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Reading

List:

Children

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Discover great books and educational material for children ages 6-12 about important social justice issues. To see our full list of diversity resources and to find links to reading lists for other age groups, click here.

This project was made possible by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.

Reading List

Asian Americans

  • Girl Under A Red Moon – Chen, Da

  • Stargazing – Wang, Jen

  • American Born Chinese – Yang, Gene Luen

  • Front Desk – Yang, Kelly

  • Three Keys – Yang, Kelly

  • Pippa Park Raises Her Game – Yun, Erin
     

African Americans

  • This Promise of Change – Boyce, Jo Ann Allen

  • King and the Dragonflies – Callender, Kacen

  • New Kid – Craft, Jerry

  • For Black Girls Like Me – Lockington, Mariama

  • The Season of Styx Malone – Magoon, Kekla

  • Tristan Strong Punches A Hole in the Sky – Mbalia, Kwame

  • As Brave As You – Reynolds, Jason

  • Ghost – Reynolds, Jason

  • Look Both Ways – Reynolds, Jason

  • Black Brother, Black Brother – Rhodes, Jewel Parker

  • Clean Getaway – Stone, Nic

  • One Crazy Summer – Williams-Garcia, Rita

  • Brown Girl Dreaming – Woodson, Jacqueline

  • Love Like Sky – Youngblood, Leslie C.
     

Climate Change​​

  • What A Waste – French, Jess

  • Can You Hear the Trees Talking? – Wohlleben, Peter


Disability

  • El Deafo – Bell, Cece

  • Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus – Bowling, Dusti

  • Each Tiny Spark – Cartaya, Pablo

  • Out of My Mind – Draper, Sharon M.

  • Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess – Green, Shari

  • Charlie and Frog – Kane, Karen

  • Song for a Whale – Kelly, Lynne

  • Show Me A Sign – LeZotte, Ann Clare

  • Because of the Rabbit – Lord, Cynthia

  • Max and the Millions – Montgomery, Ross

  • The Best At It – Pancholy, Maulik

  • Planet Earth Is Blue – Panteleakos, Nicole

  • Roll With It – Sumner, Jamie

  • Me and Sam-Sam Handle the Apocalypse – Vaught, Susan
     

Indigenous People

  • I Can Make this Promise – Day, Christine

  • Makoons – Erdrich, Louise
     

Islam & Hinduism

  • A Long Pitch Home – Lorenzi, Natalie Dias

  • Other Words for Home – Warga, Jasmine


Latinx

  • Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish – Cartaya, Pablo

  • Sal & Gabi Break the Universe – Hernandez, Carlos

  • Merci Suarez Changes Gears – Medina, Meg

  • Mananaland – Ryan, Pam Munoz
     

LGBTQ+

  • Hazel’s Theory of Evolution – Bigelow, Lisa Jenn

  • Zenobia July – Bunker, Lisa

  • George – Gino, Alex

  • Redwood and Ponytail – Holt, K.A.


Refugees/Immigration 

  • Illegal – Colfer, Eoin

  • Inside Out & Back Again – Lai, Thanhha

  • When Stars Are Scattered – Mohamed, Omar

  • A Place to Belong – Kadohata, Cynthia


South Asian Americans

  • Aru Shah and the End of Time – Chokshi, Roshani

  • The Night Diary – Hiranandani, Veera

  • The Red Pencil – Pinkney, Andrea Davis

  • American As Paneer Pie – Kelkar, Supriya

For additional books featuring diverse characters and stories,
use the Diverse Book Finder.

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