Black History : Literacy

Posted on 8 February 2019 Friday


YA Authors

After looking at the history of Blacks in YA literature in the US, the next thing to do is to consider who are the Blacks authors of young adult literature today. Well, here they are are most of them. These authors are Afro American, Afro Caribbean, Afro British, mixed raced, LGBTQIAP+, have disabilities, are debut authors, seasoned, awarded, graphic novelists, adult/television/journalism crossovers and 3 even live in Indiana! But, all have had works published in the US. We are a diverse and complex people with so many stories to tell!

Who’s new to you? Who had you forgotten? Whose name makes you smile? Who’s work will you read next? 

“If writing is thinking and discovery and selection and order and meaning, it is also awe and reverence and mystery and magic.”  ~Toni Morrison

Adwoa Badoe
Angie Thomas
Alaya Dawn Johnson
Alicia Williams
Allison Whittenberg
Amanda Joy
Amir Abrams
Angela Johnson
Artist Arthur
Ashley Woodfolk
Barbara Binns
Ben Philippe
Bil Wright
Balogun Ojetade
Brandy Colbert
Brenda Woods
Camryn Garrett
Candace Montgomery
Carla Sarratt
Celeste O. Norfleet
Charles R. Smith
Chris Ledbetter
Chris L. Terry
Christine Kendall
Christopher John Farley
Claire Kann
Coe Booth
Colin Bootman
Craig  Laurance Gidney
Crystal Allen
Dana L. Davis
Danielle Paige
David Barclay
Debbie Rigaud
Denene Millner
Denise Lewis Patrick
Derrick Barnes
Dhonielle Clayton
Doreen Spicer-Dannelly
Dream Jordan
Duchess Harris
Earl Sewell
Ebony Joy Wilkins
Elizabeth Acevedo
Ernest Hill
Gwendolyn Hooks
Greg Neri
Ibi Zoboi
Jacqueline Woodson
Jaime Reed
Jamie Adoff
Janice Lynn Mather 
Jasmine Richards 
Jason Reynolds
 Jay Coles
Jerry Craft
Jesse C. Jackson
Jewell Parker Rhodes
Julian Winter
Julius Lester
Justin A. Reynolds
Justina Ireland
Kayla Ancrum
Kalisha Buckhanon
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Karen Simpson
Karen Strong
Karuna Riazi
Kekla Magoon
Kelli London
Kheryn Callender
Kimberly Reid
Kristina Forest
Kosoko Jackson
Kwame Alexander
Liari Timani
L. L. McKinney
Lamar Giles
L. Divine
LeSean Thomas
Leslie Youngblood
Lily Anderson
Lola Stvil
Mariama J. Lockington
Marilyn Nelson
Maurice Broaddus
Na’ima B. Robert
Nalo Hopkinson
Ngozi Ukazu 
Nic Stone
Nicola Yoon
Nikki Grimes
 Ni Ni Simone
Nnedi Okorafor
Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich 
Paula Chase
Philana Marie Boles
Randi Pink
Rebecca Barrow 
Rena Barron
Renee Watson
Reshonda Tate Billingsley
Ronald L. Smith
Ronni Davis
Rukhsana Khan
Sarah Everett
Sarah Raughley 
Sharon Dennis Wyeth
Sharon Draper
Shelia P. Moses
Sherri L. Smith
Sofia Quintero
Somaiya Daud 
Sonia Hayes
Stephanie Kuehn
Stephanie Moore-Perry
T. R. Simon
Tamika Gibson
Tanita S. Davis
Tiffany Brownlee
Tiffany D. Jackson
Tochi Onyebuchi
Tololwa Mollel
Tomi Adeyemi
Tony Medina

Tonya Bolden
Tonya Cherie Hegamin
Torrey Maldonado

Varian Johnson
Vashti Harrison
Veronica Chambers
Walter Dean Myers
Winifred Burton
Zetta Elliott   

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