March 2019 | MahoganyBooks Children’s Bestsellers

March 2019 MahoganyBooks Children’s Bestsellers


#1 – I’m A Pretty Little Black Girl! by Betty K. Bynum

In this first book in Bynum’s planned I’m a Girl Collection, heroine Mia isn’t lacking in self-esteem: “When I see myself in the mirror, I twirl,/ And I yell, ‘I’m a pretty little black girl!’ 

I’M A PRETTY LITTLE BLACK GIRL! introduces adorable Mia, who wakes with her hair “just-a-going every which-a-ways!” With her abundant energy and joy leading the way, readers follow Mia as she plays with her friends who are all shades, shapes and sizes. 

There’s tall Kia, Keisha the reader, Charlotte her best friend, Dina Rose-Marie the artist, Imani the dancer, Anna who loves sports, Ruby the singer, and honey-haired Tracy. 

Mia finds that “Pretty” is within herself and her friends, and being pretty is way beyond what the mirror shows.


#2 – On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

This is the highly anticipated second novel by Angie Thomas, the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning The Hate U Give.

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip-hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill.

But it’s hard to get your come up when you’re labeled a hoodlum at school, and your fridge at home is empty after your mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral…for all the wrong reasons. 

Bri soon finds herself at the center of a controversy, portrayed by the media as more menace than MC. But with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri doesn’t just want to make it–she has to. Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be. 

Insightful, unflinching, and full of heart, On the Come Up is an ode to hip-hop from one of the most influential literary voices of a generation. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; and about how, especially for young black people, freedom of speech isn’t always free.


#3 – I’m A Brilliant Little Black Boy! by Joshua Drummond

Finally a gloriously designed and joyful, colorful picture book to celebrate our little Black boys with LOVE!

Meet our newest character, Joshua! He is a little boy who has big dreams and ideas as BRILLIANT as the stars! With all of his good friends, Joshua’s days are filled with adventures where books, a telescope, a red-superhero cape, rhyming hip-hop verse, twinkling fireflies that light up the magical summer skies above a card board fort in the park― and so much more ― is just what boyhood innocence and imagination is all about.

Kind, smart, creative and always thinking― Joshua learns that through studying, good deeds, working hard and aiming to be brilliant . . . we can really shine!


#4 – A is for Anacostia by Courtney Davis

A is for Anacostia is a fun, colorful alphabet book for children of all ages. The story highlights the children and activities that take place in the Anacostia neighborhood, a vibrant community located in the southeastern quadrant of Washington, D.C.

While playing in the pool, dancing with Grandpop or floating on pancakes, the youngest residents of the neighborhood show how to have fun all day long! Vibrant illustrations show how neighbors teach, love, and learn from each other.

While written for children, A is for Anacostia also helps adults to remember what it’s like for “kids to be kids,” and offers a fresh take on this historic and dynamic neighborhood. Yow can order both of these books today. Just click on the ‘order now’ button below. Thank you!


#5 – One Love  by Cedella Marley

Now in board book for the first time, One Love brings Bob Marley’s most beloved song to life for a new generation. 

Readers will delight in dancing to the beat and feeling the positive groove of change when one girl enlists her friends, family and community to help transform her neighbourhood for the better.

Bob Marley (1945 – 1981) was a Jamaican singer-songwriter and musician. He remains the most widely known performer of reggae music. One Love was named song of the millennium by the BBC in 1999. Cedella Marley’s life has always been rooted in music and culture. As the first child of Bob Marley, she has dedicated herself to keeping her father’s message and memory alive. Cedella is a musician as well, performing with the Melody Makers internationally.


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