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Can’t-Miss Books to Read for Black History Month

February 3, 2022
Amy Lavigne

We’re committed to using our platforms to lift up Black creators now and always, and in celebration of Black History Month, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite books by Black authors we love. As we continue to listen, learn, and lift up Black voices, we hope you enjoy reading these amazing books!

Can’t-Miss Books to Read for Black History Month

For All Time by Shanna Miles

The Sun Is Also a Star meets Outlander in this vivid, utterly romantic debut novel about two teens who relive their tragic love story over and over until they uncover what they must do to change their fate.

Blood Like Magic by Liselle Sambury

A rich, dark urban fantasy debut following a teen witch who is given a horrifying task: sacrificing her first love to save her family’s magic. The problem is, she’s never been in love—she’ll have to find the perfect guy before she can kill him. After you’ve read Blood Like Magic, be sure to add the upcoming spellbinding sequel, Blood Like Fate, to your TBR too!

Ain’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds, illustrated by Jason Griffin

Jason Reynolds and his best bud, Jason Griffin had a mind-meld. And they decided to tackle it, in one fell swoop, in about ten sentences, and 300 pages of art, this piece, this contemplation-manifesto-fierce-vulnerable-gorgeous-terrifying-WhatIsWrongWithHumans-hope-filled-hopeful-searing-Eye-Poppingly-Illustrated-tender-heartbreaking-how-The-HECK-did-They-Come-UP-with-This project about oxygen. And all of the symbolism attached to that word, especially NOW.

Ashes of Gold by J. Elle

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. Haven’t read book one yet? Grab your copy of Wings of Ebony here!

The Cost of Knowing by Brittney Morris

Dear Martin meets They Both Die at the End in this gripping, evocative novel about a Black teen who has the power to see into the future, whose life turns upside down when he foresees his younger brother’s imminent death, from the acclaimed author of SLAY.

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

Filled with mystery and an intriguingly rich magic system, Tracy Deonn’s YA contemporary fantasy Legendborn offers the dark allure of City of Bones with a modern-day twist on a classic legend and a lot of Southern Black Girl Magic. Now out in paperback, with new bonus content!

Your Corner Dark by Desmond Hall

American Street meets Long Way Down in this searing and gritty debut novel that takes an unflinching look at the harsh realities of gang life in Jamaica and how far a teen is willing to go for family.

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds’s Newbery Honor, Printz Honor, and Coretta Scott King Honor–winning, #1 New York Times bestselling novel Long Way Down is now a gripping, galvanizing graphic novel, with haunting artwork by Danica Novgorodoff.

Turning by Joy L. Smith

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. This book is out March 1, so be sure to preorder it now and get a head start with this free extended excerpt

Looking for more? Check out these books by Black authors you should read ASAP!

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