The following authors of color are among those who will debut middle grade or young adult fiction in 2016. I believe this list contains two males, two people of African descent, four Latinxs and no Native Americans. The last debut Native American author I can remember is Eric Gansworth in 2013.
It’s dicey judging ethnicity on names and appearances and it’s dicey judging ethnicity when Native Americans and people of color really are all in this together. I do take note of how representation evolves in kidlit and what groups may not be getting as much representation.
I’ve done all I can to the list, but I’m hoping it’s not done. I’m hoping to hear of lots of wonderful new authors I’ve missed.
I wish you all exciting and prosperous careers!
Roshani Chokshi: The Star Touched Queen (MacMillan/St. Martin’s Griffin) March
Traci Chee: The Reader (Putnam/Penguin). September
Aya de Leon: Uptown Thief (Kensington Books) July
Alexandra Diaz: Of All Stupid Things (Paper Lantern Lit) September
Sarah Everett: Every One We’ve Been (Random House/Knopf) October
Mia Garcia: Even if the Sky Falls (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books) 10 May
Heidi Heilig: The Girl From Everywhere (Greenwillow Books) February
Ava Jae: Beyond the Red (Six Pony Press) March
Rahul Kanakia: Enter Title Here (Disney Hyperion) August
Aditi Khorana: Mirror in the Sky (Razorbill) June
Julie Leung: Mice of the Round Table (HarpersChildren) October
Bethany Morrow: The Last Life of Avrilis (Month 9 Books) 2016
Jenn Nguyen : The Way To Game The Walk Of Shame (Swoon Reads/Macmillan) 7 June
Lygia Day Peñaflor: Unscripted Joss Byrd (Macmillan/Roaring Brook) 23 August
Randi Pink: TOYA ((FSG/Feiwel and Friends) Fall
Riley Redgate: Seven Ways We Lie (Abrams/Amulet) 8 March
Erin L. Schneider: Summer of Sloan (Disney Hyperion) May
Evelyn Skye: The Crown’s Game (Balzer+Bray) May
Tarun Shanker: These Vicious Masks (co-authored with Kelly Zekas) (Macmillan/Swoon Reads) February
2 thoughts on “Debut MG & YA Authors of Color 2016”
How exciting. I look forward to reading some of these. I’m sure the list will grow.
The links you added to their names are precious. Thank you for doing the work, Edi!
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