Hi everyone. I have been getting a lot of mail from readers telling me that they have read all my books and now want to know what to read next. I have already done one list, but now I’m going to do one that is a bit more targeted.
These are very tough times in our country. First, COVID-19 forced us to isolate and upended our lives, and now our country is confronting the issues of our own entrenched racism head on.
Reading teaches us empathy. So here is a list of great books that can help you do that.
Ideally, it would be great if you ordered these from bookshop.org or your local indie bookstore.
Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X Kendi, just came out and could not have been published at a more appropriate time.
Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams has won so many awards, they can barely all fit on the cover. And it deserves them all — and more.
The Parker Inheritance, by the very talented Varian Johnson, is a great mystery with great characters that will also really make you think.
New Kid, a graphic novel by Jerry Craft, has also won a slew of awards. And deservedly so.
How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon is a Coretta Scott King honor book.
You have probably already heard of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. But still, if you haven’t read it, you should.
Slay by Brittney Morris is a great, fun read that will also illuminate you.
So check these out. And, of course, there are many, many more great books out there. So if you’re feeling cooped up, upset, frustrated or angry about what is happening in the world, take some time to read.