Our favorite recent books by black authors

In honor of Black History Month we’ve put together a list of our favorite books by black authors that were published in the last few years (some are a little older, but we felt strongly about them!) Any month is a great month to read these books, so keep the list handy and read these talented authors all year round!

Links go to the record in the library catalog, but please note that other editions and formats may also be available. In the case of series, we’ve linked to the first book in the series.

Acevedo, Elizabeth. The Poet X (teen, novel in verse)

Adeyemi, Tomi. Children of Blood and Bone (teen, fantasy)

Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. Americanah (fiction, Arlington’s 2016 community read)

Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow (nonfiction)

Bennett, Brit. The Mothers (fiction)

Benz, Chanelle. The Man Who Shot My Eye Out Is Dead (short stories)

Braithwaite, Oyinkan. My Sister, the Serial Killer (fiction)

Brown-Wood, JaNay. Grandma’s Tiny House: A Counting Story (kids)

Butler, Octavia and Damian Duffy. Kindred: a Graphic Novel Adaptation (graphic novel)

Clayton, Dhonielle. The Belles (teen, fantasy)

Coates, Ta-Nehisi. Between the World and Me (nonfiction)

Coates, Ta-Nehisi. Black Panther series (graphic novel)

Cole, Alyssa. Reluctant Royals series (romance)

Coles, Jay. Tyler Johnson Was Here (teen)

Daley-Ward, Yrsa. Bone (poetry)

Davis, Dana. Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now (teen)

Draper, Sharon. Blended (middle grade)

Draper, Sharon. Stella By Starlight (middle grade)

Dungy, Camille. Guidebook To Relative Strangers (nonfiction)

Emezi, Akwaeke. Freshwater (fiction)

Franklin, Tee. Bingo Love (graphic novel)

Gay, Roxane. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body (memoir)

Greenidge, Kaitlyn. We Love You, Charlie Freeman (fiction)

Guillory, Jasmine. The Wedding Date (romance)

Guillory, Jasmine. The Proposal (romance)

Ireland, Justina. Dread Nation (teen, historical fantasy)

Jackson, Tiffany. Monday’s Not Coming (teen)

Jemisin, N.K. The Broken Earth Series (fantasy)

Jemisin, N.K. How Long ‘Til Black Future Month? (short stories)

Jerkins, Morgan. This Will Be My Undoing (nonfiction)

Johnson, Varian. The Parker Inheritance (middle grade)

Jones, Tayari. An American Marriage (fiction)

Khan-Cullors, Patrisse and Asha Bandele. When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir (memoir)

LaValle, Victor. Destroyer (graphic novel)

Levis, Caron. Stop That Yawn! (kids)

Medina, Tony. I Am Alfonso Jones (teen, graphic)

Moore, Wayetu. She Would Be King (fiction)

Noah, Trevor. Born a Crime (memoir)

Obama, Michelle. Becoming (memoir)

Okorafor, Nnedi. Binti series (science fiction)

Oluo, Ijeoma. So You Want To Talk About Race (nonfiction)

Onyebuchi, Tochi. Beasts Made of Night (teen, fantasy)

Parker, Morgan. There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce (poetry)

Peoples-Riley, Daria. This Is It (kids)

Rankine, Claudia. Citizen: An American Lyric (poetry)

Shire, Warsan. Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth (poetry)

Smith, Danez. Don’t Call Us Dead (poetry)

Stevenson, Bryan. Just Mercy (nonfiction)

Thomas, Angie. The Hate U Give (teen)

Thomas, Angie. On the Come Up (teen)

Ward, Jesmyn. Salvage the Bones (fiction)

Ward, Jesmyn. Sing, Unburied, Sing (fiction)

Watson, Renee. Piecing Me Together (teen)

Woodson, Jacqueline. The Day You Begin (kids)

Zoboi, Ibi. American Street (teen)

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