Welcome 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)
Bonus picture book pick:
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena, illus. Christian Robinson
What are your picks this week?
Simon and Wonder are two I really want to read. Definitely intrigued by some of the others there. Great picks!
Thanks so much! I highly recommend both Simon and Wonder! 🙂
Wonder was on my list as well! Such a great story and main character.. Happy reading!!
I am eagerly waiting to see what R.J. Palacio will do next, beyond the world of Wonder and Auggie! Cannot believe Wonder was her first novel- amazing. Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂
Great list! We share Sherman Alexie!
Check out my TTT and my leg of the Forsworn Blog Tour.
Thanks for stopping by my TTT this week! I’ve seen a few lists with Sherman Alexie’s title- such a terrific book.
I love your list ! And thanks for reminding me to check Wonder at some point 🙂
Thanks 🙂 I don’t think you’ll be disappointed when you get to read Wonder. I can’t sing its praises enough.
Hi Michelle, I nominated you for the Liebster Award ! You can check it out here https://bookpoisoning.wordpress.com/2015/07/22/liebster-award/#more-951
Ask The Passengers looks great, I also am dying to read Wonder soon. Awesome picks. Check out my Top Ten Tuesday
A.S. King writes so well- really enjoyed Ask the Passengers, and Please Ignore Vera Dietz is another amazing one from King. Happy reading to you! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
So much love for Simon this week!! (And always!) Yay for diversity! 🙂
Yes, Simon has been on so many lists- Albertalli just knocked it out of the park with this amazing and charming YA novel. 🙂
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 🙂
Thanks! So B. It was, to me, an incredibly moving and passionate read (and I may have cried…a lot!). So nice to hear that you also love the book. 🙂