Top Ten Tuesday: Books Celebrating Diverse Characters

toptentuesdayWelcome to another Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week: ten books that celebrate diversity and/or diverse characters*! In no particular order, my list of twelve terrific young adult and middle-grade titles and series featuring and celebrating diverse characters:

*To borrow from The Broke and the Bookish’s reference:

For the purposes of this topic our definition of diversity is aligned with that of WNDB: “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

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (Contemporary YA; LGBTQIA)
Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour (Contemporary YA; LGBTQIA)
So B. It by Sarah Weeks (Middle-grade title; main characters with disabilities)
Wonder by R.J. Palacio (Middle-grade title; main characters with disabilities)
The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen (Contemporary YA title featuring protagonist with prosthesis and a main character with cerebral palsy)
The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten (Contemporary YA featuring main characters with mental health issues)
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (Contemporary YA featuring Native American narrator/protagonist)
Ask the Passengers by A.S. King (Contemporary YA; LGBTQIA)
The Wig in the Window by Kristen Kittscher (Middle grade mystery title featuring female ethnic minority main character)
The Agency (Mary Quinn mystery series) by Y.S. Lee (YA historical mystery series featuring female ethnic minority main character)
Origami Yoda (series) by Tom Angleberger (Middle-grade contemporary series; LGBTQIA, gender diversity, ethnic minorities, mental health issues)
Wells & Wong (series) by Robin Stevens (Middle-grade historical mystery series featuring female ethnic minority main character)
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laststopmarketstreet22521973Bonus picture book pick:
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena, illus. Christian Robinson

What are your picks this week?

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15 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books Celebrating Diverse Characters

  1. I didn’t see a lot of people mention So B. It in their posts, but I think that’s a great one to include! I really loved that book and it is a wonderful example of books including diverse characters. Great post 🙂

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