Captivating Books Written By Black Girls That Need Your Support
The days of the performative allegiance to Black women authors are slowly but surely coming to an end. Readers seem to be genuinely supporting us more than ever these days, and we love to see it! From Tia Williams to Vashti Harrison, books by Black women are landing on more people’s TBR list. As an author-owned bookstore, lazy &Lit. will continue to highlight the work of other Black authors. From our monthly book fairs to the store's bestseller, you'll always be able to support and/or be in community with Black women (who just so happen to really love books).
We hope that your support will go beyond February this year so we've listed five captivating books written by Black girls:
Support them below:
1. BIG by Vashti Harrison (Hardcover)
"This deeply moving story shares valuable lessons about fitting in, standing out, and the beauty of joyful acceptance.The first picture book written and illustrated by award-winning creator Vashti Harrison traces a child’s journey to self-love and shows the power of words to both hurt and heal. With spare text and exquisite illustrations, this emotional exploration of being big in a world that prizes small is a tender portrayal of how you can stand out and feel invisible at the same time."
Buy it here: BIG by Vashti Harrison
2. BLKGRL by Candice McCoy (Mental health/Therapy)
"With a father she’s never met and a mother that blames her for his absence, Edmignon's love life is proof that no one ever taught her how to love and be loved. With her 30th birthday around the corner, she's eager to get to the root of her unhealthy attachments and build something she's never seen or felt growing up. Along the way, she learns just how painful healing can be and that some habits - and people - are a lot harder than others to let go of."
Buy it here: BLKGRL by Candice McCoy
3. All the Black Girls Are Activists by EbonyJanice (Wellness)
“Who would black women get to be if we did not have to create from a place of resistance?” Hip Hop Womanist writer and theologian EbonyJanice’s book of essays center a fourth wave of Womanism, dreaming, the pursuit of softness, ancestral reverence, and radical wholeness as tools of liberation. All the Black Girls Are Activists is a love letter to Black girls and Black women, asking and attempting to offer some answers to “Who would black women get to be if we did not have to create from a place of resistance?” by naming Black women’s wellness, wholeness, and survival as the radical revolution we have been waiting for.
Buy it here: All the Black Girls Are Activists by EbonyJanice
4. A Love Song For Ricki Wilde by Tia Williams
"One evening in February as the heady, curiously off-season scent of night-blooming jasmine fills the air, Ricki encounters a handsome, deeply mysterious stranger who knocks her world off balance in the most unexpected way.
Set against the backdrop of modern Harlem and Renaissance glamour, A Love Song for Ricki Wilde is a swoon-worthy love story of two passionate artists drawn to the magic, romance, and opportunity of New York, and whose lives are uniquely and irreversibly linked."
Buy it here: A Love Song For Ricki Wilde by Tia Williams
5. Black Girl You Are Atlas by Renee Watson
"In this semi-autobiographical collection of poems, Renée Watson writes
about her experience growing up as a young Black girl at the intersections of race, class, and gender.
Using a variety of poetic forms, from haiku to free verse, Watson shares recollections of her childhood in Portland, tender odes to the Black women in her life, and urgent calls for Black girls to step into their power.
Black Girl You Are Atlas encourages young readers to embrace their future with a strong sense of sisterhood and celebration. With full-color art by celebrated fine artist Ekua Holmes throughout, this collection offers guidance and is a gift for anyone who reads it."
COMING TO THE BOOKSTORE 2/13/24
Want signed copies? Come to The Black Girl Book Fair: Part 1 February 17th-18th and/or Part 2 March 16th-17th. Learn more here!