Highly Recommended Diverse Books for Kids & Teens
There are so many other voices we need to hear from in our classrooms, libraries, and lesson plans, and it’s time to update the reading material in our classrooms, libraries, and lesson plans to represent all learners at every level.
Diversity and engagement
In the last decade, the young adult and children’s markets have significantly expanded their offerings, and Equal Read studies the need for more literary diversity and works with schools and libraries to build collections. It’s logical to argue that students would be more engaged if they saw themselves represented in more modern literature.
Empathy and representation
We Need Diverse Books is a campaign that aims to increase the number of diverse books in classrooms by enlisting the help of authors, teachers, and librarians. Author John Green says, “I think we need diverse books because we need to reflect the reality of our communities.”
Relevant stories for teens
Teen readers of realistic fiction prefer books in which they can identify with the characters, as author Renu00e9e Watson puts it: “You are not alone, your story matters.” Teen readers benefit from texts in which their diverse backgrounds are represented, according to author Tiffany Brownlee.
Suggested YA novels
This week’s Book of the Year includes All American Boys by Jason Reynolds, American Street by Ibi Zoboi, Calling My Name by Liara Tamani, Dear Martin by Nic Stone, and I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L Su00e1nchez Little.
Eye-opening books for children
Children’s books teach children about humanity, society, culture, and life, and author Arree Chung’s book “Mixed” demonstrates how colorful our communities can be with acceptance, love, and diversity.
Suggested books for young readers
Get Ready for Gabi is written by Marisa Montes and illustrated by Joe Cepeda. Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally) is written by Lisa Yee and illustrated by Dan Santat Juana. Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things is illustrated by LeUyen Pham.
Suggested picture books
Last Stop on Market Street is illustrated by Matt de la Peu00f1a and written by Mahogany L. Browne and illustrated by Jess X. Snow Don’t Call Me Grandma: A Poem0written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon.
What qualifies as a diverse book?
According to Malinda Lo, “books by and about people of color, LGBT people, and/or disabled people” means “books by and about people of color, LGBT people, and/or disabled people,” which we defined in our 2015 infographic as “non-white main and/or secondary characters; LGBT main and/or secondary characters; disabled main and/or secondary characters.”
How do you know if a book is diverse?
Ethnicity, culture, and religion are examples of differences. Have students read the book and then identify similarities between themselves and the main character. Use these ideas throughout the year and incorporate your own with new books you discover in your collection.
What are diverse lit books?
What is #DiverseLit, exactly?
- DiverseLit is a campaign created to support and promote Wattpad stories that feature characters who are members of a minority group that are not commonly featured in literature today.
What are the major categories of multicultural books?
Racism, poverty, gender equity, and religious beliefs are the four main categories of multicultural literature (Brown, Davis, Liedel-Rice, and Soeder, 1995).
What is a meaning of diversity?
It means accepting that each person is unique and recognizing our differences, which can include race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, and other ideologies.
How do you create a diverse classroom library?
Tips for Creating a Diverse Classroom Library
- Include as many unique perspectives as possible.
- Think about stories with diverse characters.
- Ask for help from your class.
- Know Where to Find Diverse Stories.
- Use Your School’s Resources for Assistance.
Can a book be too diverse?
Even if the main plot isn’t jeopardized, cramming a book with diversity means the diverse subplots will take time away from each other, which will be unfair to one, both, or all of the narratives. The answer, 99% of the time, is to add another diverse character/relationship.
Why are diverse books important?
Learning a Different Story According to Erika Long, a middle school librarian in Tennessee, a good book can help you understand what it’s like for people who don’t share your race, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. Diverse books teach empathy.
What is a diverse picture book?
The Diverse BookFinder is a comprehensive collection of children’s picture books featuring Black and Indigenous peoples, as well as people of color.
What makes a book multicultural?
Multicultural Children’s Book Day: What Is a Multicultural Book? Books with characters of color and main characters who represent a minority point of view, as well as books written from the perspective of a diverse or colored author.
What defines cultural diversity?
Cultural diversity refers to the presence of various cultural groups within a society that share a variety of characteristics such as culture, religion, ethnicity, language, nationality, sexual orientation, class, gender, age, disability, health differences, geographic location, and many other factors.
What is an example of nonfiction?
Expository, argumentative, functional, and opinion pieces; essays on art or literature; biographies; memoirs; journalism; and historical, scientific, technical, or economic writings (including electronic ones) are all examples of nonfiction.
What is an example of multicultural?
Multiculturalism is the practice of giving equal attention to people from various backgrounds in a given setting; an honors classroom with students from various countries and speaking different languages is an example of multiculturalism.
Why is it important for children to be exposed to good translated books from all countries?
It is critical for these children to see that people are different and that being different and diverse is normal, and this is where translated books can help: they can pique children’s interest and make them want to learn more.
What do the authors mean by culturally generic books?
What do the authors mean by “culturally generic books”? These are books with a theme that is not identifiable as an aspect of any particular culture, and members of a culture are depicted in a variety of ways that are true for members of the group.