Diversity in media is an issue that’s really important to me. Racial/ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, and people with lower socioeconomic status appear far less often in books, especially those assigned in school (unless part of a curriculum unit surrounding that topic).
Here are a few of my favorite books that celebrate diversity:
1. I Love Yous Are For White People by Lac Su (read independently)
2. A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid (read for college Caribbean History class)
3. Native Son by Richard Wright (one of the summer reading list options for AP English, although I didn’t choose it then–I read it independently in college)
4. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (read the play version in junior high; later read the novel version for a high school assignment, although it was essentially a free choice read–I could choose any book written by an American author)
5. Born on a Blue Day by Daniel Tammet (read independently)
6. We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo (read independently)
7. Freedom Writers Diary by Erin Gruwell (read independently)
8. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel (read independently)
9. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (read independently)
10. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (read in AP English, can’t remember if for a “special issues” unit)
What are your favorite books that celebrate diversity? Did you find that your assigned reading for school supported or lacked diverse media?
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