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Little Minds

Cute as a button, sweet as sugar, and innocent as a dove, Little Minds is for the little inquisitors. Those who foster a deep-seated love for reading and developing skills of critical thinking, we think they should start when the mind is fresh and young. And so, we feature an eclectic selection of African American and African descent authors in fiction and non-fiction in diverse genres for both children and young adults.

To get those creative juices flowing from a young age, we offer some of the best children’s books written by African American authors! Get ready for some inspo, and we’ll be at peace once we know that our little minds are right on track to healthy development. 

The What

Imagine being inflicted with a disease that leaves you physically disabled, but despite all odds, and with the strength of a mountain, you overcome it to become a professional athlete. Get empowered by the story of a young girl, who displays feats of excellence and inspiration for all children of all ages. It is, without a doubt, one of the best stories for kids. Mad Respect!   

Further in our collection of meaningful children’s books, you can learn how being yourself is the best way to live. Those who become themselves know the unbound potential that thrives within them, and they are the ones who don’t just dream but make it happen! Reading these African American children’s authors, you’d learn to establish an identity of yourself in a world mired in conflicts of racial and class discrimination.

Budding jazz lovers can learn from the awe-inspiring story of Sonny Rollins. Or from Shuri, Black Panther’s sister, who struggles to choose between a life in the lab or the one of a leader. We’ve made sure that you grow up with one of the best African American authors for young adults with this fantabulous assembly of books!

Of course, nothing is complete without good ol’ murder, mystery, and spy stories which have the power to shake the earth beneath your very feet or, maybe, bed...  

From adventures of the first day at kindergarten to dancing for fundraisers, Eclectuals has some of the best books for young children, who want to learn more about the world and themselves.

The Who

Shelving books from legendary Kobe Bryant, an NBA Champion, and Academy Award-winning story-teller, it remains a jaw-dropping mystery how he’s so good at everything he does! Exceptional talents such as Kelly Starling Lyons and, critically acclaimed and winner of many accolades, Derrick Barnes also adorn our page. The soulful works of Ebony Flowers, a Rona Jaffe Foundation award winner is bound to leave you desire for more.

Barry Wittenstein, once associated with CBS and now an elementary-school substitute teacher and children’s author, is a master in the art of storytelling. In collaboration with some of the most talented illustrators, these books will make your imaginations run wild!

The Why

Need I say, “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader”? Sounds way too cheesy…Maybe it’s true, but sometimes it’s just for the soul. And we here believe in nourishing it the most. You’ll learn to become yourself and show your colors to the world by finding good books to read.

Also, getting your hands on one of these books as bedtime stories to read might be the best thing you do to your dreams.

Fostering the love of reading and developing critical thinking.  Featuring an eclectic selection of African-American and African descent authors of fiction and non-fiction compositions in a variety of subjects and genres for children and young adults.

The King of Kindergarten Cover Image
$22.49
ISBN: 9781524740740
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - July 2nd, 2019

Legacy and the Queen Cover Image
By Kobe Bryant (Created by), Annie Matthew
$21.24
ISBN: 9781949520033
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Published: Granity Studios - September 3rd, 2019

Dancing Queen #4 (Jada Jones #4) Cover Image
By Kelly Starling Lyons, Nneka Myers (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781524790592
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Published: Penguin Workshop - June 25th, 2019

Hot Comb Cover Image
$27.44
ISBN: 9781770463486
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - June 18th, 2019

Party: A Mystery Cover Image
By Jamaica Kincaid, Ricardo Cortes (Illustrator)
$22.44
ISBN: 9781617757167
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Published: Black Sheep - June 4th, 2019

Wilma Rudolph (Little People, BIG DREAMS #33) Cover Image
$18.74
ISBN: 9781786037510
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books - June 4th, 2019

Sonny's Bridge: Jazz Legend Sonny Rollins Finds His Groove Cover Image
By Barry Wittenstein, Keith Mallett (Illustrator)
$22.49
ISBN: 9781580898812
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Published: Charlesbridge - May 21st, 2019

Let Me Hear a Rhyme Cover Image
$22.49
ISBN: 9780062840325
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - May 21st, 2019

Jada Sly, Artist & Spy Cover Image
$21.24
ISBN: 9780316505369
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 14th, 2019

Stories for Kids Who Dare to Be Different: True Tales of Amazing People Who Stood Up and Stood Out Cover Image
By Ben Brooks, Quinton Wintor (Illustrator)
$21.24
ISBN: 9780762468553
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Published: Running Press Kids - May 7th, 2019

Shuri: The Search for Black Panther Cover Image
By Nnedi Okorafor, Leonardo Romero (By (artist))
$19.99
ISBN: 9781302915230
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Published: Marvel - May 7th, 2019