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    16 Middle Grade Historical Fiction Books By Black Authors

    There’s more to Black history than slavery.

    Black history may not always seem like a “pleasant” topic to read about, but it is necessary education. In my experience reading and writing about books for children, I have found Black authors and Black history to be relatively missing from the genre of historical fiction. Fortunately, more contemporary authors are writing about this topic, and not just about slavery, but also about Black joy.

    The books on this list include stories about segregation, slavery, and poverty, but also about Black kids who play music, tap-dance, enter beauty pageants, love outer space, and investigate mysteries. These kids are also grappling with regular tween issues like first crushes, sibling squabbles, and strained friendships.

    1. The Magic in Changing Your Stars by Leah Henderson

    2. Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper

    3. It All Comes Down to This by Karen English

    4. Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz and Renée Watson

    5. Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

    6. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

    7. How High the Moon by Karyn Parsons

    8. Like Vanessa by Tami Charles

    9. Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes

    10. Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome

    11. My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich by Ibi Zoboi

    12. The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

    13. Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

    14. Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson

    15. Clean Getaway by Nic Stone

    16. The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis