25 great Canadian #BlackGirlBooks

25 Canadian kids' books that feature black girls as the main character.

When 11-year-old Marley Dias got tired of reading books about "white boys and their dogs", the New Jersey resident started the #1000BlackGirlBooks movement to create a library of books featuring black female characters. 

Dias's campaign met (and surpassed) its goal this month, but we were so inspired by her project that we've come up with our own list. Here are 25 great Canadian titles to add to #1000BlackGirlBooks — and thanks to the generosity of their publishers, many of them will be sent to the campaign.

  • Shade & Sorceress by Catherine Egan
  • Chasing Freedom by Gloria Ann Wesley 
  • The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson
  • Morning Star by Judith Plaxton
  • A Big Dose of Lucky by Marthe Jocelyn
  • Anna Carries Water by Olive Senior
  • The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton
  • Malaika's Costume by Nadia L. Hohn
  • In a Cloud of Dust by Alma Fullerton
  • Mayann's Train Ride by The Honorable Mayann Francis, 
  • Apples and Butterflies by Shauntay Grant
  • Up, Up, Down by Robert Munsch
  • Up Home by Shauntay Grant
  • Oscar Lived Next Door by Bonnie Farmer
  • Music from the Sky by Denise Gillard
  • Chanda's Secrets by Allan Stratton
  • The Gospel Truth by Caroline Pignat
  • Between Sisters by Adwoa Badoe
  • Hoop Dreams by Lorna Schultz Nicholson
  • Our Canadian Girl: Rachel by Lynne Kositsky
  • The Bite of the Mango by Mariatu Kamara and Susan McClelland
  • Trap Jam by Steven Barwin 
  • Wait and See by Robert Munsch
  • Where are you Bear? by Frieda Wishinsky
  • Give Me Wings by Kathy Lowinger