Hue-Man Bookstore, an independent book shop (and cafe) in Harlem, specializes in African American fiction and nonfiction. I follow the store's Twitter feed (@harlemspot), and recently asked for a few recommendations for children. Hue-Man suggested the following:
Ruby and The Booker Boys, a series for 7 to 11 year olds, written by Derrick Barnes, with illustrations by Vanessa Brantley Newton
Sallie Gal and the Wall-a-Kee Man, a middle-grade novel by Sheila P. Moses, with illustrations by Niki Daly
Catwalk, a young-adult novel by Deborah Gregory
Please, Baby Please, a picture book written by Spike Lee & Tonya Lewis Lee, and illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Thanks for the tips, Hue-Man!