Diversity Update

I was full of optimism at the beginning of the year, when I posted about participating in a diversity read-along.  I haven’t linked a single review, nor am I sure that I’m reading the right topic in the right month. But if I keep up my pace, I am still on track to reach my personal goal of reading 60 books by authors of color – so far I’m at 32 books by authors of color, plus 9 with LGBTQ main characters.  


Picture Book

Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora

  • Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora

Middle Grade

Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliott. Illustrated by Geneva B.

  • So Done by Paula Chase
  • Last Last-Day-of-Summer by Lamar Giles, illustrated by Dapo Adeola
  • Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • New Kid by Jerry Craft


On the Come Up by Angie Thomas 


Picture Book

Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin

  • Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin

Middle Grade

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee


The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

  • Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang


Early Chapter

Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Hears it All by Jacqueline Jules and Miguel Benitez

  • Juana & Lucas: Big Problemas by Juana Medina

Middle Grade

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez


Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderso

Middle East


Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram



The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

  • Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith

South Asian

Middle Grade

The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman


Middle Grade

Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell et al


Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee



  • Witchmark by C.L. Polk

Looking at this list, I see some missions for myself: finish writing reviews for many of the books here, and keep reading, including filling in gaps, like middle grade from Middle Eastern authors, and trans books.  Any suggestions for middle grade or teen fiction – preferable fantasy or science fiction with trans protagonists?  or any other diverse books you want to share with me?

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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6 Responses to Diversity Update

  1. spicejac says:

    Just added more books to my ever expanding to be read pile!!! Thank you for the tips!

  2. Brandy says:

    There are so many great books on this list! It makes my heart happy to see this.

  3. Pantomime by Laura Lam is fantasy YA that features an intersex genderfluid protagonist (not own voices, though). It’s the first in a trilogy.

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