BTC Display Highlights: We Need Diverse Books

This display is inspired by the We Need Diverse Books™ movement.

We Need Diverse Books™ is a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.”

Now more than ever, children need to be engaged in thoughtful discourse about differences and similarities they have with the people around them. Picture books and other literature are often a perfect springboard for such discourse. I hope you’ll come check out the selection of titles I have pulled for you, and find additional new titles on your own!

If you are interested in finding book titles for PK-12 students highlight diverse families, check out this wonderful database created by the University of Central Florida called DIverse Families: http://stars.library.ucf.edu/diversefamilies

  • Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak out
  • Kuklin, Susan,
  • 306.76 K958be
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  • Circle Of Thanks
  • Bruchac, Joseph, 1942-
  • 811.54 B83cir
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  • Civil Rights Movement in America: 1954-1968
  • Landau, Elaine.
  • 323.0973 L23ci
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  • Coming to America: The Story Of Immigration
  • Maestro, Betsy,
  • 304.8 M2687co
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  • Enrique’s Journey: The True Story Of a Boy Determined to Reunite with His Mother
  • Nazario, Sonia.
  • 973 N236en
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  • Families: A Celebration Of Diversity, Commitment, and Love
  • Jenness, Aylette.
  • 306.85 J435fam
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  • Families, Families, Families!
  • Lang, Suzanne.
  • 800 L256fa
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  • First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial
  • Goodman, Susan E., 1952-
  • 344.744 R5441go
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  • Gay America: Struggle for Equality
  • Alsenas, Linas.
  • 306.76 AL783ga
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  • Great Big Book Of Families
  • Hoffman, Mary, 1945-
  • 306.85 H6755gr
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  • Heart and Soul: The Story Of America and African Americans
  • Nelson, Kadir.
  • King 2012a
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  • Hope and Tears: Ellis Island Voices
  • Swain, Gwenyth, 1961-
  • 304.8 Sw14ho
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  • I Have the Right to Be a Child
  • Serres, Alain, 1956-
  • 323.3 Se687i
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  • I Like Being American: Treasured Traditions, Symbols, and Stories
  • 973 I1
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  • I, Too, Am America
  • Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967.
  • 811.52 H874i
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  • Koreans in America
  • Patterson, Wayne, 1946-
  • 973 P277k
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  • Meet Christopher: An Osage Indian Boy from Oklahoma
  • Simermeyer, Genevieve.
  • 978.004 Si452m
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  • Milk and Honey: A Year Of Jewish Holidays
  • Yolen, Jane.
  • 296.4 Y78mi
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  • Muslim Next Door: The Qurʼan, the Media, and That Veil Thing
  • Ali-Karamali, Sumbul, 1964-
  • 297 AL415m
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  • My Grandfather’s Coat
  • Aylesworth, Jim,
  • 800 Ay44my
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  • My Name Is Sangoel
  • Williams, Karen Lynn.
  • 800 W6737my
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  • New York Public Library Amazing Hispanic American History: A Book Of Answers for Kids
  • Ochoa, George.
  • 973 Oc3ne
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  • Odetta, the Queen Of Folk
  • Alcorn, Stephen.
  • 782.42 Od28a
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  • One Dad, Two Dads, Brown Dad, Blue Dads
  • Valentine, Johnny.
  • 800 V234one
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  • Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation
  • 811.608 P71
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  • Preaching to the Chickens: The Story Of Young John Lewis
  • Asim, Jabari, 1962-
  • 323.092 L5873as
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  • Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community
  • Stevenson, Robin, 1968-
  • 306.76 St487pr
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  • Salaam: A Muslim American Boy’s Story
  • Brown, Tricia.
  • 297.083 B815sa
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  • Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the Power Of a Protest Song
  • Golio, Gary,
  • 782.42165 H717go
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  • Tell All the Children Our Story: Memories and Mementos Of Being Young and Black in America
  • Bolden, Tonya.
  • 973.0496 B637t
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  • We Are Americans: Voices Of the Immigrant Experience
  • Hoobler, Dorothy.
  • 304.8 H76we
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  • Youngest Marcher: The Story Of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist
  • Levinson, Cynthia,
  • 323.092 H3842Le
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