WePAC gets more Babysitter’s Club, Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew series books donated than we have kids who request them, and a few of us
started talking about what other series books exist in the publishing world that our kids might enjoy more. Specifically, what series books include main characters of color and African Americans?
Here are some books and characters to check out — some series contain many volumes, whereas others may have just a couple titles currently out. Hopefully there will be more great ones published soon!
|Character series||Author||Character notes|
|Sassy||Sharon M. Draper|
|Miami Jackson||Patricia McKissack||Male character|
|Little Bill||Bill Cosby||Male character|
|Willimena||Valerie Wilson Wesley|
|Dyamonde Daniel||Nikki Grimes|
|Ruby and the Booker Boys||Derrick D. Barnes|
|Clubhouse Mysteries||Sharon M. Draper||Mixed race family|
|Ziggy||Sharon M. Draper||Male character|
|Donovan’s (Word Jar)||Monalisa DeGross||Male character|
|Jackson Jones mysteries||Mary Quattlebaum||Male character|
|Sugar Plum Fairies||Whoopi Goldberg|
|Nikki & Deja||Karen English|
|Keena Ford||Melissa Thompson|
|Amy Hodgepodge||Kim Wayans||Mixed race family|
|Ellray Jakes||Sally Warner||Male character|
Warmest thanks to writer and Longstreth Library volunteer, Becky Birtha, for researching this list and providing so many exciting, current recommendations!
You can check out her website, here: http://www.beckybirtha.net/
For more tips on getting our kids 10+ (and strong younger readers!) enjoying and devouring books — check out Reading Rockets articles by grade and by language — they come in 10 languages, as of today!