Books by/about Black or African People

Over the last few days, I have been on Goodreads and social media to find book recommendations by and about black or African people to help support the Black Lives Matter movement through educating myself (and hopefully others). I tried to include as many different countries I could. I also have done my best to include different genres since everyone has different reading tastes. 

Under each title, I include some information about the book that I was able to gather through Goodreads (synopsis and reviews). I also included a snippet of info on where the authors are from, although some authors don’t have that info disclosed. I haven’t read any of these books yet, but I’m currently reading The Hate U Give and I have added all of these books to my Goodreads TBR and I encourage you to at least look into the books that peak your interest. 

I also encourage you to drop any recommendations that I don’t have included in the comments!

This is going to be a longer post, so prepare to scroll! However, to keep this from being and almost never ending list, I stuck to three popular genres (fantasy, contemporary, and non-fiction). I also include Goodreads links for all the books mentioned.

Fantasy

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

  • Tomi is Nigerian-American – born in America to Nigerian immigrant parents
  • West African mythology inspired
  • Young Adult

A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy

  • Amanda is from Illinois
  • North African mythology inspired
  • Young Adult
  • High Fantasy – fae
  • Sibling rivalry

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

  • Dhonielle is from Washington D.C.
  • Inspirations come from 18th century Marie Antoinette’s Court, 18th century Japanese Geishas, Antebellum New Orleans, and the history of beauty, makeup and beauty culture
  • Young Adult
  • Royalty dynamics
  • Racial identity
  • Gender identity

Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron

  • Rena is from Alabama
  • West African mythology inspired
  • Witchdoctors
  • Young Adult
  • High Fantasy

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

  • Nnedi is Nigerian-American – born in America to Nigerian immigrant parents
  • Set in Aba, Nigeria
  • Nigerian mythology inspired
  • Main Character is Albino
  • Witches and Magic
  • Young Adult/Middle Grade

Contemporary

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

  • Angie is from Mississippi
  • Inspired directly by the Black Lives Matter movement
  • Addresses police brutality
  • Addresses racism
  • Social justice/injustice
  • Young Adult

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

  • Hip-Hop / Rap
  • Main Character is an aspiring rapper
  • Social justice/injustice
  • Addresses racism
  • Young Adult

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35887567-on-the-come-up

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

  • Nic is from Georgia
  • Addresses police brutality
  • Addresses racism
  • Social justice/injustice
  • Young Adult

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24974996-dear-martin

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

  • Kacen is from the U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Black, queer, and transgender – own voices
  • Queer and POC characters
  • Addresses racism, homophobia, transphobia, parental abuse
  • Romance
  • Young Adult

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

  • Candice is from the UK
  • Main Character is Jamaican British
  • Cultural stigmas around mental health
  • Coming of age – 25 year old woman
  • Adult

Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré

  • Abi is from Nigeria
  • Nigerian culture
  • Set in Nigeria
  • Addresses child marriage
  • Class inequality
  • Coming of age

Non-Fiction

Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall

  • Mikki is from Illinois
  • Black feminism
  • Antiracism
  • Anthology of essays

Growing Up African in Australia by Maxine Beneba Clarke and more

  • Anthology of essays
  • Multiple authors from different African regions
  • African Australia
  • African diaspora

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

  • Reni is from the UK
  • Race and racism in the UK
  • Antiracism
  • Feminism
  • Whitewashed history

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

  • Ibram is from New York
  • Antiracism
  • Racial justice/injustice
  • Social justice/injustice
  • Memoir
  • Racism awareness

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

  • Middle Grade and up
  • Antiracism
  • Social justice/injustice
  • History of racism
  • Jason is from Washington D.C.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52220686-stamped

Well-Read Black Girl by Glory Edim and more

  • Anthology of essays
  • Multiple authors
  • Feminism
  • How black female authors found representation in books
  • Book about books

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

  • Jacqueline is from Ohio
  • Poetry
  • Memoir
  • About growing up African American in the 1960s and 1970s

This list of books is honestly short, but only for the reason of not wanting you readers to be bored of scrolling. I do encourage you to put your own recommendations in the comments and to do your own research on this community that deserves more recognition. So let’s all support these amazing black and African authors! #BlackLivesMatter

❤ Kimberly

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