Reading is fun, but it’s even better when you make intentional efforts to read books by a diverse array of authors. As always, Black Young Adult novel authors have outdone themselves.

These are some great 2020 novels you can dig into.

15. Tochi Onyebuchi, Riot Baby

Ella can see things from the future, but her brother ends up in jail despite his best efforts to protect her.

Though the novel discusses the past and future, it’s sent in Los Angeles in 1992.

14. Whitney D. Grandison, Love Hate Thing

Set in ritzy Pacific Hills, Nandy and Tyson have wildly different lives.

This book puts them together and proves that enemies can learn to get along and grow to love one another.

13. Tonya Bolden, Saving Savannah

In 1919, Savannah is a young lady who meets the suffragette and socialist movements.

This brings about challenges, but also a lot of positive change!

12. Celeste Harte, Conquest

Jashi Anyua is stuck between a possible arranged marriage and a choice to escape.

11. Alechia Dow, The Sound Of The Stars

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Creativity is now illegal in this sci-fi version of New York City, but Ellie Baker won’t let that stop her from

10. Patrice Caldwell, A Phoenix First Must Burn

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In my introduction to #APhoenixFirstMustBurn, my #BlackGirlMagic anthology, I ask the question “Where is my fantasy, my future? Why don’t Black people exist in speculative worlds?” It’s a question I’ve been asking since I was a little girl. In that time, a lot in publishing (& the world) has changed—just as a lot in publishing (& the world) has stayed the same. Lately, the question I most get asked is “how am I doing?” And the honest answer is that I’m fine. I grew up going to protests, hearing my dad and his friends talking about white supremacy and supporting Black owned businesses, for me this feels… normal. Which, isn’t okay because this isn’t normal. That said, there hasn’t been a time in this country when Black people weren’t taken advantage of or brutalized. Our very “origin story” in this nation is one of violence (as well as resistance and hope…not that they teach that in schools). What’s happening is that it’s reached a point where non-Black people can’t ignore it. I’ve been thinking a lot about the present—and also the future because I’m forever a dreamer. I want Black kids to know that they exist as more than a means to educate white people, I want Black creative to know our job isn’t to write Books About Race. Black art, in and of itself, is not only anti-racist but pro-Black—and it’s the pro-Blackness that I’m the most committed to and interested in. I’m so sick and tired of seeing non-Black people in my industry talking about how NOW they want to support Black creatives when like… how about you first support the Black authors & illustrators you publish. How about your truly invest in their career, how about you give them the chance to grow and thrive the same way you do our white counterparts. You don’t get praise for doing what you’re supposed to do. . . Sending so much love to my fellow Black people, please don’t suffer in silence, reach out to someone <3 And, thank you to @penguinclassroom for this #antiracist graphic I adore + to @wowiread for this excellent post + picture of my UK @hotkeybooksya paperback. . . . #yafantasy #blacklivesmatter #octaviabutler #authorsofinstagram #bookstagram #diversespines #bookish #bookpublishing

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What’s better than one story centering Black young women and girls?

Lots of stories by amazing women and nonbinary Black authors.

9. Kacen Callender, Felix Ever After 

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Felix is looking for love while also navigating his identity as a transgender boy.

8. Dean Atta, The Black Flamingo

Drag becomes a community of solace for a young multiracial gay teen.

7. Leah Johnson, You Should See Me In a Crown

This pure rom-com deals with Liz, who needs to become her school’s prom queen so she can get a scholarship after her original plan didn’t pan out.

6. Elizabeth Acevedo, Clap When You Land

The brilliant Elizabeth Acevedo does it again, only this time she plays with two narratives set in the Dominican Republic and New York City.

5. Jason Reynolds, Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You 

If you’ve wondered what to do about racism in your life and community, this book will give you some tools you can use to confront it.

It’s perfect for teens and parents!

4. Sherri L. Smith, The Blossom and the Firefly 

Hana and Taro both face frightening circumstances in 1945, and then they meet.

3. Justina Ireland, Deathless Divide

If you loved Dread Nation, you’ll love Ireland’s continued exploration of Jane’s journey.

2. Joel Christian Gill, Fights: One Boy’s Triumph Over Violence 

A young boy discusses the reasons behind why he fights and learns and grows along the way.

1. Zetta Elliott, Say Her Name

The African American Policy Forum curated 49 works of poetry that discuss social injustices, police brutality, and the struggle for equality.

There are many more brilliant books where this came from. Are there any additional books you would recommend? Give them a shoutout!