Toni Morrison/ Slade Morrison & Joe Cepeda

When the Beat Was Born: Dj Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop by Laban Carrick Hill/ Theodore Taylor III

Nejma by Nayyirah Waheed

Salt by Nayyirah Waheed

Bone by Yrsa Daley-Ward

Soft Magic by Upile Chisala

Nectar by Upile Chisala

Questions for Ada by Ijeoma Umebinyuo

The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde by Audre Lorde

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur by Amy Reeder

‘Til the Well Runs Dry by  Lauren Francis-Sharma

Aya: Life in Yop City by Marguerite Abouet

Electric Arches by Eve L Ewing

White Socks only by Evelyn Coleman

This is the rope by Jacqueline Woodson

The other side by Jacqueline Woodson

Freedom over me by Ashley Bryan

Warriors don’t cry by Melba Pattillo Beals

Coming of age in Mississippi by Anne Moody

The taste of power: A black women’s story by Elaine Brown

Revolutionary Suicide by Huey P. Newton

I, too, am America by Langston Hughes

Malcolm Little: The boy who grew up to become Malcolm X by ilyasah Shabazz

Fifty Cents and a Dream: Booker T Washington by Jabari Asim

Crown: An ode to the fresh cut by Derrick Barnes

I know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou

And still I rise by Maya Angelou

Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okaparanta

Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Juliet Takes A Breath by Gabby Rivera

Ascension by Jacqueline Koyanagi

Life is Wonderful, People are Terrific by Meliza Banales

What Night Brings by Carla Trujillo

If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan

The House You Pass on the Way by Jacqueline Woodson

A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara

Moondragon in the mosque garden by El-Farouk Khaki

My brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete

Last stop on market street by Matt de la Pena

Five little ducks by Anthony Lewis

Counting on community by Innosanto Nagara

Bell’s Knock Knock Birthday by George Parker

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Black Panther: The World of Wakanda by Roxane Gay and Ta-Nehisi Coates

Sign Up Here: A Story About Friendship by Kathryn Cole

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

A Black Children’s Coloring Book: Black Girl Magic (Volume 1) by Kyle Davis

I Know I Can! by Veronica N. Chapman

The Color of Us by Karen Katz

Rapunzel by Rachel Isadora

The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Rachel Isadora

Dancing in the Wings by Debbie Allen

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Nikki and Deja: Nikki and Deja, Book One by Karen English

Whose Knees Are These? by Jabari Asim
Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn

Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn

Jupiter Storm by Marti Dumas

Girl of Mine by Jabari Asim

Bippity Bop Barbershop by Natasha Tarpley

Dad, Who Will I Be? by Todd Taylor

Peekaboo Morning by Rachel Isadora

Afrobets 1,2,3 by Cheryl Willis Hudson

Whose Toes are Those? by Jabari Asim

Full,Full,Full of Love by Trish Cooke

The Princess and the Pea by Rachel Isadora

My Nana and Me by Irene Smalls

Hijab-ista by Jamila Mapp

Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan

X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

The Sun Is So Quiet by Nikki Giovanni

I Am Loved by Nikki Giovanni

Love by Matt de la Pena

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes

Black Panther The Young Prince (Marvel Black Panther) by Ronald L. Smith

Miles Morales: Spider-Man (A Marvel YA Novel) by Jason Reynolds

Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest Episode 5:Mission Star-Power (Volume 5) by Marti Dumas

The Sweetest Sound by Sherri Winston

June Peters, You Will Change The World One Day by Alika Turner

THe Lost Ring: An Eid Story by Fawzia Gilani-Williams

Noko and the Kool Kats by Fiona Moodie

The Boy who Spat in Sargrenti’s Eye by Manu Herbstein

Obatala’s Daughter Discovers True Friends by Dr. Winmilawe

The Storyteller by Evan Turk

Akosua and Osman by Manu Herbstein

Solo by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess

Hurricane Child by Kheryn Calender

The Zero Degree Zombie Zone by Patrik Henry Bass

Tea Cakes for Tosh by Kelly Starling Lyons

Two Naomi’s by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood by Tameka Fryer Brown

The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Don Tate

The Magnificent Maya Tibbs, by Crystal Allen

Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas by Gwendolyn Hooks

To Be a Drum by Evelyn Coleman

Heart and Soul by Kadir Nelson

Something Beautiful by Sharon Dennis Wyeth

No Mirrors in My Nana’s House by Ysaye Barnwell

The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Skin I’m In by Sharon Flake

This Side of Home by Renée Watson

Dizzy by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Sean Qualls

Please Baby Please by Spike and Tonya Lee, illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Last Summer with Maizon by Jacqueline Woodson

The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis

Sweethearts in Rhythm by Marilyn Nelson, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

A Chair For My Mother by Vera B. Williams

Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold

Momma, Where Are You From? by Marie Bradby, illustrated by Chris Soentpiet

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans by Don Brown

Our Gracie Aunt by Jacqueline Woodson

Mare’s War by Tanita S. Davis

Firebird by Misty Copeland

The Secret Olivia Told by N. Joy, illustrated by Nancy Devard

The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch by Chris Barton, illustrated by Don Tate

Riot by Walter Dean Myers

Walk Together Children: Black American Spirituals Volume One selected and illustrated by Ashley Bryan

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

The People Could Fly by Virginia Hamilton

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Seeds of Change: Planting a Path to Peace by Jen Cullerton Johnson, illus. Sonia Lynn Sadler

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle, illus. Rafael López

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford, illus. Ekua Holmes

I am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai

Mo’ne Davis: Remember My Name by Mo’ne Davis

I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings, illus. McNicholas

Nasreen’s Secret School by Jeanette Winter

Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales

El Deafo by CeCe Bell

Becoming Naomi Leon by Pamela Munoz Ryan

Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match by Monica Brown

Dancing Home by Alma Flor Ada & Gabriel Zubizarreta

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

Blue Tights by Rita Williams-Garcia

Junie B. Jones is a Party Animal by Barbara Parks

Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan, illus. Sophie Blackall

Aya by Marguerite Abouet

Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson

Willimena Rules series by Valerie Eilson Wesley

Sugar Plum Ballerinas by Whoopi Goldberg

Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio, illus. LeUyen Pham

The Revolution of Evelyn by Sonia Manzano

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

The Rain Stomper by Addie Boswell, illus. Eric Velasquez

P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia

Between Sisters by Adwoa Badoe

Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson

Migrant by Maxine Trottier

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe

Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Girls Hold Up This World by Jada Pinkett-Smith

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

President of the Whole Fifth Grade by Sherri Winston

Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Please, Baby, Please by Spike Lee and Kadir Nelson

A Different Pond by Bao Ph i;illust. This Bui

Benny Doesn’t Like To Be Hugged by Zetta Elliott; ilust. Purple Wong

Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos by Monica Brown; illust. John Parra

Hey Black Child by Useni Eugene Perkins; illust. Bryan Collier

Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison

Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters by Michael Mahin; illust. Evan Turk

Solo by Kwame Alexander

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R.B.G. vs. Inequality by Jonah Winter; illust. Stacy Innerst

The Middle school rules by jamaal Charles as told by Sean Jensen

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

The People Shall Continue by SImon J Ortiz; illust. Sharol Graves

Town Is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz; illust. Sydney Smith

The World Is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid by Jeanette Winter

The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist by Cynthia Levinson; illust. Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Yo Soy Muslim: A Father’s Letter to His Daughter by Mark Gonzales; illust. Mehrdokht Amini

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia

Flying Lessons & Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh

It All Comes Down to This by Karen English

One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes, illust. various artists

Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets by Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley, Marjory Wentworth

Assata and Autobiography by Assata Shakur

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

Visions for Black Men by Na’imakbar

Monster Walter Dean Myers

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

Black by Kwanza Osajyefo; illust. Jamal Igle, Robin Riggs

Wildseed by Octavia Butler

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

Fly Girl by Omar Tyree

Me, Mop, and the Moondance Kid by Walter Dean Myers

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

A Day Late and A Dollar Short by Terry McMillan

Training Black Spirit: Ethics for African American Teens by William L. Conwill

When They Call You the Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Cullors and Asha Bandele


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