All Votes Add Books To This List. After Magnus' mother mysteriously dies, he finds out he's the son of a Norse God and is needed to help fight in a war and search for a weapon that's been lost for thousands of years. Here are our favorite 14 young adult books on diversity: >4 // Dear Martin. The Power of Story: Diverse Books for All Readers. – annai, (I'm currently reading the author's other book The Upside of Unrequited, another LGBT story. The novel also has a character with Ménière's Disease, a disease my mom has, and one I've never seen in a book." It is beautiful and emotional and a great perspective on life in a new country." – Nhi Vuong, Facebook, "The main character realises he's a trans man during his first year at college. It's one of the most phenomenal pieces of writing I've ever read, it will make you sob with joy and sadness." Feel free to share more lists in the comments. Want to be featured in similar posts? Kaz is a criminal prodigy, and is tasked with breaking into the Ice Court (which is virtually impossible) and kidnapping a scientist who could wreak magical havoc on the world. The main character's best friend is gay, and the main female character is a PoC. A collection of futuristic retellings of classic fairytales, main character Cinder lives in a world where cyborgs, androids, and humans all coexist. We hold major institutions accountable and expose wrongdoing. It opened my eyes to compassion, love, and understanding. It has such a great ending, I cried in the bath. But Denise has autism, her mother is a drug-addict, and her sister is trans, making things a lot more difficult. A teenage undocumented immigrant from Jamaica meets a Korean-American boy 24 hours before she's about to be deported with the rest of her family. Spanish Mama- 50 picture books written by native Spanish authors. What Are Diverse Books? Equal Read researches the need for more literary diversity and works with schools and libraries to build their collections. Where to Find Diverse Books; Summer Reading Series; Resources for Writers; More; Blog; Primary Nav Widgets. These two books are set in a magical world inspired by Tsarist Russia. These 14 remarkable contemporary novels by a diverse group of authors will introduce you to a plethora of eye-opening experiences and will greatly enrich your literary diet. – maryg. When the two meet at high school, they form a special and unexpected friendship. The characters are more than their race/sexuality/identity, but their problems are still open and discussed in a thorough, understanding way. Why is it important to read diverse books in the first place? "The characters are very diverse, including two closeted lesbian characters and if I remember correctly, an Afghani boy and Latinx siblings. But in general, we do need diverse books. The letters are filled with instructions and dares Lottie has to complete, to push her out of her comfort zone. – Crystal Grey-Hewett, Facebook, "It's such an incredible book. It's a retelling of Cinderella, but instead of falling for the prince, she falls for the king's huntress. Although it’s been an often-discussed topic, the importance of sharing diverse books with children and young adults really cannot be stressed enough. It's a gorgeous piece about body confidence, especially in the world of Texas beauty pageants." Plus, there and discussions of colonisation, xenophobia, and racism, with a heavy focus on family and friendship, overcoming prejudice, and acceptance." Mina is an Afghani refugee, and Michael's father is the founder of a White Australia political party. When Mina wins a scholarship to Michael's private school, it's safe to say that they don't get along at all. Young adult fiction and children's literature in general have historically shown a lack of diversity, that is, a lack of books with a main character who is a person of color, LGBT, or disabled.The numbers of children's book authors have shown a similar lack of diversity. Julia is a deaf graffiti artist who is expelled from her School For The Deaf and sent to a public school. – Kate Fairbairn, Facebook, "It's about a black teen girl who spends her summer home from school trying to understand sexuality and helping her step-brother after his bipolar diagnosis. "The book is full of diverse background characters, and the author is also autistic, so the book is #ownvoices in that aspect." It's also in the process of becoming a movie. As the only deaf student, she struggles with being an outcast and the only thing she has left is her art. I'm so sick of the Bury Your Gays trope, which is probably a huge reason I love Ash so much. Search, watch, and cook every single Tasty recipe and video ever - all in one place! But once they go off to college, Cath and Wren start drifting apart as Wren finds new interests and friends, while Cath feels left behind. Cinder fights to save the Earth from a lunar population hell-bent on invading the planet. Discover unique things to do, places to eat, and sights to see in the best destinations around the world with Bring Me! "It shows us that just because someone is different, they are still a human being. CLPE's latest Reflecting Realities report highlighted the lack of diversity in UK publishing. I have listed 6 horror middle grade books and 4 horror young adult books to choose from. Representation matters and we love that we are seeing more perspectives in YA. It also follows his long-term girlfriend from high school, and how she feels during this time." Obsessed with travel? But when an email meant for his secret penpal falls into the wrong hands, Simon is blackmailed to keep his sexuality a secret." Each book follows her through a fairytale-inspired storyline, including Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White. Such a magnificent book." The main character has a severe case of OCD and anxiety, and helped me figure out that I have mild OCD." "It features a racially ambiguous main character, Lottie, who deals with the extreme anxiety of death and living, after her aunt passes away and leaves behind a set of letters. Kaz recruits a crew who are all crazy enough to take on this deadly mission. Books, Kindle Edition, Young Adults / August 12, 2018. Home. "The Lunar Chronicles has THE BEST selection of diverse characters I've ever read. Parenting » Book lists » 7 books that celebrate diversity for young adults 7 books that celebrate diversity for young adults In these stories about teenagers from all walks of life, the struggle to figure out identity takes on epic meaning. – ekay, "It's about a kick-ass group of girls who discover and explore an underground city in New York. The book also delves into race and discrimination, and it's such a cute and powerful love story." My favourite aspect of the book is the simple fact that Riley's sex is never revealed, which is exactly how it should be." Told in interlacing first-person narratives, the book reminds you that there's so much more than meets the eye. Junior is a teen and aspiring cartoonist who grew up on an Indian Reservation. He decides to leave his troubled Rez school for an all-white high school in a small farm town nearby. We Need Diverse Books™ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and … CLICK FOR MORE. Cath and her twin sister Wren love Simon Snow (a book series similar to Harry Potter), and have been writing fanfiction together for years. Riley starts an anonymous blog to help vent their feelings, but when the blog goes viral, the secret of their identity is threatened. Here's a list of diverse books for adults I'm excited to read. While the book features zombies and soul-eating ghosts, Mikey isn't the chosen one who has to fight them and save the world. MIDDLE GRADE (8-12) Previous. – beautifullyamazing93. YOUNG ADULT. Diverse And Anti-Racist Books For Adults 1. – Kate Scott, Facebook. She enters a beauty pageant her mom runs every year and learns to accept someone loves her despite how she views herself. I’ve been reading and writing about YA horror books for a long time, and I suspect as we continue to see such excellent and creative horror publishing for young adults, none of these facts will change. It's harrowing and heartbreaking and all too real. The bibliography features quality fiction and nonfiction books for adults that are recognized by Over the Rainbow Project, an ad hoc committee for GLBTRT, for their authentic expression of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experiences. The witty comments are almost too much. – Shekinah Horsburgh, Facebook. Next. It follows three boys struggling to come to peace with their sexuality throughout high school and, in later books, college. A Scholastic book list of diverse and inclusive young adult books, with themes of race and ethnicity, social justice, mental health, LGBTQIA+, and more. Definitely recommended." Told from the viewpoints of five different characters, it's a story of a band of misfits coming together despite differences. There are interspecies romances, gender diversity, characters that use gender neutral pronouns, poly and other canon LGTBQI relationships that aren't sidelined or only mentioned once. Libby was once "America's fattest teen", who had to be winched out of her house when she was too big to walk out of her front door. – Sarah Noakes, Facebook. Next. Reporting on what you care about. While these books aren’t usually “read” in the strict sense of the word, they do allow beginning ESL students the opportunity to learn new vocabulary words. He just wants to graduate high school and ask out his crush before more crazy shit happens in his town. Because there’s no plot to follow in a word book, beginning ESL students will feel less pressure. Fereiba is a schoolteacher in Kabul, happy in her job and her arranged marriage. As a kid it helped me to realise that there were people who would like me for who I was, and that I should just embrace the things that made me different, because they were what made me special." 1, No Normal) – G. Willow Wilson (Writer) (Teen/PoC/Muslim) I’d love to see more comic books and graphic novels on reading lists. Not a lot of people understand what it's like growing up Native in a white man's world." – Eliza Mae de Vries, Facebook, "The main character is a curvy teenage girl learning to love herself after the loss of her diabetic aunt who gave her the courage to be her. "It touches on social anxiety and being very introverted, in a very lovely and subtle way." This article looks at 10 different books that will help employees and managers create a more diverse and inclusive workplace. … KINDERGARTEN (4-8) Previous. When her best friend is shot dead by police, she's caught up in a Black Lives Matter campaign which divides her community and turns her life upside down. – Elsa Emmalise Pair, Facebook, "Simon is a 16-year-old boy who's perfectly happy staying in the closet. David is a trans 14-year-old, keeping his secret from everyone but his two best friends. Did you know that only 10% of children's and young adult books published in the UK in 2019 featured ethnic minority characters? More so than ever, it's crucial to find books that represent the diverse and varied experiences and cultures of all students. Tu Books New Visions Award - Annual award given to an unpublished author of color for a middle grade or young adult fantasy, science fiction, or mystery novel. When Fereiba is separated from her oldest son, she must go on without him in the hopes her family will be reunited in London. Previous Post Next Post. "The explanation of Riley's gender fluidity and anxiety around it is written in a way that anyone can understand what they're going through. California residents can opt out of "sales" of personal data. Pick one of these Spooky Diverse Books for Middle Grade and Young Adult Readers to send chills down your spine. I’ll update it periodically. 4.10 avg rating — 226,672 ratings. His sister has psychopathic tendencies and pays complex and disturbing games. Another Newbury Honor Winner, >Inside Out and Back Again is … Next. – Zoe Gonzalez, Facebook. – Jo Wilson, Facebook, "It's about twins who lose their mother in a car crash. It's a great insight into what it's actually like to be a refugee, and the constant state of anxiety that comes from casual racism. This book is SO IMPORTANT and I think everyone needs to read it. It's up to Che to keep her under control before she hurts herself or anyone else. The winner receives a cash prize of $1000 and Tu Books’ standard publication contract. Denise, along with her mother and sister, are assigned to wait out the blast in a shelter near Amsterdam. Note: Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity. She writes the kind of novels that change you." It's a very well-written book with rich world-building and an amazing cast of characters. The mystery ties into the Tulsa race riot of 1921, and the book toggles back and forth between her and her ancestor from that time, a young man who is also biracial. Want great book recommendations in your inbox every week? For teens and adults, but teens DEFINITELY could use more because this is the age of growing up and coming into your own (most of the time). I have yet to read another book like it and have returned to the series often." Joy Sun Bear- Picture books by Korean Authors. It's a fantastic book, that explores immigration and what it's like to be an immigrant, especially one that is now at risk of deportation." By the time readers are young adults, their worlds have broadened to include a wide range of people and life experiences that inform their developing identities. – sabrinadenisec, "The protagonist is a lesbian Japanese high schooler who falls for a Mexican-American classmate. "It deals with racial/ethnic stereotypes, deportation, the struggle between one's heritage and being a "typical" American teenager, the list goes on. Smithsonian Book Dragon has reviews for diverse books for both children and adults; Fifteen LGBTQ-Themed Books For Readers of Every Age; Check out Epic!–the buffet of ebooks for kids. – adrimannan. At the last minute, they have a chance to board a spaceship leaving Earth. Your reading list is going to be full for a while. Using these highly visual books allows students to make one-to-one connections between English words and images. Something for everyone interested in hair, makeup, style, and body positivity. 31 Young Adult Books With Diverse Characters Literally Everyone Should Read 1. “Diverse Young Adult Books” “Other Resources” So how do we find diverse books for children? Next. Plus, illustrations that reflect Junior's art are scattered through the book, accompanying the story. Raising White Kids Raising White Kids is for families, churches, educators, and communities who want to equip their... 3. The whole book is told in poetry. "It's honestly the best representation of anxiety that I've read in a novel in a long time, or ever, because I could easily imagine myself in her shoes with her anxious thoughts. It treats diversity as more commonplace, not making it the main subject which is so important in representation." I really recommend it as well!). Half the main cast are nonwhite, several of them are disabled, and there's also a fat character. Leo is the new kid in school who hides behind a tough exterior but comes to David's defense when he's bullied. TODDLERS (2-4) Previous. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Diversity in Young Adult and Middle Grade YA and MG books about diverse characters and/or written by diverse authors. Noah is gay, and struggling to come to terms with that, while Jude is trying to come to terms with her mother's death and who she really is. Self care and ideas to help you live a healthier, happier life. Honestly, I feel like some of the books were a bit more diverse when I was growing up, or maybe I just didn't focus on what was necessarily popular and read whatever I wanted. We located three useful resources: The Diverse BookFinder (DBF), 7 the Diverse Families Bookshelf, 8 and the Database of Award-Winning Children’s Literature (DAWCL). – oliviaw12. Imagine a world in which all children can see themselves in the pages of a book. 1: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by. They travel on forged papers, in darkness, reduced to living under the radar. "This book follows a biracial 17-year-old who is out to solve the mystery about the long-dead corpse that her family finds on their property. Sherman Alexie. It's an incredible book, and as it is told in first person POV, the emotion of his experiences really shows. When I think of diverse books, the first thing that comes to mind are books with person of color or LGBT characters or authors. Make sure you follow BuzzFeed Community on. "I read this book before I truly knew what sexuality was and all it entails. "I read this when I was in college and became a comfort read. "Because she writes from experience Jennifer Niven's words are so beautiful and emotional her novels make a huge impact on you. The We Need Diverse Books movement "is a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people." CLICK FOR MORE. Below we have compiled a list of culturally diverse books by age and have reviewed a couple so you’ll have a sense of what the books entail. Sign up for the BuzzFeed Books newsletter! It really helps to identify WITH the kid going through their journey." The girls come from all different backgrounds and are all uniquely skilled in unusual ways. – Morgan Lang, Facebook. FYI: This book was released as The Lines We Cross in the US. The following topics and themes are explored in this list: For even more Scholastic books that explore these themes, check out our catalog, The Power of Story: Diverse Books for All Readers. Diverse Books for Tweens and Teens Written by Own Voices Authors by Charnaie Gordon. Riley is a closeted gender-fluid teen whose father is a Congressman running for re-election in an ultra-conservative area. As teenage readers discover who they are, it's important that they have access to stories that reflect and celebrate the full range of human experiences and a diversity of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical and mental abilities, religion, and culture. It's also really, really nice to have a story about two women falling in love where everybody lives. The story is heartbreaking but funny, and based on the author's own experiences. Social Justice Books- A list of 50 carefully selected lists of multicultural and social justice books for children, young adults, and ... Let’s give diverse book celebrities to adore! Not only will this book move you emotionally as you connect to each character, it will also leave your belly aching from laughing. Also, not all submissions came from community members. This Book Is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do The Work Gain a deeper understanding of... 2. Well, this book is for you. The best part is they're all seen as valuable main characters and worthy love interests!" Have you ever read Harry Potter and wondered what it would like to be a random Hufflepuff who went to Hogwarts while Harry was there? A fabulous representation of young adult and new adult culture with regards to making room for diverse personalities and sexual fluidity. 4-feb-2015 - Is your goal to read more books with diverse characters or written by writers of color? While no such officiallisting exists, it’s widely assumed that “classics” belong in schools while more modern literature often gets sidelined. 1000 Black Girl Books Resource Guide; This is not a comprehensive list, but it’s a good starting point for your family. – b4f9c737fb, "It's a story about a girl who lives in Vietnam during the war and escapes with her family to the United States. Books shelved as diverse-authors: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, The Fifth Season by N.K. As I work on reading more diverse books, I've had to really think about what diverse books are and how I want to define them for myself. By the time readers are young adults, their worlds have broadened to include a wide range of people and life experiences that inform their developing identities. It spurs interesting discussion on the history of race relations in this country." Her best friend is also part of the LGBTQIA+ family and has a girlfriend, but it's not something that's exploited." If you like the Hate You Give, this is... >6 // Inside Out and Back Again. … Che is a teenage boy who's just moved across the world with his family. "There are several PoC, LGBT characters, a curvy/fat woman who is confident AF, a character with a disability who needs a cane, and characters with emotional/mental disorders like PTSD. CLICK FOR MORE. Hispanic Mama- 12 Best Hispanic Novels of All Time. But what has come up lately—for great reason!—has been the request specifically for diverse YA horror books. This book follows their one day together in New York City, and how they fall in love. Within the last several years, the publishing world has been producing more profound and relevant diverse stories perfect for middle grade and young adult readers. As long as public education has been alive in the United States, so too has the idea of a literary canon. "It really shows you how maybe ordinary peoples' lives aren't so boring after all. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Starr attends a high-class suburban... 2. Children’s books are no exception. Diverse reads for secondary schools. Another gripping book, >Dear Martin about racial inequality. – nikkimarieb, "This focuses on a girl who is Filipino, and just when her life starts to fall in place, she finds that her and her family are living in America Illegally. It also was one of the first series that helped me come to terms with being pansexual. Starr attends a high-class suburban private school, but lives in a poor, mostly-black neighbourhood. There are some truly incredible diverse YA books coming out this year that we can’t wait to add to our bookshelves, and we’re so excited that authors from those same marginalized backgrounds are getting the chance to tell their stories! It's 2035 and a comet is about to hit Earth. – Zoe Cunningham, Facebook. I feel like that's a… This fantasy trilogy is based on Norse mythology. Previous. Plus the plot is amazing and insanely fun to try and keep up with." Growing up Native, your sense of identity is always being tested. Instead of being worried about comprehending a full story, students can … – Steph Smith, Facebook. In an unforgettable new novel from award-winning authors Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, two teens—one black, one white—grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension.... 0. But over time, they end up learning a lot from each other. Part of the magic of books is discovering new places, new cultures, new perspectives, and new characters that change the way we think about and interact with the world. In this sci-fi fantasy series, Rosemary finds herself on a spaceship, on a mission to build a hyperspace tunnel to a new planet. – Lina Kofoed Romanini, Facebook. You may also like. Not only are diverse children’s books important for children of color (they offer them visibility, relatability, and vital moments of representation), but they’re important for all children.In a country as multicultural as ours, it’s vital to offer children an opportunity to see realities and experiences different from their own. We Need Diverse Books Launches New Internship Grants For Adult Publishing March 4, 2020 Washington, DC — We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) is pleased to announce the launch of two new internship grants that will support interns from diverse backgrounds working in adult publishing, thanks to a generous donation from award-winning author Celeste Ng. It's insanely difficult, especially as they have to journey through war-torn areas of space, trying not to get caught up along the way. Magic Beans Bookstore. "It has some of the most impressive world-building I've encountered in YA fiction. 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