Books to Amplify for Black History Month 2021

The books I recommend on this list are books that I’ve read that have had a great impact on myself as a black writer, and a black creator in general. Each of these stories has shown me the beauty of the individual voices of these authors, as well their outlook on the world as it is and what it can be. The genres include romance, fantasy, Africanfuturism, sci-fi, anthologies, and series. However, there are a great number of books that have come out this year/will be coming out this year that I want to check out, as well, like Wings of Ebony by J. Elle.


  1. Romiette and Julio by Sharon M. Draper
  2. Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant
  3. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  4. Binti (series) by Nnedi Okorafor
  5. Akata Witch (series) by Nnedi Okorafor
  6. Kindred by Octavia Butler
  7. Lilith’s Brood by Octavia Butler
  8. Well-Read Black Girl edited by Glory Edim
  9. A Phoenix First Must Burn edited by Patrice Caldwell
  10. A Blade so Black (series) by L.L McKinney
  11. Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes
  12. Get Over It! by Iyanla Vanzant
  13. Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry
  14. Sulwe by Lupita Nyongo

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