The following authors of color are among those who will debut middle grade or young adult fiction in 2016. I believe this list contains two males, two people of African descent, four Latinxs and no Native Americans. The last debut Native American author I can remember is Eric Gansworth in 2013.
It’s dicey judging ethnicity on names and appearances and it’s dicey judging ethnicity when Native Americans and people of color really are all in this together. I do take note of how representation evolves in kidlit and what groups may not be getting as much representation.
I’ve done all I can to the list, but I’m hoping it’s not done. I’m hoping to hear of lots of wonderful new authors I’ve missed.
I wish you all exciting and prosperous careers!
Roshani Chokshi: The Star Touched Queen (MacMillan/St. Martin’s Griffin) March
Traci Chee: The Reader (Putnam/Penguin). September
Sarah Everett: Every One We’ve Been (Random House/Knopf) October
Mia Garcia: Even if the Sky Falls (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books) 10 May
Heidi Heilig: The Girl From Everywhere (Greenwillow Books) February
Aditi Khorana: Mirror in the Sky (Razorbill) June
Julie Leung: Mice of the Round Table (HarpersChildren) October
Bethany Morrow: The Last Life of Avrilis (Month 9 Books) 2016
Jenn Nguyen : The Way To Game The Walk Of Shame (Swoon Reads/Macmillan) 7 June
Riley Redgate: Seven Ways We Lie (Abrams/Amulet) 8 March
Evelyn Skye: The Crown’s Game (Balzer+Bray) May