Thanks to everyone who helped generate the following list of debut authors. I’ve no doubt that there are more names to add. Please, feel free to list the author’s name, racial/ethnic identity and book title in the comments.
5 Jan Baseball’s Leading Lady :Effa Manley and the Rise and Fall of the Negro Leagues by Andrea Willams. Roaring Brook Press
5 Jan Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant. Balzer+Bray.
5 Jan Meow or Never by Jazz Taylor. Scholastic.
5 Jan Root Magic by Eden Royce. Walden Pond Press. YA
19 Jan Rise of the Red Hand (The Mechanists #1) by Olivia Chadha. Erewhon.
12 Jan Clues to the Universe by Christina Li. Quill Tree Books/HarperCollins.
12 Jan The Meet Cute Project by Rhiannon Richardson. Simon & Schuster.
26 Jan Take Back the Block by Chrystal D. Giles. Random House.
26 Jan Wings of Ebony by J. Elle. Denene Millner Books/Simone & Schuster.
26 Jan While I Was Away by Waka T. Brown. Quill Tree Books.
2 Feb Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado. Holiday House.
2 Feb A Pho Love Story by Loan Le. Simon & Schuster.
2 Feb A Taste for Love by Jennifer Yen. Razorbill.
2 Feb The Year I Flew Away by Marie Arnold. Versify.
2 Feb Yesterday is History by Kosoko Jackson. Sourcebooks Fire.
9 Feb The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna. Delacorte.
23 Feb Latinitas: Celebrating 40 Big Dreamers by Juliet Menédez. Henry Holt & Co
23 Feb Like Home by Louisa Onome. Delacorte.
2 Mar Firekeepers Daughter by Angeline Boulley. Henry Holt.
13 Apr Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls by Kaela Rivera.
May Rea and the Blood of the Nectar (The Chronicles of Astranthia) by Payal Doshi. Mango and Marigold Press.
11 May Healer of the Water Monster by Brian Young. Heartdrum.
11 May Thanks A Lot, Universe by Chad Lucas. Amulet Books.
1 June The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons. Dial Books.
6 June Josephine Against the Sea by Shakirah Bourne. Scholastic.
8 June Fifteen Hundred Miles From the Sun by Jonny Garze Villa. Skyscape.
15 June Sisters Of The Snake by Sasha Nanua and Sarena Nanua. HarperTeen.
13 July The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass. GP Putnam’s Sons.
24 Aug Bad Witch Burning by Jessica Lewis. Delacorte.
21 Sept Daughters of a Dead Empire by Carolyn T. O’Neil. Roaring Brook Press.
28 Sept Beasts of Prey by Ayana Gray. GP Putnam’s Sons
2 Nov When the World Turned Upside Down by K. Ibura. Scholastic.
2 Nov Jade Fire Gold by June C. L. Tan. HarperTeen.
9 Nov WIthin These WIcked Walls by Lauren Blackwood. Lauren Blackwood