Diverse Books & Diversity Resources

I can’t think of a better way to offer lists of diverse books and resources than directing you to WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS, spearheaded by author Ellen Oh and a group of 21 other children’s book writers and industry professionals:

We Need Diverse Books

My own list of favorites is woefully lacking in Muslim and Asian representation. I have some work to do!


  • Sherman Alexie, The Absolute True Story of a Part-Time Indian
  • Coe Booth, Tyrell
  • Pam Munoz Ryan, Esperanza Rising; The Dreamer
  • Eve Bunting, One Green Apple; Smokey Night
  • Jack Gantos, Joey Pigza Swallows the Key
  • Peter Golenbock, Teammates
  • Mary Hoffman, Amazing Grace
  • Thomas King, A Coyote Columbus Story
  • Kekla Magoon, How It Went Down; The Rock and the River
  • R.J. Palacio, Wonder
  • Patricia Polacco, Pink and Say
  • Faith Ringold, Tar Beach
  • Benjamin Alire Saenz, Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood
  • Gary Schmidt, Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy
  • Mildred D. Taylor, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Debra Wiles, Freedom Summer
  • Rita Williams-Garcia, One Crazy Summer; P.S. Be Eleven; Gone Crazy in Alabama
  • Jacqueline Woodson, After Tupac and D Foster