Reading Group Choices works to recommend a wide variety of books across culture and race as well as genre and subject matter. We are proud of our work in this area and are committed to doing more. We believe Black Lives Matter, and embrace the responsibility to use our reach to draw attention to books by Black authors for readers of all ages.
Books are a place to begin a conversation, expand the way we see ourselves and others, and take action to improve our communities and world.
Find our reading list of work by Black authors below, which we’ll continue to update!
The books listed on Reading Group Choices and on publishers’ sites often include discussion questions to help readers start talking with their book groups, friends, family, and neighbors.
Book a Day Authors
Our Book a Day authors often share current or past favorite reads during our live chats on Facebook. Here are some of their recommendations of books by Black authors:
Samira Ahmed, author of Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know, recommends:
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender (Young Adult)
A Phoenix First Must Burn edited by Patrice Caldwell (Young Adult)
The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin
As a leading independent publisher, Graywolf Press offers fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from a variety of voices, including these titles by Black authors:
Support Graywolf by ordering from their store on Bookshop.org.
Lee & Low Books
As the largest multicultural children’s book publisher in the country, Lee & Low Books is committed to promoting diverse voices and stories for young readers. Browse their catalog online, from picture books to YA titles by Black authors, including the Reading Group Choices recommendation I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina
Part of Random House, the One World imprint dedicates its mission “to challenge the status quo, subvert dominant narratives, and give us new language to understand our past, present, and future.”
And Powell’s Bookstores shares a list of recent science-fiction and fantasy novels by Black authors.
Find more great recommendations by following our continuing Book a Day reading picks!