It is so important to support Black authors by reading and buying their books now and always. As we continue to listen, learn, and lift up Black voices, we couldn’t do so without telling you about the amazing books by Black authors that are coming out in the coming months!
Upcoming Books by Black Authors That We Can’t WAIT for You to Read!
1. Ain’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds and Jason Griffin, out January 11, 2022
Prepare yourself for something unlike anything: A smash-up of art and text for teens that viscerally captures what it is to be Black. In America. Right Now. Written by #1 New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Jason Reynolds.
2. Ashes of Gold by J. Elle, out January 11, 2022
In the heart-pounding conclusion to the Wings of Ebony duology, which #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicole Yoon calls “bold, inventive, big-hearted and deeply perceptive,” Rue makes her final stand to reclaim her people’s stolen magic.
3. Bold Words from Black Women by Tamara Pizolli, out January 11, 2022
Celebrate the power of Black womanhood in this first-of-its-kind collection of inspirational quotes from fifty activists, artists, and leaders, featuring bold, attention-grabbing illustrations—perfect for readers of Herstory and Little Leaders.
4. Legendborn paperback by Tracy Deonn, out February 2, 2022
Filled with mystery and an intriguingly rich magic system, Tracy Deonn’s YA contemporary fantasy reinvents the King Arthur legend and “braids together Southern folk traditions and Black Girl Magic into a searing modern tale of grief, power, and self-discovery” (Dhonielle Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Belles).
5. Turning by Joy L. Smith, out March 1, 2022
In this raw, searingly honest debut young adult novel, a former aspiring ballerina must confront her past in order to move forward from a devastating fall that leaves her without the use of her legs.
8. Bloodmarked by Tracy Deonn, out November 8, 2022
The powerful sequel to the instant New York Times bestselling and award-winning Legendborn—perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare and Margaret Rogerson!
9. Blood Like Fate by Liselle Sambury, out August 9, 2022
In the spellbinding sequel to “breath of fresh air for the genre” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) Blood Like Magic, Voya fights to save her witch community from a terrible future, perfect for fans of Legendborn and Cemetery Boys.
10. Bad Things Happen Here by Rebecca Barrow, out June 28, 2022
I Killed Zoe Spanos meets The Cheerleaders in this haunting mystery about an island town with a history of unsolved deaths—and a girl desperate to uncover the mystery behind it all.
11. The Black Kids paperback by Christina Hammonds Reeds, out April 5, 2022
Perfect for fans of The Hate U Give, this unforgettable coming-of-age debut novel explores issues of race, class, and violence through the eyes of a wealthy black teenager whose family gets caught in the vortex of the 1992 Rodney King Riots.
12. Love Radio by Ebony LaDelle, out May 31, 2022
Hitch meets The Sun Is Also a Star in this “mega swoon-worthy, effortlessly cool” (Casey McQuiston, New York Times bestselling author) novel about a self-professed teen love doctor with a popular radio segment who believes he can get a girl who hates all things romance to fall in love with him in only three dates.
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