YA Backlist by Authors of Color

There’s already a list on my blog of books by authors of color coming out in the next two years, but for those who want to read YA backlist titles by authors of color, which I strongly encourage, here’s a (completely non-exhaustive) list for that. (Note: for series, only the first book will be listed.)

As always, if you’re an author who doesn’t want to be listed here, please let me know and I’ll happily remove your book(s)!



  • The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh*
  • Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton*
  • Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert
  • Endangered by Lamar Giles
  • None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
  • For the Record by Charlotte Huang
  • Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn
  • Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
  • The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
  • Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older
  • Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez
  • Serpentine by Cindy Pon*
  • Show and Prove by Sofia Quintero
  • All-American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
  • The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
  • An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes by Randy Ribay
  • When Reason Breaks by Cindy Rodriguez
  • Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed
  • X by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon
  • A Love that Disturbs by Medeia Sharif
  • More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
  • Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir*
  • Three Day Summer by Sarvenaz Tash
  • Hollywood Witch Hunter by Valerie Tejeda
  • This Side of Home by Renee Watson
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon


  • The Secret Sky by Atia Abawi
  • The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco*
  • Pointe by Brandy Colbert
  • Fake ID by Lamar Giles
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han*
  • Promise of Shadows by Justina Ireland
  • Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn
  • Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee*
  • The Young Elites by Marie Lu*
  • How it Went Down by Kekla Magoon
  • When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds
  • Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
  • A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson









*First in a series