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Reading List: 2016’s Most Critically Acclaimed Books

View a more detailed description of the 2016 list.
View a list of all the critically acclaimed titles on our list from 1971 to 2017.


  1. The Underground Railroad: A Novel by Colson Whitehead
  2. The Book of Harlan by Bernice L. McFadden
  3. Another Brooklyn: A Novel by Jacqueline Woodson
  4. Homegoing: A Novel by Yaa Gyasi
  5. The Sellout by Paul Beatty
  6. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  7. Behold the Dreamers: A Novel by Imbolo Mbue
  8. Insurrections: Stories by Rion Amilcar Scott
  9. I Almost Forgot about You by Terry McMillan
  10. Second House from the Corner by Sadeqa Johnson
  11. Freshwater Road by Denise Nicholas
  12. The Perfect Find by Tia Williams
  13. The Ex Chronicles by Sharon Lucas, Cheryl Cloyd Robbins and Others


  1. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
  2. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
  3. Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson
  4. March Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
  5. The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice by Patricia Bell-Scott
  6. I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi


  1. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
  2. Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford
  3. Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper
  4. As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds
  5. Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton
  6. Rice & Rocks by Sandra L. Richards
  7. We Came to America by Faith Ringgold
  8. Ghost: Running for His Life or From It? by Jason Reynolds
  9. Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan


  1. Collected Poems: 1974–2004 by Rita Dove
  2. Olio by Tyehimba Jess
  3. Cannibal by Safiya Sinclair

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