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Aardema, Vema
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears

Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem
Mycroft Holmes (with Anna Waterhouse)
Mycroft and Sherlock (with Anna Waterhouse) Stealing the Game (with Raymond Obstfeld)
What Color Is My World?

Abouet, Marguerite
Akissi: Tales of Mischief
Aya: Love in Yop City
Aya of Yop City (with Clement Oubrerie)

Acevedo, Elizabeth
The Poet X

Achebe, Chinua
No Longer at Ease

Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
Purple Hibiscus

Addison, Esme
A Hex for Danger (with Emily Durante (Narrator))
A Spell for Trouble (with Emily Durante (Narrator))

Afia, Nekesa
Dead Dead Girls (with Shayna Small (Narrator))
Harlem Sunset (with Shayna Small (Narrator))

Alexis, André
Fifteen Dogs

Ancrum, K.
The Weight of the Stars

Azad, Nafiza
The Wild Ones


Banwo, Ayanna Lloyd
When We Were Birds

Baptiste, Tracey
The Jumbies
Rise of the Jumbies

Bayron, Kalynn
Cinderella is Dead

Belleny, Danielle
This Is a Book for People Who Love Birds (with Stephanie D Singleton (Illustrator))

Blackman, Marjorie
The Ripple Effect

Blake, Sarah
The Postmistress

Bolden, Tonya
Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln and the Dawn of Liberty

Brew-Hammond, Nana Ekua
Blue (with Daniel Minter (Illustrations))

Brown, Diane Marie
Black Candle Women

Brown, Roseanne A.
A Song of Wraiths & Ruin

Burns, Valerie
Murder is a Piece of Cake (with Jasmin Walker (Narrator))
Two Parts Sugar, One Part Murder (with Jasmin Walker (Narrator))

Bryant, Elise
Happily Ever Afters
One True Loves
Reggie and Delilah's Year of Falling


Caines, Jeannette Franklin
Just Us Women

Callender, Kacen
Felix Ever After

Callender, Kheryn (see Callender, Kacen)
Hurricane Child

Cezair-Thompson, Margaret
The Pirate's Daughter

Charles, Tami
Fearless Mary (with Claire Almon)
Like Vanessa

Chase, Paula
Dough Boys
So Done
Turning Point

Chee, Traci
The Reader
The Speaker

Clayton, Dhonielle
The Beauty Trials
The Belles
The Everlasting Rose
The Marvellers (with Khadijah Khatib (Illustrator))

Cline-Ransome, Lesa
Before There Was Mozart
The Power of Her Pen (with John Parra)

Colbert, Brandy
Little & Lion
The Only Black Girls in Town
The Revolution of Birdie Randolph
The Voting Booth

Cole, William and Rosselli, Colette
I Went to the Animal Fair

Coles, Jay
Tyler Johnson Was Here

Collette, Abby
Body and Soul Food (with L. Malaika Cooper (Narrator))
A Deadly Inside Scoop (with Joell Jacob)
A Game of Cones (with Joell Jacob)
A Killer Sundae
Soul of a Killer (with L. Malaika Cooper (Narrator))

Cosby, S.A.
Blacktop Wasteland

Crews, Donald
Sail Away

Cummings, Pat

Curtis, Christopher Paul
The Journey of Little Charlie


Danticat, Edwidge
Brother, I'm Dying
Everything Inside
The Farming of Bones

Davis, Charlotte Nicole
The Good Luck Girls

Davis, Dana L.
Roman and Jewel

Davis, Kyra
Obsession, Deceit, and Really Dark Chocolate (with Gabra Zackman (Narrator))
Passion, Betrayal And Killer Highlights (with Gabra Zackman (Narrator))
Sex, Murder and a Double Latte (with Gabra Zackman (Narrator))

Davis, Tanita S.
Happy Families

DeBerry, Virginia and Grant, Donna
Far From the Tree

Deonn, Tracy

Diakité, Baba Wagué
The Magic Gourd

Duncan, Alice Faye
Just Like a Mama (with Charnelle Pinkney Barlow)
Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop (with R. Gregory Christie)


Elliott, Zetta
The Dragon Thief
Dragons in a Bag
The Enchanted Bridge (with Cherise Harris (Illustrations))
Melena's Jubilee (with Aaron Boyd)
The Witch's Apprentice

Emezi, Akwaeke
You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty

English, Karen
It All Comes Down to This

Evans, Shane W.
Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom

Everett, Percival
I Am Not Sidney Poitier


Farmer, Bonnie
Oscar Lives Next Door (with Marie Lafrance)

Fitzpatrick, Insha
Oh My Gods! (with Stephanie Cooke and Juliana Moon (Illustrations))

Flake, Sharon G
Unstoppable Octobia May

Forest, Kristina
I Wanna Be Where You Are
The Neighbor Favor
Now That I've Found You

Forna, Namina
The Gilded Ones

Franklin, Ashley
"Creative Fixes" in Once Upon an Eid edited by S.K. Ali

Franklin, Tee
Bingo Love


Ganeshram, Ramin
A Birthday Cake for George Washington

Garrett, Camryn
Friday I'm in Love
Full Disclosure

Garrett, Kellye
Hollywood Homicide
Like a Sister

Giddens, Rhiannon
Build a House (with Monica Mikai (Illustrator))

Gill, Joel Christian
Strange Fruit, Volume 1

Goldberg, Whoopi
If Someone Says 'You Complete Me,' RUN!

Grandison, Whitney D.
A Love Hate Thing

Grimes, Nikki
One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance


Haley, Alex
The Autobiography of Malcom X

Harris, Sharina
(Im)perfectly Happy

Hathaway, Barbara
Missy Violet and Me

Hoffler, Joseph W.
Promotion Denied

Hohn, Nadia L.
Malaika’s Winter Carnival with Irene Luxbacher (illustrator)

Howard, Elizabeth Fitzgerald
Aunt Flossie's Hats (and Crab Cakes Later)

Hurson, Zora Neale
Their Eyes Were Watching God


Iloh, Candice
Every Body Looking


Jackson, Linda Williams
Midnight Without a Moon

Jackson, Tiffany D.

Jemisin, N. K.
The City We Became
The Dancers' War (in Like Twin Stars)
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

Jenkins, Emily (see E. Lockhart)
A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat
Sugar Would Not Eat It
Water in the Park

Johnson, Alaya Dawn
The Summer Prince
Trouble the Saints

Johnson, Catherine
Shades of Darkness, Shades of Grace

Johnson, Leah
You Should See Me in a Crown

Johnson, Varian
The Great Greene Heist
To Catch a Cheat
Mister Miracle: The Great Escape (with and Daniel Isles (Illustrator))
The Parker Inheritance
Twins (with Shannon Wright)

Jones, Kimberly
I'm Not Dying with You Tonight (with Gilly Segal)


Kann, Claire
Harmony and Heartbreak
If It Makes You Happy
Let's Talk About Love
The Marvelous
The Romantic Agenda


Lee, Kristen R.
Required Reading for the Disenfranchised Freshman

Lester, Julius
Sam and the Tigers (with Jerry Pinkney)

Lewis, Jenifer
The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir

Lewis, John
March: Book One (with Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell)
March: Book Two (with Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell)
March: Book Three (with Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell)


Mallette, Gloria

Mans, Jasmine
Black Girl, Call Home

Matthews, Olivia
Against the Currant (with Janina Edwards (Narrator))
Hard Dough Homicide (with Janina Edwards (Narrator))
Murder by Page One

McCoy, Taj
Savvy Sheldon Feels Good as Hell

McKinnay, L.L.
Nubia: Real One by L.L. McKinney and Robyn Smith

Moises, Yesenia
Stella's Stellar Hair

Montgomery, Candice
Home and Away
"Just Life Chest Armor" in Once Upon an Eid edited by S.K. Ali

Morrison, Toni
Peeny Butter Fudge (with Slade Morrison)
Please, Louise (with Slade Morrison)

Morrow, Bethany C.
Cherish Farrah
A Song Below Water

Mosley, Walter
Devil in a Blue Dress

Mottley, Leila

Myers, Walter Dean
At Her Majesty's Request
The Blues of Flats Brown
Looking Like Me with Christopher Myers


Neely, Barbara
Blanche Among the Talented Tenth by Barbara Neely and Lisa Reneé Pitts (Narrator)
Blanche on the Lam (with Lisa Reneé Pitts (Narrator))

Nelson, Marilyn
Ostrich and Lark

Neri, G.
Grand Theft Horse (with Corban Wilkin) Tru & Nelle

Norfleet, Celeste O.
One Night in Georgia


Okorafor, Nnedi
Akata Warrior
Akata Witch
Binti: Home
Remote Control

Older, Daniel José
Shadowhouse Fall

Onomé, Louisa
Like Home

Ortega, Claribel A.
Ghost Squad

Oshiro, Mark
Anger Is a Gift


Paige, Danielle
Dorothy Must Die
The End of Oz
Mera: Tidebreaker (with Stephen Bryne)
The Wicked Will Rise
Yellow Brick War

Patrick, Denise Lewis
Finding Someplace

Paye, Won-Ldy
Head, Body, Legs: A Story from Liberia (with Margaret H. Lippert)

Peete, Holly Robinson
My Brother Charlie

Philippe, Ben
Charming as a Verb

Pinkney, Andrea Davis
The Red Pencil

Pumphrey, Jarrett
The Old Boat (with Jerome Pumphrey)
The Old Truck (with Jerome Pumphrey)



Ramée, Lisa Moore
A Good Kind of Trouble
Something to Say

Ramos, James
The Wrong Kind of Weird

Reed, Christina Hammonds
The Black Kids

Reynolds, Jason A.
Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks
Miles Morales
Stuntboy, in the Meantime (with Raúl the Third) Sunny

Reynolds, Justin A.
Early Departures
It's the End of the World and I'm in My Bathing Suit
Miles Morales: Shock Waves (with Pablo Leon (Illustrations)) Opposite of Always

Rhodes, Jewell Parker
Towers Falling

Rhuday-Perkovich, Olugbemisola
Naomis Too (with Audrey Vernick)
Operation Sisterhood
Two Naomis (with Audrey Vernick)

Richardson, Rhiannon
The Meet-Cute Project

Rigaud, Debbie
Perfect Shot

Roanhorse, Rebecca
Black Sun
Race to the Sun
Storm of Locusts
Trail of Lightning
Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™

Ruffin, Maurice Carlos
We Cast a Shadow


Sabreen, Laila

  • You Truly Assumed

    Simone, Francina
    Smash It!

    Smalls, Irene
    Don't Say Ain't

    Smith, Zadie
    The Autograph Man

    Solomon, Rivers
    The Deep
    An Unkindness of Ghosts

    Sosa, Mia
    The Wedding Crasher

    Stone, Nic
    Clean Getaway (with Dawud Anyabwile)
    Dear Justyce
    Dear Martin

    Strong, Karen
    Just South of Home

  • T

    Thomas, Angie
    Concrete Rose
    The Hate U Give
    Nic Blake and the Remarkables: The Manifestor Prophecy
    On the Come Up

    Thompkins-Bigelow, Jamilah
    "Eid Pictures" in Once Upon an Eid edited by S.K. Ali
    "Perfect" in Once Upon an Eid edited by S.K. Ali

    Twitty, Michael W.
    The Cooking Gene


    Uwiringiyimana, Sandra
    How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child (with Abigail Pesta)


    Velasquez, Crystal
    The Circle of Lies
    Hunters of Chaos

    Velasquez, Eric
    Grandma's Gift

    Vigilante, Danette
    Saving Baby Doe


    Walker, Alice
    The Color Purple

    Watson, Renée
    Piecing Me Together
    Some Places More Than Others
    Watch Us Rise (with Ellen Hagen)

    Whitehead, Colson
    The Nickel Boys
    The Underground Railroad

    Williams, Alicia D.
    Genesis Begins Again

    Williams-Garcia, Rita
    Clayton Byrd Goes Underground
    Gone Crazy in Alabama
    One Crazy Summer

    Willis-Braithwaite, Deborah

    Wilmore, Larry
    I'd Rather We Got Casinos: And Other Black Thoughts

    Winslow, De'Shawn Charles
    In West Mills

    Winston, Sherri
    The Kayla Chronicles

    Winters, Julian
    Right Where I Left You
    Running With Lions

    Woodson, Jacqueline
    Brown Girl Dreaming
    Harbor Me
    Show Way
    The Year We Learned to Fly (with Rafael López (Illustrator))




    Zephaniah, Benjamin
    Funky Chickens

    Zoboi, Ibi
    American Street
    Black Enough (editor)
    My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich
    Nigeria Jones
    Okoye to the People
    Punching the Air

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