Make room, readers, your 2021 TBR is about to be stacked! In honor of Black History Month, we’re taking a look at some of the must-read YA books being published by Black authors this year. We’re highlighting 20 books here, but it’s just a small sampling of the great books by Black authors hitting shelves in 2021. With this list as your guide, you’re certain to have an incredible TBR list for this month and every one to follow.
Nubia: Real One by L.L. McKinney, illustrated by Robyn Smith
Every time Nubia tries to be a hero, she’s reminded that society doesn’t see her as one. But when her friend is in trouble, she’s willing to risk everything to be the kind of superhero no one seems to believe she can be. Comic fans will not want to miss this one!
One of the Good Ones by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite
In this new novel from the writing duo behind Dear Haiti, Love Alaine, Happi is mourning the death of her activist sister Kezi, while chafing against the idea others seem to have that Kezi is worth grieving for because she was “one of the good ones.”
Blackout by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon
This anthology features six connected stories from some of the most beloved YA authors writing today. Set in New York City during a heatwave-induced blackout, each tale follows a couple through major changes as the night goes on.