Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters

Posted July 21, 2015 by Lyn Kaye in Kara, Lyn, Top Ten Tuesday / 8 Comments

 

Top Ten Tuesdays

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic:Books That Celebrate Diversity

One constant that you can depend upon is the overpopulation of straight white characters in any media – books, TV, radio. Sad to say, cis white dominates the market.

Social media has rallied and set up quite a few wonderful awareness tags and discussions to invite more diversity into the field. YA writers and readers have responded very positively to the movement, and even though we have a lot of growing to do still, I have seen an influx of diversity into the market. Today, Kara and I highlight the top ten books that celebrate and feature diversity.

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Kara

1. Black Iris by Leah Raeder

This book features: Characters that step outside of traditional gender labels

2. When We Wake by Karen Healey

This book features: Muslim Lesbian, a transgender character, an Somalian immigrant, and other GLBTQ and POC characters

3. While We Run by Karen Healey

This book features: Muslim Lesbian, a transgender character, an Somalian immigrant, and other GLBTQ and POC characters

4. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

This book features: GLBTQ diversity/Lesbian teen

5. Orleans by Sherri L. Smith

This book features: Black, strong female, and a wonderful narration

Kara Sig Plant

Lyn

1. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

This book features: gay/lesbian/bisexual, POC

2. Stranger by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith

This book features: Cultural diversity, gay/lesbian/bisexual, various POC

3. 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger

This book features: Matriarchy, POC

4. Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst

This book features: Even though it is fantasy, it mirrors culture diversity of reality

5. A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz

This book features: Sexual fluidity, gay/lesbian/bisexual

Lyn Sig Plant

What are some of your favorite diverse books? Do you believe that the trend is rising, or that the small pocket of diverse books just have more coverage today?

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