It’s important to me that my children grow up knowing that Black Lives Matter. I want them to recognize both their privilege and their responsibility to speak out against racism. These books for teens by Black authors are a good way to open the conversation.
If you are looking for books for younger teens or advanced upper middle grade readers, please note that some of the books on this list do have PG-13 content and may be best for older teens and young adults (I have noted them in the descriptions below). You can also take a look at these Middle Grade Books by Black Authors, many of which will also appeal to teens. Another great resource for previewing a book is Common Sense Media.
This is by no means a comprehensive list of books for teens by Black authors, these are just the ones that I (and/or my teenager) have read and enjoyed. As we read and discover more favorites, we’ll update this list.
The links in this post are Amazon affiliate links and I do earn a small percentage (at no cost to you) when you purchase through these links. Because I’d like to do more to support Black authors, ALL of the money earned from the sale of these books will be donated to Black Table Arts.