Diverse Books for Young Adults

Take a look at these books from some of our favorite YA authors. They truly highlight just how diverse and complex our society is. Don’t forget you can reserve your copy through Sidewalk Service or download the eBook or eAudiobook.

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

Bestselling author Jason Reynolds remixes Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s award-winning Stamped from the Beginning which tackles the history of racist ideas in America and inspires hope for the future.

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Black Enough: Stories of Young & Black in America
By Ibi Zoboi

Featuring some of the most acclaimed bestselling Black authors writing for teens today, Black Enough, is an essential collection of captivating stories about what it’s like to be young and Black in America.

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A Phoenix First Must Burn
By Patrice Caldwell

Sixteen tales by bestselling and award-winning authors that explore the Black experience through fantasy, science fiction, and magic.  A Phoenix First Must Burn will take you on a journey from folktales retold to futuristic societies and everything in between

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Tyler Johnson Was Here
By Jay Coles

What starts as a night of harmless fun for twin brothers Tyler and Marvin turns into a tragic event when Tyler is shot and killed by a police officer. Don’t miss this powerful and moving portrait of youth and family that speaks to the serious issues of today—from gun control to the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Genesis Begins Again
By Alicia D. Williams

This deeply sensitive and powerful debut novel tells the story of a thirteen-year-old who must overcome internalized racism and a verbally abusive family to finally learn to love herself.

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Anger is a Gift
By Mark Oshiro

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Dear Martin
By Nic Stone

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By Walter Dean Myers

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Long Way Down
By Jason Reynolds

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The Hate U Give
By Angie Thomas

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Monday’s Not Coming
By Tiffany D. Jackson

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By John Lewis

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Looking for even more diverse YA books? Check out the Pratt’s collection of Diverse Books for Young Adults.