Content for Kids and Teens by Black Creators

Illustration from Carefree, Like Me! by Rashad Malik Davis

At CMA we stand with the Black community to make this world a better and more just place for the future grown-ups of the world. 

As makers, thinkers, and innovators we believe that by learning together, lifting each other up, and illuminating diverse voices from diverse backgrounds, we can elevate the quality of content for kids. 

As we work towards equitable representation in children’s media, on the page and the screen as well as behind the scenes, we use this platform to amplify some of the many Black creators of kids books, shows, and content.

If we’ve missed any of your favorites, please let us know on Facebook or Twitter, or through email and so that they can be added.


Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

The Stuff of Stars by Marion Dane Bauer (Author), Ekua Holmes (Illustrator)

Carefree, Like Me! by Rashad Malik Davis

Cece Loves Science by Kimberly Derting

Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest, Episode 1: The Quest for Screen Time by Marti Dumas

Milo’s Museum by Zetta Elliott

Princess Cupcake Jones and the Queen’s Closet by Ylleya Fields (Author), Michael LaDuca (Illustrator)

Dear Baobab by Cheryl Foggo

Not Quite Snow White by Ashley Franklin

Kitchen Dance by Maurie J. Manning

Raising Dragons by Jerdine Nolen and Elise Primavera

The Golden Girls of Rio by Nikkolas Smith

Someday Is Now: Clara Luper and the 1958 Oklahoma City Sit-ins by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich (Author), Jade Johnson (Illustrator)

President of the Whole Fifth Grade by Sherri Winston

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson (Author), Rafael López  (Illustrator)


Submerged by Vita Ayala

Black Panther and Captain America by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage by Denys Cowan

The Banks by Roxane Gay

Farmhand by Rob Guillory

Black Panther and Deathstroke by Christopher Priest

Excellence by Khary Randolph & Brandon Thomas

Poorcraft: The Funnybook Fundamentals of Living Well on Less by C. Spike Trotman

Check Please by Ngozi Ukazu

Nighthawk: Hate Makes Hate by David F. Walker and Ramon Villalobos

TV Shows

Black Lightning, Mara Brock Akil

Grown-ish, Kenya Barris

Luke Cage, Cheo Hodari Coker

Black Panther, Reginald Hudlin

Dear White People, Justin Simien

Proud Family, Bruce Smith

Mama K’s Team 4, Malenga Mulendema (upcoming)

OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes, Ian Jones-Quartey


Love and Basketball, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood

Coach Carter, directed by Thomas Carter

Black Panther, directed by Ryan Coogler

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor

House Party, directed by Reginald Hudlin

Rise of the Guardians, directed by Peter Ramsey

Cooley High, directed by Michael Schultz

The Last Dragon, directed by Michael Shultz

The Hate You Give, directed by George Tillman Jr.

The Great Debaters, directed by Denzel Washington

Other Content

Web series: Reba to the Rescue, Cecily C. Mitchell

Special: American Girl Summer Camp: Friends for Life, Alison McDonald

Short: Hair Love, Matthew A. Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver

Other Resources

#DrawingWhileBlack Directory 2020, including Black artists and their samples/info by category

Thank you to Comic Book Herald and Raising Luminaries for support in compiling this information.

Updated: 6/9/2020