2018 Diversity Challenge Final Tally

In 2018, I did the diversity challenge from Pam at an Unconventional Librarian.  Although she’s a children’s and YA book blogger, I’ve included some of my diverse adult reading as well – I’ll note if that’s the case.  I realized I didn’t post my updates the whole second half of 2018 – bolded titles are the ones I read since that update.  Though the original challenge was just to read one book in each category, I found the categories a helpful way to make sure that I was diversifying my diversity, if that makes sense.

[2/23/19 edit] I forgot that when I started this challenge, I was only including #OwnVoices authors.  Going back now to star those here that I know to be #OwnVoices in the category listed.

  1.  Written by or about a person of Hispanic origin:

  1.      A book in which a character suffers from a mental illness:afterzero
  • *Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham
  • After Zero by Christina Collins
  1.   *A book written by or about someone on the spectrum: The Real Boy
  • All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater. Narrated by Thom Rivera
  • Watchdog by Will McIntosh
  • The Real Boy by Anne Ursu
  • * The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang (adult)
  1.  A book with an African-American [or African] young woman as the main character:
  1.  A book containing an Asian main character
  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.
  • *Under the Christmas Tree by Nikki Grimes. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson.
  • *The Stuff of Stars by Marion Dane Bauer. Illustrated by Ekua Holmes.
  1.  A book with an LGBT main character
  1.  A graphic novelmonstress2
  • *Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham
  • *Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani
  • *The Dam Keeper by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi
  • *Where’s Halmoni? By Julie Kim
  • *Suee and the Shadow by Ginger Ly and Molly Park
  • *Monsters Beware! By Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado
  • Backstagers Vol 1: Rebels Without Applause by James Tynion IV, Rian Sygh, Walter Baiamonte
  • *Monstress Vol 2: the Blood by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (adult)
  1.  A book with a Muslim main character aliftheunseen
  1.  A book written by or for African-American young men
  1.  A book in which the author or narrator has a physical disability
  1.  A book about children during the Holocaust.
  1.  A book with a Native main character (I added this to the original challenge)

This year, I’m going to try the Diversity Reading Challenge over at Celebrity Readers – hopefully I can catch up with the January theme that I already missed. Please share if you have any good titles for me that would fit with their themes!


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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