2021 Book Release Schedule

If you are a Black author with a traditionally published young adult novel and you are missing from this list, please email melanininya@gmail.com.

Please note that release dates are subject to change.

January 5, 2021

Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant

Roman and Jewel by Dana L. Davis

The Life I’m In by Sharon G. Flake

When You Look Like Us by Pamela Harris

One of the Good Ones by Maika Moulite & Maritza Moulite

The Awakening of Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz & Tiffany D. Jackson

January 12, 2021

Chlorine Sky by Mahogany L. Browne

The Beautiful Struggle (Adapted for Young Adults) by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Angel of Greenwood by Randi Pink

The Meet-Cute Project by Rhiannon Richardson

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

January 19, 2021

Your Corner Dark by Desmond Hall

January 26, 2021

Wings of Ebony by J. Elle

February 2, 2021

Muted by Tami Charles

Yesterday Is History by Kosoko Jackson

This Book is Anti-Racist Journal by Tiffany M. Jewell

Love Is a Revolution by Renée Watson

Nubia: Real One by L. L. McKinney (Graphic Novel)

February 9, 2021

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

February 16, 2021

Reaper of Souls by Rena Barron

February 23, 2021

Some Other Now by Sarah Everett

Like Home by Louisa Onomé

March 2, 2021

Home Is Not a Country by Safia Elhillo

March 9, 2021

Noelle: The Mean Girl (Flyy Girls #3) by Ashley Woodfolk

March 16, 2021

That Way Madness Lies: Fifteen of Shakespeare’s Most Notable Works Reimagined Edited by Dahlia Adler (Anthology)

A ​Queen of Gilded Horns by Amanda Joy

The Cost of Knowing by Brittney Morris

March 23, 2021


March 30, 2021


April 6, 2021


April 13, 2021

A Crown So Cursed by L.L. McKinney

Notes from a Young Black Chef (Adapted for Young Adults) by Kwame Onwuachi

April 20, 2021

Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart

April 27, 2021


May 4, 2021

Hurricane Summer: A Novel by Asha Bromfield

Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by Joya Goffney

Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee

May 11, 2021

Where the Rhythm Takes You by Sarah Dass

Every Body Shines: Sixteen Stories About Living Fabulously Fat Edited by Cassandra Newbould

May 18, 2021

Off the Record by Camryn Garrett

May 25, 2021


June 1, 2021

Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

A Psalm of Storms and Silence by Roseanne A. Brown

The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons

A Chorus Rises: A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

Don’t Hate the Player by Alexis Nedd

Simone Breaks All the Rules by Debbie Rigaud

June 8, 2021

The Marvelous by Claire Kann

June 15, 2021

Blood Like Magic by Liselle Sambury

June 22, 2021

Darling by K. Ancrum

Blackout by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, Nicola Yoon

June 29, 2021


July 6, 2021

This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron

Rise to the Sun by Leah Johnson

July 13, 2021

Jake in the Box by Ryan Douglass

The Right Side of Reckless by Whitney D. Grandison

July 20, 2021


July 27, 2021


August 3, 2021


August 10, 2021

The Sisters of Reckoning by Charlotte Nicole Davis

August 17, 2021

(Me) Moth by Amber McBride

August 24, 2021


August 31, 2021


September 7, 2021

The Problem with the Other Side by Kwame Ivery

So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix by Bethany C. Morrow

September 14, 2021

Kneel by Candace Buford

Battle of the Bands Edited by Lauren Gibaldi

September 21, 2021

Daughters of a Dead Empire by Carolyn Tara O’Neil

September 28, 2021


October 5, 2021


October 12, 2021


October 19, 2021


October 26, 2021


November 2, 2021


November 9, 2021

A Crown So Cursed by L.L. McKinney

November 16, 2021


November 23, 2021


November 30, 2021


December 7, 2021


December 14, 2021


December 21, 2021


December 28, 2021


Release Date TBD

Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood

Shattered Midnight by Dhonielle Clayton

Blood Scion by Deborah Falaye

Ghost Roast by Shawnee Gibbs

Botched by Shannon Gibney

Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson

Bad Witch Burning by Jessica Lewis

This Is Our Rainbow: 16 Stories of Her, Him, Them, and Us Edited by Katherine Locke & Nicole Melleby

For All We Know by Shanna Miles

The Bones of Ruin by Sarah Raughley

Nigeria Jones by Ibi Zoboi