2018 Diversity Reading Challenge Update


This year I’m participating in the Diversity Reading Challenge hosted by Pam at an Unconventional Librarian.  I’m really enjoying the way it encourages me to diversify my diversity, as it were.  I’m leaving the ones I’d read at my last update here unbolded, for reference.  Unfortunately that New Year’s resolution to try to review books sooner after I read them is one I’m still struggling with….  and I could stand to read some more books about non-neurotypical people.  But hey! reading the Cybils middle grade graphic novel finalists was really great for filling out the graphic novel category.

  1. Written by or about a person of Hispanic origin:
  1. A book in which a character suffers from a mental illness:
  1. A book written by or about someone on the spectrum:
  1. A book with an African-American [or African] young woman as the main character:
  • Sky Full of Stars by Linda Williams Jackson
  • Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
  • Dragons and Marshmallows. Zooey and Sassafras Book 1 by Asia Citro
  • Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor (this one is definitely for adults!)
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
  • Upside-Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins
  1. A book containing an Asian main characterHello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
  1. A book with an illustrator of color
  • Crown: an Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James
  • Whoosh: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton and Don Tate
  • Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story by Paula Yoo and Lin Wang.
  1. A book with an LGBT main character
  • Spinning by Tillie Walden
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. Read by Christian Coulson.
  • Everfair by Nisi Shawl (adult)
  • That Inevitable Victorian Thing by K. Johnston
  1. A graphic novel
  1. A book with a Muslim main character
  • Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
  • Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali
  1. A book written by or for African-American young mentocatchacheat
  • Crown: an Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James
  • Juba by Walter Dean Myers
  • To Catch a Cheat by Varian Johnson
  1. A book in which the author or narrator has a physical disability
  • Hello Goodbye Dog by Maria Gianferrari and Patrice Barton
  • You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner
  • Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess by Shari Green
  • The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
  1. A book about children during the Holocaust.

If you’ve been reading anything that would help me with this challenge, or if you have ideas for categories that aren’t mentioned here, please let me know!

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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2 Responses to 2018 Diversity Reading Challenge Update

  1. spicejac says:

    Love this list and also the fact you’re celebrating so many great books!

  2. spicejac says:

    Reblogged this on Living Small in a Big World and commented:
    A list of books that celebrate the diversity of this world we live in….hope you find a few that you’ve not read!

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