Black Authors Writing YA You Should Read


I’ve been a teen librarian now for 7 ½ years and I have been lucky enough to read lots of great Young Adult (YA) literature in that time.  In honor of Black History Month, I’d like to share some of the outstanding black authors writing in this category meant for kids from about 12-18 years old.  Of course, plenty of adults enjoy reading YA books as well -- so take a look and see if something catches your eye.  I’ve tried to include authors who have been around for awhile and authors newer to the scene. There are plenty more NOT on this list.  If you don’t see your favorite, please mention them in the comments section.

Happy reading!

In alphabetical order by last name:

Elizabeth Acevedo - Realistic Fiction

Tomi Adeyemi - Fantasy

Kwami Alexander - Realistic Fiction

Lamar Giles - Realistic Fiction and Mysteries

Justina Ireland - Horror and Realistic Fiction

Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu - Fantasy

Jason Reynolds - Realistic Fiction

Nic Stone - Realistic Fiction

Angie Thomas - Realistic Fiction

Renee Watson - Realistic Fiction and Romance

Ashley Woodfolk - Realistic Fiction

Ibi Aanu Zoboi - Realistic Fiction