Alaya Dawn Johnson Sherri L. Smith Jacqueline Woodson Lamar Giles Bil Wright Ni-Ni Simone Kekla Magoon Stephanie Kuehn Jason Reynolds Walter Dean Myers

10 African American YA Authors to Know

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Lamar Giles

Alaya Dawn Johnson

Stephanie Kuehn

Kekla Magoon

Walter Dean Myers

  • The 2012–2013 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, and winner of the Margaret Edwards Award for lifetime achievement.
  • www.walterdeanmyers.net

Jason Reynolds

Ni-Ni Simone

Sherri L. Smith

Jacqueline Woodson

Bil Wright

  • A playwright, director, and author of the YA novels Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy and Sunday You Learn How to Box.
  • www.bilwright.com
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