#kidlitwomen: Black Girls Economics In Young Adult Fiction part 2 or This is What Marley Dias Was Talking About

Posted on 12 March 2018 Monday


Updated 21 March 2018

I wasn’t sure about posting this, but for several reasons it’s necessary for me to post these complete lists. In compiling them, I’ve had to adjust of few of the numbers in my previous post, however the difference is not significant, particularly when you consider how many books are published overall. I’m leery of the room for error!

Previously, I’d used 3,400 as the number of children’s books published annually. It’s what we all use.

I’m sitting here with Library Book and Trade Almanac formerly the Bowker Annual 2017/62nd edition, This is an authoritative source for library and book trade information. On page 313, there’s a table entitled “American Book Production 2012 – 2016”. Listed below are the production numbers reported for children’s and young adult books for the years on which I’ve been reporting.

Children’s

2015: 25,587

2016: 27,309

Young Adult

2015: 4,416

2016: 4,882

If I were to remake the previously posted line graph, books by African American Women for ages 8-18 (indeed all African Americans) would not even be a speck on the chart.

.01%

The following is a more complete data consisting of the number of books and their titles. I’ve included mixed race authors in this list as well as co-authored books.

In the comments, please!! add any books by traditional printers that I’ve missed. Unfortunately, it will take hundreds to get a higher percentage and while I may have missed a few titles, I don’t think I’ve missed that many. Also, please post what awards these books have won. I know the major awards, but there are state awards and very prestigious less well-known awards I’d surely miss.

Books written or co-written by African American women for readers ages 8-18 accounted for ~.01% of books published by traditional publishers over the past 3 years.

Read them.

Request them at your library.

Buy them.

Discuss them.

 

2015

A total of 29 books available for purchase in the US were written or co-written by African American women for readers ages 8-18. (.66% of 4,416)

  1. Baptiste, Tracy. The Jumbies. Algonquin.
  2. Butler, Christine Taylor. The Lost Tribes. Move Books.
  3. Charaipotra, Sona and Dhonielle Clayton. Tiny Pretty Things. HarperTeen.
  4. Danticat, Edwidge. Untwine. Scholastic Press.
  5. Draper, Sharon M. Stella By Starlight. Simon & Schuster.
  6. English, Karen. Don’t Feed the Geckos. HMH Books for Young Readers. (6-9 yrs)
  7. Freeman, Shannon. Silentious. Saddleback.
  8. Freeman, Shannon. The All About My Selfie. Saddleback.
  9. Freeman, Shannon. The Alternative. Saddleback.
  10. Freeman, Shannon. The Most Beautiful Bully. Saddleback.
  11. Gibney, Shannon. See No Color. Carolrhoda Lab.
  12. Kuehn, Stephanie. Delicate Monsters, St Martin’s Griffin.
  13. Magoon, Kekla. Shadows of Sherwood. Bloomsbury.
  14. Moore, Stephanie Perry. Give It Up. (The Swoop List) Darby Creek.
  15. Moore, Stephanie Perry. Sit on It. (The Swoop List) Darby Creek.
  16. Moore, Stephanie Perry. Back That Thing. (The Swoop List) Darby Creek.
  17. Moore, Stephanie Perry. On Your Knees. (The Swoop List) Darby Creek.
  18. Mowry, Tia and Tamera Mowry. Twintuition: Double Vision. Harper.
  19. Paige, Danielle. The Wicked Will Rise. Harper Collins.
  20. Patrick, Denise Lewis. Finding Someplace. Henry Holt.
  21. Quintero, Sofia. Show and Prove. Knopf.
  22. Rhodes, Jewell Parker. Bayou Magic. Little Brown.
  23. Russell, Rachel Renee. Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not So Dorky Drama Queen. Aladdin.
  24. Russell, Rachel Renee. Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not So Perfect Pet Sitter. Aladdin.
  25. Shabazz, Ilyasah and Kekla Magoon. X : A Novel. Candlewick.
  26. Smith, Sherri L. The Toymaker’s Apprentice. Putnam.
  27. Spencer, Octavia. Randi Rhodes Ninja Detective : The Sweetest Heist in History. Simon and Schuster.
  28. Watson, Renee. This Side of Home. Bloomsbury.
  29. Wesley, Valerie Wilson. Willimena Rules : 9 Steps to the Best, Worst, Greatest, Holiday Ever! Just Us Books.
  30. Williams-Garcia, Rita. Gone Crazy in Alabama. Amistad/Harper Collins.
  31. Winston, Sherri. President of the Whole Sixth Grade. Little, Brown and Co.
  32. Yoon, Nicola. Everything, Everything. Delacorte Press.

7 books were written or co-written by African American women with African American or mixed race African American female lead characters that were ages 12-18.

  1. Charaipotra, Sona and Dhonielle Clayton. Tiny Pretty Things. HarperTeen.
  2. Danticat, Edwidge. Untwine. Scholastic Press.
  3. Gibney, Shannon. See No Color. Carolrhoda Lab.
  4. Moore, Stephanie Perry. Give It Up. (The Swoop List) Darby Creek.
  5. Moore, Stephanie Perry. Sit on It. (The Swoop List) Darby Creek.
  6. Moore, Stephanie Perry. Back That Thing. (The Swoop List) Darby Creek.
  7. Moore, Stephanie Perry. On Your Knees. (The Swoop List) Darby Creek.
  8. Quintero, Sofia. Show and Prove. Knopf.
  9. Watson, Renee. This Side of Home. Bloomsbury.
  10. Yoon, Nicola. Everything, Everything. Delacorte Press.

 

2016

A total of 30 books were written or co-written by African American women for readers ages 8-18. (.8% of 4,882)

  1. Allen, Crystal. The Magnificent Maya Tibbs. Balzer + Bray.
  2. Badoe, Adwoa. Aluta. Groundwood.
  3. Baker, Brianna and F. Bowman Hastie. Little White Lies. Soho Teen.
  4. Buckhanon, Kalisha. Solemn. St. Martin’s Press.
  5. Charaipotra, Sona and Dhonielle Clayton. Shiny Broken Pieces. HarperTeen.
  6. Davis, Tanita. Peas and Carrots. Knopf.
  7. English, Karen. Trouble Next Door. Clarion.
  8. Everett, Sarah. Everyone We’ve Been. Alfred A. Knopf.
  9. Frazier, Sundee T. Cleo Edison Oliver : Playground Millionaire. Arthur A. Levine Books.
  10. Grimes, Nikki. Garvey’s Choice. Boyds Mills.
  11. Harrington, Janice N. Catching A Story Fish. Wordsong.
  12. Jones, V. Nikki. Lyric & Blake. Resolute Publishing.
  13. Kendall, Christine. Riding Chance. Scholastic Press.
  14. Kuehn, Stephanie. The Smaller Evil. Dutton.
  15. Magoon, Kekla. Rebellion of Thieves. Bloomsbury.
  16. Magoon, Kekla. Voyagers : Infinity Riders. Random House.
  17. Mowry, Tia and Tamera Mowry. Twintuition : Double Trouble. Harper.
  18. Nelson, Marilyn. American Ace. Dial.
  19. Paige, Danielle. Yellow Brick War. Harper Collins.
  20. Pink, Randi. Into White. Feiwel and Friends.
  21. Reed, Jamie. Keep Me in Mind. Point.
  22. Reid, Kimberly. Perfect Lies. Tu Books.
  23. Rhyday-Perkovich, Olugbemisola and Audrey Vernick. Two Naomis. Balzer+Bray.
  24. Robinson, Sharon. The Hero Two Doors Down : Based on the True Story of Friendship between a Boy and a Baseball Legend. Scholastic.
  25. Simone, Ni Ni. Dear Yvette. Dafina.
  26. Smith, Sherri L. Pasadena. G. P. Putnam’s Sons.
  27. Stvil, Lola. Girls Like Me. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  28. Wallis, Quevenzhané. Shai and Emmie Star In Break An Egg. Simon and Schuster.
  29. Woods, Brenda. Zoe in Wonderland. Nancy Paulsen Books.
  30. Yoon, Nicola. The Sun Also Has a Star. Delacorte.

15 books were written or co-written by African American women with African American female lead characters that were YA (ages 12-18).

  1. Badoe, Adwoa. Aluta.Groundwood Press.
  2. Baker, Brianna and F. Bowman Hastie. Little White Lies. Soho Teen.
  3. Buckhanon, Kalisha. Solemn. St. Martin’s Press.
  4. Charaipotra, Sona and Dhonielle Clayton. Shiny Broken Pieces. HarperTeen.
  5. Davis, Tanita. Peas and Carrots. Alfred A. Knopf.
  6. Everett, Sarah. Everyone We’ve Been. Alfred A. Knopf.
  7. Pink, Randi. Into White. Feiwel and Friends.
  8. Nelson, Marilyn. American Ace. Dial.
  9. Reed, Jamie. Keep Me in Mind. Point.
  10. Reid, Kimberly. Perfect Liars. Tu Books.
  11. Simone, Ni Ni. Dear Yvette. Dafina.
  12. Stvil, Lola. Girls Like Me. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  13. Smith, Sherri L. Pasadena. G. P. Putnam’s Sons.
  14. Nelson, Marilyn. American Ace. Dial.
  15. Yoon, Nicola. The Sun Also Has a Star. Delacorte.

 

2017

A total of 37 books were written or co-written by African American women for readers ages 8-18.

  1. Allen, Crystal. The Wall of Fame. Balzer + Bray.
  2. Baptiste, Tracy. Rise of the Jumbies. Algonquin.
  3. Barrow, Rebecca. You Don’t Know Me but I Know You. HarperTeen.
  4. Bolden, Tonya. Crossing Ebenezer Creek. Bloomsbury.
  5. Bowman, Dawn Akemi. Starfish. Simon Pulse.
  6. Chambers, Veronica. The Go-Betweens. Delacorte Press.
  7. Colbert, Brandi. Little & Lion. Little, Brown and Co.
  8. Deen, Naasha. Lark and he Diamond Caper. Orca Echoes.
  9. English, Karen. It All Comes Down to This. Clarion.
  10. English, Karen. The New Kid. Clarion.
  11. Frazier, Sunee T.. Cleo Edison Oliver in Persuasion Power. Scholastic.
  12. Grimes, Nikki. One Last Word : Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance. Bloomsbury.
  13. Harris, Teresa E.. Gabriela Speaks Out. Scholastic.
  14. Henderson, Leah. One Shadow on the Wall. Atheneum.
  15. Hohn, Hadia L. Malaika’s Winter Carnival. Groundwood.
  16. Hyman, Fracaswell. Mango Delight. Sterling Children’s Books.
  17. Jackson, Linda Williams. Midnight Without A Moon. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  18. Jackson, Tiffany. Allegedly. Katherine Tegen Books.
  19. Kuehn, Stephanie. When I Am Through with You. Dutton.
  20. Magoon, Kekla. Reign of Outlaws : A Robyn Hoodlum Adventure. Bloomsbury.
  21. Mowry, Tia and Tamera Mowry. Twintution: Double Dare. Harper.
  22. Nolen, Jerdine. Calico Girl. Simon & Schuster.
  23. Odhiambo, Eucabeth. Auma’s Long Run. Carolrhoda Books.
  24. Okorafor, Nnedi. Akata Warrior. Viking.
  25. Paige, Danielle, The End of Oz. HarperCollins.
  26. Pitts, Alena. Hello Starz. Zonderkidz.
  27. Raughley, Sarah. Siege of Shadows. Simon Pulse.
  28. Riazi, Karuna. The Gauntlet. Salaam Reads.
  29. Russell, Rachel Renee. The Misadventures of Max Crumbly : Middle School Mayhem. Aladdin.
  30. Stone, Nic. Dear Martin. Crown.
  31. Tamani, Liari. Calling My Name. Greenwillow.
  32. Tarpley, Natasia. The Harlem Charade. Scholastic.
  33. Thomas, Angie. The Hate U Give. Balzer + Bray.
  34. Watson, Renée. Piecing Me Together. Bloomsbury.
  35. Williams-Garcia, Rita. Clayton Bird Goes Underground. HarperCollins.
  36. Winston, Sherri. The Sweetest Sound. Little, Brown Books.
  37. Zaboi, Ibi. American Streets. Balzer + Bray.

12 books were written or co-written by African American women with African American female lead characters for ages 12-18.

  1. Barrow, Rebecca. You Don’t Know Me But I Know You. HarperTeen.
  2. Bolden, Tonya. Crossing Ebenezer Creek. Bloomsbury.
  3. Chambers, Veronica. The Go-Betweens. Delacorte Press.
  4. Colbert, Brandi. Little & Lion. Little, Brown and Co.
  5. Grimes, Nikki. One Last Word : Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance. Bloomsbury.
  6. Jackson, Tiffany. Allegedly. Katherine Tegen Books.
  7. Okorafor, Nnedi. Akata Warrior. Viking.
  8. Raughley, Sarah. Siege of Shadows. Simon Pulse.
  9. Tamani, Liari. Calling My Name. Greenwillow.
  10. Thomas, Angie. The Hate U Give. Balzer + Bray.
  11. Watson, Renée. Piecing Me Together. Bloomsbury.
  12. Zaboi, Ibi. American Streets. Balzer + Bray.

 

 

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