YA Authors of Color; YA Native American Authors

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

Alaya Dawn Johnson

Allison Whittenberg

Amir Abrams

Andrea Davis Pinkney

Angela Johnson

Bil Wright

Balogun Ojetade

Brandi Colbert

Brenda Woods

Carla Sarratt

Celeste O. Norfleet

Charles R. Smith

Chris Ledbetter

Chris Terry

Christopher John Farley

Christopher Paul Curtis

Coe Booth

Craig  Laurance Gidney

Deborah Gregory

Denene Millner

Denise Lewis Patrick

Derrick Barnes

Dhonielle Clayton

Dream Jordan

Earl Sewell

Ernest Hill

Greg Neri

Jacqueline Woodson

Jaime Reed

Jamie Adoff

Jasmine Richards (Afro British)

Jason Reynolds

Jessamyn Ward

Jewell Parker Rhodes

Joyce Carol Thomas

Joyce Hansen

Julius Lester

Justina Ireland

Karen Simpson

Kekla Magoon

Kimberly Reid

Lamar Giles

L. Divine

LeSean Thomas

Nalo Hopkinson

Nikki Carter

Nikki Grimes

 Ni Ni Simone

Nnedi Okorafor

Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich 

Patrick Henry Bass

Patricia McKissack

Paula Chase

Philana Marie Boles

Rachel Renee Russell

Rita Williams-Garcia

S. A. M. Posey

Sharon Dennis Wyeth

Sharon Draper

Sharon Flake

Shelia P. Moses

Sherri L. Smith

Sonia Hayes

Stephanie Kuehn

Stephanie Moore-Perry

Tanita S. Davis

Tonya Bolden

Tonya Cherie Hegamin

Traci L. Jones

Tracey Baptiste

Troy CLE

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Walter Dean Myers

Winifred Burton

Zetta Elliott (Afro Canadian)

Asian  American

Adeline Yen Mah (Chinese American)

Amy Zhang

Aisha Saeed

An Na(Korean American)

Anjali Banerjee(Asian-Indian American)

Bruce Leung

Charlotte Huang

Cindy Pon

Cynthia Kadohata (Japanese American)

Daniel Nayeri(Iranian American)

David Yoo (Chinese American)

Dina Nayeri (Iranian American)

E.C. Meyers

Ellen Oh

Erika Lee (Chinese American)

Erin Entrada Kelly (Filipino American)

F. Lit Yu

Fonda Lee (Chinese Canadian)

Francis Lee Hall (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)

Kristen Simmons

Kristi Shen

Ilene W. Gregorio

Isamu Fukui

Jasmine Warga (Turkish American)

Karen Bao

Kashmira Sheth(Asian-Indian American)

Kavita Daswani

Ken Mochizuki (Japanese American)

Kendare Blake (Korean American)

Ki-Wing Merlin

Laurence Yep(Chinese American)

Leila Rasheed (Bangladeshi/British)

Lenore Look(Chinese American)

Lensey Namioka(Chinese American)

Linda Sue Park(Korean American)

Lisa Yee(Chinese American)

Livia Blackburne

Malinda Lo(Chinese American)

Many Ly

Marie Lu

Mariko Tamaki(Japanese/Jewish Canadian)

Marina  Tamar Budhos (Indo Caribbean)

Marty Chan (Chinese Canadian)

May-Lee Chai(Chinese/Irish American)

Meghan Nuttall Syres

Milly Lee(Chinese American)

Mitali Perkins (Asian-Indian American)

Naomi Shihab Nye (Palenstinian American)

Narinder Dhami (Asian-Indian British)

Neesha Meminger  (Asian Indian Canadian)

N. H. Senzai

Padma Venkatraman (Asian Indian American)

Paula Yoo (Korean American)

Paul Yee (Chinese American)

Randa Abdel-Fattah (Palestinian/Egyptian Australian)

Rin Chupeco

Sabaa Tahir

Sara Farizan (Iranian American)

Sarvenaz Tash

Sarwat Chadda (East Indian-British)

Sheba Karim

Sita Brahmachari (Asian Indian British)

Sonia Charaipotra

Stacey H. Lee (Chinese American)

Tahereh Mafi (Asian American)

Thanhha Lai

Uma Krishnaswami (Asian Indian American)

Valynne E. Maetani 

Varsha Bajaj(Asian Indian American)

Veera Hirandandani

Virginia  Loh Hagan (Chinese-American)

Lori M. Lee

Y. S. Lee (Chinese Canadian)

Yoshiko Uchida (Japanese American)

Kat Zhang

Caribbean

Nicola Yoon (Jamaican American)

Sindy Felin (Haitian)

Latino/a American

Alex Sanchez

Alex Silvera

Alisa Valdes (Cuban American)

Alma Flor Ada (Cuban American)

Anna-Marie McLemore

Benjamin Alire Saenz (Mexican American)

Christina Garcia

Cindy L. Rodriguez

Courtney Alameda

Daniel Jose Older

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 Loy Gilbert

Kelly Parra 

Malin Alegria

Margarita Engle  (Cuban American)

Matt de la Pena

Meg Medina (Cuban American)

Melissa Gray

Pam Munoz Ryan (Mexican American)

Reymundo Sanchez

Rene Saldana Jr

Rigoberto González

Rudolfo Anaya

Tony Medina

Veronica Chambers (Afro Latina)

Yxta Maya Murray

Mixed Race

Anna Perera (Sri Lankan/European)

Crystal Chan

Kimberly Pauley (Chinese/mixed race American)

Renee Ahdieh

Valeria Tejeda

Native American

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Daniel H. Wilson

Delphine Red Shirt

Jacqueline Guest

Joseph Bruchac  (Abenaki)

Joseph M. Marshall III (Sicangu Lakota/Rosebud Sioux)

Robbie Robertson (Mohawk)

S. D. Nelson  (Standing Rock Sioux)

Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur d’Alene)

Tim Tingle  (Choctaw)

Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve  (Lakota Sioux)