Honoring Toni

It was announced yesterday that literary legend Toni Morrison passed away at 88 years old. Toni is my literary idol. She inspired my writing and my teaching. Her work was unapologetically Black and she worked tirelessly to lift up other Black voices. On Twitter yesterday, someone started a thread of Black women’s voices that we need to read in honor of Toni and that is what inspired this post. Here are some Black women YA voices that you shouldn’t sleep on.

PS. This list is no where near complete as I’m sure there are women whom I’ve left off. If you know of any I’ve missed, please share in the comments below.

Brandy Colbert

Nic Stone

Tiffany D. Jackson

Angie Thomas

Justina Ireland

Dread Nation

Dhonielle Clayton

The Belles

Ibi Zoboi

Tomi Adeyemi

Patrice Lawrence

Sharon Draper

LL McKinney

Jacqueline Woodson

Zetta Elliott

Renee Watson

Nnedi Okorafor

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