You Need This Playlist: New YA Listens by Black Authors
Kids’ February Playlist: New Young Adult and Middle Grade Listens

Hear here! It may be cold outside, but that’s no reason to stick to frozen playlists like an icicle. Thaw your ears out a smidge, look around (oh hiii! There you are), and cozy up with one of these audiobooks—or recommend them to the eager young readers & listeners in your life.

Author: Nic Stone
Read By: Dion Graham

Hear award-winning narrator Dion Graham read New York Times bestselling author Nic Stone’s new middle-grade road-trip story.

“Narrator Dion Graham’s soft voice evokes the tenderness between biracial middle schooler “Scoob” Lamar and G’ma, his white octogenarian grandmother…The mix of humor and emotions, powerful writing, and complex lessons about personal and political injustices are all marvelously expressed by Graham in this compelling listen.”—AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner

Looking for more Nic Stone titles on audio? Find them here.

From the Newbery Medal-winning author of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry comes the conclusion to the sweeping saga of the Logan family as their lives coincide with the civil rights movement in America. Cassie Logan, first met in Song of the Trees and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, is a young woman now, searching for her place in the world, a journey that takes her across the nation and into the heart of historical moments as they unfold.

“Johnson warmly welcomes listeners as if inviting them to sit by the fire to hear this family story…The drama of the plot and the depth of the characterizations ensure that this audiobook is unforgettable.”—AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner

In the vein of powerful reads like The Hate U Give and Girl in Pieces, comes poet Morgan Parker’s pitch-perfect audiobook about a black teenage girl searching for her identity when the world around her views her depression as a lack of faith and blackness as something to be politely ignored.

“A triumphant first impression in the YA space.”—Entertainment Weekly

Author: Kwame Mbalia
Read By: Amir Abdullah

Award-winning actor Amir Abdullah reads Kwame Mbalia’s epic fantasy audiobook set in a richly-imagined world populated with African American folk heroes and West African gods.

“This tour-de-force is highly recommended.”—Booklist, starred audio review

“Narrator Amir Abdullah’s rich baritone brings a thrilling mythological world to life.”—AudioFile, Earphones Award Winner

Written by New York Times bestselling author and icon of children’s literature Walter Dean Myers, each of the short stories in this collection is read by a different narrator. An incredible full-cast audiobook, rich with the stories of everything that happens on one block of 145th Street.

“Fast, wry, and honest…the search for personal identity is at the heart of this lyrical collection, and so is the sense of the place.”—Booklist