This space serves as a listing of YA books written by Black authors that hit the NYT Bestsellers Young Adult Hardcover List.

This list is currently updated from August 30, 2015 – January 24, 2021. This list is updated once a month.

Note: The most Black YA authors to appear on the NYT Bestsellers List in the same week is six as of June 21, 2020.

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Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Genre: Contemporary

Debut: #2 on May 24, 2020

Highest Rank: #2

Initial Weeks Straight on The List:  17

Weeks on List: 18

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Genre: Contemporary

Debut: #8 on April 1, 2018

Highest Rank: #3 (September 1, 2019)

Initial Weeks Straight on The List: 2

Weeks on List: 22

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Genre: Contemporary

Debut: #4 on May 26, 2019

Highest Rank: #3 (June 2, 2019)

Initial Weeks Straight on The List: 10

Weeks on List: 20

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Genre: Fantasy

Debut: #1 on March 25, 2018

Highest Rank: #1

Initial Weeks Straight on The List: 113

Weeks on List: 126

Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

Genre: Fantasy

Debut: #1 on December 22, 2019

Highest Rank: #1

Initial Weeks Straight on The List: 32

Weeks on List: 33

Solo by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess

Genre: Contemporary

Debut: #7 on August 20, 2017

Highest Rank: #7

Initial Weeks Straight on The List: 1

Weeks on List: 1

Swing by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess

Genre: Contemporary

Debut: #4 on October 21, 2018

Highest Rank: #4

Initial Weeks Straight on The List: 1

Weeks on List: 1

Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy Edited by Amerie

Genre: (Contemporary) Fantasy

Debut: #6 on July 30, 2017

Highest Rank: #6

Initial Weeks Straight on The List: 1

Weeks on List: 1

Courage to Soar by Simone Biles with Michelle Burford

Genre: Nonfiction: Memoir

Debut: #1 on December 4, 2016

Highest Rank:#1

Initial Weeks Straight on The List: 14

Weeks on List: 14 

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown

Genre: Fantasy

Debut: #10 on June 21, 2020

Highest Rank: #10

Initial Weeks Straight on The List: 1

Weeks on List: 1

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

Genre: Fantasy

Debut: #7 on February 25, 2018

Highest Rank: #7

Initial Weeks Straight on The List: 1

Weeks on List: 1

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

Genre: Contemporary Fantasy

Debut: #5 on October 4, 2020

Highest Rank: #5

Initial Weeks Straight on The List: 2

Weeks on List: 3

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

Genre: Fantasy

Debut: #10 on September 6, 2020

Highest Rank: #10

Initial Weeks Straight on The List: 1

Weeks on List: 1

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Genre: Horror, Historical Fiction

Debut: #5 on April 22, 2018

Highest Rank: #5

Initial Weeks Straight on The List: 1

Weeks on List: 1

Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson

Genre: Contemporary

Debut: #4 on October 4, 2020

Highest Rank: #4

Initial Weeks Straight on The List: 1

Weeks on List: 1

I’m Not Dying With You Tonight by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal

Genre: Contemporary

Debut: #3 on July 12, 2020

Highest Rank: #3

Initial Weeks Straight on The List: 3

Weeks on List: 3

The Black Friend by Frederick Joseph

Genre: Nonfiction: Memoir

Debut: #3 on December 20, 2020

Highest Rank: #3

Initial Weeks Straight on The List: 4

Weeks on List: 4

The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige

Genre: Fantasy

Debut: #10 on October 4, 2015

Highest Rank: #10

Initial Weeks Straight on The List: 1

Weeks on List: 1

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

Genre: Fantasy

Debut: #10 on November 11, 2016

Highest Rank: #10

Initial Weeks Straight on The List: 1

Weeks on List: 1

The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

Genre: Contemporary

Debut: #9 on September 27, 2020

Highest Rank: #8

Initial Weeks Straight on The List: 1

Weeks on List: 3

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

Genre: Contemporary

Debut: #9 on October 23, 2016

Highest Rank: #9

Initial Weeks Straight on The List: 1

Weeks on List: 2

For Everyone by Jason Reynolds

Genre: Poetry

Debut: #8 on April 28, 2018

Highest Rank: #8

Initial Weeks Straight on The List: 1

Weeks on List: 1

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Genre: Contemporary

Debut: #4 on November 11, 2017 

Highest Rank: #3 (September 9, 2018)

Initial Weeks Straight on The List: 4

Weeks on List: 32

Miles Morales: Spider-Man by Jason Reynolds

Genre: Contemporary Fantasy

Debut: #5 on August 20, 2017

Highest Rank: #5

Initial Weeks Straight on The List: 5

Weeks on List: 5

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

Genre: Nonfiction

Debut: #1 on March 29, 2020

Highest Rank: #1

Initial Weeks Straight on The List: 5

Weeks on List: 42

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Genre: Contemporary

Debut: #4 on November 5, 2017

Highest Rank: #4

Initial Weeks Straight on The List: 1

Weeks on List: 1

Dear Justyce by Nic Stone

Genre: Contemporary

Debut: #2 on October 18, 2020

Highest Rank: #2

Initial Weeks Straight on The List: 10

Weeks on List: 10

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Genre: Contemporary

Debut: #1 on March 19, 2017

Highest Rank: #1

Initial Weeks Straight on The List: 202

Weeks on List: 202

Movie Adaptation Tracking: The Movie Adaptation released on September 7, 2019 and the Blu-ray/DVD released on January 22, 2019. The novel has been on the list every single week since March 19, 2017 and the novel released on February 28, 2017.

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Genre: Contemporary

Debut: #1 on February 24, 2019

Highest Rank: #1

Initial Weeks Straight on The List: 30

Weeks on List: 36

Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson

Genre: Contemporary

Debut: #9 on March 18, 2018

Highest Rank: #9

Initial Weeks Straight on The List: 1

Weeks on List: 1

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Genre: Contemporary

Debut: #1 on September 20, 2015

Highest Rank: #1

Initial Weeks Straight on The List: 8

Weeks on List: 53

Movie Adaptation Tracking: The Movie Adaptation released May 19, 2017. This novel returned on the list on May 7, 2017 and stayed on the list for 10 weeks straight but did not appear on the list when the Blu-ray/DVD released in the month of August 2017 and did not hit the Paperback List until October 2019 although the Paperback released on March 7, 2017.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Genre: Contemporary

Debut: #3 on November 20, 2016

Highest Rank: #1 (January 15, 2017)

Initial Weeks Straight on The List: 20

Weeks on List: 42

Movie Adaptation Tracking: The Movie Adaptation released May 17, 2019. This novel did not hit the list in the month of May 2019 or when the DVD released in the month of August 2019 and did not hit the Paperback List until October 2019 although the Paperback released on March 5, 2019.

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi & Dr. Yusef Salaam

Genre: Contemporary

Debut: #6 on September 20, 2020

Highest Rank: #3 (September 27, 2020)

Initial Weeks Straight on The List: 4

Weeks on List: 7