African American speculative fiction for kids

After Edi read my SLJ article, she suggested I compile a list of African American speculative fiction books for children.  As usual, I enlisted the help of others, and below is the list Edi, Doret, Ari, and I compiled.  If you have any suggestions, please leave a comment.  I did not include speculative fiction titles that might appeal to teens—just those specifically published for young readers.

Speculative Fiction by US-based Authors of African Descent

1.     Justice and Her Brothers by Virginia Hamilton (1978)

2.     Dustland by Virginia Hamilton (1980)

3.     The Gathering by Virginia Hamilton (1981)

4.     Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush by Virginia Hamilton (1982)

5.     The Magical Adventures of Pretty Pearl by Virginia Hamilton (1983)

6.  Shadow of the Red Moon by Walter Dean Myers (1995)

7. The Golden Hour by Maiya Williams (2004)

8. 47 by Walter Mosley (2005)

9. Zahrah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor (2005)

10. The Hour of the Cobra by Maiya Williams (2006)

11. The Hour of the Outlaw by Maiya Williams (2007)

12. The Marvelous Effect by Troy CLE (2007)

13. The Shadow Speaker by Nnedi Okorafor (2007)

14. Racing the Dark by Dawn Alaya Johnson (2007)

14. A Wish After Midnight by Zetta Elliott (2008)

16. Night Biters: A Tale of Urban Horror by AJ Harper (2008)

17. Pemba’s Song: A Ghost Story by Marilyn Nelson and Tonya C. Hegamin (2009)

18. The Ancient Lands Warriors Quest by Jason McCammon (2009)

19. Asleep by Wendy Raven McNair (2009)

20. Dope Sick by Walter Dean Myers (2009)

21. Explorer-X Alpha by LM Preston (2009)

22. The Goblin King by Dawn Alaya Johnson (2009)

23. Olivion’s Favorites by Troy CLE (2009)

24. Were Wolves: the Mix Tape by AJ Harper (2009)

25. Awake by Wendy Raven McNair (2010)

26. The Clone Codes by Patricia McKissack et al. (2010)

27. Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves (2010)

28. Manifest by Artist Arthur (2010)

29. Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes (2010)

30. Shadow Walker by LA Banks (2010)

31. Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves (2011)

32. Cyborg by Patricia McKissack et al. (2011)

33. Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor (2011)

34. Mystify by Artist Arthur (2011)


~ by elliottzetta on February 2, 2011.

3 Responses to “African American speculative fiction for kids”

  1. 2 more books to add to your list night biters a tale of urban horror
    and werewolves the mix tape both deal with teens of color facing vampires and werewolves


  2. Here’s the other

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