Bestselling Books July/August 2023


Our bestsellers list has been published continuously since 1998 and is the most visible list focused on Black Books in existence.

We have 66 bestselling books this period. The top-selling books in each category are below. Visit our site to learn about all these terrific books.
Fiction: Voices of the Harlem Renaissance tops the fiction list due to the strength of sales at the Tulisoma South Dallas Book Fair.

Nonfiction: In Spite of the Consequences: Prison Letters on Exoneration, Abolition, and Freedom by activist Latino Hamilton, who was wrongly jailed for 26 years.

Children’s Books: Jelani’s Key by D. Amari Jackson debuts at #1 on the strength of presales. Published by AALBC Books for Young Readers

Poetry: So to Speak, “a powerful, timely, dazzling new collection of poems from the National Book Award-winning author of Lighthead,” Terrance Hayes tops all poetry book sales.

20 Bestselling Children’s Books

  1. Big by Vashti Harrison
  2. Cornrows (2023) by Camille Yarbrough
  3. American Street by Ibi Zoboi
  4. Think Big, Little One by Vashti Harrison
  5. Please, Baby, Please by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee
  6. Anna Carries Water by Olive Senior
  7. Letters to a Young Brother: Manifest Your Destiny by Hill Harper
  8. Repeat After Me: Big Things to Say Every Day by Jazmyn Simon and Dulé Hill
  9. I Want to Be Big! by Tiffany Golden
  10. Baby Bear Board Book by Kadir Nelson
  11. Follow Your Dreams, Little One by Vashti Harrison
  12. Peeny Butter Fudge by Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison
  13. One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes
  14. A is for Ayiti by Ibi Zoboi
  15. Little Rosetta and the Talking Guitar: The Musical Story of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the Woman Who Invented Rock and Roll by Charnelle Pinkney Barlow
  16. Jelani’s Key by D. Amari Jackson
  17. Dream Big, Little Leader by Vashti Harrison
  18. Something Beautiful by Sharon Dennis Wyeth
  19. Sailing Commitment Around the World with Captain Bill Pinkney by Bill Pinkney
  20. AFRO-BETS ABC BOOK by Cheryl Willis Hudson

20 Bestselling Fiction

  1. Voices of the Harlem Renaissance: Originally Published as The New Negro an Interpretation by Alain Locke and Introduction by Troy Johnson
  2. Intermission by Phyllis R. Dixon
  3. Trinity by Zelda Lockhart
  4. Glorious by Bernice L. McFadden
  5. Alice in Dreamland by Roland S. Jefferson
  6. Dutchman and The Slave: Two Plays by Amiri Baraka
  7. The Man Who Lived Underground by Richard Wright
  8. Coleman Hill: A Biomythography by Kim Coleman Foote
  9. Running to Fall: A Novel by Kalisha Buckhanon
  10. River Sing Me Home by Eleanor Shearer
  11. Mama Ruby by Mary Monroe
  12. Symphony of Secrets by Brendan Slocumb
  13. Every Day Is For The Thief: Fiction by Teju Cole
  14. Afrosf: Science Fiction by African Writers by Ivor W. Hartmann
  15. The Thing about Home by Rhonda McKnight
  16. Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
  17. Stories from the Tenants Downstairs by Sidik Fofana
  18. Rogue Justice: A Thriller by Stacey Abrams aka Selena Montgomery
  19. Gone Like Yesterday by Janelle M. Williams
  20. Sex Therapy by Shaun Sinclair

6 Bestselling Poetry Books

  1. So to Speak by Terrance Hayes
  2. Afrodisia;: New poems by Ted Joans
  3. Tisa: New-Generation African Poets, a Chapbook Box Set by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani
  4. On The Imperial Highway: New And Selected Poems by Jayne Cortez
  5. Dream of a Word: The Tia Chucha Press Poetry Anthology by Quraysh Ali Lansana and Toni Asante Lightfoot
  6. The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (Cave Canem Anthology) by Nikky Finney

20 Bestselling Nonfiction Books

  1. In Spite of the Consequences: Prison Letters on Exoneration, Abolition, and Freedom by Lacino Hamilton
  2. I Always Knew: A Memoir by Barbara Chase-Riboud
  3. Reparations on Fire: How and Why it’s Spreading Across America by Nkechi Taifa
  4. New Dimensions in African History by John Henrik Clarke
  5. Who Betrayed the African World Revolution?: And Other Speeches by John Henrik Clarke
  6. From The Browder File: 22 Essays On The African American Experience by Anthony Browder
  7. I Love My People by Kim Singleton
  8. Don’t Let Them Bury My Story: The Oldest Living Survivor of the Tulsa Race Massacre in Her Own Words by Viola Ford Fletcher
  9. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  10. Police Brutality: An Anthology by Jill Nelson
  11. Africans at the Crossroads: African World Revolution by John Henrik Clarke
  12. Countering the Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys by Jawanza Kunjufu
  13. Nile Valley Contributions to Civilization by Anthony Browder
  14. The Last Holiday: A Memoir by Gil Scott-Heron
  15. How We Do It: Black Writers on Craft, Practice, and Skill by Jericho Brown
  16. The ISIS Papers: The Keys to the Colors by Frances Cress Welsing
  17. We Flew Over The Bridge: The Memoirs Of Faith Ringgold by Faith Ringgold
  18. The Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a Race from 4500 B.C. to 2000 A.D. by Chancellor Williams
  19. Motivating and Preparing Black Youth for Success by Jawanza Kunjufu
  20. Egypt On The Potomac by Anthony Browder