Books by Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman

The Summoning of Black Joy: A poetry collection 
by Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman

In a world that too often tries to silence voices, Ali-Coleman's poetry resounds with unyielding power, demanding to be heard. This poetry collection is a testament to the endurance of the human spirit and a celebration of the indomitable joy that can rise even in the face of adversity. It is a book that will leave an indelible mark on its readers, reminding us all of the importance of recognizing and amplifying the stories of the Black experience.

Mariah's Maracas, written by Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman, illustrated by Hook E. Free

Mariah wakes up excited for the day. She gets to choose her music instrument for the school year and she can’t wait!

This wonderful book introduces children to different percussive instruments while also introducing the connections between people and music all over the world. This is the first book in a series of books featuring different children from Ms. Rio’s class.

Recommended for readers in grades K-2


Homeschooling Black Children in the US: Theory, Practice & Popular Culture (IAP, 2022)
edited by Khadijah Ali-Coleman and Cheryl Fields-Smith




In 2021, the United States Census Bureau reported that in 2020, during the rise of the global health pandemic COVID-19, homeschooling among Black families increased five-fold. However, Black families had begun choosing to homeschool even before COVID-19 led to school closures and disrupted traditional school spaces. Homeschooling Black Children in the US: Theory, Practice and Popular Culture offers an insightful look at the growing practice of homeschooling by Black families through this timely collection of articles by education practitioners, researchers, homeschooling parents and homeschooled children.

Homeschooling Black Children in the US: Theory, Practice and Popular Culture honestly presents how systemic racism and other factors influence the decision of Black families to homeschool. In addition, the book chapters illustrate in different ways how self-determination manifests within the homeschooling practice. Researchers Khadijah Ali-Coleman and Cheryl Fields-Smith have edited a compilation of work that explores the varied experiences of parents homeschooling Black children before, during and after COVID-19. From veteran homeschooling parents sharing their practice to researchers reporting their data collected pre-COVID, this anthology of work presents an overview that gives substantive insight into what the practice of homeschooling looks like for many Black families in the United States.


Liberated Muse Volume I: How I Freed My Soul (2009)
edited by Khadijah Ali-Coleman 


Love. Sickness. Travel. A one-night stand. Speaking up. Losing a job. Breaking up.

Khadijah Ali-Coleman has edited an eclectic assortment of work that is sure to inspire, revive and enthrall readers on the very idea of how to free one's soul. Containing personal essays, poetry, short stories and visual art, this compilation stretches boundaries as one contemplates the very idea of freedom while was the featured book of the 2009 Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest, an annual festival held in Washington DC. 


Liberated Muse Volume II: Betrayal Wears a Pretty Face (2012)
edited by Khadijah Ali-Coleman 


Writers from around the world deconstruct their experiences and/or perceptions of betrayal through verse and story in this compelling second anthology in the Liberated Muse series. Featuring work by Alan W. King, the late Nathan Seven Scott, Sumayyah Talibah and more.


AI-generated art featured in the poetry book, The Summoning of Black Joy by Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman