The Black Book Project


What is the Black Book Project?

Meredith McKinney is a Book'em board member and volunteer, Metro Schools employee, and mother who noticed the urgent need for diverse representation in children's literature. In response, she launched the Black Book Project in April 2020 to collect books featuring Black characters for children who would otherwise not have access to books that represent them. The goal to collect 500 books by the end of February 2021 was quickly exceeded, and over 1,000 books had been donated as of March. The Black Book Project continues to serve the need for diverse books in our community - scroll down to see how you can support the mission!

What kinds of books are needed?

The Black Book Project is collecting new or gently used books that feature Black characters of all shades and/or are created by Black authors and illustrators. Books for kids of all ages are needed, from board books to chapter books.

How do I donate books?

Books can be purchased from The Black Book Project Amazon Wish List, local bookstore Parnassus Books, or anywhere books are sold. They can be shipped to:


Attn: Meredith McKinney

161 Rains Ave.

Nashville, TN 37203

Boys wearing masks stand in front of shelves displaying books with diverse black characters
Three children in masks select a book from a spread of books depicting Black characters

Where will these books be going?

Book'em works with more than 160 schools, non-profits, businesses, government institutions, religious organizations, and other community groups serving low-income youth in Davidson County. Groups can request books to be distributed to the children they serve for their personal ownership. All books donated through the Black Book Project will go directly to these organizations.

Where can I learn more?

Inquiries may be sent to Make sure to Follow the Black Book Project on Facebook and Instagram to stay in the loop!

The Black Book Project on PBS

Meredith McKinney and The Black Book Project were featured in an episode of the new PBS series, "American Anthems" on July 22nd, 2022. View the press release to learn more or click the button below to view the episode in its entirety!

Girl in mask holds book featuring Black characters
Black Book Project logo - illustration of stack of books
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