Add a Little Diversity to Kids’ Reading this Summer

In response to the controversy over the lack of diversity among the author-speakers at the very first Book Con (check out Twitter #WeNeedDiverseBooks), held in conjunction with this year’s BEA Convention, National Public Radio has compiled a list of recommended titles for young readers that feature protagonists of color. This is a great resource to help kids select some great reads for summer. Here’s the list of titles – see the full article for brief book descriptions.

  • The Boy Who Didn’t Believe in Spring by Lucille Clifton
  • Bravo, Chico Canta! by Pat Mora and Libby Martinez
  • Bringing Asha Home by Uma Krishnaswami
  • Brush of the Gods by Lenore Look
  • The Christmas Coat: Memories of My Sioux Childhood by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve
  • Come on, Rain! by Karen Hesse
  • Corduroy by Don Freemancorduroy
  • Dumpling Soup by Jama Kim Rattigan
  • The Fortune-Tellers by Lloyd Alexander
  • The Girl Who Loved Horses by Paul Goble
  • Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say
  • The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster
  • How My Family Came to Be: Daddy, Papa and Me by Andrew Aldrich
  • I’m in Charge of Celebrations by Byrd Baylor
  • Life Doesn’t Frighten Me by Maya Angelou
  • Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match by Monica Brown
  • My Name is Yoon by Helen Recorvits
  • Nino Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales
  • Ruby’s Wish by Shirin Yim Bridges
  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Tomas and the Library Lady by Pat Moratomas
  • The Storyteller’s Candle by Lucia Gonzalez
  • Umbrella by Taro Yashima
  • When the Shadbush Blooms by Carla Messinger and Suzan Katz
  • Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka
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