5 Must-Listen Audiobooks by Black Writers for Teens and Young Readers

Each of these five audiobooks explores important topics like race, belonging, and truth in a way that is both beautiful and honest. Even if you don’t have a younger reader to share them with, these are worth a listen:

 

Brown Girl Dreaming

Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African-American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and with her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.
Listen to an excerpt Brown Girl Dreaming

The Sun is Also a Star

One day in New York City, Natasha and Daniel meet on the street and fall in love. He’s the “perfect” son of Korean immigrants, struggling to live up to their expectations. She’s a strong-minded girl who is about to be deported to Jamaica with her family. A million futures lie before them. Which one will come true?
Listen to an excerpt The Sun Is Also a Star

Monster

A Harlem drugstore owner was shot and killed in his store, and the word is that sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon served as the lookout. Was he involved, or was he simply in the wrong place at the wrong time? An amateur filmmaker, Steve transcribes his trial into a movie script, showing scene by scene how his life was turned around in an instant.
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47
Author: Walter Mosley
Read By: Ossie Davis

Set in a plantation, 47 (a young slave boy) is growing up under the watchful eye of a brutal slave master. His life seems doomed, until he meets the mysterious Tall John.
Listen to an excerpt 47

Dear Martin
Author: Nic Stone
Read By: Dion Graham

Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can’t escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates, so he looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers.
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