10 Amazing Books for Teens Exploring Black History

Teens respond to stories that are authentic, and the books on this list emerge from real-life experiences with everything from the Civil War and sharecropping in the American South to today's racial profiling and police shootings of young African Americans. From classics like Richard Wright's autobiography Black Boy to the graphic novel I Am Alfonso Jones, these selections should interest a wide range of readers. For more great teen reads, check out our Award-Winning African American Books and Books for Teens

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Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice Book Poster Image
Dramatic story of forgotten teen civil rights hero.
By Phillip M. Hoose
(2009)
(2009)
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Black Boy Book Poster Image
Moving autobiography reveals brutality of Jim Crow South.
By Richard Wright
(2011)
(2007)
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Dear Martin Book Poster Image
Boy faces racial profiling in powerful, realistic tale.
By Nic Stone
(2017)
(2017)
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I Am Alfonso Jones Book Poster Image
Powerful graphic novel explores police brutality.
By Tony Medina
(2017)
(2017)
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The Hate U Give Book Poster Image
Powerful story of police shooting of unarmed black teen.
By Angie Thomas
(2017)
(2017)
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Book Poster Image
Poetic autobiography reveals impact of racial prejudice.
By Maya Angelou
(2011)
(1969)
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X: A Novel Book Poster Image
Thrilling and tragic novel about Malcolm X's troubled youth.
By Ilyasah Shabazz, Kekla Magoon
(2016)
(2016)
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The Color Purple Book Poster Image
Edgy tale of poor, abused woman's journey to independence.
By Alice Walker
(2011)
(1982)
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The Underground Railroad Book Poster Image
Riveting, thought-provoking, brutal runaway slave story.
By Colson Whitehead
(2016)
(2016)
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