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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!