Young Adult fiction is a category of fiction published for readers in their youth. Also knows as YA, these books are catered towards children between 12 to 18 years old. While the genre is targeted to teenagers, approximately half of YA readers are adults. Let that last part sink in, we adults, though we may snub our noses at the genre are half its consumers.

In recent years this genre has become a fave of mine. I mean have you picked up a YA book recently? The incredible black authors who are killing it in YA (a list will follow) is very impressive. Representation matters. I implore you to visit this genre and get to reading. There is something for everyone.

For those who long to introduce their children/nieces/nephews to the lovely world of reading you have a myriad of books to begin your youngsters personal YA library or the option to check out books at your local public library.

We are in the midst of a powerful resurgence in Black Literature and dare I say, YA authors have to be credited with their role in this incredible moment. Here is a list of YA books that may please your reading passion:

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

Solo by Kwame Alexander

Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Calling My Name by Liara Tamani

City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

Between The Lines by Nikki Grimes

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Failing Up by  Leslie Odom, Jr.

For Everyone by Jason Reynolds

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk

Shadowhouse Fall by Daniel Jose Older

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


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