Debut Black MG & YA Authors

I’ve come to really enjoy posting this list in February and celebrating Black authors new to MG & YA. I find much pleasure in looking at the wide array of stories being told, the variety of experiences they bring to the field and the diverse ways they represent Blackness from being 1st gen in this country, mixed race, LGBTQIA+, Caribbean, Canadian, southern, left coast, urban or rural.

I also enjoy doing this post because it’s interactive. Please, let me know the debuts I’m missing. 

Baseball’s Leading Lady :Effa Manley and the Rise and Fall of the Negro Leagues by Andrea Williams. Roaring Brook Press

Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant.  Balzer+Bray

The Meet Cute Project by Rhiannon Richardson. Simon & Schuster
28 Days Later Interview:

Meow or Never by Jazz Taylor. Scholastic. The author also releases Bad Witch Burning (Delacorte Press, 2021) under the name Jessica Lewis.

Root Magic by Eden Royce. Walden Pond Press
28 Days Later Interview:

When You Look Like Us by Pamela T Harris. Quill Tree Books

Your Corner Dark by Desmond Hall. Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books

Take Back the Block by Chrystal D. Giles. Random House
28 Days Later Interview:

Wings of Ebony by J. Elle. Denene Millner Books/Simone & Schuster

The Year I Flew Away by Marie Arnold. Versify
28 Days Later Interview:

Yesterday is History by Kosoko Jackson. Sourcebooks Fire

The Gilded Ones  (Deathless #1) by Namina Forna. Delacorte

Like Home by Louisa Onome. Delacorte

Thanks A Lot, Universe by Chad Lucas. Amulet Books

The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons. Dial Books

Josephine Against the Sea by Shakirah Bourne. Scholastic
28 Days Later Interview: posts on 27 Feb

The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass. GP Putnam’s Sons

Daughters of a Dead Empire by Carolyn T. O’Neil. Roaring Brook Press

Beasts of Prey by Ayana Gray. GP Putnam’s Sons

When the World Turned Upside Down by K. Ibura. Scholastic

Within These WIcked Walls by Lauren Blackwood. Wednesday Books