Friday, February 1, 2019

28 Fiction Books to Read in Honor of African Heritage Month

We're observing African Heritage Month by sharing some of our library’s books written by authors of color. These books, most of them written for a young adult audience, go above and beyond when it comes to representation—and it’s something that the library community, authors, and readers continue to fight for every day. So, in honor of Black History Month, we want to take a look at some of the books that have been influential in this wave of representation and encourage you to read your way through the month!

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
American Street by Ibi Zoboi
Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi
Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Copper Sun by Sharon Draper
Crossing Ebenezer Creek by Tonya Bolden
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Everything Everything by NicolaYoon
Game by Walter Dean Myers
Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
Harlem Summer by Walter Dean Myers
Learning to Breathe by Janice Lynn Mather
Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
The Illegal by Lawrence Hill
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
The Sun Is Also A Star by NicolaYoon
X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz