From their official campaign mission statement:
We Need Diverse Books is a grassroots organization created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature. We Need Diverse Books is committed to the ideal that embracing diversity will lead to acceptance, empathy, and ultimately equality.
We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. Our mission is to promote or amplify diversification efforts and increase visibility for diverse books and authors, with a goal of empowering a wide range of readers in the process.
In order to accomplish our mission, we reach out to individuals and groups involved in many levels of children’s publishing—including (but not limited to) agents, publishers, authors, distributors, booksellers, librarians, educators, parents, and students.I have been following this campaign and been using some of their resources to educate myself, but since I do not work with children (not counting my own), I have not brought it up here on the blog.
But, today seems like a good excuse to start the conversation here, for an adult audience.
So, in honor of the federal Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr holiday, I would like to ask you, readers of this blog, to suggest some of your favorite "diverse" books here on the blog. Notice diverse is in quotes. As the mission statement above claims, diverse can be anything that is simply not the dominant culture.
Also, please do not feel the need to list books from a million different diversity categories. Rather, let's crowdsource this question and pool together some good adult diverse books titles as a team.
I'll go first. Here are some of my all time favorite diverse titles and/or authors, with links to my reviews where possible:
- The Known World by Edward P. Jones
- A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines
- Into the Beautiful North by Louis Alberto Urrea
- Anything by David Leavitt
- Anything by Lisa See
- Anything by Gene Luen Yang
Now help me by suggesting some of your favorite "diverse" titles for an adult audience.
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