Build a diverse collection

We always need to be mindful about including a variety of diverse titles in our classroom library collections.

The definition of diverse books on the We Need Diverse Books site is one that I always refer to:

We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.

From the Mission Statement on the We Need Diverse Books site.

Issue yourself or your students The Reading Without Walls Challenge from Gene Luen Yang who is America’s National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

Number 1 is particularly meaningful now: Read about a character who doesn’t look like you or live like you.


Picture Books:

My Beautiful Birds by Suzanne Del Rizzo

When we Were Alone written by David A. Robertson and illustrated by Julie Flett

Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian and illustrated by Mike Curato

WormLoves Worm

Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell with illustrations by Rafael López

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Christian Robinson

Last Stop on Market Street 2015 Gift Books

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe


Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music written by Margarita Engle and illustrated by Rafael López

Drum Dream Girl

Two White Rabbits by Jairo Buitrago and Rafael YocktengTwo White Rabbits

Young Chapter books:

No 1 Car Spotter by Atinuke

Lola Levine (whole series) by Monica Brown

Juana and Lucas by Juana Medina

Novels for Gr 4 and 5  (and older)

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy

El Deafo by CeCe Bell

George by Alex Gino 

Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan

Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton

The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly

Nine, Ten: A September 11th Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin

 Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

 Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate


Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky

Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle

The War that Saved my Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney