Diversity Resources

Diversity Resources

Resources for Teens

Books Featuring LGBTQIA+ Teens or Families

Under the Lights by Dahlia Adlerpink tee shirt
None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Far From You by Tess Sharpe

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

Adaptation by Malinda Lo

Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block

Tag Along by Tom Ryan

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan

Books about/for teens empowered by their differences (bullying/stereotyping)

Bone Gap by Laura Rubyi'll give you the sun book cover
Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Geek Girl by Holly Smale

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash

Empowering books about teens with disabilities

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Dangerous by Shannon Hale

I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Weinrose under fire book cover

Colin Fischer by Ashley Edward Miller

Books that feature multicultural teens that are about more than their race or ethnicity

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Legend by Marie Lu

The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Karma by Cathy Ostlere

The Living by Matt de la Pena

On a Clear Day by Walter Dean Myers

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

In Darkness by Nick Lake

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Resources for Children (updated February 2017)

Books featuring LGBTQIA+ Families

In Our Mother’s House by Patricia Polacco

George by Alex Gino

Jacob's New Dress by Sarah and Ian Holfman

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnelland tango makes three book cover

Mommy, Mama and Me by Leslea Newman

King & King & Family by Linda de Haan

What Makes a Baby? by Cory Silverberg

Mom and Mum are Getting Married by Ken Setterington

My Mixed Up Berry Blue Summer by Jennifer Gennari

Box Girl by Sarah Withrow

The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams

Home at Last by Vera B. Williams

Books about/for children empowered by their differences (bullying/stereotyping)

I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel 

Miss Brook’s Story Nook by Barabara Bottner

Not all Princesses Dress in Pink by Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple Yolen

Red, A Crayons Story by Michael Hall

The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss

Willow Finds a Way by Lana Button

The Misfits by James Howe

Odd, Weird and Little by Patrick Jennings

The Adventures of Beanboy by Lisa Harkraderthe adventures of bean boy book cover

Warp Speed by Lisa Yee

Word Nerd by Susin Nielsen-Fernlund

One by Kathryn Otoshi

Bullies Never Win by Margery Cuyler

The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino

Empowering books about children with disabilities

Confessions of a Former Bully by Trudy Ludwig

Thank you Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

My Friend has Down Syndrome by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

Healing the Bruises by Lori Morgan

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martinrain reigh book cover

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos

Mockingbird by Katherine Erskine

Looking for X by Deborah Ellis

El Deafo by Cece Bell

Willows Whispers by Lana Button

Books that feature multicultural Children that are about more than their race or ethnicity

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

Every Day is Malala Day by Rosemary McCarney

If Kids Ran the World by Leo Dillon and Diane Dillon

Kenta and the Big Wave by Ruth Ohi

When I Was Eight by Christy Jordan-Fenton

Boys Without Names by Kashmira Sheth

Call Me Aram by Marsha Skrypuch

Revenge on the Fly by Sylvia McNicholevery day is malala day book cover

Shu-Li and Tamara by Paul Yee

Sacred Leaf by Deborah Ellis

The Journey by Francesca Sanna

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We Need Diverse Books A grassroots organization of children’s and young adult book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honours the lives of all young people.

Rainbow Books A comprehensive resource on LGBTQIA+ titles for readers from 0-18 created by the Rainbow Book List Committee of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association.

Stonewall Book Awards The first and most enduring award for LGBTQIA+ titles for young readers.

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards  Given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. 

Schneider Family Book Award Honors an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.

Disability in Kidlit Dedicated to discussing the portrayal of disability in middle grade and young adult literature through publishing articles, reviews, interviews, and discussions.

Diversity in YA Celebrates young adult books about all kinds of diversity, from race to sexual orientation to gender identity and disability, with the goal of bringing attention to books and authors that might fall outside the mainstream, and to bring the margin to the center.