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Black Characters and Social/Cultural Themes

From graphic novels to fantasy and fiction, these fabulous books spotlight the diversity, histories, cultures, and experiences among those who identify as Black.

Joyful African American boy smiling brightly

Black Boy Joy: 17 Stories Celebrating Black Boyhood

Kwame Mbalia
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Short Stories
Published:
2021
Dough Boys

Dough Boys

Paula Chase
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2019
Genesis Begins Again

Genesis Begins Again

Alicia Williams
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2019
Ghost Boys

Ghost Boys

Jewell Parker Rhodes
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Historical Fiction
Published:
2018
A Good Kind of Trouble

A Good Kind of Trouble

Lisa Moore Ramee
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2019
Look Both Ways

Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks

Jason Reynolds
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction, Short Stories
Published:
2019
New Kid

New Kid

Jerry Craft
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2019
Ophie’s Ghosts

Ophie’s Ghosts

Justina Ireland
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery / Crime
Published:
2021
Ways to Make Sunshine

Ways to Make Sunshine

Renée Watson
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2020
Angel of Greenwood

Angel of Greenwood

Randi Pink
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Historical Fiction
Published:
2021
The Awakening of Malcolm X

The Awakening of Malcolm X

Ilyasah Shabazz, Tiffany D. Jackson
Age Level:
Middle Grade, YA
Published:
2021
Blackout

Blackout

Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, Nicola Yoon
Age Level:
Middle Grade, YA
Genre:
Fiction, Short Stories
Published:
2021
Chlorine Sky

Chlorine Sky

Mahogany Browne
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2021
Dear Martin

Dear Martin

Nic Stone
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2018
Grown

Grown

Tiffany D. Jackson
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction, Mystery / Crime
Published:
2020
The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

Angie Thomas
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2017
Instructions for Dancing

Instructions for Dancing

Nicola Yoon
Age Level:
Middle Grade, YA
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2021
The Life I’m In

The Life I’m In

Sharon Flake
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2021
Long Way Down

Long Way Down

Jason Reynolds
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2017
Punching the Air

Punching the Air

Ibi Zoboi, Yusel Salaam
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2020
A Sitting in St. James

A Sitting in St. James

Rita Williams-Garcia
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Historical Fiction
Published:
2021
Tyler Johnson Was Here

Tyler Johnson Was Here

Jay Coles
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2018
Who Put This Song On?

Who Put This Song On?

Morgan Parker
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2019
Concrete Rose

Concrete Rose

Angie Thomas
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2021
Pride and Prejudice Remix

Pride: A Pride and Prejudice Remix

Ibi Zoboi
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Classics, Fiction
Published:
2019
Love Is a Revolution

Love Is a Revolution

Renée Watson
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2021
The Voting Booth

The Voting Booth

Brandy Colbert
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2020
Young transgender person surrounded by flowers

Felix Ever After

Kacen Callender
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction, Romance
Published:
2021
Revolution of Our Time book cover

Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People

Kekla Magoon
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2021