Since Reading in Color Crate thrives off of promoting and showcasing middle grade books, it's only natural that I make a list of Black middle grade authors. While we do have a lot to do as far as representation, there are way more options for middle grade books now than when I was younger. Read on for 7 black middle grade authors:
Jacueline is the author of the classic, critically acclaimed novel Brown Girl Dreaming. 's Follow her on Goodreads:
Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and New York Times Bestselling author of 21 books, including The Crossover.
B.B. Alston is the author of one of my most anticipated reads of 2021, Amari and the Night Brothers. The cover is beautiful and 10 ten year old me would have been dying.
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Janae is the author of cute and spunky stories for black girls.
Chrystal D. Giles:
Another author of one of my favorites of 2021. Can't wait to see what she does next!
Renée Watson is the author of a lot of good fat rep for black girls in kidlit. She says that one of Renée’s passions is using the arts to help youth cope with trauma.
I couldn't do this list without mentioning this man. He is a master of prose and his stories are just...just read his books. All of them.
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