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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.

Black Boy Joy: 17 Stories Celebrating Black Boyhood

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