Black History : Literacy

2019 MG & YA Releases

(Note: This list is continually updated)

After working on this for a couple of weeks I’ve exhausted most of my resources in compiling this list of MG and YA books by Black authors that will release in 2019. Now it’s time for YOU to help complete this list. Hit the comments, please!

Screen Shot 2019-02-20 at 11.08.24 AMScreen Shot 2019-02-20 at 10.38.04 AM1 Jan Blacks in Paris (Freedom’s Promise) by Duchess Harris. Core Library
2 Jan O.M.G.s ( Oh My Gods) by Alexandra Sheppard. Scholastic.
8 Jan This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy.
8 Jan The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe. Balzer + Bray.
8 Jan Katherine Johnson by Ebony Joy Wilkins and Charlotte Ager. DK Life Stories
Screen Shot 2019-02-20 at 11.21.44 AM8 Jan Inventing Victoria by Tonya Bolden. Bloomsbury.Screen Shot 2019-02-20 at 10.53.38 AM
8 Jan The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA by Brenda Woods. Nancy Paulsen.
9 Jan Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America edited by Ibi Zoboi and Tracey Baptiste. Balzer + Bray.
13 Jan Genesis Begins Again by Alicia Williams. Simon & Schuster.
22 Jan Love Me or Miss Me: Hot Girl, Bad Boy by Dream Jordan. Wednesday Books.
Screen Shot 2019-02-20 at 11.17.42 AM23 Jan Shiru (1018-) #4 by Nnedi Okorafor. Marvel. (webcomic)Screen Shot 2019-02-20 at 10.14.49 AM
29 Jan Dark Sky Rising : Reconstruction and the Dawn of Jim Crow by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Tonya Bolden. Scholastic.
29 Jan Arcade and the Triple T Token (The Coin Slot Chronicles) by Rashad Jenning. Zonderkidz
Jan 29 Spin by Lamar Giles. Scholastic.

1 Feb Biddy Mason Speaks Up by Arisa White and Laura Atkins. HeyDay.
Screen Shot 2019-02-20 at 10.56.07 AMScreen Shot 2019-02-20 at 11.18.26 AM5 Feb New Kid by Jerry Craft. Harper Collins. (Comic)
5 Feb One the Come Up by Angie Thomas. Balzer + Bray.
5 Feb No One Here Is Lonely by Sarah Everett. Knopf.
5 Feb Binti : The Complete Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor. DAW.
12 Feb Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson. Bloomsbury.
26 Feb Sorry Not Sorry by Jaime Reed. Scholastic.

5 Mar How High the Moon by Karyn Parsons. Little, Brown.
5 Mar The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton. Disney.Screen Shot 2019-02-20 at 11.01.59 AMScreen Shot 2019-02-20 at 11.05.41 AM

5 Mar Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds. Harper+Collins.
5 Mar Step into Your Power by Jamia Wilson. Quarto.
12 Mar A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée. Harper + Collins.
25 Mar Jake the Fake Goes for Laughs by Craig Robinson, Adam Mansbach and Keith Knight. Crown. (Comic)

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1 Apr Around Harvard Square by C.J. Farley. Akashic Books.
Screen Shot 2019-02-20 at 11.04.40 AM2 Apr Mera : Tidebreaker by Danielle Paige and illustrated by Stephen Byrne. DC Ink.
2 Apr The Last Days of Summer by Lamar Giles. Versify.
2 Apr Trace by Pat Cummings. HarperCollins.
9 Apr It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime : Stories for a South AfricanChildhood by Trevor Noah. Random/Delacorte.
Screen Shot 2019-02-20 at 10.22.14 AMScreen Shot 2019-02-20 at 10.29.35 AM16 Apr Colorblind : A Story of Racism by Johnathan Harris, Garry Leach and Anthony Zuiker PhD. Simon and Schuster.

7 May With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo. HarperCollins.
7 May We Are the Change: Words of Inspiration from Civil Rights Leaders by Harry Belafonte. Chronicle.
7 May One Person, No Vote: How All Voters Are Not Treated Equally Screen Shot 2019-02-20 at 10.22.38 AMby Carol Anderson and Tonya Bolden. Bloomsbury.
7 May Just South of Home by Karen Strong. Simon and Schuster.
14 May Jada Sly, Artist & Spy by Sherri Winston. Little, Brown.
14 May Hotcomb by Ebony Flowers. Drawn and Quarterly.
21 May Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson. Katherine Tegen Books.Screen Shot 2019-02-20 at 10.13.32 AM
28 May The Voice In My Head by Dana L. Davis. Inkyard.

4 June If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann. Swoon Books.
4 June Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orisha) by Tomi Adeyemi. Henry Holt.
4 June The Misadventures of Max Crumbly 3 : Masters of Mischief by Rachel Renée Russell. Aladdin.
Screen Shot 2019-02-20 at 10.14.36 AM4 June I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest. Roaring Brook PressScreen Shot 2019-02-20 at 10.14.25 AM
4 June Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orisha) by Tomi Adeyemi. Henry Holt.
21 June The Usual Suspects by Maurice Broaddus. HarperCollins.
Screen Shot 2019-02-20 at 10.13.44 AM25 June Run by Jon Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. Abrams.

30 July Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud. Point.
30 July For Black Girls like Me by Mariama J. Lockington. FSG
30 July The Hero Next Door by Olugbemisola  Rhuday-Perkivich. Random/Crown.

Screen Shot 2019-02-20 at 10.13.58 AM9 Aug Dough Boys by Paula Chase. Greenwillow.
20 Au
g The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert. Little, Brown.

3 Sept The Jumbie God’s Revenge by Tracey Baptiste. Algonquin.
3 Sept Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite and MaritzaMoulite. Inkyard.
3 Sept Some Places More Than Others by Renée Watson. Bloomsbury.
4 Sept Slay by Brittney Morris. Simon Pulse.
10 Sept How To Be Remy Cameron by Julian Winter. Interlude.
10 Sept Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron. HarperCollins.
17 Sept The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus. Dutton.
17 Sept Becoming Beatriz by Tami Charles. Charlesbridge Teen.Screen Shot 2019-02-20 at 10.27.24 AMScreen Shot 2019-02-20 at 10.16.04 AM

24 Sept A Dream So Dark by L.L. McKinney. Imprint.
24 Sept The Crossover by Kwame Alexander and Dawud AAnyabwile. HMH.
24 Sept Obviously: Stories From My Timeline by Akilah Hughes.Razorbill.
27 Sept My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich by Ibi Zoboi. Dutton.
10 Sept Pet by Akwaeke Emezi. Make Me A World/Random House.

Screen Shot 2019-02-22 at 9.56.09 AM.png8 Oct By Any Means Necessary by Candice Montgomery. Page Street.
15 Oct Jackpot by Nic Stone. Crown.
22 Oct Dragon Thief by Zetta Elliott. Random House.
29 Oct Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett Knopf/Random House.
29 Oct The Black Mage by Daniel Barnes and D. J. Kirkland. Oni Press. (GN)
29 Oct A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy. Putnam.

5 Nov The Forgotten Girl by India Hill Brown. Scholastic.
12 Nov When the Stars Lead to You by Ronni Davis. Little, Brown Books.
26 Nov Antar : The Black Knight by Nnedi Okarafor and Eric Battle. IDW. (Comic)

6 thoughts on “Black History : Literacy

  1. thank SO MUCH you for this list!! **opens goodreads to blow up my to read pile**

    here is one more for you: Rena Barron, KINGDOM OF SOULS (9/10/19)

    (and my date for WHEN THE STARS LEAD TO YOU is actually 11/12/19!) 🙂


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