We (Cindy and Malinda) talked about this and honestly, we are stumped. We both read children’s classics, of course, but they were all by white authors. So we’re throwing this out there for all of you: Can you recommend any “classic” YA by authors of color? We’ll make a list of your recommendations!

  1. tumbookclub reblogged this from haunted-palace and added:
    Let’s grow this list, I know we can.
  2. ladysnark reblogged this from diversityinya and added:
    I don’t know whether this would go strictly under YA or classic (on account of classic usually being described as...
  3. reads4pleasure reblogged this from bookaddict24-7 and added:
    Anything by Rosa Guy, specifically Ruby, The Friends or Edith Jackson Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor...
  4. haunted-palace reblogged this from bookaddict24-7 and added:
    Mildred D. Taylor comes to mind first: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is an excellent YA novel.
  5. halfasleep-hearingvoices reblogged this from bookaddict24-7 and added:
    I honestly don’t think such a thing a “classic YA” even exists. YA itself is a very new classification. Up until about...
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  7. fourteenery reblogged this from malindalo and added:
    Reblogging in case anyone here has some suggestions~
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  9. rachelfershleiser said: Not sure if it skews too young, but I loved Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.
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  11. glintglimmergleam reblogged this from malindalo and added:
    Monster by Walter Dean Meyers (honestly everything by him) — Black The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros —...
  12. librarygrl2 reblogged this from diversityinya and added:
    Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry (on young edge of YA), Their Eyes Were Watching God, The House on Mango Street, also Walter...
  13. tgstonebutch reblogged this from malindalo and added:
    I’m not sure what is meant by “classics” in YA but I would echo Virginia Hamilton as early POC YA author that I read...
  14. takenbythesky reblogged this from yaflash and added:
    Sister Souljah, Jacqueline Woodson and Sharon Draper. I’m not sure if The Bluford Series is written by authors of color,...
  15. thelazzzygirl reblogged this from yaflash and added:
    hmm Malorie Blackman - Noughts & Crosses trilogy. Not sure if its counts as “classic” though. (should be though!!)
  16. yaflash reblogged this from malindalo and added:
    Angela Johnson, maybe? Though I think most of her work skews younger. Ugh hard :( Any of my readers have suggestions?
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  18. misslibrarianlady reblogged this from diversityinya and added:
    Does Virginia Hamilton count? Also, my grandmother swore by Frank Yerby.
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