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100 books for boys/teens

Here are 100 books for boys/teens of color and all who desire enlightenment. Be sure to check the grade/reading level for each text to make sure it’s appropriate for the young man, in your life!:

  1. Spin a Soft Black Song by Nikki Giovanni
  2. Black Boy by Richard Wright
  3. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  4. Monster by Walter Dean Myers
  5. When I Was The Greatest by Jason Reynolds
  6. Miracle’s Boys by Jacqueline Woodson
  7. After Tupac and D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson
  8. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  9. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
  10. Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Quick Tip: Hey parents! Have your child read this book alongside a documentary on basketball. The National Common Core expects students to be able to, “Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story (or stories) or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).” Try Lebron James’ “More Than A Game” or the classic “Hoop Dreams.” Use the documentary/book in a discussion of comparing/contrasting. Have your child write a response to the film/book and feel free to give them a prompt that’ll call on their comprehension and their interest.

  1. The Color of Water by James McBride
  2. The Autobiography of Malcolm X
  3. Anansi Stories
  4. The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
  5. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  6. All-American Boys by Brandon Kiely and Jason Reynolds
  7. Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
  8. Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama
  9. Bad Boy by Walter Dean Myers
  10. Hoops by Walter Dean Myers
  11. Buck by MK Asante
  12. The Chocolate War by Robert Comier
  13. The Best of Simple by Langston Hughes
  14. Makes Me Wanna Holler by Nathan McCall
  15. The Pact by Sampson Davis
  16. The Bond by Sampson Davis
  17. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  18.  X by Ilyasah Shabazz

Quick Tip: X can be used as a “connector text.” Get your child hype about Malcolm X’s story, through this adventure and then introduce them to the autobiography.

  1. The Boy In The Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
  2. The Watsons go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis
  3. Yolanda’s Genius, by Carol Fenner
  4. Esperanza Rising, by Pam Munoz Rising
  5. The First Part Last, by Angela Johnson
  6. March: Graphic Novels by John Lewis
  7. Martin Luther King and The Montgomery Story
  8. A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines
  9. Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
  10. Not Without Laughter by Langston Hughes
  11. Marvel’s New Black Panther Run by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  12. 145th Street By Walter Dean Myers
  13. Mexican White Boy By Matt De La Pena
  14. Ball Don’t Lie By Matt De La Pena
  15. Game By Walter Dean Myers
  16. Bang By Sharon G. Flake
  17. You Don’t Even Know Me by Sharon G. Flake
  18. Tyrell By Coe Booth
  19. Bronxwood By Coe Booth
  20. Hip-Hop High School By Alan Larence Sitomer
  21. Tears of a Tiger By Sharon M. Draper
  22. Forged By Fire By Sharon M. Draper
  23. Diary of Tears by Julius Lester
  24. Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
  25. Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
  26. Sounder by William H. Armstrong
  27. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
  28. Drown by Junot Diaz
  29. The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  30. The Dew Breaker by Edwidge Danticat
  31. When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop by Laban Carrick Hill
  32. Black Boy, White School by Brian F. Walker
  33. Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys by Victor M. Rios
  34. Letters to A Young Brother by Hill Harper
  35. Barber Game Time Books by Tiki and Ronde Barber
  36. Kid Caramel series by Dwayne Ferguson
  37. The Toothpaste Millionaire by Jean Merrill
  38. STAT: Standing Tall and Talented series by Amare Stoudemire
  39. Miami Jackson series by Patricia McKissack
  40. Julian series by Ann Cameron
  41. Salt in His Shoes by Deloris Jordan
  42. Be Boy Buzz by bell hooks
  43. Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  44. Shooting Kabul by N.H. Senzai
  45. 12 Years A Slave: Illustrated Edition
  46. I Never Had It Made: an Autobiography of Jackie Robinson
  47. Pull by Kevin Waltman
  48. Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth
  49. Dopesick by Walter Dean Myers
  50. Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers
  51. All The Right Stuff by Walter Dean Myers
  52. Darius & Twig by Walter Dean Myers
  53. How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon
  54. Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal
  55. Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri
  56. Ghetto Cowboy by G. Neri
  57. Boys Without Names by Kashmira Steth
  58. Chess Rumble by G. Neri
  59. Keeping the Night Watch by Hope Anita Smith
  60. He Said, She Said by Kwame Alexander
  61. Turning 15 On the Road to Freedom by Elspeth Lealock
  62. A Wreath for Emmit Till by Marilyn Johnson
  63. Mississippi Trial, 1955 by Chris Crowe
  64. The Battle of Jericho by Sharon M. Draper
  65. We Beat The Street by Sampson Davis
  66. Superman Vs. Muhammad Ali by Neal Adams/Dennis O’Neil
  67. Spiderman: Miles Morales
  68. Life Doesn’t Frighten Me by Maya Angelou & Jean-Michel Basquiat
  69. It’s Bigger Than Hip-Hop by MK Asante
  70. 97. Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop by Jeff Chang
  71. As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds
  72. Ghost by Jason Reynolds
  73. Jaden Toussaint, The Greatest by Marti Dumas