We Need Diverse Books–Diversify your shelves at PGTPL

We Need Diverse Books–Diversify your shelves at PGTPL

During May 1, 2, and 3, there is an online campaign to promote diverse children’s books. Everyone is welcome to participate! Here’s what the organizers have to say:
“Recently, there’s been a groundswell of discontent over the lack of diversity in children’s literature. The issue is being picked up by news outlets like these two pieces in the NYT, CNN, EW, and many more. But while we individually care about diversity, there is still a disconnect. BEA’s Bookcon recently announced an all-white-male panel of “luminaries of children’s literature,” and when we pointed out the lack of diversity, nothing changed.” (source)

One of the focuses during this campaign is a Diversify Your Shelves challenge, where people will buy and read books by and about diverse authors. If you would like to diversify your shelves, here are some books from the library that you can start out with. Happy reading!

Picture books:
Love, Amalia by Alma Flor Ada
Wild Berries by Julie Flett
Tangerines and Tea, My Grandparents and Me by Ona Gritz
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Mirandy and Brother Wind by Pat McKissack
Round is a Mooncake by Roseanne Thong

Early readers:
Ling and Ting by Grace Lin
Katie Woo by Fran Manushkin

Chapter books:
Where the Streets Had a Name by Randa Abdel-Fattah
Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke
The Water Castle by Megan Blakemore
Hidden Roots by Joseph BruchacThe Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich
Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle
The Other Half of My Heart by Sundee Frazier
Geeks, Girls and Secret Identities by Mike Jung
Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin
Lulu series by Hilary McKay
Archer’s Quest by Linda Sue Park
Calvin Coconut by Graham Salisbury
Keeping the Night Watch by Hope Anita Smith
Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
The Boy at the End of the World by Greg Van Eekhout
The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods

Young Adult:
The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi
Sorrow’s Knot by Erin Bow
The Lynburn Legacy by Sarah Rees Brennan
City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster
Spirit’s Princess by Esther Friesner
The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn
Ash and Huntress by Malinda Lo
Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
The Broken Lands by Kate Milford
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork
The Empty Kingdom/The Lion Hunter by Elizabeth Wein

If you’re interested in finding more diverse books, here are some resources:
Review of Multicultural sci-fi and fantasy
Native Voices
Diversity in YA
We Need Diverse Books

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