NAACP Image Awards

US NAACP Image Awards 2024 nominees announced.

The nominees for the NAACP Image Awards 2024 were announced on Thursday, January 25, 2024. Here are those in the literary categories.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is a civil rights organization in the United States aimed at advancing justice for African Americans founded by a group including W. E. B. Du Bois, Mary White Ovington, Moorfield Storey, and Ida B. Wells in 1909.

One of its most popular events is its image awards where the highest achieving Black people have been awarded in a variety of fields since 1967. Some of the winners in the literary categories in 2021 were Walter Mosley, Elijah Cummings, Les Payne, Tamara Payne, Honorée Jeffers, and Jacqueline Woodson. Some 2022 winners were Kiese Laymon, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Crystal Wilkinson, and Cicely Tyson. The winners in 2023 were Dolen Perkins-Valdez, Viola Davis, George McCalman, Raphael G. Warnock, Robin Coste Lewis, Shawn Amos, as well as Stacey Abrams and Kitt Thomas.

The nominees for 2024 in the different categories including fiction, nonfiction, poetry as well as work for children and youth/teens were announced on Thursday.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the achievements of this year’s nominees, whose outstanding contributions across film, television and streaming, music, literature, podcasts, and more have inspired us all,” said Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP. “The NAACP Image Awards stand as a tribute to their creativity, talent, and dedication to authentic storytelling and are a testament to the richness and diversity of our community.”

Those in the literary categories are;


  • Everything Is Not Enough, Lola Akinmade Åkerström (William Morrow)
  • Family Lore, Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperCollins Publisher)
  • House of Eve, Sadeqa Johnson (Simon & Schuster)
  • Let Us Descend, Jesmyn Ward (Scribner)
  • The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store, James McBride (Penguin Random House, Riverhead Books)


  • Black AF History: The Un–Whitewashed Story of America, Michael Harriot (HarperCollins Publisher)
  • BLK ART: The Audacious Legacy of Black Artists and Models in Western Art, Zaria Ware (HarperCollins Publisher)
  • Iconic Home: Interiors, Advice, and Stories from 50 Amazing Black Designers, Black Interior Designers and June Reese (Abrams Books)
  • The Art of Ruth E. Carter, Ruth E. Carter Foreword by Dani Gurira (Chronicle Books) “The New Brownies’ Book: A Love Letter to Black Families” – Karida L. Brown, Charly Palmer (Chonicle Books)

Debut Author

  • And Then He Sang a Lullaby, Ani Kayode Somtochukwu (Grove Atlantic)
  • Coleman Hill: A Novel, Kim Coleman Foote (Zando / SJP Lit)
  • Rootless, Krystle Zara Appiah (Ballantine Books)
  • The Black Joy Project, Kleaver Cruz (Mariner Books)
  • The God of Good Looks, Breanne McIvor (William Morrow)


  • “Love and Justice: A Story of Triumph on Two Different Courts, Maya Moore Irons (Andscape Books)
  • Lucky Me: A Memoir of Changing the Odds, Rich Paul (Penguin Random House)
  • Nothing Is Missing, Nicole Walters (Simon & Schuster)
  • Our Secret Society: Mollie Moon and the Glamour, Money, and Power Behind the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Tanisha C. Ford (Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins)
  • Straight Shooter:  A Memoir of Second Chances and First Takes, Stephen A. Smith (Gallery Books/13A)


  • Above Ground, Clint Smith (Little, Brown)
  • So to Speak, Terrance Hayes (Penguin Books)
  • suddenly we, Evie Shockley (Wesleyan University Press)
  • The Ferguson Report: An Erasure, Nicole Sealey (Alfred A. Knopf)
  • Why Fathers Cry at Night, Kwame Alexander (Little, Brown)

Youth/ Teens

  • “Adia Kelbara and the Circle of Shamans, Isi Hendrix (HarperCollins – Imprint: Balzer + Bray)
  • Eb & Flow, Kelly J. Baptist (Crown Books for Young Readers)
  • Everyone’s Thinking It, Aleema Omotoni (HarperCollins – Imprint: Balzer + Bray)
  • Fatima Tate Takes the Cake, Khadijah VanBrakle (Holiday House)
  • Friday I’m in Love, Camryn Garrett (Knopf Books for Young Readers)


  • CROWNED: Magical Folk and Fairy Tales from the Diaspora, Kahran Bethencourt (St. Martin’s Press)
  • How Do You Spell Unfair?: MacNolia Cox and the National Spelling Bee, Carole Boston Weathorford, Frank Morrison (Candlewick Press)
  • I Absolutely, Positively Love My Spots, Lid’ya C. Rivera, Nina Mata (HarperCollins)
  • Is This Love?, Cedella Marley, Alea Marley (Chronicle Books)
  • Like Lava In My Veins, Derrick Barnes, Shawn Martinbrough (Penguin Random House)

Graphic Novel

  • Curlfriends: New in Town, Sharee Miller (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
  • Ms Davis: A Graphic Biography, Sybille Titeux de la Croix, Amazing Améziane (Fantagraphics)
  • Queenie: Godmother of Harlem, Aurelie Levy, Elizabeth Colomba (Abrams Books)
  • Stamped from the Beginning: A Graphic History of Racist Ideas in America, Dr. Ibram X Kendi, Joel Christian Gill (Ten Speed Graphic)
  • The Talk, Darrin Bell (Henry Holt & Company)

The winners will be revealed during the 55th NAACP Image Awards telecast on March 16, 2024, on BET and CBS.


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