Kids Diverse Reads

    • Betty Before X
      Ilyasah Shabazz

      A beautiful and inspiring portrait of four poignant years in the childhood of American civil rights icon Dr. Betty Shabazz. Betty overcomes the challenges of self-acceptance and belonging that will resonate with young readers today.

    • As Brave as You
      Jason Reynolds

      When two brothers decide to prove how brave they are, everything backfires--literally.

    • A Circle of Elephants
      Eric Dinerstein

      Thirteen-year-old Nandu lives in the newly established Royal Elephant Breeding Center on the edge of the jungle. Here, the King's elephants are to be raised under the protective watch of the stable. Nandu is tested by man and nature as earthquakes, drought, wild herds, and rumors of poachers threaten the center.

    • Genesis Begins Again
      Alicia Williams

      This deeply sensitive and powerful debut novel tells the story of a thirteen-year-old who must overcome internalized racism and a verbally abusive family to finally learn to love herself.

    • The Bridge Home
      Padma Venkatraman

      Four determined homeless children make a life for themselves in Padma Venkatraman's stirring middle-grade debut.

    • A Good Kind of Trouble
      Lisa Moore Ramee

      Twelve-year-old Shayla is allergic to trouble. All she wants to do is to follow the rules.But in junior high, it’s like all the rules have changed. Now she’s suddenly questioning who her best friends are and some people at school are saying she’s not black enough. Wait, what?

    • How to Read
      Kwame Alexander

      A stunning new picture book from Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander and Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet! How to Read a Book is a poetic and beautiful journey about the experience of reading.

    • Lety out Loud
      Angela Cervantes

      Lety Muñoz's first language is Spanish, and she likes to take her time putting her words together. She loves volunteering at the Furry Friends Animal Shelter because the dogs and cats there don't care if she can't always find the right word.

    • Lubna and Pebble
      Wendy Meddour

      In an unforgettable story that subtly addresses the refugee crisis, a young girl must decide if friendship means giving up the one item that gives her comfort during a time of utter uncertainty.

    • The Piñata that the Farm Maiden Hung
      Samantha R Vamos

      A young girl sets out on errands for the day, and while she's gone, the farm maiden prepares a pinata from scratch. Key English words change to Spanish as the cumulative verse builds to the celebratory ending

    • Stand on the Sky
      Erin Bow

      An exquisitely written, uplifting middle grade debut by acclaimed author, Erin Bow, about a young girl who defies her family's expectations in order to save her brother and become an eagle hunter.

    • Tight
      Torrey Maldonado

      Bryan's dad is recently out of jail on probation and he wants his son to toughen up. Bryan's new friend Mike is tough and the two bond over their love of reading comics and drawing superheroes. Things get uncomfortable when it turns out Mike has some risky ideas about how to have fun.


    • Under My Hijab
      Hena Kahn

      Grandma wears it clasped under her chin. Aunty pins hers up with a beautiful brooch. A young girl observes six very different women in her life who each wear the hijab in a unique way.