The Radical Monarchs Founders' Picks: Coming-of-Age Books by Women of Color

In 2014, Anayvette Martinez and Marilyn Hollinquest and their daughters formed the Radical Monarchs, a scouting group for girls of color focused on social justice and self-empowerment. Since then, the group has grown into a national organization dedicated to teaching self-love to young girls of color as they work to make a difference and fight for justice in their communities. This includes earning merit badges like Black Lives Matter, Radical Coding, or Pachamama Justice. The group also inspired an award-winning documentaryWe Are the Radical Monarchs, which premiered on PBS on July 20, 2020.

 

As experts in supporting girls and girl-identifying tweens of color, Anayvette and Marilyn have selected these coming-of-age novels as empowering, inspiring stories for young people. "These are some of our favorite books written by brilliant women of color that center a young person's journey to self-discovery, identity, empowerment, love, and joy," they say of the featured picks. To learn more about the Radical Monarchs, watch the documentary or find them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or their website.

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The Poet X Book Poster Image
Powerful, haunting story of finding your voice and power.
By Elizabeth Acevedo
(2018)
(2018)
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The Body Is Not an Apology Book Poster Image
Ambitious exploration of the power of self-love.
By Sonya Renee Taylor
(2020)
(2020)
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I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter Book Poster Image
Empowering, stereotype-shattering coming-of-age story.
By Erika L. Sanchez
(2017)
(2017)
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The Stars and the Blackness Between Them Book Poster Image
Teen girls fall in love, face death in breathtaking tale.
By Junauda Petrus
(2019)
(2019)
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Juliet Takes a Breath Book Poster Image
College student navigates identities in funny, moving tale.
By Gabby Rivera
(2020)
(2020)
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