Black YA Authors

Everyone deserves a chance to see themselves reflected in the stories they read. As the number of YA novels by Black authors grows, so too does the chance for Black teens to read about an experience relevant to them and their tastes.

This list is by no means exhaustive. It includes a wide range of genres: realistic fiction, historical fiction, sci-fi, even nonfiction. Some authors are award winning veterans, like Jason Reynolds and Sharon G. Flake. Some are hot new voices, like Elisa Bryant and Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite. Scroll to the bottom of this blog for additional authors to explore.

Author: Elizabeth Acevedo

Genres: Realistic fiction, novels in verse

Recent book: Clap When You Land

Author: Tomi Adeyemi

Genres: Fantasy

Recent book: Children of Blood and Bone

Author: Dean Atta

Genres: Realistic fiction, novels in verse

Recent book: The Black Flamingo

Author: Mahogany L. Browne

Genres: Novels in verse

Recent book: Chlorine Sky

Author: Elisa Bryant

Genres: Realistic fiction, romance

Recent book: Happily Ever Afters

Author: Brandy Colbert

Genres: Realistic fiction, romance

Recent book: The Voting Booth

Author: Kara Lee Corthron

Genres: Historical fiction, fantasy

Recent book: Daughters of Jubilation

Author: Sharon Draper

Genres: Realistic fiction

Recent book: Darkness Before Dawn

Author: Tiffany D. Jackson

Genres: Mystery, thriller

Recent book: White Smoke

Author: Kim Johnson

Genres: Realistic fiction

Recent book: This Is My America

Author: Kekla Magoon

Genres: Nonfiction, realistic fiction

Recent book: Revolution in Our Time

Author: L.L. McKinney

Genres: Fantasy

Recent book: A Blade So Black

Author: Brittney Morris

Genres: Realistic fiction, fantasy

Recent book: The Cost of Knowing

Authors: Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite

Genres: Realistic fiction

Recent book: One of the Good Ones

Author: Walter Dean Myers

Genres: Realistic fiction, historical fiction

Recent book: Darius & Twig

Author: Tochi Onyebuchi

Genres: Science fiction

Recent book: Rebel Sisters

Author: Jason Reynolds

Genres: Realistic fiction, novels in verse, nonfiction

Recent book: Stamped

Author: Ilyasah Shabazz

Genres: Historical fiction

Recent book: The Awakening of Malcolm X

Author: Nic Stone

Genres: Realistic fiction

Recent book: Dear Justyce

Author: Mildred D. Taylor

Genres: Historical fiction

Recent book: All the Days Past, All the Days to Come

Author: Julian Winters

Genres: Realistic fiction

Recent book: Running With Lions

Author: Ibi Zoboi

Genres: Realistic fiction

Recent book: Punching the Air

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