Build Our Classroom Library! Build Our Consciousness!

So many people offered to buy this poster from me after I posted it on Instagram! Of course I can’t sell it for money, instead, I am requesting books! If you send my students a book from the list below, we will send you the poster above! Deal? Our school’s library is currently shut down and so many of them have library fines that are preventing them from checking out a book! With your help, we can build our own class library! 

We are also accepting audiobooks to give my students that are auditory learners as an alternative. E-books are not transferable and we do not have classwide iPad or Kindles, so I do not want to accept funds for ebooks until we are prepared to download them. 

Every Tuesday, on Instagram Live, I will be teaching a literacy course! Until we get enough books, I’ll have to use articles and PDFs of short stories! If you want to learn some of the reading strategies I will be using, be sure to join us! 

Here’s the shipping address:

Ms. Clay’s English Class
Baltimore Design School
1500 Barclay St. 
Baltimore, MD

Used books are acceptable as well. Just be sure to email me and let me know what you have sent so we can get your poster out to you! Once you’ve purchased the book, send an email with the receipt and your shipping address to

All of the titles are bold, whenever we receive one of them, I will unbold the title so that you will know which ones we still need! But don’t worry about buying repeats, having more than one makes for effective reading groups!

How it Went Down - Kekla Magoon
Peas and Carrots - Tanita S. Davis
The Skin I’m In - Sharon G. Flake
The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison
Dark at the Crossing - Elliot Ackerman
Americana - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Death of Jayson Porter - Jaime Adoff
Jimi & Me- Jaime Adoff
The King is Always Above the People- Daniel Alarcon
Reservation Blues- Sherman Alexie 
Before We Were Free- Julia Alvarez
Chains- Laurie Halse Anderson
Fever 1793- Laurie Halse Anderson
Speak- Laurie Halse Anderson
Wishtree- Katherine Applegate
Never Caught- Erika Armstrong Dunbar
What Is Fear Made Of?- Elana K. Arnold
Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen
Crispin: The Cross of Lead- Avi
Tuck Everlasting- Natalie Babbitt
I Love You, Michael Collins- Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Up-Close: Jane Goodall- Sudipta Bardhan- Quallen
We Could Be Brothers- Derrick Barnes
Warriors Don’t Cry- Melba Pattilo Beales
Far From the Tree- Robin Benway
The Spiderwick Chronicles- Holly Black
Tyrell- Coe Booth
Kendra- Coe Booth
Bronxwood- Coe Booth
Flags of Our Fathers- James Bradley
Powder Necklace- Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond
Walking With Miss Millie- Tamara Bundy
The Parable of the Sower- Octavia Butler
Tiny Pretty Things- Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton
The Perks of Being a Wallflower- Stephen Chbosky 
Akira to Zoltan: 26 Men Who Changed the World- Cynthia Chin-Lee
Amelia to Zora: 26 Women Who Changed the World- Cynthia Chin-Lee
Things Not Seen- Andrew Clements
The Alchemist- Paul Coelho
The Hunger Games Series- Suzanne Collins
Miss Burma- Charmaine Craig
Hate That Cat- Sharon Creech
Children of the River- Linda Crew
What Talk- Chris Crutcher
Bucking the Sarge- Christopher Paul Curtis
The Watsons Go to Birmingham- Christopher Paul Curtis
Untwine- Edwidge Danticat
The Maze Runner - James Dashner
Jason and Kyra- Dana Davidson
Stella by Starlight- Shapon Draper
Manhattan Beach- Jennifer Egan
The Breadwinner- Deborah Ellis
The Evangelicals- Frances Fitzgerald
Bull Run- Paul Fleischman
The List- Patricia Forde
Locking Up Our Own- James Forman Jr.
Yours Truly- Heather Vogel Frederick
Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery- Russell Freedman
Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor- Russell Freedman
Coraline- Neil Gaiman
The Honest Truth- Dan Gemeinhart
The Future is History- Masha Gessen
See No Color- Shannon Gibney
Jubilee- Patricia Reilly Giff
Endangered- Lamar Giles
Lord of the Flies- William Golding
Killers of the Flower Moon- David Grann
Refugee- Alan Gratz
The Fault in Our Stars- John Green
Looking for Alaska- John Green
Bronx Masquerade- Nikki Grimes
Chasing Freedom: The Life Journeys of Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony, Inspired by Historical Facts- Nikki Grimes and Michele Wood
Under Their Skin- Margaret Peterson Haddix
Unbroken: An Olympian’s Journey from Airman to Castaway to Captive- Laura Hillenbrand
The Outsiders- S.E. Hinton
Word’s Greatest Olympians- Michael Hurley
Requiem: Poems of the Terezin Ghetto- Paul B. Janeczko
African Myths- Gary Jeffrey
The First Part Last- Angela Johnson
The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim- E.K. Johnson 
Howl’s Moving Castle- Diana Wynne Jones
No is Not Enough- Naomi Klein
The Leavers- Lisa Ko
Lives of Extraordinary Women: Rulers, Rebels (and What the Neighbors Thought)- Kathleen Krull
Delicate Monsters- Stephanie Kuehn
Pachinko- Min Jin Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird- Harper Lee
A Wrinkle in Time- Madeleine L’Engle
Day of Tears- Julius Lester
Ella Enchanted - Gail Carson Levi
The Chronicles of Narnia Series- C.S. Lewis
The Killing Sea- Richard Lewis
The Giver- Lois Lowry
Number the Stars- Lois Lowry
Hero- Mike Lupica
All the Wind in the World- Samantha Mabry
Democracy in Chains- Nancy MacLean
The Other Wes Moore- Wes Moore
This Way Home- Wes Moore and Shawn Goodman
The Greatest: Muhammad Ali- Walter Dean Myers
Juba!: A Novel- Walter Dean Myers
Monster- Walter Dean Myers
Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess- George O’Connor
Island of the Blue Dolphins- Scott O’Dell
When My Name Was Keoko- Linda Sue Park
Eragon- Christopher Paolini
Bridge to Terabithia- Katherine Paterson
Finding Someplace- Denise Lewis Patrick
Hatchet- Gary Paulsen
Soldier’s Heart- Gary Paulsen
The Keeper- Mal Peet
You Bring the Distant Near- Mitali Penkins
Everything’s Amazing (sort of) Tom Gates- Liz Pichon
Alanna of Trebond- Tamora Pierce
Show and Prove- Sofia Quintero
Where the Red Fern Grows- Wilson Rawls
The Boy in the Black Suit- Jason Reynolds
All American Boys- Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
As Brave As You- Jason Reynolds
Ghost- Jason Reynolds
Long Way Down- Jason Reynolds
Heroes of Olympus Series- Rick Riordan
Freedom Songs: A Tale of the Underground Railroad- Trina Robins
Lily Renee, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer- Trina Robbins
The Color of Law- Richard Rothstein
Harry Potter Series- J.K. Rowling
Holes- Louis Sachar
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter- Erika L. Sanchez
The Lovely Bones- Alice Sebold
The Invention of Hugo Cabret- Brian Selznick
Paper Wishes- Lois Sepahban
Between Shades of Gray- Ruta Sepetys 
X: A Novel- Ilyasah Shabazz
Flygirl- Sherri L. Smith
Orphan Island- Laurel Snyder
Stargirl- Jerry Spinelli
Hercules: The 12 Labors- Paul Storrie
The Hate U Give- Angie Thomas
Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
The Hobbit- J.R.R. Tolkien
The Blood of Emmett Till- Timothy B. Tyson
Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom- Booki Vivat
Black Boy White School- Brian F. Walker
Wilder Boys- Brandon Wallace
Sing, Unburied, Sing- Jesmyn Ward
This Side of Home- Renée Watson
Amelia Earhart: The Thrill of it All- Susan Wells 
The Once and Future King- T.E. White
A Kind of Freedom- Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
Sellout- Ebony Wilkins
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground- Rita Williams-Garcia
Gone Crazy in Alabama- Rita Williams-Garcia
Jumped- Rita Williams-Garcia
When the Black Girl Sings- Bil Wright
Everything Everything- Nicola Yoon
Bunk- Kevin Young
I Am Malala- Malala Yousafzai
American Street- Ibi Zoboi
Barren Island- Carol Zoref
The Book Thief- Markus Zusak
A Raisin in the Sun - Lorraine Hansberry
Gemini - Nikki Giovanni
The Coldest Winter Ever - Sista Souljah
Go Tell it On the Mountain - James Baldwin
Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston
Sisters of the Yam - bell hooks
When I was Puerto Rican - Esmeralda Santiago
Mom, Me, & Mom - Maya Angelou 
The Parable of the Sower  - Octavia Butler
The Souls of Black Folks - W.E.B. Dubois
Buck - M. K. Asante
The Sun and Her Flowers - Rupi Kaur 
House on Mango Street - Sandra Cisneros
Message to the People - Marcus Garvey
Sula  - Toni Morrison
Words from a Wanderer - Alexandra Elle
This is How You Lose Her - Junot Díaz
S. O. S.  - Amiri Baraka
The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery


  1. This is such a great list of literature for young adults. I can't wait for your students to get their hands on these books. I remember reading some of these books as a middle school student myself and I continue to read children & YA literature as an adult/educator. There is so much to read and learn! I am purchasing some books for your classroom and my (future) classroom. You are amazing Ms Clay! Thank you ❤️

  2. I love that you are doing this and I am making my purchase today.

    Best of Luck!

  3. This list is amazing and you are simply amazing as well! Will send some titles ASAP xx

  4. Hey Valencia- are you still accepting books?


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