The campaign may be focused on the lack of diversity of children’s books but the idea of it shouldn’t be limited there. How many books can you say you’ve read that features a POC as the main character? Or someone who’s LGBTQI? How about from the point of view of someone with a disability?
To satisfy our need for diverse books, here is a list of books that you should check out!
The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
A coming-of-age story that tells of Arnold’s life on the reservation and his decision to attend an all-white high school all the while exploring themes of bullying, race, tragedies, poverty, and the struggles of Arnold trying to break free from his fate in the rez.
The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
David’s always known he wanted, no needed to be a girl ever since he was a small child. Everyone suspects he’s just gay but no one but his best friends know the truth. Enter Leo, the new kid who’s a loner but defends David when the school bully won’t leave him alone. And thus, their story begins.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Lara Jean, who is half-Korean, has never admitted she liked any of her crushes but instead wrote each of them letters about how she felt, sealed it, and kept in a box under her bed. But what happens when each of those boys end up getting the letter about him?
YA Novels That Don’t Focus on Coming Out
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