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Inspiring audiobooks for young listeners

Kids audiobooks from Black authors to inspire and educate. 
  • Audiobook

    Black Brother, Black Brother

    Narrated by Barrie Buckner ...

    Unabridged

    4 hours 36 min

    From award-winning and bestselling author, Jewell Parker Rhodes comes a powerful coming-of-age story about two brothers, one who presents as white, the other as black, and the complex ways in which they are forced to navigate the world, all while training for a fencing competition.Framed. Bullied. Disliked. But I know I can still be the best.Sometimes, 12-year-old Donte wishes he were invisible. ... Read more

    $24.98 USD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    One Crazy Summer

    Narrated by Sisi Aisha Johnson ...

    Unabridged

    5 hours 9 min

    Eleven-year-old Delphine and her younger sisters Vonetta and Fern travel to Oakland to meet their mother, Cecile, who abandoned their family years earlier. But even when Cecile gets them to her house, she shows no interest and seems to view them as nothing but a nuisance. Cecile's cold, unloving attitude leaves the girls wishing for the mother-daughter connection they've never had. But Cecile acts ... Read more

    $15.99 USD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

    Unabridged

    7 hours 28 min

    Mildred D. Taylor's Newbery Award-winning masterpiece with an introduction written and read by Jacqueline Woodson, just in time for its 40th Anniversary!Set in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, this is the story of one family's struggle to maintain their integrity, pride, and independence in the face of racism and social injustice. And it is also Cassie's story--Cassie Logan, an ... Read more

    $17.00 USD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Look Both Ways

    A Tale Told in Ten Blocks

    Unabridged

    3 hours 58 min

    One of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2019!Carnegie Medal winnerA National Book Award FinalistCoretta Scott King Author Honor BookAn NPR Favorite Book of 2019A New York Times Best Children’s Book of 2019A Time Best Children’s Book of 2019A Today Show Best Kids’ Book of 2019A Was... ... Read more

    $17.99 USD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Hair Love

    Narrated by Blue Ivy Carter ...

    Unabridged

    4 min

    Zuri’s hair has a mind of its own. It kinks, coils, and curls every which way. Zuri knows it’s beautiful. When Daddy steps in to style it for an extra special occasion, he has a lot to learn. But he LOVES his Zuri, and he’ll do anything to make her—and her hair—happy. Tender and empowering, Hair Love is an ode to loving your natural hair—and a celebration of daddies and daughters everywhere. ... Read more

    $9.99 USD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    True Definition Of Neva Beane

    Narrated by Channie Waites ...

    Unabridged

    4 hours 51 min

    Being twelve isn't easy, especially when you're Neva Beane. Neva feels beautiful wearing her new bra, but she's confused by howothers respond to the changes taking place in and out of her body. Her best friend, Jamila, is getting all the attention. Her brother,Clayton, is becoming an activist. And Mom and Dad are gone working-again. Grandad and Nana aren't much help, either, withtheir old ways and ... Read more

    $20.99 USD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Firebird

    Narrated by Misty Copeland ...

    Unabridged

    6 min

    In her debut book, Misty Copeland tells the story of a young girl--an every girl--whose confidence is fragile and who is questioning her own ability to reach the heights that Misty has reached. Misty encourages this young girl's faith in herself and shows her exactly how, through hard work and dedication, she too can become Firebird.Lyrical and affecting text makes Firebird perfect for aspiring ... Read more

    $5.00 USD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Radiant Child

    The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

    Narrated by Ron Butler ...

    Unabridged

    19 min

    Winner of the Randolph Caldecott Medal and the Coretta Scott King Illustrator AwardJean-Michel Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocketed to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art world had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy ... Read more

    $3.98 USD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    This is the Rope

    Narrated by Channie Waites ...

    Unabridged

    5 min

    The story of one family's journey north during the Great Migration starts with a little girl in South Carolina who finds a rope under a tree one summer. She has no idea the rope will become part of her family's history. But for three generations, that rope is passed down, used for everything from jump rope games to tying suitcases onto a car for the big move north to New York City, and even for a ... Read more

    $9.99 USD or free with audiobook trial

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    Arcade and the Triple T Token

    Narrated by K. T. Wright ...

    Unabridged

    4 hours 51 min

    Arcade is a twelve-year-old boy who has a unique gift that allows him to travel into another dimension with the special token he received from a mysterious woman. However, he doesn't have an answer when his teachers ask his class the same simple question every year: What do you want to be when you grow up? Arcade begins to pick up books on everything from entrepreneurship to football to piano to ... Read more

    $24.99 USD or free with audiobook trial

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    Arcade and the Golden Travel Guide

    Narrated by K. T. Wright ...

    Unabridged

    4 hours 24 min

    Arcade, Zoe, and their new friend Doug are traveling from New York to Virginia to stay with their cousins and best friends Derek and Celeste. It's a chance for Arcade to feel normal again after his latest series of adventures. But nothing is normal as long as the Triple T Token is hanging around his neck. Plus, Derek claims he's stumbled upon some troubling information, and now a suspicious person ... Read more

    $24.99 USD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    I, Too, Sing America

    Three Centuries of African American Poetry

    Unabridged

    2 hours 2 min

    Starting with Lucy Terry of the early eighteenth century and finishing with poet laureate Rita Dove, this inspiring anthology edited by Catherine Clinton captures the enormous talent and passion of black poets. Powerful and diverse, I, Too, Sing America is a forum for voices baring their souls, speaking their minds, tracing their roots and proclaiming their dreams.Each of the twenty-five poets is ... Read more

    $14.95 USD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Betty Before X

    Unabridged

    4 hours 16 min

    *Winner of a Parents' Choice Silver Award*"In clear, measured tones, the author recounts Betty's discomfort with her home life and her work with the Housewives League...Shabazz differentiates between Betty and her mother, Ollie Mae Sanders, through pitch and projects the latter's frequent annoyance, showing why Betty often felt underappreciated. An afterword helps young listeners understand Betty ... Read more

    $9.59 USD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Something Happened in Our Town

    A Child's Story About Racial Injustice

    Unabridged

    42 min

    Following a police shooting, two families - one White and one Black - discuss the event, its aftermath, and what they can do to help. ... Read more

    $16.99 USD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Through My Eyes: Ruby Bridges

    Unabridged

    2 hours 12 min

    In November 1960, all of America watched as a tiny six-year-old black girl, surrounded by federal marshals, walked through a mob of screaming segregationists and into her school. An icon of the civil rights movement, Ruby Bridges chronicles each dramatic step of this pivotal event in history through her own words. This brand-new recording includes a special bonus interview with Ruby from her ... Read more

    $13.99 USD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Dark Sky Rising: Reconstruction and the Dawn of Jim Crow

    Narrated by Dion Graham ...

    Unabridged

    3 hours 4 min

    Text © 2019 by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Audiobook (P) 2019 by Scholastic Inc. All rights reserved.SCHOLASTIC, SCHOLASTIC AUDIOBOOKS, and associated logos are trademarksand/or registered trademarks of Scholastic Inc. ... Read more

    $17.99 USD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    The Mighty Miss Malone

    Narrated by Bahni Turpin ...

    Unabridged

    7 hours 54 min

    In the Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Award–winning Bud, Not Buddy, Bud met a girl named Deza Malone in a Hooverville. This is her story.“We are a family on a journey to a place called wonderful" is the motto of Deza Malone's family. Deza is the smartest girl in her class in Gary, Indiana, singled out by teachers for a special path in life. But the Great Depression has hit Gary hard, and ... Read more

    $22.00 USD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Vanished, The

    by Nic Stone ...
    Narrated by Anika Noni Rose ...

    Unabridged

    5 hours 48 min

    With the heart-shaped herb thriving, a group of Wakanda's finest engineers working on expanding her dome technology, and theborders more fortified than ever, Princess Shuri can finally focus on what matters most: her training.Soon, a bigger problem rears its head. The princess hears whispers of exceptionally talented young girls across the world goingmissing. A young environmental scientist in ... Read more

    $24.99 USD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    The Fierce 44

    Black Americans Who Shook Up the World

    Unabridged

    1 hour 42 min

    Meet forty-four of America's most impressive heroes in this collective biography of African American figures authored by the team at ESPN's TheUndefeated.com. From visionaries to entrepreneurs, athletes to activists, the Fierce 44 are beacons of brilliance, perseverance, and excellence. Bringing household names like Serena Williams and Harriet Tubman together with lesser-known but highly deserving ... Read more

    $24.99 USD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Shuri: A Black Panther Novel #1

    by Nic Stone ...
    Narrated by Anika Noni Rose ...

    Unabridged

    5 hours 42 min

    An original, upper-middle-grade series starring the break-out character from the Black Panther comics and films: T'Challa's younger sister, Shuri! Crafted by New York Times bestselling author Nic Stone. Shuri is a skilled martial artist, a genius, and a master of science and technology. But, she's also a teenager. And a princess. This middle-grade series follows Shuri as she sets out on a quest to ... Read more

    $24.99 USD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Loretta Little Looks Back

    Three Voices Go Tell It

    Unabridged

    4 hours 52 min

    From a bestselling and award-winning husband and wife team comes an innovative, beautifully illustrated novel that delivers a front-row seat to the groundbreaking moments in history that led to African Americans earning the right to vote."Right here, I'm sharing the honest-to-goodness." -- Loretta"I'm gon' reach back, and tell how it all went. I'm gon' speak on it. My way." -- Roly"I got more ... Read more

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  • Audiobook

    The Only Black Girls in Town

    Narrated by Jeanette Illidge ...

    Unabridged

    7 hours 28 min

    From award-winning YA author Brandy Colbert comes a debut middle-grade novel about the only two Black girls in town who discover a collection of hidden journals revealing shocking secrets of the past.Beach-loving surfer Alberta has been the only Black girl in town for years. Alberta's best friend, Laramie, is the closest thing she has to a sister, but there are some things even Laramie can't ... Read more

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  • Audiobook

    Hey Black Child

    Unabridged

    5 min

    Six-time Coretta Scott King Award winner and four-time Caldecott Honor recipient Bryan Collier brings this classic, inspirational poem to life, written by poet Useni Eugene Perkins.Hey black child,Do you know who you are?*Who really are?*Do you know you can beWhat you want to beIf you try to beWhat you can be?This lyrical, empowering poem celebrates black children ... ... Read more

    $1.98 USD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Feathers

    Narrated by Sisi Aisha Johnson ...

    Unabridged

    2 hours 52 min

    Frannie doesn't know what to make of the poem she's reading in school. She hasn't thought much about hope. There are so many other things to think about. Each day, her friend Samantha seems a bit more "holy." There is a new boy in class everyone is calling the Jesus Boy. And although the new boy looks like a white kid, he says he's not white. Who is he?During a winter full of surprises, good and ... Read more

    $14.99 USD or free with audiobook trial