Authors of Color

The following is a growing list of authors of color who have had a significant contribution to Young Adult literature in the United States.My basic criteria is that the author has published a minimum of 3 books, one in the past 2 or 3 years.

African American

Allison Whittenberg

Andrea Davis Pinkney

Angela Johnson

Bil Wright

Balogun Ojetade

Brenda Woods

Carla Sarratt

Celeste O. Norfleet

Charles R. Smith

Christopher Paul Curtis

Coe Booth

Deborah Gregory

Denene Millner

Denise Lewis Patrick

Derrick Barnes

Earl Sewell

Ernest Hill

Greg Neri

Jacqueline Woodson

Jaime Reed

Jamie Adoff

Joyce Carol Thomas

Joyce Hansen

Julius Lester

Kekla Magoon

L. Divine

Nalo Hopkinson

Nikki Carter

Nikki Grimes

 Ni Ni Simone

Nnedi Okorafor

Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich 

Patricia McKissack

Paula Chase

Philana Marie Boles

Rachel Renee Russell

Rita Williams-Garcia

Sharon Dennis Wyeth

Sharon Draper

Sharon Flake

Shelia P. Moses

Sherri L. Smith

Stephanie Moore-Perry

Tanita S. Davis

Tonya Bolden

Traci L. Jones

Troy CLE

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Walter Dean Myers

Zetta Elliott (Afro Canadian)

Asian  American

Adeline Yen Mah (Chinese American)

An Na(Korean American)

Anjali Banerjee(Asian-Indian American)

Sarwat Chadda (East Indian-British)

Cynthia Kadohata (Japanese American)

Daniel Nayeri(Iranian American)

David Yoo (Chinese American)

Dina Nayeri (Iranian American)

Erika Lee (Chinese American)

Gene Luen Yang (Chinese American)

Grace Lin (Taiwanese American)

Hiromi Goto  (Japanese Canadian)

Janet Wong (Chinese Korean American)

Jenny Han (Asian American)

Julie Kagawa(Japanese American)

Justina Chen (Taiwanese American)

Kashmira Sheth(Asian-Indian American)

Ken Mochizuki (Japanese American)

Kendare Blake (Korean American)

Kimberly Pauley (Chinese/mixed race American)

Laurence Yep(Chinese American)

Lenore Look(Chinese American)

Lensey Namioka(Chinese American)

Linda Sue Park(Korean American)

Lisa Yee(Chinese American)

Malinda Lo(Chinese American)

Mariko Tamaki(Japanese/Jewish Canadian)

Marina  Tamar Budhos (Indo Caribbean)

Marty Chan (Chinese Canadian)

May-Lee Chai(Chinese/Irish American)

Milly Lee(Chinese American)

Mitali Perkins (Asian-Indian American)

Naomi Shihab Nye (Palenstinian American)

Narinder Dhami (Asian-Indian British)

Neesha Meminger  (Asian Indian Canadian)

Padma Venkatraman (Asian Indian American)

Paula Yoo (Korean American)

Paul Yee (Chinese American)

Randa Abdel-Fattah (Palestinian/Egyptian Australian)

Sita Brahmachari (Asian Indian British)

Tahereh Mafi (Asian American)

Uma Krishnaswami (Asian Indian American)

Virginia  Loh Hagan (Chinese-American)

Y. S. Lee (Chinese Canadian)

Yoshiko Uchida (Japanese American)

Latino/a American

Alex Sanchez

Alisa Valdes (Cuban American)

Alma Flor Ada (Cuban American)

Benjamin Alire Saenz (Mexican American)

Christina Garcia

Donna Freitas

Francisco Jimenez (Mexican American)

Francisco X. Stork

Gaby Triana

Gary Soto

Gloria Velásquez

Juan Felipe Herrera 

Julia Alvarez (Dominican American)

Judith Oritz Cofer (Puerto Rican)

Kelly Parra 

Malin Alegria

Margarita Engle  (Cuban American)

Matt de la Pena

Meg Medina (Cuban American)

Pam Munoz Ryan (Mexican American)

Reymundo Sanchez

Rene Saldana Jr

Rigoberto González

Rudolfo Anaya

Tony Medina

Veronica Chambers (Afro Latina)

Yxta Maya Murray

Native American

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Daniel H. Wilson

Delphine Red Shirt

Jacqueline Guest

Joseph Bruchac  (Abenaki)

S. D. Nelson  (Standing Rock Sioux)

Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur d’Alene)

Tim Tingle  (Choctaw)

Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve  (Lakota Sioux)