Day’s YA: Black YA Authors

This edition of Day’s YA highlights YA and YA-OK books by Black authors

Note: This list is not exhaustive, but is meant to be a jumping off point. Please support these (and all) Black authors in any way you can, now and always.

YA:

ALL BOYS AREN’T BLUE by George M Johnson

BLACK GIRL UNLIMITED by Echo Brown

A BLADE SO BLACK by L.L. McKinney

BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY by Candice Montgomery

CHARM & STRANGE by Stephanie Kuehn

CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE and CHILDREN OF VIRTUE AND VENGEANCE by Tomi Adeyemi

CINDERELLA IS DEAD by Kalynn Bayron

GIRLS LIKE US by Randi Pink

GIVEN by Nandi Taylor

THE GOOD LUCK GIRLS by Charlotte Nicole Davis

HOME AND AWAY by Candice Montgomery

IF IT MAKES YOU HAPPY by Claire Kann

THE INVINCIBLE SUMMER OF JUNIPER JONES by Daven McQueen

LIGHT IT UP by Kekla Magoon

ONE PERSON, NO VOTE (YA Edition): How Not All Voters Are Treated Equally by Carol Anderson

SAVING SAVANNAH by Tonya Bolden

A SONG BELOW WATER by Bethany C Morrow

WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST (YA Edition): A Story of Black Lives Matter and the Power to Change the World by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele

YA-OK:

BINTI by Nnedi Okorafor

THE BLACK GOD’S DRUMS by P. Djèlí Clark

BLACK KLANSMAN: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime by Ron Stallworth

BROTHER by David Chariandy

CITIZEN: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

DRESSED IN DREAMS: A Black Girl’s Love Letter to the Power of Fashion by Tanisha C. Ford

ELOQUENT RAGE: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper

FAILING UP: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning by Leslie Odom Jr.

HOT COMB by Ebony Flowers

HOUSEGIRL by Michael Donkor

JAY-Z: Made in America by Michael Eric Dyson

A LONG WAY GONE: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

A MOST BEAUTIFUL THING: The True Story of America’s First All-Black High School Rowing Team by Arshay Cooper

QUEEN BEY: A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter by Veronica Chambers

REAL AMERICAN: A Memoir by Julie Lythcott-Haims

RIOT BABY by Tochi Onyebuchi

SALVAGE THE BONES by Jesmyn Ward

SHE WOULD BE KING by Wayetu Moore

THE SUN DOES SHINE: How I Found Life, Freedom, and Justice by Anthony Ray Hinton

TEARS WE CANNOT STOP: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson

UPSTATE by Khalisha Buckhanon

View Macmillan’s Anti-Racist Reading List here.

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