Welcome back to the FYA Reading Challenge! This month’s prompt is to read a book written by a Black author. What better way to celebrate Black History Month?

If you’re looking for inspo, check out the Black authors tag. Here are a few suggestions to get you started!

Reading Challenge Recs

Love Radio

Obviously, I had to start with this month’s FYA Book Club selection, Love Radio by Ebony LaDelle! It also made my Best of 2022 list — or, rather, it WAS the list.

Kings of B’more

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off


Black Boy Joy


R. Eric Thomas’ Kings of B’More!


Akwaeke Emezi’s Pet will take your imagination on a ride — and your heart through ALL THE EMOTIONS.

Where the Rhythm Takes You

Um, a Persuasion retelling at a seaside resort?!? Where the rhythm takes you should be right to Sarah Dass’ novel.

Legendborn (The Legendborn Cycle #1)

All the King Arthur legends are true — and Bree Matthews is caught in the middle of it in Tracy Deonn’s sensational Legendborn.

The Boy in the Black Suit

Last but certainly not least, Jason Reynolds’ The Boy in the Black Suit is definitely heavy, but it’s by Jason Reynolds so it’s also fantastic.

Which book(s) are you planning to read for this prompt? Let us know in the comments!

Mandy (she/her) lives in Edmonton, AB. When she’s not raiding the library for YA books, she enjoys eating ice cream (esp. in cold weather), learning fancy pole dance tricks, and stanning BTS. Mandy has been writing for FYA since 2012, and she oversaw all things FYA Book Club from 2013 to 2023.