Books By Teens

Young readers of color need to see themselves in books. Our teen tutors didn’t see enough of these books, so they created their own. These books show what teens can do when their creative powers are unleashed. Each author is a trained and experienced literacy tutor, and they set out to create books their students would love. Ages 5 – 8.

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Winner of the National Book Foundation’s 2015 Innovations in Reading Prize.

Every purchase supports our after-school tutoring, summer leadership, and book grant programs.

All of our teen-authored books are available for sale through Shout Mouse Press.

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A full list of our titles is available below.


A to Z: The Real DC (2014). Ricardo Harrell, Arveone Harris, Marques Knight, NaPresha Parham, Sean Ross, Fatimah Sumpter, Neehma Wallace, Shamya Whitehead

The Airplane Effect (2013). Marc Gaskins, Sasha Johnson, Angelo Porter, Sean Ross

The Blue Spark (2015). Aderemi Abosede, Taijah Evans, Makayla Sutton

Drip Drip (2016). Dache Delaney, Marques Knight, Ericka Robinson, Dartavius Washington

Flutterbugs (2015). Artrise Edwards, Darrin Gladman, Litzi Valdivia-Cazzol

The Gloomy Light (2013). Joshua Alexander, Za’Metria Froneberger, Dana Jones, Kyare Turner

The Hoodie Hero (2014). Ashley Cooper, Daequan Golden, Rico McCard

Kendra’s Big Secret (2016). Aderemi Abosede, Kairon Cunningham, Destiney Mayhew

Khalil’s Swagtown Adventure (2014). Za’Metria Froneberger, Kyare Turner, Litzi Valdivia-Cazzol

Little Girl In A Big, Big World (2015). Daijha Cain, Ashley Cooper, Makayla Harris

Mariah Finds A Way (2014). Marc Gaskins, Darrin Gladman, Makayla Sutton

One Lonely Camel (2013). Rashaan Edwards, Sejal Mobley, Daquan Smith, Zorita Workman

The Princess of Fort Hill Shelter (2014). Karta Morris, Darne’sha Walker, Zorita Workman

Spanky The Pup (2016). Abreona Curtis, Darrin Gladman, Rochelle Jones, Temil Whipple

Taking Down Ms. Moody (2015). Rochelle Jones, Destiney Mayhew, Naseem Roach

Time For Change (2016). Taijah Evans, R.E.L. Platt, Naseem Roach

Trio + 1 (2013). Jordan Campbell, Rico McCard, Brandon Smith