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Black American Children’s/YA Authors to Celebrate

Black American Children’s/YA Authors to Celebrate

Black American Children’s/YA Authors to Celebrate

Historian and author Ibram X. Kendi has published five books and countless articles on the construction of an anti-racist movement including the 2016 National Book Award winner Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America and the New York Times bestseller How to Be an Anti-Racist. His 2016 work was adapted with author Jason Reynolds for a young adult audience – Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You. Reynolds himself is a multi-award winning author with a Newbery Award Honor, Printz Award Honor, two Walter Dean Myer’s Awards, and multiple Coretta Scott King Honors. Their work together take’s Kendi’s Stamped and modifies the writing of 400+ years of racist history in America for the young adult audience. You can find this work as well as many other Black authors at the library. Here is a brief list of young adult books to consider reading along with Stamped: Black Young Adult Authors RA.

When looking to read stories for younger children, you can seek out our incomplete list of Black children’s authors here: Black Children’s Authors RA which includes the 2020 Newbery Award Winner, New Kid by Jerry Craft. This multi-award winning work is the first graphic novel to win the Newbery Award and follows seventh grader Jordan Banks as he transfers from his neighborhood school to a more expensive (and white) academy. Jordan struggles not only with being the new kid in school but also one of two black kids in a very white school. New Kid is a great way to spark conversations with children about race and income inequality and with its graphic novel format, is palatable to even the most reluctant of readers.

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