--Black Boy Joy: 17 Stories Celebrating Black Boyhood edited by Kwame Mbalia
--I am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina
In the first graphic novel for young readers to focus on police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement, as in Hamlet, the dead shall speak—and the living yield even more surprises.
--Dear Justyce by Nic Stone
An NPR Best Book of the Year * The stunning sequel to the critically acclaimed, #1 New York Times bestseller Dear Martin. An incarcerated teen writes letters to his best friend about his experiences in the American juvenile justice system.
--The Crossover Graphic Novel by Kwame Alexander
A coming-of-age mix of free verse and hip-hop poetry that will inspire budding basketball players and poets alike.
--Dinosaurs/Science Comics by M.K. Reed
A complete introduction to dinosaurs.
--Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam
A powerful YA novel in verse about a boy who is wrongfully incarcerated.
--Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero by Kelly J. Baptist
A coming-of-age tale about a boy who proves that with superhero courage–and a few great sidekicks–you can take on even the toughest of odds.
--Nighttime Symphony by Timbaland
The sounds of the city at night create a lively lullaby in this melodious bedtime story.
--M Is for Melanin: A celebration of the Black Child by Tiffany Rose
This picture book teaches children their ABCs while encouraging them to love the skin that they're in.
--One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes
An emotional, special new collection of poetry inspired by the Harlem Renaissance--paired with full-color, original art from today's most exciting African-American illustrators.
--Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds
Ten tales (one per block) about what happens after the dismissal bell rings brilliantly weaved into one wickedly funny, piercingly poignant look at the detours we face on the walk home, and in life.
--Between the Lines by Nikki Grimes
This thought-provoking book shows the capacity poetry has to express ideas and feelings and connect us with ourselves and others.