October Diversity on the Shelf Update

I am participating in the Diversity on the Shelf Challenge hosted by Akilah at The Englishist.  I finished a total of 23 books in October – here are the ones that count towards the challenge.

Books by authors of color:

  • Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan and Sophie Blackall (picture book)
  • Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith (picture book)
  • Dancing Home by Alma Flor Ada and Gabriel M. Zubizarreta (early chapter/ short middle grade)
  • The Treasure of Maria Mamoun Michelle Chalfoun (middle grade)
  • When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin (middle grade)
  • Zahrah the Wind Seeker by Nnedi Okorafor (middle grade)
  • Momotaro Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters by Margaret Dilloway (middle grade, Cybils audiobook nominee)
  • Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (adult)
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (adult)

White authors, main characters of color:

  • Gloria’s Way by Ann Cameron (early chapter/ short middle grade)
  • The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz (middle grade – and I nominated for the Cybils)
  • Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier (middle grade)


A diverse dragon team works together to stop the war in this Cybils audiobook nominee, book 2 of the Wings of Fire series:

cover of The Lost Heir, Wings of Fire book 2 by Sutherland

  • The Lost Heir by Tui Sutherland (middle grade)

This puts me at 27 books by white authors with main characters of color and 50 books by authors of color.  Now that it’s Cybils season, it’s harder for me to pick my own reading – but my goal of reading 60 books by authors of color in 2016 is in sight!

About Katy K.

I'm a librarian and book worm who believes that children and adults deserve great books to read.
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3 Responses to October Diversity on the Shelf Update

  1. The House on Mango Street!! awwwwwww

  2. Pingback: 2016 Review: the Books | alibrarymama

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