When it comes to literature, teaching the classics is important. But it's a good idea to add contemporary titles to your curriculum, too, especially if your students sometimes have trouble connecting with older texts.

That’s why we created the Discovering Literature collection, a curated selection of noteworthy books that are capturing the attention of teachers and students across the country.

September’s Discovering Literature Digest spotlights four astounding stories of courage, all written by Black authors and featuring strong Black protagonists. Students of all backgrounds will enjoy following each narrative, learning more about American history and society along the way. The perfect addition to any classroom library, these YA novels will surely spark discussion on responsibility, integrity, and identity.

Find even more exciting books in the Discovering Literature collection!